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Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

Coming and Going

Coming and going was a two-week programme of events which took place in November 2008, commissioned by Liverpool Capital of Culture.

Investigating migration and cultural identity, Quarantine brought together artists, experts and ‘ordinary’ people from five cities on the edge: the port cities of Liverpool, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseille and Naples, to develop a series of residencies and live events. The two-year project looked at how the cultural cargo that people bring with them can influence the identity of the city, and vice-versa – how the hybrid character of the city might re-shape someone and affect how they choose to live.

In the Neighbourhood

Liverpool residents with origins across the world invited neighbours they didn’t know into their homes for a meal, allowing people to connect in new ways with those who live alongside them.  One meal host was born in Liverpool, one has been here for years, another arrived a few weeks ago.  Quarantine invited Istanbul sociologist and food expert Dr Zafer Yenal and Christophe Modica, a Marseille-based sound artist, to help to create this series of extraordinary encounters between strangers. 

Radio Grenouille: Broad and narrow

Radio Grenouille from Marseille uses radio as a space for communication, performance, creativity and social change.  They moved their operations to Liverpool for the duration of Coming and going and produced a series of five fascinating radio broadcasts.  These were broadcast on the internet via Radio Grenouille’s own website, distributed on cd to shops and cafés around Liverpool and an extract played each day on BBC Radio Merseyside’s drive-time programme.

Ali Taptik: Transit

Photographer Ali Taptik visited five ‘cities on the edge’: Liverpool, Marseille, Gdansk, Naples and his home city of Istanbul for Coming and going.  His remarkable images, a meditation on travel, loneliness and love, were distributed around Liverpool in the form of ‘maps’.   

Marsatac: Play on

Liverpool’s not alone with its audible heartbeat. The exchange of knowledge and practice between musicians throughout history and across the planet continues to create new ideas and new sounds.

Marseille music promoters Marsatac brought together a diverse group of musicians from Marseille and Liverpool. All originate from outside their city and together represent a dynamic mix of musical forms and traditions.

Hassan Boukerrou, Alif Tree, Ulrich Wolters (Marseille), Talib Hamafaraj, Olu Olaseinde and Hannah Peel (Liverpool) spent 12 days together creating new music which was premiered at When we talk about food we talk about everything…   

When we talk about food we talk about everything…

In an evening of music, food and conversation, we did our level best to weave together all the strands of Coming and going.

Meal hosts from our In the Neighbourhood strand and their guests shared food and discoveries from eating together.  Zafer Yenal spoke about the stories behind the food and its political and cultural journeys.  Radio Grenouille shared sounds from their fortnight in Liverpool.  Ali Taptik’s photographs were projected, and all attenders received one of his maps.  The Play On musicians premiered the music they’d made together. 


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It is fantastic to listen to this art and I am pleased to see this idea in front of my eyes. Dhekra Mohammed, Meal host

Credits and performance details

Concept and direction: Richard Gregory, Renny O'Shea
Concept design: Simon Banham
Sound and lighting design: Greg Akehurst
Images: Ali Taptik
Radio Grenouille: Bertrand Bruel, Nelly Fletcher, Stéphane Galland, Christophe Modica, Julie de Muer, Xavier Thomas
Musicians: Hassan Boukerrou (percussion), Talib Rasool (saz), Olu Olaseinde (guitars, voice, keyboard, talking drum, goje), Hannah Peel (violin, keyboards, trombone), Alif Tree (sampling, electronica), Ulrich Wolters (sax, flute, keyboards, marimba)
Musicians curated by Dro Kilndjian from Marsatac
Food: Nick Canon
Meal Hosts: Ash Coorpad, Kanti Coorpad, Dhekra Mohammed, Ahmed Salisu, Marika Walczak, Arthur Jaszke
Experts: Dr Zafer Yenal, Dr Anahid Kassabian, Dr Kevin Watson
Video: Jane Farley

Creative Producers: Fkuk (Tanja Farman and Debra King)

Production details

Coming and Going was commissioned by Liverpool Culture Company Ltd and part-funded through the Cities on the Edge initiative as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme. Cities on the Edge is a unique exploration of six port cities: Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Liverpool, Marseille and Naples. Coming and Going is also funded by Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation for New Music and Visiting Arts