Updated: Saturday, 18th January 2020 @ 5:44pm

Manchester’s Zion Arts Centre keeps Greenroom legacy alive

Manchester’s Zion Arts Centre keeps Greenroom legacy alive

By Jessica Wilson & Adam Ryder

A new season of entertainment has hit a Manchester arts centre in a bid to keep the Greenroom legacy alive.

The Zion Arts Centre and hÅb, former Associate Producer at the Greenroom, are collaborating to curate a new monthly night to showcase the latest weird and wonderful live performances.

Director of hÅb, Tamsin Drury, has developed a boundary-breaking programme, Word of Warning, which aims to provide a platform for emerging artists to get noticed.

Ms Drury said: “It broke my heart when the Greenroom closed.

“I’ve been slogging my guts out to make sure we can continue this work.”

When Greenroom closed its curtains for the final time last year due to cuts in funding, they said: “Our aim is to ensure that this important work continues through other organisations and individual artists, artist companies, producers and promoters.”

Ms Drury was relieved that hÅb kept their funding and she is seeing that Greenrooms work is continuing.

She added: “I want to share art in Manchester and provide a place where people can go to see this new kind of work.”

“It’s been a struggle without the resources of the Greenroom, but the support we have had from the Zion Arts Centre has been great.”

Levenshulme-based artist, Genevieve Say, 27, agrees and said: “For emerging and experienced artists it’s important to have a company that’s willing to give you a platform and the opportunity to take your performance to new audiences.”

The next Word of Warning production will be held on April 20 at the Zion Arts Centre, with performances from Tom Marchman (Legs 11) and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN.