Emergency StopGap

  A Thursday Late for the curious.

Presented by Word of Warning in association with NIAMOS

Thursday 27 February, 6pm-10pm. Pay What You Decide

Bridging the gap between gallery + theatre, and filling the empty months of winter…
Bizarre, bold + beautiful — an evening of durational live works + interventions.
Have a look at images of the artists or read their programme notes.
Come and go as you please, 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)

Bethany Mountain | Chris Owen | Kris Canavan | Krissi Musiol | Martin Hamblen | Natalie Wardle | Oliver Ford | Philip Bedwell | Powder Keg | Shkiesha | Susanna Amato | Tink Flaherty | TomYumSim

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Thursday 27 February 2020, 6pm-10pm (last entry at 9pm)
Venue: NIAMOS, use side door on Chichester Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5EU
Tickets: NO booking required, Pay What You Decide in person on the night.
Entry: come and go as you please; some works have a limited capacity operating first-come, first-served.
Enquiries: 07488 308 111 (on the night) / 0161 232 6086 (during weekday office hours)

Access Information

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Warnings: some works may disturb, for specific content warnings please click here. Strobe lighting will be used 7pm-8pm in the main auditorium.
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, some works may not have 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.


Manchester’s micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful pops-up with a night of curiosities amidst the decaying splendour of Hulme’s NIAMOS…

Your direct line to reality
Remorse for hate-filled words
How are we connected? A litany of names
A liquid conversation; ancient goddess in future world
The maternal body; a life lived nine to five
A landfill of possessions; what do we leave behind?
If you’re asking, we’re dancing: let dancing shape our lives

Get a feel for it with a look at Emergency 2019’s daytime programme.

What people have said about Emergency

Some great stuff at @WarnMcr’s (friendly & incredibly well-organised) #EmergencyMcr yesterday. Saw several pieces I’d be really keen to see more of…
 — @CirclesStalls on 2019
Absolutely brilliant to see such varied and sometimes challenging work.
Genuinely unique … not seen anything quite like it elsewhere.
I liked the intimacy of some of the pieces + the variety.
I’m so glad I happened upon it, really well organised, amazing acts.
One of the most interesting events in Manchester’s Cultural Calendar.
Really important event for NW artists — safe space to experiment.
The diversity is outstanding and so inclusive of all.
Thought provoking & frankly unique. It sets Manchester apart.
 — Audience Feedback from 2019 + before


Emergency StopGap is produced by hÅb + supported by NIAMOS | Image: Shkiesha

Website + Social Media

EmergencyMcr.org | #EmergencyStopGap

Performance Programme Spring 2020

Wed 12 Feb, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Sex Education
Thu 27 Feb, 6pm-10pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
Emergency StopGap
Thu 19 — Sat 21 Mar, 7.30pm. £13/11/7 | Royal Exchange Theatre
Idol (Cancelled)
Wed 1 Apr, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
We Are Fucked (Cancelled)
Fri 1 May, 7pm. Free | Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Oreo Variations (Rescheduled)
Fri 22 May, 9pm. Donations welcome | Online
Works Ahead 2020 (Adapted)
White Sun
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)