Emergency 2016

A free day out for the curious.

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Z-arts

Saturday 1 October 2016, 12noon-11pm†. FREE

Manchester’s 17th micro-marathon of the bizarre + the beautiful fills Z-arts to bursting point with some 28 live works in a non-stop performance takeover.

A living room, a lifeline, a freakshow, a caution,
Lipsync androgyny + bedroom confessionals,
A new map of Europe + a ‘Jungle’ invitation,
Gilded scars + stiletto stigmata,
A career-ending rock show + an empty musical…

Your chance to sample the different — all for free. († Ends 11pm, not 10pm.)

Now that it’s over, read reviews by Exeunt Magazine + The State of the Arts, and see our gallery of images from the event.


Ali Wilson | Amy Steel | Ben Spatz | Chanje Kunda | Ding & sich | Dominique Baron-Bonarjee | Elena Molinaro | Hellen Burrough | Hollie Miller | Instant Dissidence | Jake Bowen | Jamil E-R Keating | Jen Morgan | Maelstrom Theatre | Matthew Harrison-Lord | Maya Chowdhry | Natalie Ramus | Paper People Theatre | Paul O’Donnell | Peter Jacobs | Ross McCaffrey | Rowland Hill + Jack Sheen | Roxanne Carney | Ryan O’Shea | Theatre 42 | Tin Can People | Tom Cassani | Toni-Dee Paul | N.B. Darren White no longer appears

With participating artists subject to change, it’s a day in four sessions:
12noon-2pm: dip in + out of ongoing performances, installations + 1-2-1s;
2pm-4pm: join us for a series of short sit-down shows;
4pm-7pm: see new spaces, ongoing performances, installations + 1-2-1s;
7pm-11pm: a final burst of short sit-down shows.

Our planned schedule is here — please don’t take it as gospel as things may change! To get a feel for it, have a look at 2015’s programme + gallery.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016, 12noon-11pm (Ends 1hr later than advertised)
Venue: Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio), 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: FREE, no booking required, come + go as you please.
N.B. Some limited capacity shows may have sign-up sheets on the day, others operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

What people have said about Emergency

Great to have such exciting off beat talent.
…genuinely amazing that this is still going giving new/different acts a platform to work from.
Really important event for NW artists — safe space to experiment. Unlocks hidden gems
I was thoroughly disappointed… I found the experience quite disturbing.
Audience Feedback from 2015

Emergency 2016 was a Guardian top theatre ticket, previewed in the British Theatre Guide + Manchester Wire, and recommended by QuietManDave.

Access Information

Emergency 2016 is primarily an adult-focussed event and some works may not be suitable for younger viewers (i.e. under 18s). It takes place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity, some participatory. We apologise but some of the work may not be wheelchair accessible. For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Emergency 2016 is produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England + Manchester City Council. | Image: Maelstrom Theatre by David Forrest


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Emergency 2016

Sat 1 Oct, 12noon-11pm. FREE | Z-arts
Participating artists subject to change.