2023


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Updated 23 November 2023

— Spring saw Turn’s whirlwind night of new dance and Works Ahead from Christian, Jade & Kellie at Contact, plus Avital Raz’s Ghost Story at The Lowry
— Summer saw Haphazard’s free afternoon of Live Art antics at Z-arts
— Autumn saw Emergency’s 23rd annual day out for the curious at Contact

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About

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 eleven years 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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Audiences

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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By

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, Hazard, or Turn. Read 2021’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 Divergency core partner — encouraging diversity in Live Art; a Manchester Independents lead partner — celebrating GM artists; a member of Live Art UK, GM Artist Hub, and the GM LGBTQ+ Arts & Culture Network.

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

Performance Programme 2023 is brought to you by hÅb, with Contact, The Lowry, and Z-arts, supported by Company Chameleon and Project Auske.
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People

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 hÅb projects from a team of freelancers and volunteers that includes: Afreena Islam, Alison Darnbrough, Andrew Crofts, Angie Lee, Catherine Shaw, Chloe Kerr, Jake Lewis, Jodie Ratcliffe, Kamini Patel, Louise Anderson, Megan McPhee, Sam Dixon, Sam Stockdale, Shkiesha, Stacey Potter, Steve Bryan, Tania Camara, Tricia Coleman, plus Theatre and Performance students from The Arden.

Thanks also to hÅb’s Advisory Board: Helen Palmer, Charles Rowley, Cathy Butterworth, Joseph Lau, plus Maya Chowdhry for Divergency.
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Warnings

Please click here to read specific content (trigger) warnings for our events.
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Performance Programme 2023

Fri 10 Mar, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Turn 2023
Wed 3 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Unnatural Cycles
— A Ghost Story
Thu 18 + Fri 19 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2023
Sat 22 Jul, Noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2023
Sat 30 Sep, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 23