Manchester’s groundbreaking Quarantine theatre company is back with an ambitious new project featuring dozens of people of all ages. The company whose previous work includes Susan & Darren and The Soldier’s Song has created a quartet of works comprising three live performances and one film, entitled Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. The first three can be seen as individual performances or alongside Autumn. in an epic, day-long marathon event. The world premiere of the full quartet takes place on Saturday 26 March with two more long-duration performances on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2016. Rather than using actors, Quarantine works with people who are being themselves on stage. As a result, each performance differs. However audiences can expect elements of live performance, film, clairvoyance, history, food and conversation.

Individual performances also address certain themes. Summer., for example, reflects the experience of living ‘in the moment’ with people of various ages on stage responding to questions and instructions they’ve never seen before. It was first performed in June 2014 (read our story here). Autumn. takes on the theme of reflection and memory, with performers considering where they fit into the bigger picture of human history. Winter. takes the shape of a filmed portrait, created with a person who knows that they are coming to the end of their life. Spring. is something new again: a group of pregnant women will ask questions on stage about what the future holds.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to the full quartet on Saturday 2 April 2016. To win, simply send an email to competitions [at] manchesterwire [dot] co [dot] uk with the subject line ‘Quarantine competition’. Please include include your name, age, phone number and Twitter handle. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday (1 Mar).

PLEASE NOTE: This competition is now closed.

Individual performances, Tue 22 – Fri 25 Mar, 8pm; full quartet of Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. Sat 26 Mar, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Apr, 2pm–9pm, Old Granada Studios, St John’s, Manchester, M3 4AN, prices vary depending on the show from £8-£25 (conc £5-£15), – tickets available via Home ( and Contact (

Tue 22 Mar - Sun 3 Apr
Ian Pennington
Published on:
Thu 31 Mar 2016