Emergency 2019

A day out for the curious.

Presented by Word of Warning in association with NIAMOS, STUN + Z-arts

Saturday 21 September, 12noon-10pm. Pay What You Decide

Manchester’s twentieth micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful spreads its wings across two Hulme buildings — the decaying splendour of NIAMOS and the familiar turf of STUN + Z-arts. From stage to stairwell, dress circle to box office, thirty plus live works in a non-stop performance takeover… See images of the artists or download a schedule here. Sample the different — then pay what you decide!
And now that it’s over, see our gallery of images from the event.

Participating Artists (subject to change)

DAYTIME: 12noon-4.30pm at NIAMOS
From noon dip in + out of ongoing performances, installations + ltd capacity experiences:
Alex Bradley | Bill Duffy | Charlotte McShane | Emergency Chorus | Gillian Knox | Holly Spillar | Jade Williams | Janet Charlesworth | Kellie Colbert | Kelvin Atmadibrata | Kris Canavan | Maya Chowdhry | Peter Jacobs | Pierce Starre | rahtattoo | Ross Graham | Shkiesha | Tamar + Jo | Thomas Mayer | TomYumSim | Will Dickie

EVENING: 5pm-10pm at STUN Studio + Z-arts
And from 5pm join us for a series of short sit-down shows with:
Adam John Roberts | Anna West + Louise Cross | Callum Berridge | Helen Sulis Bowie | Jazmine Webb | Katy Dye + Craig Manson | Lara Buffard + Gur Arie Piepskovitz | Rebekka Platt | Ross McCaffrey | Shahireh Sharif | Tania Camara | The Strange Names Collective | Vendetta Vain

To get a feel for it, have a look at 2018’s programme + event images.

Venues + Booking Details

Date: Saturday 21 September 2019, 12noon-10pm (last show ends about 10.30pm)
Daytime Venue: 12noon-4.30pm at NIAMOS, Chichester Rd, Hulme, M15 5EU
Evening Venues: 5-10pm at STUN Studio + Z-arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, M15 5ZA
Tickets: NO booking required, Pay What You Decide in person on the day.
Entry: during the DAYTIME come and go as you please; individual shows in the EVENING usually have a no-latecomer policy. Some works have a limited capacity with either sign-up sheets on the day or operating first-come, first-served.
Enquiries: 07488 308 111 (on the day) / 0161 232 6086 (during weekday office hours)

Access Information

Age Advisory: mainly aimed at adults, parental/guardian discretion is advised; some works are not suitable for under 18s.
Warning: some works may disturb; for specific content warnings please click here.
Access: uses a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity, some participatory.
We apologise but due to the nature of the NIAMOS building, only the following DAYTIME artists’ works have step-free access: Janet Charlesworth, Kelvin Atmadibrata, Maya Chowdhry, Peter Jacobs, Pierce Starre, Shkiesha, Tamar + Jo, Thomas Mayer, TomYumSim. The EVENING programme has full step-free access.
Specific age + access info: please get in touch with us by emailing info@habmcr.org or call 0161 232 6086 during weekday office hours.

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.
Inspiring new talent…
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 2018 + earlier years…


Emergency 2019 is produced by hÅb; supported by NIAMOS, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) + Z-arts | Image: Kelvin Atmadibrata by Luana Logina


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Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2019

Sat 21 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Hulme
Emergency 2019
Wed 2 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Wed 23 Oct, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). £5/10/15 | NIAMOS
Acephalous Monster
Wed 6 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
I Promise You That Tonight
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)