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Presented by Word of Warning

Gambit — a powerplay.

A game of strategy comes to life, as human chess pieces invade Manchester City Centre in a new kind of powerplay: turning the tables on the traditional order.

Gambit — the act of tripping someone to make them fall…?

Now that it’s over — see a gallery of images from the day.


Free: a playful intervention for you to encounter by chance in the city streets.
Date: Saturday 20 August 2022
Times: approximately Noon-12.45pm / 1.45pm-2.30pm / 3.30pm-4.15pm
Location: St Ann’s Square + environs, Manchester City Centre, M2 7LF

You might also catch a glimpse of Gambit earlier in the week…
On Tuesday 16 August, around MMU Birley Campus in Hulme;
On Thursday 18 August, roaming around Salford Quays, with a 2pm Preview in the MediaCity Piazza.


Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Features: choreographed movement + playful intervention; no spoken language.
Queries: please email


A gambit (from ancient Italian gambetto, the act of tripping someone with the leg to make them fall) is a chess opening in which a player makes sacrifices to achieve a subsequent positional advantage.
The word “gambit” is also sometimes used to describe similar tactics used by people in a struggle with rivals, for example “The early election was a risky gambit by Theresa May”.

Following 2018’s Shadow Girl — the city streets, Gambit reunites Word of Warning with Proud & Loud Arts in a city centre takeover — this time questioning the nature of power, and who is playing who… It makes a bold positive statement about the post-pandemic visibility of disabled people.


An extraordinary company of artists living with disability labels, Proud & Loud Arts believes excellence comes from diversity, complexity, and equality — with their work focused on challenging audiences, pushing artistic boundaries, and raising expectations. They’ve worked with major institutions including The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, Contact, and Tate — becoming Tate Liverpool Exchange Associates in 2018.

Proud & Loud Arts are leaders in the creation of disability-led theatre.
 — Matthew Eames, The Lowry
Empowers individuals and communicates a strong and inclusive message to society at large.
 — Ronan Brindley, Manchester Art Gallery


Performers: Alex Saddiqi, Ben Moore, Chloe Kerr, Chrissy Jones, Daniel Ramscar, Danielle Maycox, Daryll Duncan, Janet Charlesworth, Kelly Hoye, Laura May Brunk, Michael Gleave, Nick Prince, Phillip Breadney, Poppy Maguire, Rhea Holmes, Sean Christie, Toby Taylor, Valeraia Lukianets
Director: Tom Hogan
Lead Artist: Susan Swanson

Access Coordinator: Jenny Battle
Engagement & Social Media: Imogen Barton-Wells
Support Workers: Jemma Rayner, Martin Sleight
Stewarding Team: Alison Whitehead, Amelia Ellis, Catherine Shaw, Jake Lewis, Nadia Bennett, Sam Dixon, Sam Stockdale, Stacey Potter

A hÅb Hazard commission; co-produced with Proud & Loud Arts.
Special thanks to: Cross Street Chapel, HOME, Manchester Metropolitan University, MediaCity, Royal Exchange Theatre, Salford City Council, The Arden School of Theatre, University of Salford.

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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