Access All Areas present MADHOUSE re:exit at Barton Arcade, Manchester


Price: £10



Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, five learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground. A goddess, a baby, a bird, an eater and a ghost guide us through a maze-like institution, growling to be heard, and waiting for the revolution that is forever promised. As they tear back the walls to their lives, past and present spin together in a powerful expression of what it feels like to be learning disabled today.

Over two years, ‘MADHOUSE re:exit’ has built on the legacy of Mabel Cooper, a learning disabled resident of a long-stay hospital, who pressed the button that blew up one of the last of these institutions in the UK. Now, award winning theatre company Access All Areas return with a fantastical, disruptive, immersive experience that explores what this history means to learning disabled people today.

‘Defiantly different’ – The Guardian on Access All Areas

Touch tours, familiarisation tours and audio description introductions are available upon request.


Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Barton Square, M3 2BH

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