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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

18 March 2023 | Maillon, Strasbourg

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 premiered with Transform 21-22 at Leeds Playhouse in Autumn 2021.


Upcoming performances

18 March 2023, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Maillon, Strasbourg

1 April 2023, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Cambridge Festival, Cambridge

Past performances

24 September 2022, 12 noon – 12 midnight | HOME, Manchester

22 May 2022, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Brighton Festival

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



Feature: Critic under the spotlight: the 12-hour play showcasing everyday jobs – Holly Williams, The Stage – October 2021

Review: Exeunt Magazine – Angelo Irving – October 2021

Preview: A form of mass portraiture’: 12-hour theatre event explores different jobs – Mark Brown, The Guardian – October 2021


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.

Photos: David Lindsay

"An opportunity to consider beauty in places not normally associated with that word" Angelo Irving, Exeunt Magazine


Director: Richard Gregory
Designer: Simon Banham
Lighting Designer: Mike Brookes
Collaborating Artist/Assistant Director: Sarah Hunter
Collaborating Digital Artists: Lowri Evans & Lisa Mattocks
Questions text: Sarah Hunter, Leentje Van De Cruys & Quarantine
Dramaturg: Renny O’Shea
Project Animateur: Chi Emecheta
Production Manager: Greg Akehurst
Producer: Ali Dunican
Marketing & Communications: Edwina Supyue McEachrans

Co-production with Transform

Performers & collaborating artists: Lowri Evans, Ella Otomewo, Michael Sherin & Leentje Van De Cruys
Technical Managers: Adam Steed & Ed Jeffreys
Digital assistants: Kate Daley & Alan Dawson
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