Quarantine was formed in 1998 by artists Simon Banham, Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea. Working with a shifting constellation of collaborators, the company makes theatre and other public events that are characterised by their intimacy, fragility and a playful instinct to place everyday life side-by-side with moments of rare, crafted beauty. This is human-scale art, made epic and in miniature.
Quarantine work with virtuosic performers and with people who have never done anything like this before – electricians, philosophers, families, soldiers, chefs, children, florists, opera singers and countless others. It’s an ongoing exercise in mass portraiture. There’s a direct, open, often conversational relationship with audiences that can be unexpected, inspiring and provocative – making a space for theatre as a thinking public. There have been family parties, shared meals and cookery lessons; karaoke booths, radio broadcasts and journeys in the dark for one person at a time - as well as performances on stage for audiences in seats.
Quarantine are Associate Artists at Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and the inaugural Associate Company at HOME, Manchester. The company were Creative Researchers on the BMW Tate Live Programme at Tate Modern and Fellows in Theatre at the University of Manchester.