The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre offers a unique Christmas experience this season with It’s Behind You – a panto performed by a company of adults who are homeless.
In addition to providing an entertaining night out, the theatre’s alternative Christmas panto is credited with transforming lives through participation in performing arts.
Created in association with The Booth Centre, the show is directed by Janine Waters, co-founder and artistic director of The Edge – Manchester’s award-winning theatre for participation.
It’s Behind You is performed by a company of 15 individuals from varying backgrounds aged from 21 to 70s, who are all either currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.
This is the third year that The Edge is staging its annual pantomime and many of the company are returning – these include Danny Marlow: “I became involved in the weekly drama sessions with Janine Waters. The sessions gave me the chance to forget my problems, concentrate on something I’m good at, and the chance to be someone else.”
Janine Waters, artistic director of The Edge adds: “It is such a privilege to be part of this unique theatre company, who work extremely hard to produce high quality, entertaining theatre despite the adversity that they face in other areas of their lives. We work hard, but we have so much fun – you wouldn’t believe the joy in the rehearsal room. People who may have slept rough the night before turn up ready to work, fully committed to each other, to the professional singers and creative team, and to achieving something that they can be proud of. The benefits are huge and life-changing.”
Danny adds: “My confidence has really improved. I’ve got a bounce back in my step and a smile on my face, it feels like I’ve found myself again. I’m in accommodation now, and working towards getting myself sorted.”
It’s Behind You takes is at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre from 13th to 15th December, at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12, £6. Book online at edgetheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0161 282 9776. The pantomime is recommended for ages 16+.