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  • Created by Keisha Thompson & designed by Alison Erika Forde
  • 21 October 2021
  • The Great Hall
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What are the hidden stories within the Royal Exchange building? What does it mean for the Royal Exchange Theatre to make our home and create art here? What are the words we want to echo round this historic hall?

DISRVPT: HOLDING SPACE is a special performance and unveiling that examines the complex history of the Royal Exchange building and turns that space into something new. Join us for this free event in the Great Hall as we look beyond its calm grandeur to fill it with joy, playfulness and rebellion. It’s time to bring some overlooked stories to the foreground.

HOLDING SPACE is a poem, a performance and an installation, created by Manchester artist Keisha Thompson and designed by Alison Erika Forde. At this launch event, award-winning writer and theatre-maker Keisha Thompson will bring the poem to life alongside choreography from Yandass Ndlovu in a new devised piece directed by Nimmo Ismail.

Following the performance, the Exchange will unveil Alison Erika Forde’s installation that will remain live for 12 months. A visual artist from Manchester, who’s exhibited across the UK and overseas, Forde’s design will ensure that the HOLDING SPACE leaves its mark on the Great Hall in striking style.

Don’t miss this first in a brand-new programme of special events curated by Joint Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan and Roy Alexander Weise. DISRVPT invites everyone to take up space, tell their story and help define what the Great Hall can be in 2021.

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Great Hall

    DATE: Thursday 21 October.

    TIME: Event will begin at 6:45pm in the Great Hall near the Rivals.
    The Rivals will open from 5:30pm.

    TICKETS: Free, but please book in advance

    SEATING: The HOLDING SPACE launch is standing only. A few seats will be available around the Rivals.

    RUNNING TIME: 20 minutes.

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online.

  • Creative Team
  • CREATED & PERFORMED BY: Keisha Thompson

    DESIGNED BY: Alison Erika Forde

    DIRECTED BY: Nimmo Ismail

    MOVEMENT BY: Yandass Ndlovu

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