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Quarantine Workshop: You People

During this free one-day workshop, you’ll learn about Quarantine’s distinctive practice, test out some collaborative approaches to creating performance out of the everyday reality of people’s lives, and reflect on the issues that arise when you create performance with people who don’t usually perform. Led by members of Quarantine’s ensemble, including co-Artistic Director Richard Gregory, we’ll air some of the complex issues surrounding the idea of co-creation, including the politics, ethics and aesthetics of representation and the problem of searching for ‘authenticity’.

“A remarkable theatre company that has created a body of beautiful, fragile and authentic work, which finds the extraordinary in the ordinary lives of real people.”Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Quarantine, a Partner Company of HOME, is a unique voice in British theatre – internationally acclaimed for their distinctive approach to creating work with and about the people who perform it. Past productions have included ‘Susan & Darren’, made with dancer Darren Pritchard and his mum Sue, and ‘Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.’, an 8 hour-long epic quartet about the human lifecycle, made with over 50 people of all ages.

Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. It now operates as an ensemble of artists and producers making theatre, performance and public events locally, nationally and internationally. They have made over 30 unique projects, some that look like theatre, many that really don’t, working with philosophers and florists, children and chefs, opera singers and serving soldiers – and countless others. Their monthly project ‘No Such Thing’ – a curry in exchange for a conversation with a stranger – has taken place for the past 8 years at Kabana café in the centre of Manchester.


This workshop is free for anyone based in Manchester and particularly suitable for theatre and performance creators, including artists, directors, writers and dramaturgs with an interest in devising work collaboratively with people who don’t usually perform. Places are limited, and applicants will be selected by Quarantine.

Please send a short biography (max 200 words) and a statement about why you want to take part (max 500 words) to info@qtine.com by 17.00 on Fri 13 Mar.