about · audiences · by · people · warnings · Updated 5 Jan 2023

Spring began with Dead Cats at The Lowry, followed by three Works Ahead — Summer continued with a Gambit in Manchester City Centre — and Autumn saw Emergency 22 take over Contact…

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Discover what happened last year in our AW21 archive — and please share your thoughts with us if you’ve been to any of our events or watched a livestream.
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Simply put, Word of Warning is a one-stop shop for the bonkers, the beautiful, and the bizarre of new live performance — an attempt to keep alive the best of greenroom’s 25-year legacy, and to also introduce new people to the possibilities of seeing live work in Manchester + beyond, including livestreams and more online…

If you haven’t attended one of these performance evenings yet, WTF are you doing? Go and see the stimulating new work that’s out there!
 — Number 9 Reviews on WTF Wednesdays (November 2019)

We take live work very seriously — but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all. Over the past decade we’ve shown funny, thought-provoking, and beautiful work by the likes of Ron Athey, Harry Clayton-Wright, Chanje Kunda, Stacy Makishi, Pinchbeck & Smith, Darren Pritchard, Proto-type Theater, and Proud & Loud Arts (amongst others).
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We don’t want to put you off by talking art form labels — yes, there’ll be theatre, live art, performance, dance, etc. — as our aim is to be anything but elitist or po-faced. So, if you like comedy, music, gaming, or want a friendly, stimulating evening — there’ll be something you might want to take a chance on…

Astonishing. Like nothing else. Transformative, immersive, moving.
Always special, bringing the unexpected and intriguing, thank you.
Fabulous for seeing things different from the mainstream machine.
Really important and interesting work, different to everything else.

 — Audience feedback

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Word of Warning is a project by Manchester-based hÅb — you might not have heard of us though you may know some of our events, like Emergency, Haphazard, or Hazard. Read last year’s interview with Circles & Stalls.

hÅb produces, develops, and advocates for Live Art, contemporary performance, and sited work in the North of England. We’re supported using public funding by Arts Council England; a core Divergency partner alongside STUN — encouraging diversity in live art; a Greater Manchester Artist Hub partner; a GM LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network member; a Live Art UK member; a Manchester Independents partner — supporting and spotlighting GM artists.

Refreshing company that brings diverse shows to our door steps.
WoW are great, supporting emerging work and bringing it to new audiences.
Wonderful, daring performances that I have never been disappointed by.
A needed company in Manchester, feels like they really support artists.

 — Audience feedback

SS/AW22 is brought to you by hÅb, with Contact + The Lowry.
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Tamsin Drury, hÅb’s Director, has been around a while — a really long while — she’s been responsible for making the Arndale Tower flash, wrapping Cathedral Gardens in 7km of hazard tape, and firing a glitter-cannon to the Hallelujah chorus! On the less eccentric side, over the years hÅb has worked with hundreds of NW artists to help them create new work. Please send programming enquiries to her via info@habmcr.org

John Franklin-Johnston, hÅb’s Programme Manager, is a freelance producer, events manager, facilitator, and was greenroom’s programme co-ordinator.

Peader Kirk, artist + mentor, supports Works Ahead and other hÅb projects.

We’re grateful for the ongoing support of a team of freelancers and volunteers that includes: Andrew Crofts, Catherine Shaw, Jake Lewis, Kamini Patel, Louise Anderson, Megan McPhee, Sam Stockdale, Stacey Potter, Steve Bryan, Tania Camara, Tricia Coleman, plus Theatre and Performance students from The Arden.

Thanks also to our Advisory Board: Helen Palmer, Charles Rowley, Cathy Butterworth, Joseph Lau, plus Garfield Allen + Maya Chowdhry for Divergency.
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Please click here to read specific content (trigger) warnings for our events.
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Performance Programme 2022

Wed 4 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Dead Cats
Thu 26 + Fri 27 May, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2022
Sat 20 Aug, Noon-4pm. Free | St Ann's Square
Sat 1 Oct, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 22