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Divergency performance festival at Z-Arts, Manchester

Divergency (Oct 6, 2016)

Like Emergency, this event was organised put on by the same Word of Warning people, with the additional help of STUN. It took place just days after Emergency at the same venue – Z-Arts in Hulme.

Smaller than Emergency (though with a crossover of some artists from that festival), Divergency saw eight (new or developing) shows; ranging from installations to more conventional sit-down theatre shows.

These were the performers (and show titles):
Jamil E-R Keating (Asteroid RK1)
Chelsea Morgan (Tented)
Yvonne Shelton (Testimony)
Maya Chowdhry (Peas on Earth)
Afreena Islam (Daughters of the Curry Revolution)
Toni-Dee Paul (My Father’s Kitchen)
Chanje Kunda (Superposition)
Cheryl Martin (Who Wants to Live Forever (extract))

Facts you will hardly be interested in:
Jamil E-R Keating, Maya Chowdhry, Toni-Dee Paul and Chanje Kunda also performed at Emergency.
I photographed Cheryl Martin in a block of flats in Salford for Domestic II in 2015.
UCLan graduate Toni-Dee Paul and I both had new performances commissioned by Fuel Theatre in 2015 as part of their development of The Preston Bill by Andy Smith (New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood project). I’ve also photographed her previously doing this performance.

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