Quarantine Manchester

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.

Quarantine revolves around directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea, scenographer Simon Banham and a shifting constellation of collaborators. The group work with virtuosic performers and with people who have never done anything like this before – electricians, philosophers, families, soldiers, chefs, children, florists, opera singers and countless others. It’s an ongoing exercise in mass portraiture. There’s a direct, open, often conversational relationship with audiences that can be unexpected and provocative. There have been family parties, shared meals and cookery lessons; karaoke booths, radio broadcasts and journeys in the dark for one person at a time – as well as performances on stage for audiences in seats. 

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is an epic quartet about the human life cycle and our relationship with time. It’s comprised of 3 performances and a film. The quartet is played as a marathon 7 hour event.

Summer. focuses on this very day and is made with around 40 people from the place you see it. Quarantine meet them and feed them for 3 weeks. In performance, they respond to questions and projected instructions that they haven’t seen or heard before. Autumn. looks backwards and forwards and invites the audience onto stage. It’s a 2 hour-long interval – a gap between Summer. and Winter. We join a conversation about the history of the world; we visit a clairvoyant; we eat food made by the previous audience; we play table tennis; we join a silent disco and much more… Winter. is a filmed portrait of Mandy King-Holmes, the aunt of one of the Quarantine team, made in the last months of her life. She died in April 2016 from lung cancer. Spring. is made with 15 pregnant women, also from the place in which the performance is staged. The piece is built around a text made of 1000 questions that shift from the daily to the difficult, from blind panic to blinkered hope, considering a life not yet lived – the imagined future of an unborn child. 

NXTSTP partners: Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen)