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‘The people of’ in Manchester – postponed

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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‘The people of’ in Manchester – postponed

Posted: 2 September 2021

Today we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our presentation of The people of audio walk along Northmoor Road in Longsight, Manchester.

We’ve been working in Northmoor over the past weeks and months, meeting the people who live and work there, recording interviews and collecting sound for an audio piece that creates a complex portrait of these people and this place. We are very proud of the work that we have made. We are looking forward to sharing it with you, but we are not confident that we can currently do this in a way that would do justice to the work, or to the people who have helped us to make it.

We’ve been working with an app developer to create a bespoke platform for The people of, but have encountered some serious technical challenges which mean we can’t give audiences the experience of the work that we had envisioned.

At Quarantine, we’ve made and presented work in a huge variety of ways, but we’ve never commissioned an app before. This has been a steep learning curve for us in terms of the technology and processes involved, and we’ll take this learning forward. We are determined to find a way to share The people of with everyone who is looking forward to experiencing it, once we have the technology in place to support it.

Making this work along Northmoor Road has been a wonderful experience. We are so grateful for the warm welcome, the hospitality and the enthusiasm we’ve been met with. So many people have made the work possible by taking the time to talk to us and opening up about their lives.

We’re also grateful for the work of our collaborators Jaydev Mistry and Rafia Batool, and the generous support we’ve received from our local partners Great Places Housing Group and Northmoor Community Association, and to our funders Arts Council England, The Rank Foundation and The Granada Foundation.

The people of will be presented along Northmoor Road. We hope you will join us to experience it when it’s ready.


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