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Table manners
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...

Table manners

A meal in exchange for a conversation.

Table manners is an intimate and temporary encounter between two strangers, who in other circumstances might never meet.  It is about the familiarity of sharing food together and the art of conversation.

Table manners is a free one-to-one experience which takes place in cafes and restaurants across the North and Midlands. It was inspired by our regular event No such thing which takes place in Kabana, Manchester once a month.  

For each event, we create a menu of conversation topics that you can choose from.  We talk about stuff we’re thinking about, things that are on our minds, what’s happening in the world and what’s happening in the local area. We hope that you will too. There’s always a ‘Today’s special’ – something current and topical.  

Please book your slot through the host venue, either in person or over the phone.



Manchester Central Library, Manchester

Miners Community Arts & Music Centre, Moston

The Union Arms, Tyldesley

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

Shakerley Community Centre, Tyldesley

The Naked Bean, Gallery Oldham

Town Hall, Eccles

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford

Nurture Cafe, Leeds (Compass Live Art Festival).

Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester.

Derby Theatre, Derby.

Smiths Restaurant, Eccles.

Levers Chip Shop,  Oldham.


Table manners is part of a larger project, supported by Arts Council England’s strategic touring programme, to bring high quality arts events to new people and places.

The project involves the presentation of three pieces of Quarantine’s work: Between us, we know everything…, The Soldier’s Song, and Table Manners. All or a combination of these three works will be presented across 2014 & 2015 in collaboration with our project partners, who are: Contact, Manchester; Live at LICA, Lancaster; Derby Theatre; Spot on Lancashire (rural touring network); Quays Culture, Salford; Compass Live Art Festival, Leeds; Salford Community Leisure; Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust; Manchester City Council and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Research, analysis and training will also be delivered by The Audience Agency.

 This project is generously supported by the Garfield-Weston Foundation