The Anvil Map & Schedule

On 16 August 1819, 60,000 people flooded into central Manchester, peacefully campaigning for the right to vote – but when armed troops charged into the crowd, 15 people were killed and more than 600 were injured. This was the Peterloo Massacre, and it changed British democracy forever.

ANU, one of Europe’s most thrilling theatre companies, are presenting a series of 15 artistic interventions all over the city centre today – all completely free. From theatre to dance to visual art, The Anvil is inspired by those who died at Peterloo, but also by the lives, stories and concerns of today’s Mancunians: from zero-hours contracts to climate change.

Join us to explore what the legacy of Peterloo means to Manchester – right here, right now. For full event information head to The Anvil page here.

This map and schedule show where and when each of The Anvil’s 15 episodes takes place on Sun 7 July in Manchester. You can also pick up a map in Festival Square. The full timings can be downloaded here.

There’s no set route to trace and no particular order to follow: you can visit and watch the episodes in whatever order you like. Three of the 15 episodes – Harbingers, Keepers and Shibboleth – take place only once, but most others are repeated throughout the day and a couple run on a continuous loop.

For the BSL interpretation times please click here.


Sir Ralph Abercromby, 35 Bootle Street, M2 5GU
Performances: 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm & 5pm (duration: 20mins)
Travel back two centuries to Peterloo to hear the stories of the accused and how their sentences are determined not by a court of law but by the will of the people. Who has the right to judge?
* Contains strong language
 ‡ Contains scenes some people may find distressing


Bootle Street, M2 5NT
Performances: noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 4.30pm (duration: 20mins)
Meet Gaz and Abeo as they try to negotiate life in the gig economy. When does the insecurity of work become too much – and how far will they go to keep their ratings up and the orders coming in?


Corner of Lloyd Street & Mount Street, M2 5RT
Dance: noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm (duration: 15mins)
Uniting the past with the present, a physically charged exploration of the fight for liberty at Peterloo – and today.


Town Hall Extension (Mount Street entrance), M2 5DB Part of RESURRECTION (timings as above)
The vanished, a riot act, a raid and the women in search of the forgotten. What happens when you just disappear?


Town Hall Extension (entrance via Mount Street), M2 5DB
Performances: 1.30pm & 3.30pm (duration: 15mins)
The agency of assessing people in crisis – what makes someone worthy of food? A raw inquest into poverty in the UK today.
* Contains strong language


Central Library steps, St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD
Performance: 5pm (duration: 30mins)
A protest, a celebration – or both? Join the gathering for performance, poetry and music with the schoolchildren and women of Manchester, making their voices heard for greater representation.


Gt Bridgewater Street tunnel, M3 4LP
Film: noon–5pm (continuous film loop; duration: 16mins)
A look at into the conditions for gig-economy employment and workers’ rights from young precariats and the working poor of Rochdale. What’s changed since 1819?

Read more here


Outside HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, M15 4FN
Take-off: 3pm (duration: 5mins)
A seed of change and a cry for help against the onset of climate change. Hundreds of paper birds take flight into the sky – take some away with you and plant wildflower seeds at home.



Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Peter Street, M2 5GP
Performances: noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm & 5pm (duration: 15mins)
How to profit from the times. Are canned goods a luxury item – and how can you make money from them? We’re not getting left behind… are you?
Limited Capacity 


Town Hall Extension (Mount Street entrance), M2 5DB Dance: noon, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm & 4.30pm (including SUSTENANCE & COMMUNION, duration: 30mins)
Gently break apart the preconceptions, first impressions and stereotypes that separate us. Is this who we are?


Town Hall Extension (Mount Street entrance), M2 5DB Part of RESURRECTION (timings as above)
The overwhelming process of accessing social care. How do you navigate the systems that bind you, and what happens to those who get lost between the lines?


St Peter’s Square, M2 3LR
Sound installation: hourly, noon–5pm
Performances: hourly, 12.30–4.30pm (performance duration: 15mins)
Inside an ambulance, a paramedic on a break faces up to the consequences of her choices. What makes someone worthy of care today – and what made them worthy 200 years ago?


Arch 19, Watson Street, M3 4ED
Performance/installation: noon–1.30pm, 2–3.30pm, 4–4.30pm, then promenade to St Peter’s Square Poetry: 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5pm
In a railway arch, face up to the toll of working labour on the female body and the cost of fast fashion on our ecology.


Axis Tower (billboard), 14 Albion Street, M1 5NZ
Installation: noon–5.30pm (continuous loop; duration: 10mins)
A new generation of girls commandeer Manchester’s largest digital billboard in a demand to be heard, giving a larger-than-life voice to the city’s underrepresented youth.


People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER
Conversation: noon–1.30pm (duration: 90mins)
A Long Table Public Address: take a seat with guest speakers as we explore the role and relevance of a free press in our contemporary world – and in the future.

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