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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...


There are things in life that you can’t rehearse for.  Summer. looks at this very moment. Dozens of people of all ages on stage, responding to questions and instructions they’ve never seen before. It’s about lives being lived and it’s about as live as you can get.

Summer. is the first part of an extraordinary quartet of work about our relationship with time, a hugely ambitious project spanning the human lifecycle and made with ‘real people’ in place of actors. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is a piece of mass portraiture, an epic, day-long, marathon event… 

“… Life, like this show, is precious and changeable, and happens in the moments amongst the madness. Tomorrow will reveal something else, or offer up another gift, or take another surprising turn.”  

Public Reviews  

Past performances:

Summer. | Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2018 | Comédie de Béthune, Béthune, FR (In partnership with the City of Béthune with the support of the European Union as part of the Creative Europe programme.)

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. | Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 2017 | Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. | 22 March & 26 March, Sat 2 & Sun 3 April 2016 | Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK

Summer. | 5-14 June 2014 | The Warehouse, Regent Trading Estate, Salford, UK


Tonight and tomorrow the show will be different. Because that's how life is... Lyn Gardner: The Guardian

 Concept and Director: Richard Gregory

Designer: Simon Banham

Co-devisers/performers:  Leentje Van de Cruys,  Jane Mason, Lisa Mattocks

Co-devisers: Caroline Dubois, Sonia Hughes

Lighting Designer: Mike Brookes

Video design: Lisa Mattocks

Dramaturg: Renny O’Shea

Production Manager: Greg Akehurst

Technical Manager: Rory Howson

Stage Manager/Technician: Aileen Ging

Project Coordinator: Kate Daley

Producers: Kate Daley & Ali Dunican

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. was co-commissioned by Compass Live ArtContactDublin Theatre FestivalHOMEGöteborgs Dans & Teater FestivalIn Between TimeLancaster ArtsNational Theatre WalesNoorderzon Performing Arts Festival GroningenNorthern Stage and SICK! Festival.  Supported through NXT STP.

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. has received an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and is supported by The Wellcome Trust.