Quarantine, in co-production with Contact and HOME, supported by SICK! Festival presents


An extraordinary quartet of work about our relationship with time, Quarantine’s hugely ambitious project is a piece of mass portraiture, spanning the human lifecycle and made with ‘real people’ in place of actors. In Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring., each work can stand alone, distinct in form, or be seen as an epic, day-long, marathon event…

“Without even being conscious of it, we all, effectively, stop living like we’re supposed to live. Really. Y’know, you take for granted that there’s next summer, or there’s next year, or… you take it for granted that that time is yours…”

Winter. is a short film about Mandy King-Holmes. Mandy is 50 years old. She lives in York, has two children and four dogs. Mandy also has terminal lung cancer.

Winter. is a delicate, filmed portrait of a person at the end of their life, made by film-maker Rachel Davies.

Rachel Davies is best known for The Assembly, a film installation about The Manchester Girls Choir which featured in the very first Manchester International Festival in 2007. Rachel’s short dance film Gold (2004) won the IMZ Dance Screen Grand Prix in 2006. In 2006/7 she was John Thaw Fellow at Manchester University and she is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Kingston University.

The sound for Winter. has been composed by artist, theatre maker and composer Graeme Miller. Emerging from the bold and influential stage work of Impact Theatre Co-operative in the 1980s, Graeme Miller’s work now embraces a wide range of media. With the idea of being ‘a composer of many things that may include music’, he has made theatre, dance, installations and interventions.

Quarantine, our Associate Company, is a unique voice in British theatre – internationally acclaimed for experiments with everyday life.

Supported by SICK! Festival, The Unity Theatre Trust, Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and The Granada Foundation.