An extraordinary walk, through familiar streets – an intimate audio walk along and around Northmoor Road, Longsight.

The people of is an audio walk that creates a fleeting portrait of an ordinary high street. Just two miles from Manchester city centre, Northmoor Road in Longsight is a meeting and crossing point for all sorts of different people.

This intimate audio walk guides you along a well-trodden route, past the greengrocer, the barber’s, the butcher and the takeaways. As life carries on around you, tune into the voices of the people who keep this place alive. 

The greengrocer who used to keep pigeons in Pakistan, the cleaner who grows sunflowers on her balcony, the auto electrician who is learning on the job, the tour guide who plays his saxophone in the local park, the person living on the 15th floor with a bird’s eye view of it all…

The people of is created from a fascination with how we live together – how our daily lives depend on, and collide with, those we don’t really know. It looks at the journeys that we take, how we spend our time, and what it really means to live together.

The latest work by Manchester ensemble Quarantine, The people of is made through interviews and encounters with the people who live and work in the area. It maps the voices, stories and daily routines of Northmoor Road against a sonic landscape of found and composed sound, transforming the street into a live exhibition of people.

Free to experience

Use your own smartphone or borrow a device

Starting point: Outside Red Chilli Grill, on the corner of Northmoor Road and Elgar Street, Manchester, M12 5RT

Creation: Kate Daley & Sarah Hunter
Sound design: Jaydev Mistry
Project Animateur: Chi Emecheta
Interpreter: Rafia Batool
Photography: Kate Daley
Dramaturgy: Richard Gregory & Renny O’Shea
Producer: Ali Dunican 
Print and web design: Lisa Mattocks & Frances Richens

The people of is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Manchester City Council, The Rank Foundation, The Granada Foundation, Great Places Housing Group, Northmoor Community Association and Proforma.