Young theatre makers from The Lowry in Salford will showcase their debut performance about life in an office at Exchange Quay, one of the North West’s largest office developments from May 15-17. The group of teenagers has created Bright Futures, a bold, innovative and immersive piece designed to be performed in non-theatre space.
The teen theatre makers present their first performance as The Offstage Ensemble in collaboration with nationally renowned theatre company, Dante or Die. 17 young people aged 13-19 who devised, wrote, designed, produced and directed the site responsive piece will transform an unused floor in the ICE building at Exchange Quay into an original landscape to put on their show.
Created as part of The Lowry’s new Learning and Engagement Pathway, the 45 minute show features a junior sales team from ‘Instagram perfect’ holiday company, Bright Futures, preparing for performance review day. It immerses the audience in the wannabee executives’ panicky, primal, perfect-scoring power hour and how they interact.
The Lowry offers young people aged 11-25 from across Greater Manchester the opportunity to get creative in a range of ways through dance, drama, visual arts, technical theatre, producing and directing.
This new pathway is offered free to young people to make inventive theatre in more challenging ways by reacting to the performance venue space – in this case an office – and breaking down barriers to access groups of this nature. The pathway was piloted with groups taking part in taster workshops before official launch this year.
Stephanie Green, Youth Arts Manager, The Lowry commented:
“We are delighted to be able to access such fantastic office space at Exchange Quay for our young theatre makers’ debut performance which is right on our doorstep in Salford. The group has worked incredibly hard to produce this immersive piece, which will involve the audience walking around the performance. We hope workers at the office development will enjoy the show, as well as the general public who can also buy tickets to come along.”
Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director, Hunter said:
“We kickstarted our Place Activation and Events programme last month to engage with our occupiers and the local community. We are delighted to work with The Lowry to host the debut performance of Bright Futures in our new ICE building which provides the young theatre makers with perfect space to showcase their production.
Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.
Tickets cost £5 and there are two shows per night from 15-17 May. Visit the link here for more information on the show.