Literature, Theatre

Underscore at St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square
9th June 2023

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Part of Festival of Libraries

Underscore | Festival of Libraries

Underscore is an interactive digital experiment that disrupts the silent power structures of public space through live writing and projection of personal statements with real-time observations.

Set against the backdrop of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, artists Lisa Mattocks, Lowri Evans and poet Molly Twomey will invite three generations of women to go undercover and live report on everything they see and hear as the sky turns black. They will ask and answer questions about what keeps them awake at night, what they wished they’d said and what it all means, turning the tables on who gets to be seen and who gets to watch. 

Join us in person and online from 9.30pm in a moment of mass observation, of reclaiming space, and taking back the night.


9 June 2023, 9.30pm – 12 midnight | St Peter’s Square, Manchester  Part of Festival of Libraries 

Free of charge, no booking required: gather in St Peter’s Square between 9.30pm and midnight.


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Concept, creation & text: Lowri Evans & Lisa Mattocks, with Molly Twomey

Website creation: Lisa Mattocks

Production: Ali Dunican & Matt Webster

Underscore is supported by Arts Council England.  In partnership with Poetry Ireland through one of their International Residencies.  With thanks Manchester City Council events team, Central Library, Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry Library, Manchester Histories, HOME & John McAuliffe, University of Manchester.

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