“Who Is the Performer and Who Is the Spectator?”: Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea in Conversation with Cristina Delgado-García

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Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea are artistic directors of the Manchester-basedtheatre company Quarantine, which they established with designer Simon Banham in 1998. Their heterogeneous body of work could be described as pertaining to the wide category of ‘theatre of real people’ (Mumford and Garde) or ‘theatre of the real’ (Martin). The performers appearing in their shows have ranged from professional dancers to toddlers, from technicians to animals; and spectators are often invited to participate in the event. Notable works include See-Saw (2000), Eat Eat (2003), White Trash (2004), Susan & Darren (2006), The Soldier’s Song (2008 and ongoing) and Entitled (2011). Quarantine’s latest project is Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring – a quartet of performances about our relationship with time. The premiere of Summer took place in 2014, and the full quartet was presented in a marathon performance in March 2016 at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester. The conversation that follows took place on 6 June 2015 during the 24th Annual CDE Conference in Barcelona, 'Theatre and Spectatorship'.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-226
JournalJournal of Contemporary Drama in English
Issue number1
Early online date12 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2016