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The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre


We want to empower young people & adults with Learning Disabilities to fulfill their potential and be an active part of the local community.

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About this cause

The Edge is Manchester's award-winning Theatre for Participation, working predominantly with people who are deemed disadvantaged or hard to reach: offenders/those at risk of offending; substance mis-users; homeless people and those at risk of homelessness; refugees; people with learning disabilities; unemployed people; young carers; older people and the local community. We use the Arts to develop people's self-esteem, confidence, communication skills and a sense of well-being. We use it for community cohesion, conflict resolution, as an alternative to negative activity and to give people a voice. We believe that everyone should have access to the Arts and benefit from its potential to change lives and to bring about positive social change.

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How this cause brings people in the community together

Our programme allows Learning Disabled participants to flourish in a way that other more formal, less creative activities may not allow them to do. They learn skills and build confidence towards the productions and the process of achieving is often life-changing; family and friends are amazed by their performances and community members have greater empathy and understanding of the LD community.