Quarantine Home
12 Last Songs
PO Box 573
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

Open rehearsals: 7-11 July | Manchester

Nice to meet you. What do you do?

12 Last Songs is a new performance piece by Quarantine about labour – the work that we do. Taking place over 12 hours, it is part-durational performance, part-exhibition of people.

12 Last Songs will invite people into the room to demonstrate their skills and to find out who they are. Perhaps a hairdresser cutting hair, a butcher butchering a sheep, a bricklayer building a wall… It will be a space for making, watching, talking. One that brings people together who wouldn’t otherwise meet.

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


Open rehearsals

7th-11th July
T2 Studio space, HOME, Manchester

During MIF, we are inviting you into the 12 Last Songs rehearsal room at HOME in Manchester. 

Come and observe Quarantine’s unique process of making performance with and about the people who feature in it.

We’re interested in inviting more people and voices into the room, to see how an audience changes the work. You won’t be watching a run-through, but observing a fragment of a long and active process.

“We start with the people in the room. Our work is made as a product of these relationships that we build with people… We cultivate a willingness to let failure occur, to let it be seen and heard. This seems to set up a public space, between us and those we meet, where interesting conversations can take place. In this somehow open space, change can occur, for us and maybe for the people we meet. There’s something hopeful in that. That’s why we do our work like this.” – Richard Gregory & Renny O’Shea, The BMW Tate Live programme


Wednesday 7th July: 3pm – 5pm
Thursday 8th July: 3pm – 5pm & 6pm – 8pm
Friday 9th July: 3pm – 5pm & 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 10th July: 11am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm
Sunday 11th July: 11am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm

You’ll be able to drop in and out during an open session, but visits must be pre-arranged as we’re managing numbers in line with COVID safety measures.

Email Chi at events@qtine.com to arrange your visit.


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