Archived Content Warnings


Updated 5 May 2022

Age Advisories/Limits and Content Warnings for the work we present is available, including elements that may distress, cause upset, or trigger.
 See below for past events including archived livestreams on our YouTube channel → 2022 · 2021 · 2020 · 2019
 Please click here for upcoming events.

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2022

4 May. The Lowry | Dead Cats by Proto-type Theater & Adam York Gregory

Age Advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: included strong swearing & complex themes.


2021

Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Content Warnings: references to periods of conflict in Israel/Palestine and the current situation that may evoke upsetting memories in some audience members.

15 Oct. STUN Studio at Z-arts | Oreo by Tania Camara

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: included an archive recording of a speech by Diane Abbott MP where she uses a term that may offend (the N-word).

25 Sep. Contact | Emergency 21

Age Advisory: 15+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Ayzmar — includes Blackface references and mentions of police brutality, rape, and slavery.
 Kellie Colbert & Deborah Newton — exploration of loss, death, and trauma.
 Lydia Cottrell — a one-to-one interactive experience; discussion of sensitive and complex topics.
 Miray Sidhom — includes footage of protest that may be considered violent.
 Mitzee — set within a darkened space, includes flashing imagery.
 Sebastian H-W — includes partial nudity, sharp noises, and possible flashing light.
 Simon Carroll-Jones & Wayne Steven Jackson — set within immersive projected imagery and soundscape; short and flashing screen movement may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

26 May. Online | Oreo Prelude by Tania Camara

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warning: includes an archive recording of a speech by Diane Abbott where she uses a term that may offend (the N-word).

10 Mar. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Eleanor May Blackburn — includes reference to self-harm, mental health, drug misuse, medication, strong language, sexual assault, consent, and very minor violence
 TomYumSim — includes live interaction over the phone, with potential for any subject matter to be brought up.

13 Jan. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Avital Raz — mentions of rape and miscarriage.
 Lydia Cottrell — discussion of potentially sensitive and complex topics.
 Mitzee — includes flashing imagery.


2020

7 Oct. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Ali Wilson — includes swearing and themes of grief & loss.

27 Sep. Hulme Community Garden Centre | Botanic

Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
No Content Warnings.

12 Aug. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, specific warnings follow.
 Andrew Neil Hayes — includes partial nudity.
 Daniel & Clara — includes flashing imagery.
 Kellie Colbert — deals with issues of social anxiety + panic attacks; includes popping of balloons.
 melissandre varin — includes ingestion + references to eating disorders.
 Sebastian H-W — includes partial nudity.

1 Jul. Online | Domestic

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, some included audience interaction, specific warnings follow.
 Afreena Islam — includes satirical content, swearing.
 Cheryl Martin — includes mention of abuse, alcohlism, illness, suicide.
 Nathan Birkinshaw — includes nudity, a recording of defecation, taxidermy.

22 May. Online | Works Ahead 2020 — Will Dickie’s White Sun

Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Content Warnings: none.
 N.B. planned as a sited double bill from Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey at NIAMOS on 21/22 May in partnership with Contact:
 Will adapted his work for livestreaming; Ross postponed sharing his work until it can be shown to a physical audience.

1 May. Online | Oreo Variations by Tania Camara

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: included simulated gagging/retching.
 N.B. Rescheduled from 23+24 April in STUN Studio at Z-arts to a livestream.

1 Apr. The Lowry | We Are Fucked by Jo Bannon (CANCELLED)

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
No Content Warnings.

19—21 Mar. Royal Exchange Theatre | IDOL by Jamal Gerald (CANCELLED)

Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes strong language, sexual references + full nudity; uses haze + flashing lights (not strobe). Please note that candles + joss sticks are lit throughout the show.

27 Feb. NIAMOS | Emergency StopGap

Age Advisory: 18+ (mainly aimed at adults; parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: please note that some works may disturb, specific warnings follow.
 Bethany Mountain — potential audience interaction; includes references to self-harm, depression + suicide.
 Chris Owen — none.
 Kris Canavan — includes blood-letting, nudity + penetration of their body (strobe lighting was not used).
 Krissi Musiol — includes references to pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, exhaustion + well-being; potential for audience interaction.
 Martin Hamblen — none.
 Natalie Wardle — includes nudity.
 Oliver Ford — none.
 Philip Bedwell — includes nudity.
 Powder Keg — potential audience interaction; potential loud noise.
 Shkiesha — none.
 Susanna Amato — includes sounds of a shredder which could be loud/harsh/offensive; includes references to hoarding, holding on + letting go.
 Tink Flaherty — requires audience interaction; audience members need to feel comfortable + aware of the possibility of oversharing.
 TomYumSim — requires audience interaction; audience members need to feel comfortable + aware of the possibility of oversharing.

12 Feb. The Lowry | Sex Education by Harry Clayton-Wright

Age Limit: strictly 18+
Content Warnings: includes themes that some people may find distressing, nudity + explicit sexual content.


2019

6 Nov. The Lowry | I Promise You That Tonight by Tom Cassani

Age Advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes mentions of death + description of drowning. During the show, the performer:
 • talks about being close to death and nearly dying;
 • describes what it might feel like to drown;
 • describes a mechanism used in water boarding torture;
 • mentions a person bursting into flames;
 • walks bare foot on broken glass, places his face on the broken glass, and pushes it into the glass;
 • does not cut himself, and no wounds are made to his body;
 • does not intend to harm himself during any of these actions.
A loud drone sound is used multiple times during the show.

23 Oct. NIAMOS | Acephalous Monster by Ron Athey

Age Limit: strictly for those aged 18+
Content Warnings: an intense viewing experience for some, if you are sensitive to any of the following or of a more general sensitive disposition we recommend using discretion before buying tickets.
The show includes:
 • live nudity;
 • live blood-letting;
and on projected film:
 • BDSM (not safe to open at work);
 • depictions of graphic consensual sexual activity;
 • depictions and descriptions of violence (including symbolic beheading).
For context read a review by The Dance Enthusiast (contains spoilers).

2 Oct. The Lowry | Tetra-Decathlon by Lauren Hendry, dir. Jenna Watt

Age Advisory: 12+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warning: includes mild swearing.

21 Sep. Hulme | Emergency 2019

Age Advisory: the overall event is mainly aimed at adults, parental/guardian discretion is advised; some works are not suitable for under 18s.
EVENING at STUN Studio + Z-arts
Helen Sulis Bowie | Smashing It!
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: contains swearing + references to personal + political violence.
Lara Buffard + Gur Arie Piepskovitz | Confessional on The Dance Floor (Madonna’s true vassals)
 — Age Limit: 18+ for one to one participation.
 — Content Warnings: mature content + drinking of tequila.
Rebekka Platt | Do you want fries with that?
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion
 — Content Warning: features nudity.
Ross McCaffrey | Sometimes History Needs a Push
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: mentions political violence + references to genocide.
Shahireh Sharif | I am an orange dot
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: a work about refugees, includes mentions of death, drowning, hanging, dead bodies floating + the taste of blood that some may find upsetting.
Vendetta Vain | Taking the Piss
 — Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features nudity + bodily functions.
DAYTIME at NIAMOS
Alex Bradley | Almost Everything is Black + White
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: features nudity.
Bill Duffy | Scar Tissue / Symmetry
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features blood-letting, disturbing content + themes of abuse.
Charlotte McShane | Tell Me Lies
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: includes swearing, shouting, mild sexual content; requires active audience participation in a one-to-one setting; audience members need to feel comfortable by themselves + aware of the possibility of oversharing.
Gillian Knox | Everybody Always Tells the Truth
 — Content Warning: discusses aspects of giving birth which some may find upsetting.
Holly Spillar | Hole
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: the work is about sex, sexual problems + Vaginismus, which may be distressing to some.
Jade Williams | An Intimate Confession Cup
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warning: requires active audience participation in a one-to-one setting; audience members need to feel comfortable by themselves.
Kellie Colbert | Bad Feminist
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: includes photographic nudity.
Kris Canavan | Back To Basics
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: includes blood-letting, nudity, strobe lighting; insertion of dental retractor into mouth; insertion of fishing hook through tongue; stapling onto forehead; symbolic act of castration by using surgical staples in scrotum.
Pierce Starre | Labels
 — Content Warning: as an interactive piece the artist has no control over what is written on the labels.
rahtattoo | Solvet et Coagula 22
 — Age Advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion).
 — Content Warnings: features blood, needles + live tattooing.
Ross Graham | Making Histry
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: contains food + drink; optional audience discussion + participation; discussion of death.
Tamar + Jo | Unseen Beings
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warnings: includes partial nudity + some sexual movement.
Thomas Mayer | Countless Lives
 — Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
 — Content Warning: features nudity.