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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...

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Merry Christmas from all at Team Q!

Posted: 19 December 2013

2013 in brief: a year of connections, questions and conversations. We’ve invited people to sing with soldiers, had more than 100 conversations in exchange for more than 100 curries, brought two Chinese artists and a pop up kitchen half-way across the world, cancelled a show because it didn’t work and opened Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival by talking about risk – as well as running a series of workshops and masterclasses at festivals and venues in the UK and Europe.We’re looking forward to 2014 bringing more questions and interrogations – especially into ideas about change. We’ll be building up to an event that marks the culmination of our year-long role as Creative Researcher for BMW Tate Live Thought Workshop Series

We’ve been working with 30 participants in an attempt to answer the question, if you had one year to change something, what would you do? So far, we’ve met, rehearsed for Utopia, and now we’re headed for A Reality Check… the title of our next Thought Workshop on January 11th.

We’ve started work on an epic quartet about the human life cycle: Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.  We’ll present the first installment, Summer., in Manchester in June 2014. Watch this space – there will be more information coming soon…

We’ll be working with our newly-recruited Audience Ninja  and 11 partners to deliver Everyday places, everyday participation, Quarantine’s Arts Council England Strategic Touring Project across the North and Midlands in 2014 – 2015, presenting a mobile version of Between us, we know everything…,  The Soldier’s Song and new venture Table Manners.

 **We’re currently recruiting our Audience Ninja. If you think you’ve got what it takes, or want to find out more, apply here. Closing date 3 January 2014**

The full partnership is: QuarantineThe Audience Agency; Contact, Manchester; Live at LICA,Lancaster; Derby Theatre; Quays Culture; Spot On Lancashire; Compass Live Art Festival, Leeds;Salford Community Leisure; Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust; Manchester City Council; andOldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Quarantine is also part of an Arts Council England Catalyst consortium project with Forced Entertainment and Gob Squad, looking at philanthropy and potential new sources of support for our work. We’ll be carrying out some research in the new year, which we hope you’ll take part in…


Very best wishes of the season, and we hope to see you in 2014!