21st Emergency

A journey for the curious.

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Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

Originally planned for November 2020, Manchester’s twenty-first micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful will hopefully take over the brand new Contact later this year with a socially-distanced journey of live performances…


Ayzmar · Dan Sanders · Ghost and John · Kellie Colbert & Deborah Newton · Kelvin Atmadibrata · Lydia Cottrell · Maryam Hashemi · Miray Sidhom · Mitzee · Rowena Gander · Sebastian H-W · Simon Carroll-Jones & Wayne Steven Jackson · Tom Ryalls · Participating artists subject to change.

Our annual platform for live art + contemporary performance, this 21st Emergency is necessarily a bit different — get a feel for it with StopGap or 2019 daytime programme.


When: taking place later in 2021, date + time to be confirmed.
Duration: estimated 75 minutes total journey time.
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA
Ticketing: once available, book a FREE ticket to gain entry in a timed slot.
  Donations to support Word of Warning are welcome via PayPal.
On arrival: please provide details for NHS Test and Trace, then follow the one-way route — please adhere to the latest UK Government coronavirus regulations, including maintaining your own and any accompanying child/ren’s social distance.
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 by emailing info@habmcr.org


Working within current constraints, our 21st Emergency offers a sneak preview of new live work in a brand new home. With about a dozen 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 75-minute total journey time for each audience member.

21st Emergency produced by hÅb + Contact.


EmergencyMcr.org · #EmergencyMcr
Ayzmar · Insta: ramziajawara · @ayzmar_
Dan Sanders · @akaSIMON96
Ghost and John · Facebook: ghostandjohn · @ghostandjohn
Insta: kellie.colbert.theatre · @imKellieColbert
Insta: debbienewtonuttley · @NewtonDebs
Kelvin Atmadibrata · Insta: kelvinatmadibrata
Lydia Cottrell · Insta: borkkvlt · @LydiaBorkkvlt
Maryam Hashemi · Facebook: marhashem · @maryamhashemi
Miray Sidhom
Mitzee · Facebook: mitzeemorninwood · @mitzeemw
Rowena Gander · Facebook: rowenagander · @rowenagander
Sebastian H-W · Facebook: sebastnhw · @SebastnHW
Simon Carroll-Jones · Insta: sijethrojones · @sicarrolljones
Wayne Steven Jackson · @waynesjackson
Tom Ryalls · Insta: boyandpen · @boyandpen
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Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2021

Wed 13 Jan, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Wed 10 Mar, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Wed 26 May, 7pm. Donations welcome | Online
Oreo Prelude
Ongoing. Free | Online
Date to be confirmed | Contact
21st Emergency