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Word of Warning begins – greenroom’s legacy

greenroom has now ceased trading and it’s former home at 54-56 Whitworth St West is now being developed by Trof.

However, the legacy lives on… Word of Warning

hÅb, greenroom’s long-standing partner is delighted to be able to announce this new project that, we hope, goes some small way to plugging the railway arch shaped gap!

Word of Warning is a small ongoing ‘performance collection’ – a regular chance to see some of the kind of work you might have seen at greenroom, at affordable prices in a range of venues across manchester.

Launching on 17 February 2012, 7.30pm at Zion Arts Centre with some old greenroom friends, Third Angel, with their new show: What I Heard About The World by Third Angel + mala voadora (tickets £8/5)

Word of Warning is also a weekly no-nonsense, text only email update, signposting contemporary performance within range of Manchester. To receive the weekly concise, no-frills mailer; occasional Word of Warning programme mails and/or even more occasional postal news, please go to and let us know your preferences.

Word of Warning is brought to you by hÅb with Zion Arts Centre, Contact, Flare, DiGM + Live at LICA and supported by Arts Council England.
A greenroom legacy project.

Posted February 8th, 2012 by John Franklin

greenroom is now closed.

The company and charity will cease to trade within the next few months.

For all enquiries, please phone 0161 615 0500 or e-mail

Please note that there are only a small number of staff remaining, so you may need to leave a message and wait a short while for a response.

greenroom legacy

Whether you’ve only recently discovered greenroom or you’re a long-serving attender, we’d like to thank you for your interest and support over the years. Even though greenroom is closing, our aim is to provide a meaningful legacy and to ensure that this important work continues through other organisations, artists, companies, collectives, producers and promoters.

As you may already be aware, hÅb is greenroom’s long-standing partner and associate producer for events like emergency, Method Lab, SeedFund, Turn and Hazard. As a legacy of greenroom, hÅb will be continuing many of these projects both independently and with new partners in Manchester and throughout the North West.

In addition, hÅb hopes to be a conduit for live art and contemporary performance in the city through facilitating work coming to Manchester and also sign-posting audiences to relevant performance events.

If you’d like to be added to hAb’s mailing list, please email

Also, look out for future events and performances that carry the ‘greenroom legacy’ logo – these are events or performances that were either commissioned by greenroom before the decision to close, or events/ activities that began life at greenroom.

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Lisa

Statement from greenroom

Following the recent disappointing news that greenroom is not part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2012/13 onwards, the Board has made a decision that greenroom, Manchester, will close to the public at the end of May this year.

We would like to have continued but are unable to do this without confirmed funding or alternative income going forward.

greenroom, since its inception, has been at the forefront of discovering and pioneering Manchester, national and international ‘firsts’. We have been consistently committed to developing and presenting new and experimental performance, and more recently supporting and enabling artists at the start of their careers to be innovative, take risks and experiment with new ideas.

Our aim is to ensure that this important work continues through other organisations and individual artists/ artist companies, producers and promoters.

We are working with the Arts Council to provide information for people interested in the future production of this work and this will be available shortly on request by emailing

It is with regret that we find ourselves in this situation almost 25 years since the venue opened , and would like to extend our thanks to all of you who have recently sent us words of support. To view or add to these comments, please visit

We would like to thank our long-standing funders: Arts Council England, AGMA and Manchester City Council, who have shown a significant commitment in supporting greenroom.

The current Board and staff feel proud and privileged to have been part of greenroom; and we’d like to thank everyone – including artists, audiences and partners – who have contributed to its rich history, and particularly to those who have at some point called greenroom ‘home’.

Further enquiries:
0161 615 0500

Posted April 15th, 2011 by Lisa

statement from greenroom

We are very disappointed that we have not been successful in our application to Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding.

Over its 28 year history, greenroom has supported thousands of artists and producers, right at the start of their professional lives, many of whom we are really pleased to say have received good news from the Arts Council today.

We are taking some time to reflect on the implications of this news, but we’d like to thank all of our peers and colleagues, supporters, audiences, artists, producers and funders that have enabled greenroom to play an important role in the UK arts landscape to date.

Posted March 30th, 2011 by John Franklin