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The Reading Room
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...

The Reading Room

Strangers sit in supposed silence – pages turn, chairs scrape, whispers echo – reading to themselves in the glorious Wolfson Reading Room.  Somehow it feels like we’re quietly sharing in a search for knowledge, responding to the exhortation written around the room’s dome: 

 “And with all thy getting, get understanding…”

 The Reading Room breaks the silence – the private becomes public.  A one-off performance by 28 readers about the art and act of reading.  It attempts the impossible task of trying to remember every book we’ve ever read.  The performance is constructed from fragments of writing somehow precious to their reader.  Words on pages that have changed us.

 The Reading Room was created by Quarantine, in part as a response to the philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno’s assertion that “The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”

The Reading Room was part of Chaos to Order, a week-long residency at Central Library between 10 and 15 November 2014, curated by the band Everything Everything.

Friday 14 November 2014, 7pm

At Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD