Monday 18 - Saturday 23 July

Cultivate 2022

Back for 2022, Cultivate is our week-long festival focused on theatre upskilling. It's an unmissable opportunity for anyone wanting to get into any of the many ares of theatre. 


Cultivate has seen workshops delivered by the likes of Frantic Assembly, Box of Tricks and renowned director the late Chris Honer. This year will see the return of Open Auditions and sessions led by top companies and individuals in the industry.

  • Open Auditions
  • Scratch Nights
  • Girl Gang MCR Takeover
  • Funding Application Help Centre
  • Guest Speakers
  • Performances
  • Workshops

Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

Due to the pandemic our 2020 and 2021 Cultivate festivals unfortunately had to be cancelled. Cultivate is back in 2022 with its usual mix of workshops, talks, Open Auditions and opportunities for theatre makers 

Cultivate 2019

Cultivate 2019 took place from Monday 10 – Friday 14 June, welcoming 200 people into the theatre for opportunities including Open Auditions, a Virtual Reality backstage experience, performances and workshops including physical theatre with Frantic Assembly, acting and producing with Box of Tricks and unarmed stage combat with Kaitlin Howard.


A look back at Cultivate 2019

Cultivate 2018

The inaugural Cultivate ran in June 2018, welcoming 200 people in to the building to take part in a variety of workshops and activities. Sessions included an Acting Workshop led by Director Chris Honer, Introduction to Producing and Small Scale Touring with Art with Heart and a Breakfast Mixer with Manchester ADP.

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