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12 Last Songs
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M32 2BZ

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...

12 Last Songs

23 October 2021 | Transform, Leeds

Nice to meet you. What do you do?

12 Last Songs is about work.

Making a living. Finding your passion. Watching the clock. 

This extraordinary new durational performance piece constructs a fleeting portrait of society. There are no actors. It’s a live exhibition of people, an epic performance that casts the steady rhythms of life on a carnival scale. 

Over the course of a day, workers will do shifts. A bricklayer might build a wall, a hairdresser might cut someone’s hair, a chef might prepare a meal…  

Directed by Richard Gregory, 12 Last Songs is currently in development in Manchester and scheduled to premiere in Autumn 2021.



Upcoming performances

23 October 2021, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Co-production with Transform at Leeds Playhouse



12 Last Songs is co-commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts; Cambridge Junction with the support of the Stobbs New Ideas Fund; and HOME. Co-produced by Transform. It is supported by Arts Council England and The Rank Foundation.

Photo: Brent Carr


Director: Richard Gregory
Dramaturg: Renny O’Shea
Collaborating Artist/Assistant Director: Sarah Hunter
Project Animateur: Chi Emecheta
Designer: Simon Banham
Lighting Designer: Mike Brookes
Video Designer: Lisa Mattocks
Production Manager: Greg Akehurst
Producer: Ali Dunican
Marketing & Communications: Frances Richens