ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. FIFTY ARTISTS. SIX STREETS. TWENTY-FIVE PERFORMANCES. ONE GREATER MANCHESTER. A DIGITAL ADVENTURE INSPIRED BY THE VOICES OF THE REGION.
Created by an incredible collection of professional artists and community participants, this year the countdown to Christmas from the Royal Exchange Theatre will be filled with stories that celebrate the streets and voices of Greater Manchester in All I Want For Christmas. From tales of contemporary city-center tower blocks to the terraces of Glebe Street in Leigh, each day behind an advent calendar door, a short section of a story will be revealed – a story filled with hope, joy, and a little Christmas magic from some of the most inspiring artists from, and connected to, Greater Manchester. All I Want For Christmas is free to watch from 1 December – just wait for the door to open and the story will begin.
Bringing together filmmakers, directors, musicians, writers, performers, dancers, sound, costume and lighting designers, producers, dramaturgs, community partners, and the staff of the Royal Exchange Theatre – All I Want For Christmas has been created by artists including Hollywood actors and community ambassadors. The team includes Gloria Akpoke, Liz Aniteye, Andy Barry, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Suzanne Bell, Anna Berentzen, Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, Jude Christian, Philippa Crossman, Russell T Davies, Akiel Dowe, Tracey Dunk, Gordon Emerson, Juliana Fapohunda (I M Pact), Sophie Galpin, Annie Giles-Quinn, Conor Glean, Shobna Gulati, Cherylee Houston, Nimmo Ismail, Sonia Jalaly, Kit Jordan, Sabiha Khan, Zak Khan, Kieran Knowles, Nana Kofi Kufuor, Nathan Lea, Debbie Leach, Houmi Miura, Wunmi Mosaku, Ayanda (Yandass) Ndlovu (I M Pact), Farai Nhakaniso, Kate O’Donnell, Emily Paris (I M Pact), Maxine Peake, Ramina Radmard, Hannah Sands, Bryony Shanahan, Gurjeet Singh, Liam Steers, Sophie Stone, Ben Sullivan, Testament, TIME (Terriss Zure (I M Pact)), Chantell Walker, Don Warrington, Roy Alexander Weise, Becky Wilkie, John R Wilkinson, Carys Williams, Benedict Wong, Fred Yeomans and Maria Zemlinskaya.
Audiences will find the six short films scattered across the 24 days of an advent calendar, with an extra special performance for Christmas Day. Set in the tower blocks of Manchester City Centre, on Cheetham Hill Road (Cheetham), Gigg Lane (Bury), Glebe Street (Leigh), Henrietta Street (Ashton-Under -Lyne), and Grey Mare Lane (Beswick) are stories of the communities and people who breathe life into these unassuming Greater Manchester streets. All I Want For Christmas celebrates the Exchange’s city centre home and the areas of Greater Manchester that are part of the Theatre’s region-wide Local Exchange programme.
All I Want For Christmas is available 1 – 25 December 2020 From 10.30am daily Free on the Royal Exchange website and social media channels.