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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. for nearly 25 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...

A small constellation

“Quarantine’s theatrical excavations of everyday life have influenced a generation of theatre-makers, both in the UK and abroad…” Lyn Gardner, November 2014


Don’t lose sight of anybody else.

A small constellation is a strategy for making an instant performance about seeing ourselves in relation to others.

Some people meet in a room. Each of them gets familiar with who else is there. They become some kind of a group, at least for now.

They walk out into the city with a simple set of instructions: don’t lose sight of anybody else, go wherever you like…. Try to blend in.

A couple of hours later they return to the room they met in. Together they build a representation of what just happened. 

An audience comes and goes and observes what happens…


The premiere of A small constellation took place on Saturday December 6 December 2014 at Contact, Manchester as part of the inaugural SHIFT Festival.     



Saturday December 6 December 2014, 2.30pm- approx. 6pm.  

Part of SHIFT Festival at Contact, Manchester.



A small constellation is created and led by Quarantine’s co-Artistic Director Richard Gregory and designer Simon Banham.