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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. 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...

The people of

Encounter the voices behind the faces of a working street.

‘The people of’ is an audio walk that is made with the people who live and work along a chosen street. It invites audiences to stop, to look more closely and to listen to the invisible thoughts and unheard stories of the people who keep a place going.

The policeman who likes to cycle on his days off; the optician training to look everyone deep in the eyes; the daughter of Turkish and Syrian immigrants who sells kebabs but prefers goulash; the funeral director who has seen it all…

Each day, we follow our own routines, working, shopping, eating, meeting friends. Encounters happen like clockwork, or are missed. Over time, people arrive and depart, old businesses close and new ones open, the past fades but never disappears, layered like a palimpsest on the walls, pavements and in people’s minds.

The people of speaks to the forces that shape our daily lives, how identity and a sense of place is formed and renegotiated, and the invisible lines that guide how we navigate public space.

Created by ensemble members Kate Daley and Sarah Hunter, The people of is a new project for Quarantine. First made in Engelskirchen, Germany in September 2020, in the still-rippling wake of the COVID19 pandemic, it reflects our shifting relationship with work, with our neighbours and with public space.  


Past dates

25 September – 16 October 2020 | Nach dem Beaufsichtigen der Maschinen, Engelskirchen, Germany


The people of is part of Quarantine’s ‘Locating the Commonplace’ programme, generously supported by The Rank Foundation.

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Death and life - I move between these two worlds fairly effortlessly, sometimes within a few hours. Preparing for a funeral in the morning and a meeting at the working group at noon: that happens from time to time. And then maybe a meeting at the carnival or shooting club in the evening. Engelskirchen, Track 11, Barthel Müller


Concept: Kate Daley, Richard Gregory & Sarah Hunter
Dramaturgy: Richard Gregory & Renny O'Shea
Producer: Ali Dunican


Creation: Kate Daley & Ali Wilson
Sound design: Armin Badde
Dramaturgical assistance & producer: Jana Winterhalter
Print and digital design: Lisa Mattocks
Photography: Kate Daley