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As part of our continued commitment to giving back to creatiives in the North West, 53two and their charity arm FOUNDation have made SWITCH MCR our resident company of young creatives consisting of producers, writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians aged 17-29.


53two and SWITCH have pledged to offer accessible theatre and nurture the development of emerging talent from all backgrounds, whether this means a physical access or financial, for audience or participant. SWITCH will present one full-length show every period, in the arches of 53two, benefitting from rehearsal space and mentorship as well as the chance to develop their skills 'on the job'. 53two will also ensure that we provide workshops with industry professionals, to help hone their skill whilst also allowing 20% off selected workshops with Manchester Actors’ Platform. SWITCH members will also have the chance to shadow the creatives working at 53two in their process, throughout several shows.




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When 53two was established, we always knew that as part of our commitment to the arts we wanted to give back to the Manchester community. We've been running the arches 2 years now and it's time to start the return...


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SwitchMCR are back home under the arches with not one, but TWO new plays written by company members!

Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and wonder.

World...meet “The House” and “8055”.



8055 - written by Oceana Cage, directed by Christopher Brown

8055 is an exploration of the self within bureaucracy. It tests out ideas about authority and incompetence. 55, 58, and 80 are all uselessly existing in a corporate space and 08 unwittingly enters their world. Using absurdist narrative, clowning and an array of objects the script develops a story line which is as funny as it is uncanny.

Or rather simply,

It is a play where a woman gets a job...



The House -  written by James Butterfield, directed by Annie Rogers

“... I think now I’m more afraid of doing the same thing over and over again until the end of time.”


You’re invincible in your twenties. Full of life. Full of vigour. You never wanted to grow up. So why did you?

‘The House,’ explores people forgoing the idea of getting old. Meet the people who said “fuck responsibility”.


NB: Both pieces are performed every night as a two-act show.


6-8 February




Unwaged tickets available for every performance. Please bring proof of being in receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support to the box office when collecting tickets.

Wheelchair accessible