A season of contrasts, from the eclectic explosion of our fourteenth Emergency to the intimate intensity of Domestic, by way of reimaginings of Cinderella and The Sopranos

This season, alongside our regular outings to Z-arts and Contact, we will make our final visit to the lovely BLANKSPACE and will be venturing into new territory with a sited mini-festival in a Hulme block of flats.

Talk about taking your work home with you, Cooper House just happens to be the abode of one of our number and we will be doing shows in the flat that was actually the birthplace of Word of Warning’s parent company hÅb. Currently in the middle of a major refurbishment, Cooper House will play host to Domestic, a series of stories and experiences for small audiences from: the vacuum cleaner, Leentje Van de Cruys, J. Fergus Evans, Greg Wohead, Small Acts, Jo Bannon and (former Cooper House resident) Alex Bradley with Scott Smith. All shows are VERY limited capacity so book early.

Really hoping to see you at some of the forthcoming programme. If you want to check out what you missed last season, have a look at the S/S 2013 archive.

####What is Word of Warning and where did it come from? Simply put, Word of Warning is a one-stop shop for the bonkers, the beautiful and the bizarre of live performance: an attempt to keep alive the best of the 25 year greenroom legacy and to introduce new people to the possibilities of seeing live work in Manchester.

We take live work very seriously – but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all. In 2012, alongside funny, thought-provoking, beautiful work by the likes of Third Angel, Ellie Harrison, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Levantes Dance Theatre, Action Hero, Richard DeDomenici, Made In China and many more, we served the audience gin and satsuma jello shots, played bingo, apple-bobbing, drenched them in confetti and reinvented St Andrews Day with snowballs and whisky macs.

####Who’s it for? Anyone looking for a different night out.

We don’t want to put you off by talking labels – yes there’ll be theatre, live art, dance – but the aim is to be anything but elitist or po-faced. So if you like comedy, music, gaming or just a friendly, stimulating evening – there’ll be something you might want to take a chance on.

What people have said about the shows (audience 2012).

Very engaging, beautiful & thought provoking.
Great combination of new and established work, really impressed with the format of the night and venue.
Thoroughly enjoyed the show, unexpected joys. More of this please.
Absolutely amazing. Seamless, extremely interesting, engaging AND thought provoking.
Fantastic! Really original and engaging while presenting stories & issues relevant now.
A brilliant night out.

What people have said about us (audience 2012).

Constantly provocative and exciting.
The work was engaging and evocative and it has re-lit my creative fire.
Varied programme which always takes me by surprise (my favourite way to be taken!)
Feels like a full night out in a couple of hours xxx - Loved it … Will be back!!!
Love it. So glad to have this developing as a brand I’d trust without knowing any of the work you’re programming.

####Who is Word of Warning? My name’s Tamsin Drury and I run an organisation called hÅb, which was greenroom’s partner for over a decade. You might not know hÅb but you might know some of our events – like Emergency (Manchester’s free marathon of live work with 40 shows in 3 venues) and Hazard (random sprees of eccentricity in Manchester’s City Centre).

I’ve been around a while, a really long while… and in that time, I’ve been responsible for making the Arndale Tower flash, wrapping Cathedral Gardens in 7km of hazard tape and encouraging a mass audience conga and a glitter-cannon Hallelujah chorus!

On the less eccentric side over the years, hÅb has also worked with literally hundreds of young NW artists to help them create new pieces of theatre + dance.

Please send programming enquiries to me at info@habarts.org

I’m joined in this lunacy by John Franklin, greenroom’s long time programme coordinator. Often spotted in a hat or proffering a variety of bizarre refreshments, John is the friendly face greeting you and eliciting your feedback at many of our events.

Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2013

Sat 5 Oct, 12noon-11pm. BLANKSPACE | Z-arts
Emergency 2013
Fri 11 + Sat 12 Oct, 8pm. Contact
The Ugly Sisters
Fri 8 — Sun 17 Nov. Cooper House
Fri 29 Nov, 7.30pm. Z-arts
The Falsettos