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Wanted: Manchester city centre’s longest-standing and newest resident

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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Wanted: Manchester city centre’s longest-standing and newest resident

Posted: 15 October 2019

How long have you lived here?


We’ve launched a city-wide search to find the person who has lived – continually – in Manchester city centre for the longest amount of time and for someone just moving in.

More people live in Manchester city centre than ever before and, in the past few decades, it has changed beyond all recognition. We’re looking to find someone who has observed this change and someone with a very fresh view of the city.

We want to speak to them about their experiences of the city and to invite them to be involved in our event exploring city-centre living and neighbourliness. Can you help?

In 1981, fewer than 600 people lived in the heart of Manchester. Today, more than 65,000 people live in the city centre and its fringes – and this number continues to grow. Can you imagine living through that change? What stories could you tell about gaining thousands of new neighbours? And how does the city centre look and feel to someone just arriving now?

Quarantine’s co-Artistic Director Richard Gregory said: “When we started Quarantine 21 years ago from the spare bedroom of our council flat in what’s now branded the Northern Quarter, there were fewer than 2,000 people living in Manchester City Centre. We’re interested in talking to the people who’ve seen all the changes take place and to someone who’s just chosen Manchester as their new home. Why this city? Why are you still here? Why move here right now?”

Quarantine are on the hunt for two such people to be involved in our event Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend. Taking place on 9 and 10 November in Manchester City Centre, the weekend will mark the end of a three-year, international creative project exploring what it’s like to live in a city negotiating rapid growth and change.

We’re looking specifically for people living in the city centre: the Deansgate and Piccadilly wards. We’d like to meet a person or a family who has lived here continually for decades, and someone moving into a property in the area for the first time in their life on, or just before, 9 November 2019.

If you think you may be the resident who has lived in Manchester City Centre for the longest continual time, or if you are moving into a property in the city centre this November, please contact Sarah Hunter, producer for Quarantine, on 0161 839 4392 or email info@qtine.com.

Find out more about Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend here.