Now a beloved cornerstone of The Edge’s theatre season, The Booth Centre Theatre Company return to Chorlton on Thu 17 Nov with their latest ‘hilarious adventure’, The Team.

Promising ‘an hour of songs, laughter and as always, a big dollop of hope’ over three days, The Team is produced by The Booth Centre Theatre Company, The Edge’s resident performance company of actors with lived experience of homelessness. The group produces two shows a year, working alongside professional actors and musicians.

When MI5 recruit the wrong man, Gerald Simpkins (formerly of Cheetham Hill Dry Cleaners) is sent to Qatar to thwart the plans of the Crumpsall Football Supporters Club, to steal the trophy and stop the World Cup, in ‘an hour of glorious songs and daft humour’ which blends Ocean’s Eleven and Carry On Spying.

As Sir Mark Rylance says:

“The Edge Theatre hunts out people. People who are lonely, people who are poor, people with mental illness, young people…lots of different people in the community who don’t have access to stories and the arts and enables them to take part…the particular way the theatre tells stories, the emotional nature of it and the involvement in other people’s stories (either as an actor or writer or member of the audience), it’s a crucial part of our health.”

Reviews of The Booth Theatre Company’s previous productions:

“At times it felt like there was almost a choir – group phrases, songs and carefully constructed choreography utilised the space and made the performance engaging and inclusive. It was at these moments where the actors truly thrived and engaged with the audience.”

Rebecca Levy, Manc Muse on Air

“This show was giving these citizens a meaning and a reason to stay alive perhaps sounds a little melodramatic and exaggerated; but after speaking with some of them after the show, that really was the case. I can only continue my own silent applause now as I type – not just to those who performed the show, but to all those who had the vision and dedication to see this project through and make it work so wonderfully.”

Matthew Dougall, Review Number 9 on They Can’t Take That Away From Me

For more information and to book tickets for The Team, click here.

For more information on The Edge’s partnership with The Booth Centre, click here.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Thu 17 Nov - Sat 19 Nov, 3pm, 7.30pm, The Edge Theatre,
Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG
, Tel: 0161 282 9776, £12/£6 (Concessions by Conscience)
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Fri 11 Nov 2022