Emergency 21

A journey for the curious.

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Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

Manchester’s twenty-first micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful takes over the brand new Contact in a journey of live performance…
Now that it’s over — see a gallery of images from the day.


Ayzmar · Helena Ascough · †Kellie Colbert & Deborah Newton · Kelvin Atmadibrata · Lydia Cottrell · Maryam Hashemi · Miray Sidhom · ‡Mitzee · Sebastian H-W · Simon Carroll-Jones & Wayne Steven Jackson
Participating artists subject to change; Rowena Gander is unable to appear.
†For 12noon-2pm entry only. ‡For 2pm-4pm entry only.

Our annual platform for live art + contemporary performance, this 21st Emergency is necessarily a bit different — full programme notes are here.


Times: Saturday 25 September 2021, entry from 12noon to 4pm.
Duration: estimated 60-75 minutes total journey time.
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA
Ticketing: book a FREE ticket from Contact to gain entry within a half-hour time slot: 12noon-12.30pm | 12.30-1pm | 1-1.30pm | 1.30-2pm | 2-2.30pm | 2.30-3pm | 3-3.30pm | 3.30-4pm
Donations to support Word of Warning are welcome via PayPal.
Age Advisory: 15+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, for specific warnings please click here.
Please note: this event takes place inside over three floors and is accessible to people with mobility issues, including those using wheelchairs.
For specific access queries please get in touch with Contact by emailing boxoffice@contactmcr.org or call 0161 274 0600


Responding to circumstances, our 21st Emergency offers a sneak preview of new live work in a brand new home. With about ten performance works dotted throughout Contact’s building, you’ll be guided on a socially-distanced one-way walkthrough. Able to pause en route, we estimate a 60 to 75-minute total journey time for each audience member. Full programme notes are here.

Originally planned for Nov 2020, Emergency 21 produced by hÅb + Contact.


EmergencyMcr.org · #EmergencyMcr
Ayzmar · Insta: ayzmar_ · @ayzmar_
Facebook: Helena Ascough · @Helena_Ascough
Insta: kellie.colbert.theatre · @imKellieColbert
Insta: debbienewtonuttley · @NewtonDebs
Kelvin Atmadibrata · Insta: kelvinatmadibrata
Lydia Cottrell · Insta: Lydia_Cott · @Lydia_Cott
Maryam Hashemi · Facebook: marhashem · Insta: marhashem
Miray Sidhom
Mitzee · Facebook: thisismitzee · @thisismitzee
Rowena Gander · Facebook: rowenagander · @rowenagander
Sebastian H-W · Facebook: sebastnhw · @SebastnHW
Simon Carroll-Jones · Insta: sijethrojones · @sicarrolljones
Wayne Steven Jackson · @waynesjackson
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Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2021

Sat 25 Sep, 12noon-4pm entry. Free | Contact
Emergency 21
Fri 15 Oct, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Fri 22 Oct, 7pm. Free | Holden Gallery
Ongoing | Various Venues + Online
Manchester Independents
Ongoing | Online