Spring 2021

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As a new year dawned we returned with Domestic, an informal evening of new work from home on 13 Jan. Shifting regulations mean a date for our 21st Emergency is to be confirmed, and we’ll announce further events as they seem feasible…

Visit Domesticated to discover eight works in our new home for video performance, and our YouTube channel to re-watch recent live streamed events.

Keep abreast of interesting things to watch and find information for artists via our News page — you can keep in touch with us by signing-up for our Weekly Warning e-mail.

Discover what happened last season in our AW20 archive, and please share your thoughts with us if you’ve been to any of our events or seen a performance online.


Simply put, Word of Warning is a one-stop shop for the bonkers, the beautiful, and the bizarre of new live performance — an attempt to keep alive the best of greenroom’s 25-year legacy, and to also introduce new people to the possibilities of seeing live work in Manchester + beyond… including online.

If you haven’t attended one of these performance evenings yet, WTF are you doing? Go and see the stimulating new work that’s out there!
 — Number 9 Reviews on WTF Wednesdays (November 2019)

We take live work very seriously — but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all.
Over the past 9 years we’ve shown funny, thought-provoking, and beautiful work by the likes of Ron Athey, Harry Clayton-Wright, Chanje Kunda, Stacy Makishi, Pinchbeck & Smith, Darren Pritchard, Proto-type Theater, and Proud & Loud Arts (amongst others).


We don’t want to put you off by talking art form labels — yes, there’ll be theatre, live art, performance, dance, etc. — as our aim is to be anything but elitist or po-faced.
So, if you like comedy, music, gaming, or want a friendly, stimulating evening: there’ll be something you might want to take a chance on… Here’s what other people say:

Astonishing. Like nothing else. Transformative, immersive, moving.
Always special, bringing the unexpected and intriguing, thank you.
Fabulous for seeing things different from the mainstream machine.
Really important and interesting work, different to everything else.

 — Audience feedback


Word of Warning is a project by Manchester-based hÅb — you may not have heard of us but you might know some of our events, like Emergency, Haphazard or Hazard.

hÅb produces, develops, and advocates for contemporary performance, live art, and sited work in the North of England, and is a core partner in Divergency — encouraging diversity in live art. We are supported using public funding by Arts Council England, a Greater Manchester Artist Hub partner, and a Live Art UK member.

Refreshing company that brings diverse shows to our door steps.
WoW are great, supporting emerging work and bringing it to new audiences.
Wonderful, daring performances that I have never been disappointed by.
A needed company in Manchester, feels like they really support artists.

 — Audience feedback

Tamsin Drury, hÅb’s Director, has been around a while — a really long while — she’s been responsible for making the Arndale Tower flash, wrapping Cathedral Gardens in 7km of hazard tape, and firing a glitter-cannon to the Hallelujah chorus! On the less eccentric side, over the years hÅb has worked with hundreds of NW artists to help them create new work. Please send programming enquiries to her via info@habmcr.org

John Franklin-Johnston, hÅb’s Programme Manager, is a freelance producer + events manager and was greenroom’s long time programme co-ordinator.

Peader Kirk, artist + mentor, supports Domestic, Works Ahead + other hÅb projects.

Tricia Coleman, freelance producer, supports hÅb’s artist development + production.

We’re grateful for the ongoing support of a team of freelancers + volunteers that includes Andrew Crofts, Catherine Shaw, Jake Lewis, Kamini Patel, Megan McPhee, Sam Stockdale, Scarlett Spicer, Stacey Potter + Steve Bryan.

Thanks also to our Advisory Board: Helen Palmer, Charles Rowley, Cathy Butterworth, Joseph Lau, plus Garfield Allen for Divergency.

Spring 2021 is brought to you by hÅb + Contact.


Please click here to read specific content (trigger) warnings for Spring 2021 events.
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Performance Programme Spring 2021

Wed 13 Jan, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Wed 10 Mar, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Ongoing | Online
Date to be confirmed | Contact
21st Emergency