Archived Warnings


Updated 8 October, 12.50pm

Below are Age Advisories/Limits + Content Warnings for past Word of Warning events — warnings for upcoming events are here.
This information is for audience members who want to know more about the content of work — particularly highlighting elements that may distress, cause upset, or trigger.


2020

7 Oct. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, any specific warnings follow.
 Ali Wilson — includes swearing and themes of grief & loss.

27 Sep. Hulme Community Garden Centre | Botanic

Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Content Warnings: none.

12 Aug. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: please note that some works may disturb, specific warnings follow.
 Andrew Neil Hayes — includes partial nudity.
 Daniel & Clara — includes flashing imagery.
 Dominique Savitri Baron-Bonarjee — none.
 Kellie Colbert — deals with issues of social anxiety + panic attacks; includes popping of balloons.
 melissandre varin — includes ingestion + references to eating disorders.
 Niya B — none.
 Sebastian H-W — includes partial nudity.

1 July. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: please note that some works may disturb & some works include audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Afreena Islam — includes satirical content, swearing.
 Alex Bradley — none.
 Cheryl Martin — includes mention of abuse, alcohlism, illness, suicide.
 Emma Geraghty — none.
 Levantes Dance Theatre — none.
 Nathan Birkinshaw — includes nudity, a recording of defecation, taxidermy.

22 May. Online | Works Ahead 2020 — Will Dickie’s White Sun

Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Content Warnings: none.
 N.B. planned as a sited double bill from Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey at NIAMOS on 21/22 May in partnership with Contact:
 Will adapted his work for live streaming; Ross postponed sharing his work until it can be shown to a physical audience.

1 May. Online | OREO: variations by Tania Camara

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes simulated gagging/retching.
 N.B. Rescheduled from 23+24 April in STUN Studio at Z-arts.

1 April. The Lowry | We Are Fucked by Jo Bannon (CANCELLED)

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: none.

19—21 March. Royal Exchange Theatre | IDOL by Jamal Gerald (CANCELLED)

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes strong language, sexual references + full nudity; uses haze + flashing lights (not strobe). Please note that candles + joss sticks are lit throughout the show.

27 Feb. NIAMOS | Emergency StopGap

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: please note that some works may disturb, specific warnings follow.
 Bethany Mountain — potential audience interaction; includes references to self-harm, depression + suicide.
 Chris Owen — none.
 Kris Canavan — includes blood-letting, nudity + penetration of their body (strobe lighting was not used).
 Krissi Musiol — includes references to pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, exhaustion + well-being; potential for audience interaction.
 Martin Hamblen — none.
 Natalie Wardle — includes nudity.
 Oliver Ford — none.
 Philip Bedwell — includes nudity.
 Powder Keg — potential audience interaction; potential loud noise.
 Shkiesha — none.
 Susanna Amato — includes sounds of a shredder which could be loud/harsh/offensive; includes references to hoarding, holding on + letting go.
 Tink Flaherty — requires audience interaction; audience members need to feel comfortable + aware of the possibility of oversharing.
 TomYumSim — requires audience interaction; audience members need to feel comfortable + aware of the possibility of oversharing.

12 Feb. The Lowry | Sex Education by Harry Clayton-Wright

Age Limit: strictly 18+
Content Warnings: includes themes that some people may find distressing, nudity + explicit sexual content.


2019

6 Nov. The Lowry | I Promise You That Tonight by Tom Cassani

Age Advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes mentions of death + description of drowning. During the show, the performer:
 • talks about being close to death and nearly dying;
 • describes what it might feel like to drown;
 • describes a mechanism used in water boarding torture;
 • mentions a person bursting into flames;
 • walks bare foot on broken glass, places his face on the broken glass, and pushes it into the glass;
 • does not cut himself, and no wounds are made to his body;
 • does not intend to harm himself during any of these actions.
A loud drone sound is used multiple times during the show.

23 Oct. NIAMOS | Acephalous Monster by Ron Athey

Age Limit: strictly for those aged 18+
Content Warnings: an intense viewing experience for some, if you are sensitive to any of the following or of a more general sensitive disposition we recommend using discretion before buying tickets.
The show includes:
 • live nudity;
 • live blood-letting;
and on projected film:
 • BDSM (not safe to open at work);
 • depictions of graphic consensual sexual activity;
 • depictions and descriptions of violence (including symbolic beheading).
For context read a review by The Dance Enthusiast (contains spoilers).

2 Oct. The Lowry | Tetra-Decathlon by Lauren Hendry, dir. Jenna Watt

Age Advisory: 12+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warning: includes mild swearing.

21 Sep. Hulme | Emergency 2019

Age Advisory: the overall event is mainly aimed at adults, parental/guardian discretion is advised; some works are not suitable for under 18s.
EVENING at STUN Studio + Z-arts
Helen Sulis Bowie | Smashing It!
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: contains swearing + references to personal + political violence.
Lara Buffard + Gur Arie Piepskovitz | Confessional on The Dance Floor (Madonna’s true vassals)
 — Age Limit: 18+ for one to one participation.
 — Content Warnings: mature content + drinking of tequila.
Rebekka Platt | Do you want fries with that?
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion
 — Content Warning: features nudity.
Ross McCaffrey | Sometimes History Needs a Push
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: mentions political violence + references to genocide.
Shahireh Sharif | I am an orange dot
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: a work about refugees, includes mentions of death, drowning, hanging, dead bodies floating + the taste of blood that some may find upsetting.
Vendetta Vain | Taking the Piss
 — Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features nudity + bodily functions.
DAYTIME at NIAMOS
Alex Bradley | Almost Everything is Black + White
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: features nudity.
Bill Duffy | Scar Tissue / Symmetry
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features blood-letting, disturbing content + themes of abuse.
Charlotte McShane | Tell Me Lies
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: includes swearing, shouting, mild sexual content; requires active audience participation in a one-to-one setting; audience members need to feel comfortable by themselves + aware of the possibility of oversharing.
Gillian Knox | Everybody Always Tells the Truth
 — Content Warning: discusses aspects of giving birth which some may find upsetting.
Holly Spillar | Hole
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: the work is about sex, sexual problems + Vaginismus, which may be distressing to some.
Jade Williams | An Intimate Confession Cup
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warning: requires active audience participation in a one-to-one setting; audience members need to feel comfortable by themselves.
Kellie Colbert | Bad Feminist
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: includes photographic nudity.
Kris Canavan | Back To Basics
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: includes blood-letting, nudity, strobe lighting; insertion of dental retractor into mouth; insertion of fishing hook through tongue; stapling onto forehead; symbolic act of castration by using surgical staples in scrotum.
Pierce Starre | Labels
 — Content Warning: as an interactive piece the artist has no control over what is written on the labels.
rahtattoo | Solvet et Coagula 22
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features blood, needles + live tattooing.
Ross Graham | Making Histry
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: contains food + drink; optional audience discussion + participation; discussion of death.
Tamar + Jo | Unseen Beings
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: includes partial nudity + some sexual movement.
Thomas Mayer | Countless Lives
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: features nudity.