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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...


9 June 2023 | St Peter's Square, Manchester

Created by Lowri Evans and Lisa Mattocks with Molly Twomey

Who runs the world?

Underscore is an interactive digital experiment that disrupts the silent power structures of public space through live writing and projection of personal statements with real-time observations.

Set against the backdrop of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, artists Lisa Mattocks, Lowri Evans and poet Molly Twomey will invite three generations of women to go undercover and live report on everything they see and hear as the sky turns black. They will ask and answer questions about what keeps them awake at night, what they wished they’d said and what it all means, turning the tables on who gets to be seen and who gets to watch. 

Join us in person and online from 9.30pm in a moment of mass observation, of reclaiming space, and taking back the night.



9 June 2023, 9.30pm – 12 midnight | St Peter’s Square, Manchester  Part of Festival of Libraries 

Free of charge, no booking required: gather in St Peter’s Square between 9.30pm and midnight.



Round table event at MMU Poetry Library, 7 June, 1-3pm



Concept, creation & text: Lowri Evans & Lisa Mattocks, with Molly Twomey

Website creation: Lisa Mattocks

Production: Ali Dunican & Matt Webster


Underscore is supported by Arts Council England.  In partnership with Poetry Ireland through one of their International Residencies.  With thanks Manchester City Council events team, Central Library, Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry Library, Manchester Histories, HOME & John McAuliffe, University of Manchester.