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No such thing
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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...

No such thing

Update: Our monthly event at Kabana curry cafe is temporarily on hold. We have launched a ‘distance edition’ of No Such Thing, which will take place online twice a month until we can return to Kabana. It’s about the familiar pleasure of sharing food – in Kabana we bought lunch, now each person provides their own. 


No Such Thing:

The offer is simple: we buy you a curry in exchange for half an hour of conversation.

No Such Thing has happened monthly since June 2012. Once a month, we occupy a couple of tables in Kabana curry cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter*.

For each event, we create a menu of questions to choose from. We talk about what’s happening in the world, in our lives and stuff that’s playing on our minds. There’s always a ‘Today’s Special’ from that day’s news. Then we have a chat.  That’s it.  So far, we’ve had almost 500 curries with 500 strangers. 

To be part of the conversation (either current or future dates) and eat one of Manchester’s finest lunchtime curries send us a mail at [email protected]. We’ll mail you back with the slots we have available.

The conversations are one-to-one, lasting half an hour, between 12 noon and 2:30pm. 

First come, first served…



See No Such Thing – the distance edition


No Such Thing is made possible by the generous support of George Whalley. 

Images of No such thing courtesy of Dhahau Naseem and Kate Daley.

The first No such thing was in June 2012, as part of SEVEN SITES, a curatorial project developed by Laura Mansfield and Swen Steinhauser.

We advertised that we'd buy people lunch at Kabana café in Manchester in exchange for a conversation. We had lots of takers, lots of curry - and some inspiring chance encounters.

No such thing moved location to Gulpd Cafe, Triskel Arts Centre, as part of Home: a micro festival which took place in Cork from the 25th - 30th April 2013 curated and produced by Ruairi Donovan.

No such thing also moved location to Kabana Curry Cafe, Cheetham Hill Road as part of Cheetham Festival 2017.