Emergency 2018

A day out for the curious.

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Z-arts

Saturday 6 October, 12-10pm. Pay What You Decide

Manchester’s nineteenth annual manic micro-marathon of the bizarre + the beautiful: from gallery to theatre, store-cupboard to stairwell, some 30 live works in a non-stop performance takeover — filling the Z-arts building to bursting point…

From noon dip in and out of ongoing performances, installations and limited capacity experiences; from 2.30pm it’s adult-only live art; and from 5.30pm join us for a series of short sit-down shows. Sample the different — then pay what you decide!

Now that it’s over, see our gallery of images from the event.

Participating artists (subject to change)

AIDAN STRUDWICK | Alexandrina Hemsley | Alicia Jane Turner | Avital Raz | BOXD Theatre | Camilla Canocchi | Chanje Kunda | Dead Good Theatre | Demelza Toy Toy | Emma Geraghty | Frances Kay | idontloveyouanymore | Katt Perry | Lise Boucon | Luca Federici | Magda Tuka and Opeaen | Mark Croasdale | Megan Rudden | Miss Englatina | Natalie Wardle | Niya (a.k.a. Yani B) | Paper People Theatre | Penelope Harrall | Peter Jacobs | Proud and Loud Arts | Rachel Gomme | Rosie Gibbens | Tom Cassani | Tom Halls | Two Blue Ticks

To get a feel for it, have a look at the 2017 programme + image gallery.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018, 12noon-10pm (last show ends about 10.30pm)
Venue: Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio), 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: no booking required, Pay What You Decide in person on the day, come and go as you please. NB some works have a limited capacity (marked) with either sign-up sheets on the day or operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual shows from 5.30pm typically have a no-latecomer policy.
Tel: 0161 232 6089 (Z-arts)

Access Information

Age advisory: mainly aimed at adults, from 12noon to 2.30pm we advise that some work (clearly signposted) may not suitable for under 18s; from 2.30pm to 10pm we advise that no work is suitable for under 18s.
The works in Emergency 2018 take place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity (marked †), some participatory. We apologise but some work may not be wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the Z-arts building. For specific age and access information please email info@habmcr.org or call 0161 232 6086.

What people have said about Emergency

Fresh, exciting, unpredictable, mixed and provocative. Rewarding, too!
I am amazed they manage so many shows in a day…
The diversity is outstanding and so inclusive of all.
Really important event for NW artists — safe space to experiment.
Performances are both rewarding in their own right, and also offer a glimpse into where theatre might go in our more interactive and interconnected world.
Thought provoking & frankly unique. It sets Manchester apart.
Audience Feedback from Emergency 2017/2016/2015

Emergency 2017 was reviewed by Circles&Stalls and QuietManDave.


Emergency 2018 is produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England. | Image: Lise Boucon by Manuel Vason.


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Emergency 2018

Sat 6 Oct, 12-10pm. Pay What You Decide | Z-arts
Participating artists subject to change.