m6 Theatre Company

What We Do

World-class theatre with, for and by children and young people

Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering dynamic, quality and relevant work for, with and by children and young people. We create original theatre productions that:

  • Ignite the imagination        
  • Nurture the heart        
  • Challenge the mind 

M6’s highly acclaimed productions tour nationally and internationally to theatre venues and festivals, and locally to schools and community settings.  The company’s rich programme includes inspiring and highly visual shows for young audiences and compelling short single voice plays for older audiences. 

Our year-round participatory programme provides opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in high quality and accessible theatre-arts activities. These take place at M6 Studio Theatre as well as schools and community settings within Rochdale Borough.

M6 Theatre works in partnership with: Rochdale Borough Culture Network, Rochdale’s Children, Young People and Families Partnership and Rochdale Local Education Partnership (LCEP)

Our memberships and affiliations include: Curious Minds, Earlyarts, Independent Theatre Council, Theatre for Young Audiences, Actions for Childrens’ Arts and National Campaign for the Arts.


Who We Are

Where Are We

Brief History

1977 - Founded as a TIE and community theatre company

1983 - M6 Youth Theatre created

1991 - Priority given to theatre for young audiences

1997 - Produced groundbreaking bilingual production

2003 - Performed at Milk International Festival in Toronto

2004 - Our new purpose built studio theatre opens

2006 - Created multisensory early years installation

2006 - Former Artistic Director Dot Wood received MBE

2007 - Major national tour of Danny King of the Basement

2010 - First Christmas Residency

2011 - One Little Word performed at international festivals

2011 - Awarded Arts Council England NPO status

2016 - OFFIE Winner Best Production for Young People

2017 - Celebrated 40 years of creating theatre with, by and for children and young people

2017 - Performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time