The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
Time Out says
Chorlton based theatre and arts venue mixing professional performance with a community based ethos.
The Edge is a lovely venue. It's theatre company produces high quality work and also welcomes touring productions to its fine stage. You can see quite a variety of work.
But when you find out that the patrons of the organisation include Julie Hesmondhalgh and John Rylance, there's clearly something else going on. And so there is...
Because alongside the excellent work on stage, there's good stuff happening throughout the organisation, with a participation programme as inclusive as it is ambitious.
The newly refurbished café, The Dressing Room, is a place of training and apprenticeship for adults with learning difficulties, and this ethos reaches throughout the organisation, giving groups of people who may be homeless or unemployed the chance to shine like the people on stage.
If it all sounds a bit worthy (like there's something wrong with that!), it's the quality of the work which matters, and The Edge doesn't come up short there at all.