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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 19 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...


Can you remember every dance you’ve ever danced?

Memories of dancing alone all night at a party; of whirling across the stage at the Paris Opera Ballet; of silently, slowly revolving with a new lover on a canal boat at night; of a repeated tic – a bodily habit that feels like dancing; of walking alongside their mother; of racing with a dog across a beach; of dizzily spinning children; of weeping and dancing; of hitting the mark for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker…. 

Wallflower is a dance marathon, a game that alters according to the players.

Like much of Quarantine’s work, Wallflower serves as a form of portraiture. Each night, the performers choose what they want to reveal, what story of themselves they want to tell. In the seats around the dance floor, the spectators bring their own histories, understanding and expectations. And somewhere between the spotlight and the sidelines, Wallflower happens.

Wallflower takes two forms, a 90 minute version and a durational version which transforms the performance into an epic, exhausting 5-hour piece – the dancers grappling with the effort of memory as bodies and minds tire, hurt, slow and repeat.

We’ve begun to document a vast record of hundreds of remembered dances, a multi-volume, typed and indexed archive which begins with dances from early rehearsals and always ends with the last dance… To date, it would take over a day and a half to dance them all, and by the time you read this, there may well be hundreds more. 



1-3 February 2017 | PuSh Festival | Vancouver, CA 

20-22 October 2016 | UK Premiere |  Dance Umbrella | Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK 

28-29 October 2016 | Juncture, Leeds, UK 

27 August 2016 | Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival | Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts, Tanum, Sweden

24 – 26 September 2015 | Dublin Theatre Festival, IE

World Premiere | 28 – 30 August 2015 | Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, NL

Try-out performances (not public) | 20 – 22 August 2015 | HOME, Manchester, UK


Interview: Robbert Van Heuven interviews Richard Gregory 28 August 2015 (English translation)

Interview: Jig your memory: the dance marathon that sends us spiralling into the past – Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian – August 2016

Review: Joost Ramaer for Theaterkrant | 28 August 2015 | English version translated from Dutch 

Review: London Evening Standard, October 2016 ★★★★

Review: The Upcoming, October 2016 ★★★★

Megan Vaughan: All the Quarantine shows I’ve seen and everything I can remember from them (for now), October 2016

lo-fi, freewheeling and rather brilliant ★★★★ London Evening Standard



Wallflower is devised by the company.

Director  Richard Gregory

Designer  Simon Banham

Cast  Sonia Hughes, Jo Fong, Nic Green, James Monaghan

DJ & Production Manager  Greg Akehurst

Archivist & Stage Manager  Kate Daley

Choreographic Advisor  Jane Mason

Lighting Designer  Malcolm Rippeth

Dramaturg  Renny O’Shea

Producer  Ali Dunican


Wallflower was developed with in-kind support from The University of Aberystwyth and HOME, Manchester, as part of our relationship as Associate Company. Wallflower premiered at Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, NL on 28 - 30 August 2015.