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A year in brief and looking forward…

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...

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A year in brief and looking forward…

Posted: 18 December 2014

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the projects, performances and adventures of the last twelve months. This year, we’ve invited hundreds of people to sing with soldiers, had more than 100 conversations in exchange for more than 100 curries, and launched an enormous digital map of useful and useless information.

In June, we presented the first installment of our quartet of performances looking at the human life-cycle and our relationship with change, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.

Summer. premiered to sell-out audiences in a warehouse in Salford and gathered together 37 performers aged between 18 months and 76 years to stage a celebration of being alive. Right now.  


“The whole thing exudes warmth, and a valuably impolite yet delicate and searching curiosity about what it is that makes us human.”

– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 2014

In October, we spent three weeks at Newcastle’s Northern Stage, where we began the research and development process for Autumn. We will be developing Autumn. and Winter. throughout 2015, and have plans to perform the full quartet in spring 2016. 

Watch this space for news and progress…

Early in the year, we delivered the final two in a series of BMW Tate Live Thought Workshops at Tate Modern, plus a panel discussion which asked participants the question; “If you had a year to change something, what would you do?”


Table Manners

We’ve also been working throughout 2014 to deliver Everyday places, everyday participation, featuring a mobile version of Between us, we know everything…The Soldier’s Song and Table Manners. This project has allowed us to bring our work to new people in new places across the North West and Midlands.

In November, we took part in Chaos To Order, a series of events celebrating Manchester’s newly refurbished Central Library, curated by Everything EverythingThe Reading Room broke the habitual silence of the glorious Wolfson Reading Room as 28 ‘readers’ shared fragments of writing that had a special meaning to them, in a one-off performance about the art and act of reading.

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A small constellation

Hot on the heels of The Reading Room, we tried out another new project, A small constellation, as part of SHIFT Festival at Contact.

We invited a small group of participants to meander through the city and build a collective impression of their experience. We are excited about developing ideas for this project so look out forA small constellation in a new formation…

We wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year ahead!