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Join us for From the Crowd – a powerful, inclusive and immersive outdoor performance inspired by the spirit of Peterloo and the voices of people today.

Created by Evie Manning (Common Wealth) with music composed and directed by Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles), From the Crowd will weave together eyewitness accounts of those present in 1819 and the words of contemporary protestors and poets.

Performed at three times during the day (12.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm), the event will also feature music written by MC Zani (performed by the Beatbox Collective), Oliver Vibrans and Katie Chatburn.

Each one-hour performance will be punctuated throughout the day with song, poetry, choirs and more in the form of Rebel Karaoke (no tickets required).

Key Performance Times

12.30pm-1.30pm: 1st performance of From the Crowd

1.30pm: Reading of the names of the dead

2.15pm-4.45pm: Rebel Karaoke

5.30pm-6.30pm: 2nd performance of From the Crowd 

6.30pm-7.15pm: Rebel Karaoke

8pm-9pm: 3rd performance of From the Crowd

Each performance is ticketed and booking is essential.

Please note the 12.30pm performance will include the reading of the names of the dead at 1.30pm – a traditional reading of the names of those who died at Peterloo, followed by 18 bells ringing out across the city. 

From the Crowd is a co-commission by Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council. It is co-produced by Manchester Histories, Walk the Plank, Brighter Sound and Manchester City Council. Supported with funding from Manchester City Council, Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.