Week 53 - MADHOUSE re:exit

Access All Areas

Be taken on a journey underground as five learning disabled artists will tear back the walls to their lives in a powerful expression of what it feels like to have a learning disability in today's world.
  • Venue: Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Barton Square, M3 2BH
  • Ages: 14+

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This performance will take place offsite at Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Barton Square, M3 2BH. 

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 have a learning disability in today's world.

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 today. 

‘Defiantly different’ – The Guardian on Access All Areas 
Developed with the Barbican, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre, Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, and the Open University. 


Additional Information

Age guidance: 14+
Runtimes: 1 hour 45 minutes
Please note this production contains:
Flashing Lights
Haze and Smoke Effects
Moments of Darkness
Loud Music and Sounds
Small spaces
Uneven surfaces
Periods of standing

Access Information

We want to ensure Madhouse re:exit is as accessible as possible. Help us make your visit easier by letting us know if you have any access requirements – please complete and return this formTouch tours, familiarisation tours and audio description introductions are available upon request.

MADHOUSE re:exit is a promenade performance. There are opportunities to sit down throughout for those with access requirements. The venue and production are wheelchair accessible.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Wheelchair users must book their tickets via the access team on 0161 876 2183. If you do not book your ticket via the access team, we cannot guarantee entrance to your chosen performance time.

You can also check out our accessible timetable and visual guide.

Getting to Barton Arcade

MADHOUSE re:exit will be at Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Barton Square, M3 2BH. 

Watch the trailer

Week 53

MADHOUSE re:exit is part of Week 53 - our festival for the compulsively curious. Check out what other shows we have on over the 12 days...