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The Tobacco Factory Theatre was recently invited to join the National Portfolio of Organisations supported by Arts Council England (ACE). This is the first time ACE have ever offered us regular support and it’s a significant achievement: there were only just over 100 new portfolio offers in the whole country, across all artforms. We are delighted by the recognition, by the slightly greater degree of stability that it offers and by the prospects for our future. More immediately, I’m delighted to present a really strong Autumn line-up. The season starts with the amazing Bristol Festival of Puppetry followed by fascinating one-man shows including Mark Thomas’ extraordinary and hilarious account of walking the Israel / Palestine border and a new play by Tony Staveacre starring Les Dennis. Later, two of the most important companies that have played the theatre recently are returning: Filter with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Northern Broadsides with We Are Three Sisters and we welcome Eclipse for the first time with One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show. Noone who saw Slightly Fat Features’s variety show here last year will want to miss their brand new show and I’m sure that if you have ever seen Opera Project you will want to book ahead for La bohème. The Brewery programme includes four world premieres from hugely exciting emerging talent and I’m thrilled that we have an extended portfolio of classes, workshops, talkbacks and other opportunities to get close to the action.

Theatre Manager David Dewhurst Technical Manager Matthew Graham Technician Frazer Riches Marketing Manager Jo Richardson Administrator & Education Officer Carrie Rhys-Davies Development Directors Anna Charlett, Sophie Jerrold Operations Coordinator John Mauchline Finance Elaine Grünbaum Admin Assistant Rusti Macapagal Box Office Staff Corrinne Curtis, Rosie Legg, Ria Walker, Simon Harvey-Williams FOH Managers Morgan Matthews, Kate Smith, Carly Watchman, Matt Whittle FOH Staff Amber Hards, Ben Goodman, Bob Havard, Chris Collier, Jenny Lancastle, Lauren Macaulay, Jesse Meadows, Joe Roberts, Ed Strong, Rhiannon White Cleaner Claire, Glen Cleaning Associate Dance Artists The Mark Bruce Company

Fanbassadors Geoffrey & Christine Clements, Alec Ewens, John & Susan Hart, Simon Inch, Vivien Kies, Barbara King Judith & Tim Lockwood Jones Julian Thomas

Ali Robertson Director

Special offers! Look for these offers and symbols throughout the brochure:


This season, most Brewery show opening night tickets are £5! See shows pages for details and get booking.

Business Club Members offer Business Club members can get 2for1 tickets on certain dates (see calendar) to shows with this symbol. See page 43 for membership information.


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Suck it & See! offer

Buy a full price ticket for one show and see another for less. Suck it and See! makes it easier (and cheaper) for you to try out shows you wouldn’t normally see, giving you the chance see something new and experience the range of shows we have on offer.

This season you can Suck it and See! in the following ways: Buy a ticket for... Two Halves of Guinness and see The Invisible Journey on Thu 22 September for just £5 Hard Times and see Outside on Tue 06 – Thu 08 September for just £3 Dylan Thomas and see Seasoned on Tue 01 – Thu 03 November for just £3 Any Improv Comedy Night and see You’re Not Doing it Right on Tue 20 – Thu 22 September for just £3

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join us for a drink

Our friendly upstairs Theatre Bar is the perfect place for a pre-theatre drink. Open one hour before the show, we stock a variety of local ales, ciders and juices from local suppliers including The Beer Factory and Bath Ales, scrummy freshly made cakes from Crumpet Cakes down the road and a mouthwatering selection of Marshfield’s ice creams. We also offer: • Corporate and group packages including private rooms, catering and staff • Pre-ordered interval drinks to avoid the queue • 20% off post-show drinks with your ticket stub For further info on the above please contact:

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bristol festival of puppetry 26 August – 04 SEPTEMBER Presented by Puppet Place with Tobacco Factory Theatre and Nordland Visual Theatre

With its focus firmly on all things animated, be it a sock or an exquisitely crafted marionette, Bristol Festival of Puppetry really has something for everyone including theatre shows for all ages, workshops and talks, film screenings and exhibitions and, to round everything off, the stupendous Creatures of Southville Carnival on Sun 04 September. For full listings please go to:

harryhausen meets aardman Open daily 11am-6pm, 7pm-8pm

A remarkable exhibition of work by Ray Harryhausen and Aardman: the first time that these Oscar winning stop-frame animators have exhibited together. There will also be a very special screening of early work on Tue 30 August.

workshops and talks Sat 27 – Wed 31 August

A series of workshops exploring the artform of puppetry. Workshops leaders include animators from Aardman, Nenagh Watson (co-director of Doo-Cot) and Rusty Squid creative technologists resident at Puppet Place.

creatures of southvile carnival Creating Creatures Family Workshops:

Sat 03 September / Tickets £5 Inspired by myths from around the world, make your very own creature for the Carnival.

Carnival & Street Theatre

Sun 04 September From 12pm / FREE Join Creatures in a celebration of colour and music on the streets, then sit back and watch some of the best street puppetry out there at the Market.


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Fri 26 & Sat 27 August 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Sun 28 August 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 29 August 8pm Venue Factory Theatre




From deep within the twisted grip of knotted vines Little Edie peers out. It’s 30 years since she was invited to a high society ball and Mother, Big Edie, won’t leave her bed anyway…

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The ancient seas of Organillo are warm and mysterious. This is where babies are made. Stephen Mottram conjures up a beautiful, sexy world to tell this oldest of all stories.


Inspired by the documentary Grey Gardens, this is a show full of fantasy, tragedy and unconditional love.

EXperiments in Puppetry Expect an informal event presenting you with up to 5 mini-shows in one evening. Each mini-show is a new idea – bravely brought out to be tested in front of you, the audience.

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Music by Sebastian Castagna includes recordings of a miniature street organ made by Stephen himself.

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £10

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Tickets £15 / Concession £10

Tue 30 August 8.15pm Wed 31 August 6pm Venue The Brewery

Wed 31 August 8pm Thu 01 September 6pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 01 September 4pm & 8.15pm Venue The Brewery



Three stories about love, loss and letting go. With an original score featuring a 4-piece jazz combo, Triptych fuses innovative storytelling with a distinctive combination of visual theatre, puppetry and masks. Magical, lively and somewhat dark.

Sometime in the future: the angry sun is in his final days; the planets are scorched; the few remaining souls resort cannibalism. In a race against the clock, scientists create baby universes in the hope of that they can support the entire population.

Tickets Full £12 / Concession £9

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £10

Wattle & Daub Figure Theatre

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Wakka Wakka Productions


Told with few words and beautiful puppets this story combines the dark humour of Beckett with the flat-pack technology of Ikea. Blind Summit get back to their Low Life roots after creating puppetry for Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly and their sell out adaptation of 1984. Tickets Full £12 / Concession £9

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Family SHOWS at the brewery The Enormous Turnip Stuff & Nonsense

Fri 02 September 6pm Sat 03 & Sun 04 September 2pm & 6pm Venue The Brewery

Alvin Sputnik Deep sea explorer Weeping spoon

The seas have risen over the land: Alvin must journey deep underwater to find mankind a new home. This award-winning show fuses animation and puppetry in a love story about the end of the world. Tickets Full £12 / Concession £9

Fri 26 August 12pm, 3pm, 6pm Mr & Mrs Chickweed are about to retire as vegetable growers. But they can’t resist planting one last seed...

Fri 02 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Age recommendation 2+



Ulrike Quade Company / Jo Strømgren Kompani / Nordland Visual Theatre

Sat 27 August 11am & 2pm

A Nobel Prize winner for literature is accused of being a traitor. Where did it all go wrong? A researcher talks to writer, Knut Hamsun, about his life. Through humour, puppetry & music, the mask falls away & the man is revealed.

Ethel and Sam have a bedtime story of a girl with attitude, a hungry wolf and a woodcutter who’s afraid of… well, everything! Age recommendation 3+

The Am-A-zing Thing Lempen Puppet Theatre

Tickets £15 / Concession £10

Sun 28 August 11am & 2pm Peter Grimm, finds someTHING amazing that takes him on an epic journey through well known tales to unlock his imagination and free his stories. Age recommendation 5+

the chalk giants

Norwich Puppet Theatre & Indefinite Articles

Mon 29 August 11am & 2pm Sat 03 & Sun 04 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

A magical show made from epic drawings of chalk, light, puppetry & music. Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Killer.

Every Night From 9.30pm Venue TFT Foyer

Schicklgruber cabaret alias Adolf Hitler STUFFED PUPPET

In a claustrophobic bunker, the Nazi downfall looms over the Führer’s birthday. As explosions shake the ceiling, suicide becomes inevitable, but what about the children? Hitler is more worried about his dog...

Age recommendation 5+

As the lights go down and the curtain falls, something strange is happening at Bristol Festival of Puppetry. Twisted puppetry, eclectic sounds and off-beat humour collide in a late night cabaret for your pleasure. Join us for a drink, a laugh and sparkling conversation.


Indefinite Articles Tue 30 August 11am & 2pm Come to a place where clay meets children’s imaginations: a world of fabulous morphing animals. This show is made with our audience. Age recommendation 3-6

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £10

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

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Mon 05 – Sat 10 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 12 & Tue 13 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre




“A brilliant investigative journalist disguised as a comedian… very funny indeed” Daily Telegraph Following his sell-out nationwide show The Manifesto, award-winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas returns with his brand new show Walking the Wall. Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side. This is the story of 300,000 settlers; a 750km wall; six arrests, one stoning; too much hummus and a simple question…“Can you ever get away from it all with a good walk?” “Thomas tells a rich and fascinating story – as well as a crucially important one. An impeccably mesmerising storyteller, he keeps his convictions in check enough to share his experiences with disarming honesty and an appealing dry wit.” “Thomas has pretty much pushed his brand of intrusive and peripatetic comedy to the limit” ***** The Telegraph “Moving and inspiring as gripping as any live performance you will see” ***** The Guardian “[Thomas] delivers an intelligent and entertaining tour of the one of the most fought-over patches of land on the planet...” **** The Times

RETURN JOURNEY Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Under Anthony Hopkins’ celebrated directorial debut, this critically acclaimed portrayal embraces the myth of the tortured artist, with a life distinguished by exuberantly successful highs and pathetically undignified lows. Playing a man who wrestled with the psychological conflict between creative talent and a self-destructive impulse, Bob Kingdom’s remarkable portrait of Dylan Thomas, directed by Anthony Hopkins, offers a chance to experience the electrifying presence of Thomas’ last great lecture tour before the White Horse Tavern and the legendary seventeenth whiskey. Blending the stories and the poetry with incisive comments on the nature of performing and audiences, Kingdom takes us through Wales, past and present, and shows us the beauty, the humour, the passion and wit of the words of this infamous writer. Heralded worldwide as “a lyrical tour de force”, since 2005 over 60,000 people have enjoyed Bob Kingdom’s electrifying performance as Dylan Thomas in this critically acclaimed production. It returns to the TFT after a sell-out run in 2009. “I could have listened to his spell-binding word wizardry for hours” The Times “You leave the theatre rejoicing in the talent of the poet and the actor” Sydney Morning Herald Running time 1hr 40mins

“Thomas effectively juxtaposes the laughs and silencing horror... a frequently moving tale” **** The Scotsman Running time 2hrs 30mins

Director, Education and Special Projects The WOMAD Foundation

Absolutely fantastic, don’t miss it!

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £10

Factory Fan for Life

Bob Kingdom sets the 5 star standard for real life portrayals. I’m thrilled his Dylan Thomas is coming back to the Tobacco Factory.

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Thu 15 – Sat 17 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Tue 20 & Wed 21 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre



Seabright Productions and Louise Chantal

We join Sir Alec Guinness in the late 70s, just after his iconic performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the hit film Star Wars. Sir Alec feared he would be remembered only as a Jedi Knight, but that was all before his portrayal of George Smiley in the famous BBC series of John Le Carré’s Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy. Alec Guinness’ stage and screen career spanned decades of cinematic glory, winning multiple Olivier, Tony, BAFTA and Academy awards along the way. His acclaimed work in films such as Kind Hearts and Coronets, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai and his stage work alongside Olivier and Gielgud, established him as a household name. Mark Burgess’ funny and insightful Two Halves of Guinness sees Trevor Littledale offer an uncanny portrayal of one of the world’s best-loved stars reflecting on acting, faith, family and his shattering insecurity, played against a background of the golden days of British film and theatre. “A first-rate performance: this is a great piece of writing, directing and acting” The Latest Brighton Running time 1hr 50mins

Les Dennis comes to Bristol with a world premier that lifts the lid on the gritty truths behind the glittering facade of a life in comedy. Lurching unsteadily offstage at a Liverpool working men’s club – sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded 70s dinner suit – Jigsy is a journeyman variety comedian, struggling for survival in a changing world. The bright lights of television fame that boosted the careers of many of his contemporaries are flickering on a distant horizon. Talking directly to the audience, Jigsy revisits his childhood on the tough streets of Scotland Road, years of grafting on the docks and on the dole, his showbiz break-through, and the struggle to beat the booze and make it to the top. Jigsy is a one-man play that gives an insight into the earthy heartland of Northern comedy and connects with the social history of Liverpool, the spirit of Scouse and the big questions. Life is hard, and then you die: “Still you have to laugh, don’t you?” Jigsy is played by Les Dennis, who cut his comedy teeth in the Liverpool social clubs and went on to build a glittering career in television light entertainment, and more recently the theatre. It is written by local playwright Tony Staveacre. The Very Thought of You (TFT), Slapstick!; Fred Karno’s Army (BOV) and directed by Hannah Chissick. “Les Dennis is proving a fine comic actor rather than a comedian who does a bit of acting” The Stage Running time 1hr 10mins

TFT Development Director

Sir Alec’s films were well-loved in my family; a chance to peer behind such a familiar face grabs my attention!

Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8

TFT Education and Adminstrator

Since Extras, Les Dennis has been perfecting uncomfortably honest portrayals of troubled comedians. Don’t miss this one.

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The Invisible Journey

The Seagull Effect

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Thu 22 – Sat 24 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Tue 27 & Wed 28 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre


The seagull effect

Doug Francisco, the chameleon-like ring master of The Invisible Circus, presents a multiphrenic one-man cabaret of stories and characters from his own adventures around the world.

“Apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you’re watching, don’t worry... there isn’t.”

Delving into his past as a street performer in Europe, Francisco invokes a plethora of potent eccentrics in a variety of shady and sublime locations, from Portuguese jails, to the Moroccan mountains. He tells stories of his journeys and adventures in the pursuit of positive change and solidarity with the dream of bringing the show to the stage.

Total Theatre Award-nominees and Fringe sell-out success, Idle Motion, make their Bristol debut with a stunning visual kaleidoscope of images and stories to captivate their audience.

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Michael Fish, 15 October 1987

This show is a medley of schizophrenic voices and faces from the past, all conversing across different chapters, the theatricality of the ringmaster contrasting with the gritty realism of the other characters as the stories and chapters of memories are presented as acts in the cabaret of life.

As a couple’s relationship crumbles and they’re confronted by its debris, Britain is hit by the unexpected 1987 storm. Using exciting and evocative staging, multimedia and personal recollections, Idle Motion pick their way through the chaos left behind during those remarkable six hours. They reflect upon the waves of destruction and the paths of the individuals it crossed.

A one-man carnival of storytelling, physical comedy and song, Doug Francisco parodies without prejudice, invoking the dreams, memories and nightmares of his own European parade.

“A little jewel of a show… propelled by real ingenuity in what is one of the most inventive stagings on the Fringe… a brilliant emerging company” The Guardian, on The Vanishing Horizon

The Invisible Journey somersaults into the TFT after a sell-out run at this year’s Mayfest.

Running time 1hr 20mins

“Doug Francisco is an incomparable force of nature... a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a fascinating man” Bristol Culture Running time 1hr 30mins

Front of House Manager

Everything The Invisible Circus and Doug Francisco do is unmissable.

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Programme Manager, Oxford Playhouse

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Fri 30 September & Sat 01 October 8pm Matinee Sat 01 October / 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre

Tue 04 – Sat 08 October 8pm Matinees Thu 06 & Sat 08 / 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre

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WE are three sisters

Directed by Dawn Walton Designed by Libby Watson Written by Don Evans Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Against the backdrop of a dark, remote northern town, three remarkable young women live their lives brightly.

Eclipse Theatre Company and Sheffield Theatres

The Harrisons are the most respectable middle class black family in Philadelphia. However, the arrival of their young niece and her new ideas from the rural South turns their polite, Christian, suburban life on its head. “That’s what comes from listening to white folks!!!” “Poor folks, baby! I’ve been listening to poor folks!!!” The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are. This co-production between the critically acclaimed Eclipse Theatre and Sheffield Theatres marks the UK premier of Don Evans’ lost American classic. “Dawn Walton’s production navigates the usual pitfalls of documentary theatre with stylish aplomb… a powerfully imagined, theatrically fluid reconstruction that enhances the official record to impressive dramatic effect” **** The Guardian, on The Hounding of David Oluwale

TFT Director

I think this will be a treat – a big, bold show from a major company that hasn’t been to Bristol for too long.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9

Northern broadsides

A New Play by Blake Morrison Directed by Barrie Rutter

Haworth 1840s; in a gloomy parsonage where there are neither curtains nor comforts, Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë light up their world with outspoken wit, aspirations, dreams and ideas. And throughout their confined lives intensely lived… they write. Anyone who has read a Brontë novel cannot fail to be stirred by their overwhelming humanity, charged emotion and brooding, prescient unease with the status quo. Now come to know the voices behind them. With exquisitely drawn characterisations, a nod to Chekhov and a touch of poetic licence, We are Three Sisters is a pearl of a play which evokes with piercing clarity the life and distinct personalities of these three spirited individuals. Northern Broadsides is a unique theatre company with a true Northern voice. Their work is characterised by a high degree of theatrical inventiveness from an ensemble cast of multi-talented and charismatic Northern actors. “... here is the true, beating heart of British theatre” The Daily Mail “This is acting so immediate, so alarmingly intimate... it becomes difficult to believe that anyone could be only pretending” The Guardian

TFT Development Director

I first saw the company’s work when I was a drama student and have been hooked ever since. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket.

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Tue 11 – Sat 22 October 7.30pm (not Sun, Mon or Thu) Venue Factory Theatre

la bohEme Opera project

Music Giacomo Puccini Libretto Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Conductor Jonathan Lyness Director / Designer Richard Studer English translation Richard Studer

Love, passion and heartbreak: Puccini’s masterpiece, La bohème, is one of the best loved operas ever written. In a student garret in 19th century Paris, the young aspiring poet Rodolfo meets Mimi, a pretty but ailing seamstress. The pair fall desperately in love but their relationship struggles to survive both the cold winter and Mimi’s impending illness. They part, and when eventually they are reconciled, it is too late for Mimi… Sung in English, this timeless and vivacious story of young love, life, laughter and loss is set to achingly beautiful melodies with a spine-tinglingly rich orchestral score. Opera Project, one of the UK’s leading touring opera companies, returns to bring this exquisite masterpiece to life with soprano Victoria Joyce (Gilda, Rigoletto 2009) leading a cast drawn from the best of young British talent. Experience it all up close and personal in the intimate space of the Tobacco Factory Theatre; there won’t be a dry eye in the house. “Truly touching if not pretty damned heroic... just what opera should be doing: serving the community” The Independent on Sunday “Opera Project + Tobacco Factory = Heaven” Venue Running time 2hrs 15mins

This production has been made possible by the kind assistance of Beachcroft LLP and Zurich Insurance plc.

Lunch Talk with Opera Project’s cr eative team and cast Sat 22 Oc t £15

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Variety in the Factory

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What the Dickens

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Tue 25 – Sat 29 October 7.30pm Matinee Sat 29 October / 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 03 – Sat 12 November 7.30pm Matinees Sat 05, Thu 10 & Sat 12 November / 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre

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Slightly fat features The smash-hit comedy variety troupe return with a brand new show, following their huge success here in 2010. The highly acclaimed seven strong ensemble bring a feast of features and wonderful surprises that everyone will enjoy. Slightly Fat Features have created a new generation of variety, blending the weird and the wonderful with the essence of old-style music hall. They live in an alternative slightly fat universe, packed full of unique skills, circus stunts, original live music, tricks and treats to blow you away. Slightly Fat Features excel at producing entertainment all ages can enjoy; expect gravity-defying stunts, logic-busting routines with spontaneous madness and surprises from this extraordinary ensemble. Their traditional variety shows with a modern twist have been seen on ITV and heard on BBC Radio 4 and have wowed audiences in the UK and recently across Europe.

musical adaption Bristol old vic theatre school

Adaptation Malcolm McKee Music Anthea Gomez Lyrics Sue Wilson Additional Music & Lyrics Malcolm McKee

This new musical adaptation explodes on to the Tobacco Factory Theatre stage in a riot of colour and vivid Dickensian characters: Gradgrind, Bounderby, Mr M’Choakumchild, Sissy Jupe and the tumblers and jugglers of Mr Sleary’s Circus. Against the fire-belching satanic mills of Coketown, Dickens’ sensational tale of industrial strife, betrayal and changing fortunes is brought to exhilarating life by a company of twenty. This promises to be a gripping evening of thrills and romance. Hard Times is adapted by Malcolm McKee and directed by Sue Wilson – the same creative team who brought you last year’s outrageous success The Wild Party. “Superbly alive” Venue on The Wild Party

A year after a triumph here at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, they return to launch their brand new show, with different special guests coming to join the fun nightly.


An unmissable night, stuffed full with non-stop mayhem, top turns and riotous routines.

Tue 08 – Sat 12 November 10.30pm Tickets Full £7.50 / Concessions £5 Combined ticket offer with Hard Times Full £20 / Concession £15

“The Magnificent Seven are pure showmen, clearly heading for the big time” The Stage “Comedy magic” The Independent “Laugh out loud entertainment” Evening Standard Running time 2hrs

TFT Marketing Manager

Slightly Fat Features must be the most talked about company in the TFT, I can’t wait to catch this one.

Preview tickets Tue 25 All tickets £8 Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8 / Family Ticket £32* *2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children

Late night revue

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will also be presenting a hilarious new musical revue which celebrates the bicentenary of one of the world’s most popular authors – Charles Dickens!

Factory Fanbassador

I’ve seen 4 shows by BOVTS recently all were imaginatively staged and exceedingly well acted – I can’t wait for this one!

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A Clockwork Orange

Mon 14 – Wed 16 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE A Radical classictm from volcano

Volcano Theatre Company takes on Burgess’ inventive, disturbing little masterpiece fifty years after it was written. A nasty little shocker or a profound exploration of state power and free will? A Clockwork Orange may be fifty years old but its description of a corrupt state and bankrupt civil society have never seemed more familiar. In a world like this, how is the nation’s youth to behave? To survive, you have to be feral: violent, drunk, drugged and debauched. With choreographic skill and linguistic exuberance, Volcano charts the progress of Alex and his droogs in this dystopic landscape. Beautifully designed and with extraordinary performances, this production stays true to Burgess’ original story both in its cut-throat inventiveness and in its insistence on the question of whether it is better to be forced to be good or to be free to do evil. “What’s it going to be then, eh?” You choose. Radical Classics™ are uniquely disruptive versions of widely-known, popular, canonical or cult texts. The series so far includes Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life and Coward’s Private Lives, as well as some of the best known of Shakespeare’s texts, a version of Medea and The Communist Manifesto. “A restless theatre of ideas. Leaves you reeling from its dark denouement” The Guardian, on 1977

Mon 21 – Sat 26 November 8pm Matinees Thu 24 & Sat 26 / 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre


A Filter and Lyric Hammersmith Co-Production in association with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

The award-winning Filter Theatre Company, last seen at the Tobacco Factory with Twelfth Night, bring their distinctive take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Bristol. Filter Theatre Company and director Sean Holmes present a magical new version of The Dream. Celebrated for their unique take on classic texts, with previous works including Three Sisters, Twelfth Night and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, they are joined by members of the visionary band The London Snorkelling Team to create a fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy. Quotes for Twelfth Night: “A production that should be compulsory viewing” The Independent “The most exciting re-working for years – don’t miss” Sunday Times “Rock-and-roll Shakespeare’s a blast” Daily Telegraph “One of the best Twelfth Nights I’ve ever seen” Running time 1hr 45mins

“Engaging, imaginative stuff” Venue, on i-witness Running time 1hr 30mins

Producer, Theatre Bristol Volcano have a fire in their belly that gives them no choice but to make theatre. Risky, passionate, violent, exciting.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9

Writer and Actor Filter doing modern takes on classics is top-drawer theatre – fast-paced, funny, irreverent and above all hugely entertaining.

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Wed 07 December – Sun 15 January / See calendar for more details Signed Performance Thu 12 January / 7.30pm Venue Factory Theatre


Tobacco factory theatre and travelling light Director Sally Cookson Designer Katie Sykes Musical Direction Benji Bower Dramaturg Adam Peck

The team behind Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves return to the origins of the Cinderella story to bring you a brand new version of one of the oldest, best loved fairytales of all time. When a rich man’s wife dies, his daughter Ella mourns her beloved mother with a grief as deep as the snow on her grave. Before the spring sun has time to melt it, her father takes a second wife and their peaceful life is taken over by a host of new and unpleasant relations. Her only friends are the woodland birds who roost in the tree that grows over the grave, but they are no ordinary birds... With their quirky visual style, crystal-clear storytelling, original live music and pitch-perfect ensemble acting, director Sally Cookson and team bring this classic tale of fortunes reversed startlingly and imaginatively to life. “The best Christmas show this enterprising venue has ever done.” Mail on Sunday on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves “The Tobacco Factory... has a superlative record in creating Christmas hits” The Guardian Age recommendation 6+ Running time 2hrs

£6 ticket s IOP Publishing is delighted to support this production

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Wed 14 December – Sun 08 January 10.45am & 2.15pm (No shows 19, 25, 26 & 31 Dec or 01 & 02 Jan or 2.15pm show Sat 24 Dec) Venue The Brewery

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family: cHRISTMAS At the brewery oxford playhouse

Bath time – it’s all about getting clean, right? Wrong! Photograph: Farrow’s Creative

Bath time is for splashing about, singing down the plug hole, shouting up the taps and making bubble beards. Come in and celebrate what bath time is all really all about…fun!

Thu 15 December – Sat 07 January 8.15pm (No shows 19, 24, 25, 26 & 31 Dec or 01 & 02 Jan) Venue The Brewery

Magic crackers Peter Clifford

After two acclaimed sell out runs at The Brewery, local discombobulater and Derren Brown favourite, Peter Clifford returns with a cracker of a Christmas show filled with jaw dropping magic and hilarity.

Oxford Playhouse presents this magical, perfectly silly show about the games we all play in the bath. With words, music, dance and puppets, there are lots of chances to join in. Devised and directed by Toby Hulse and the same team who created the wonderful worldwide hit One Small Step, this is an ideal treat for children aged two to five, their families and anyone who has ever shared a bath – no towels required! “The rambunctious antics of the performers as they splashed about were completely understandable even to the most teeny-tiny members of the audience” Oxford Times Age recommendation 2-5 and their families Running time 50mins

This year Peter leads you on a magical Christmas journey making the seemingly impossible possible whilst making the ordinary extraordinary. Join Peter for an evening of puzzles, propositions, revelations and fun; all presented with his unique brain stopping and heart lifting magic. “Peter Clifford... one of the loveliest people I know...” Derren Brown “... seriously impressive evening of trickery, bamboozlement and banter...” Venue, on I Can’t believe My Mind Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 22 Box Office 0117 902 0344

Tickets £6

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Sun 18 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Sun 23 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre


jason byrne

jack whitehall

chat masala seabright productions

Following the huge success of his 2010 tour The Nearly Naked Chef, Hardeep is now on tour with his ‘chat show with curry’. Hardeep combines his first true loves of cooking and chatting in his own unique, articulate and utterly charming way. Hardeep will interview local guests and stars whilst cooking up a curry that audience members may get the chance to sample.

Cirque du Byrne Let’s Not Speak of This Again THE COMEDY BOX

“Stand-up so joyous the clinically depressed should get it on prescription” Metro

As seen on Live At The Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance, Dave’s One Night Stand, Celebrity Juice, Marco’s Kitchen Burnout, and as heard on The Jason Byrne Show (Radio 2), The Odd Half Hour (Radio 4) and Father Figure (Radio 2), Jason Byrne is back on tour to hotwire your comedy funny bones once more.


“He’ll soon be graduating with first-class comedy honours” Metro British Comedy Award nominee Jack Whitehall has already made a huge impact on the comedy world. So far he’s guest hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks, had the honour of performing for the Prince of Wales on the Royal Variety Performance and is a star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week.

“Kohli’s evening of cookery and anecdotes… left a reassuringly warm aftertaste” **** The Times

Brought to you by the ringmaster of tom-foolery himself, this promises to be an anarchy packed show of acrobatic proportions. Encounter deviously constructed comic spectacle and gasp in awe at daring comic stunts.

People say you learn from your mistakes, Jack reckons that’s bollocks and we stumble through life making the same mistakes over and over again. We just get slightly better at dealing with the fallout!

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Watch the website for more big name comedy ACTS!

Sun 20 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 28 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Sun 25 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

tom stade shappi PETER’s khorsandi FRIENDS THE COMEDY BOX

“He uses gentle bemusement and innocent amazement as powerful comedy tools... Gloriously funny silly and smart” The Scotsman



“Makes live comedy thrilling, an absolute success, don’t worry, be Shappi” Evening Standard

“Peter has drawn together the best magical talent in the country, letting us experience magic in the best way possible: close-up without frills”

Co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights (Ch 4), and as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC 1) and Stand-Up For The Week (Ch 4). Don’t miss hugely talented Canadian émigré Tom Stade in his debut nationwide tour which returns to Bristol this autumn.

Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and Have I Got News for You, Shappi Khorsandi is back with a brand new show. A show about a brother and sister who were best friends but also beat each other up.

His magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first-class storytelling have established him as one of the most sought after performers on the UK and international circuit. Join Tom’s inimitable, offbeat world for a truly unforgettable night of comedy from one of the finest stand-ups around.

Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny. She handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. She is also the bestselling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English.

Top street magicians, comedy bamboozlers or unnerving mentalists... Whatever wonders you witness, you’ll leave with a smile and a sense of sheer astonishment.

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Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8

Derren Brown After two hugely successful sell-out seasons, Peter Clifford returns with more internationally renowned magicians. Join Peter alongside more mind–melting elite for an unforgettable evening of joyous jaw-dropping wonder in the last Peter’s Friends of the season.. 25

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Mon 24 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Tue 15 – Sat 19 November 8.15pm Venue The Brewery


dancing the knife

Asian Arts Agency presents the latest production from one of the UK’s most dynamic dance companies.

Iranian dancer Medea Mahdavi brings together dance with words, music and film to explore life in exile.

Kathakbox brings together Indian Kathak dance’s grace and vigour and the rhythms and rhymes of Hip Hop culture. It discovers the raw spirit and heartbeat of each art form which reverberate between cultures whilst reflecting the diverse, intersecting rhythms of the human experience.

A refugee’s life teeters on a knife-edge in a thrilling work of past and present, Medea Mahdavi presents a dance of memory and imagination where the knife-point spins and turns from danger to spirit and hopefulness. She encounters bureaucrats, street performers and an auctioneer, whilst on the voyage to making a new home.

This heart-pounding production features Sonia Sabri alongside the dynamic b-boy Nathan Geering, tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri, acclaimed vocalist Marcina Arnold and beatboxer Shan Bansil.

Vivid images from Medea’s Iranian childhood sent award-winning poet Philip Gross exploring home and homelessness and the real lives of refugees.


Medea Mahdavi Dance

“A riot of sight and sound... an artistic feast, as rich in cultural diversity as it is in humour...” Londonist

The result is a unique collaboration of dance, poetry and theatre by turns sensual, funny, thought-provoking and direct. It is a haunting and topical experience that, once seen, you will not forget.

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the brewery

£5 ticket s For ope ning nights in The Bre wery



Suck it & See!

Suck it & See!

Tue 06 – Sat 17 September 8.15pm (not Sun / Mon) Venue The Brewery

Tue 20 September – Sat 01 October 8.15pm Venue The Brewery


you’re not doing It right

Darkstuff Productions and Roughhouse Theatre

A compelling new play inspired by Albert Camus’s seminal book The Outsider (L’etranger). David’s brother died yesterday or was it the day before… David’s straight-forward existence is compromised when he meets the charismatic and violent Raymond. A single gunshot rings out and a man lies dead on the sand changing everything for ever. Outside is a story of murder, intolerance and the search for a life worth living and is directed by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s director of the year 2011, Emel Yilmaz. 9/11 Anniversary Event 11 September 2.30pm – FREE A forum theatre-style event for people who’ve seen the show to explore the ideas it raises. Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 / Opening Night £5


On an island 99 metres off the mainland, two twins energetically prepare for the lives they may never live. Somewhere barely off the coast of England a pair of siblings rehearse their whole lives, daily. Taking instruction from the celebrated Modern Guide to Manual Living and Hygiene, the twins perform key moments of a life worth having. They believe we will all learn something, finally. A hilarious and bleak new show from Idiot Child that explores, with its audience, what it means to get life right. “Fresh, inventive, unpredictable, laugh-out-loud funny... A sublimely uncomfortable celebration of failure” Venue, on I Could’ve Been Better Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 (no conc Fri & Sat) / £5 29

The brewery

TF+ Suck it & See!

Tue 04 – Sat 22 October 8.15pm (not Sun / Mon) Venue The Brewery

Tue 01 – Sat 12 November 8.15pm (not Sun / Mon) Venue The Brewery



Written by Oliver Lansley Directed by Emma Earle Designed by Zoe Squire Music by Kid Carpet

Mixing outrage and tenderness, monologue and lyric, this is an unflinching and humane exploration of the roots and modern day experience of ‘multicultural’ Britain.


Some people are frightened of small spaces… Some people are frightened of sharks… Dennis is terrified of flies. In a kill-or-be-killed fight for sanity, one man is determined to conquer his fear of flies, but as darkness falls, what is that ominous hum behind the door? “The real joy is the sheer inventiveness of the ensemble’s quirky telling, combining physical and musical ingenuity to luminous effect” The Telegraph, on Ernest and the Pale Moon

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Seasoned documents both a personal and collective journey through the historical and contemporary African Diaspora experience. It examines multiple forms of alienation – in a dramatised poetry performance. Directed by Andy Burden, Seasoned captivates audiences through its poetry and emotion. Based on Edson Burton’s collection of poems. “Burton brings experience to life in lines which sear an individual’s struggles and passions on the imagination” Helen Dunmore, Author of The Siege Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 / Opening Night £5

‘Rock’ for cancer research Sun 27 November 7.30pm Tickets Advanced £25 / On the door £28 Venue Factory Theatre

Breast cancer research charity Abreast, present a star studded fundraising music extravaganza for one night only. This worthwhile charity is dedicated to improving the quality of life of women with breast cancer undergoing breast cancer surgery. Tue 22 November – Sat 10 December 7.15pm (not Sun/Mon) Matinees Sat 3 & Sat 10 Dec / 2.15pm Venue The Brewery

doodlebugs and bogeymen ministry of entertainment

They have brought together a host of music makers for one very special show including Never the Bride, “one of the best live bands in Britain” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2), No 1 in the Folk Charts – acoustic, folk and soul singer Katey Brooks, pop-rock heart throb Chesney Hawkes, the soulful vibe Phil King, the next Alanis Morissette – Susy Thomas and Holby City, Brookside, Extras and Shakespeare in Love star Tish Potter. For more information go to

The Ministry of Entertainment presents the second of their ever-popular Wartime Trilogy Following their sell-out run of Mrs. Gerrish’s Rear Window at The Brewery last Christmas, Kate McNab and Ross Harvey return to perform a myriad of characters from the experiences of two evacuees from London and the West Country villagers who took them in. All set to music from the era and written from true stories, The Ministry promises a thoroughly entertaining evening for the whole family. “Hilarious, inventive and poignant” Evening Post Tickets £10 Concession £8 (No conc Fri & Sat) / £5 31


Sun 25 September 7.30pm Venue The Brewery

Sun 30 October 7.30pm Venue The Brewery

TF+ Suck it & See!

Sun 27 November 7.30pm Venue The Brewery

the the noise INSTANT suggest- next door WIT iBLES You supply the suggestions. They supply the laughs! As recommended in The Times ‘Top 5 Comedy Nights Out Nationwide’. Fast-footing it down from the UK’s upper torso comes, as the Guardian put it, “One of the hottest comedy tickets in the north east!” No strangers to the city, having stormed two Bristol Jams at the Old Vic already, the irreverent and hilarious team presents a two-hour joy-ride that includes great story-telling, adrenaline-fuelled games and even an improvised musical in the second-half! See their improv clips and award-winning videos at Tickets £10 32 Box Office 0117 902 0344

This charming fivesome will blow you away with their razor sharp improvised comedy.

Instant Wit – Bristol’s very own improvised comedy company – is back at The Brewery.

Transforming audience suggestions into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye, The Noise Next Door will have you in stitches with their perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories and musical mayhem.

There’ll be sketches, songs and silliness – and all of it based around audience suggestions. And if you’re too shy to shout anything out? Don’t worry, you’ll have the chance to write things down (anonymously!) in the interval. We’ll look daft, not you! Good suggestions get flying packets of custard, the best a bottle of wine.

Taking the country by storm in 2010, The Noise Next Door have drawn no end of superlatives from the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and enjoyed the prestige of headlining the finest Comedy Club venues across the UK.

“These are conspicuously skilful performers – everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!” The Guardian

“Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos” **** Daily Telegraph Tickets £10

Tickets £10

storytelling sundays

Sun 02 October 8.15pm Venue The Brewery

Sun 06 November 8.15pm Venue The Brewery

From Bangla to Brum

run I am Hans jack run Christian The Magical Illuminarium Andersen


Saikat retraces the steps of his mother from a newly formed Bangladesh. Heading to Birmingham via Pakistan and Glasgow he takes us through personal anecdotes and traditional tales of the Bengal. Enter the world of shadowy Demons, Glaswegian hospitality and unrequited love. Saikat Ahamed is a Bristol-based storyteller and actor, recently seen in Treasure Island at Bristol Old Vic and performing soon in Cinderella here at the Tobacco Factory Theatre.

Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7

Sun 04 December 8.15pm Venue The Brewery


Two intertwining stories about hares, from the Welsh woods and the Lancashire hills. Tales of deeply rooted traditions and superstitions of beauty, compassion and redemption. Storytellers Milly Jackdaw and Peter Stevenson tell the stories in dialogue, alongside enchanting projected hand-drawn illustrations and live music by Ailsa Mair Hughes and Pixy Tom.

Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7

Rachel Rose Reid


Award-winning storyteller Rachel Rose Reid has toured internationally with this acclaimed show. It reclaims Andersen from the sugared fangs of Disney, stitching together the love stories we read, the ones we tell, and the ones we never finish.

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Mon 24 – Thu 27 October 11am & 2pm Venue The Brewery

Fri 28 & Sat 29 October 11am & 2pm Venue The Brewery

Travels with grandDad

Wolf tales


Meet Granddad, eccentric traveller and storyteller extraordinaire. Enter his battered Bedouin tent to hear magical tales of adventure in real and imaginary worlds. The Clock That Stopped Time, The Violin Princess and The Most Beautiful Thing in The World are brand new old fashioned fairytales. Evocative sound and exquisite puppetry create a performance to delight the whole family. After the show, join Granddad in making up new stories inspired by the bizarre objects in his tent. Age recommendation 3+

pickled image

Little Red Riding Hood is out on stage telling the world the same old story about Grandma and the Big Bad Wolf, blah, blah, blah! Come backstage and meet Mr B.B. Wolf, renowned thespian and notorious villain, as he takes a break between scenes to set the record straight. Is Red Riding Hood as innocent as she seems? Is Grandma as sweet as she claims? And as for those three little pigs… Pickled Image uses puppetry, shadows and songs to create a spectacular and hilarious exposé of the truth behind these classic fairytales for the whole family. “This crafty show is good PR for Bristol theatre and for wolves, too” The Guardian Age recommendation 5+

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Sun 02 October 11am & 2pm Venue Factory Theatre

the snow dragon tall stories

Sun 20 November 11am & 2pm Venue Factory Theatre

bob – the man on the moon

travelling light and sixth sense theatre companIES

On New Year’s Eve, Billy’s parents tell Frank Wurzinger is a superlative clown. him about the legendary Snow Dragon If you saw him performing Bob at who’ll bring him goodies during the night. the TFT last year, you’ll kill to see him again. If you missed out last time Looking for berries is hard work and Billy finds it much easier to ‘borrow’ from his friends. But when Billy bumps – get ready to fight for your tickets! into some wolves in the woods, the New Year doesn’t turn out quite how he expected... Story-telling, comedy and songs create a magical, mysterious world from the company that brought you The Gruffalo. “If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon” ***** Three Weeks

Bob is a very diligent moonkeeper. He loves his job, keeping the moon neat and tidy and entertaining the space tourists. But somehow he just can’t believe in the existence of – ALIENS! “Imaginative... atmospheric... delightful” The Stage Age recommendation 3+

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Sun 13 November 7pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 17 & Fri 18 November 7pm Venue Factory Theatre

stig of the dump shakespeare schools fest mind the gap

An enchanting tale of a unique friendship.

Stig wears rabbit-skins, has his own language and uses empty tin cans for a chimney. Barney has scuffed shoes, grazed knees and dirty fingernails. Join them on their magical adventure as puppetry and performance turn rubbish into something real, change scrap into scenery and make garbage gorgeous! This retelling of Clive King’s classic will captivate, inspire and excite everyone aged 8+. Mind the Gap is an award-winning theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled actors as equals. “Watch and marvel, that is if you can get a ticket” The Stage, on Of Mice & Men 2011 Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8 36 Box Office 0117 902 0344

Celebrate an evening’s professional entertainment with four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. A UK-wide initiative working with the National Theatre and the National Youth Theatre that challenges the preconception that studying Shakespeare is difficult, dry or dull through teacher training, workshops and student performance in a local professional theatre. “Before I did this I thought Shakespeare was boring but now I think the stories are incredibly exciting and I love understanding the language” Student from participating school, 2010

Tickets Full £8 / Concession £6


For audiences, for theatre-makers, for young people… for you! Tobacco Factory Plus (TF+) is what we call everything you can do here other than coming to see a show. Whether it’s a post-show event or workshop with a visiting company (keep an eye out for the TF+ logo on the show pages), a masterclass with an international expert or regular classes to keep you creative, a presentation of a brand new piece of writing or a showing of an early-stage idea, TF+ activities and opportunities are designed to inspire, engage, develop and educate.

Photograph: Graham Burke

Our brochure would have to be even bigger if we were to include information about everything going on, but you can find full details on our website: In the meantime, please turn the page for a few highlights to whet your appetite… 37


inspire / engage develop / educate

Sun 02 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 17 – Sat 19 November 1.15pm (lunch from 12.30pm) Venue Brewery Theatre



experiments in theatre

script space 2011

Tobacco factory theatre and THEATRE bristol

Prototype continues to entertain, surprise, stimulate and provoke, fuelled by the inventiveness, talent and ambition of Bristol’s theatre community. Over the last three years our work-in-progress initiative has been midwife to an astonishing 20+ brand new pieces of theatre, giving audiences the chance to say they saw it here first. And there’s much more where that came from. Come and watch short excerpts of what five or six theatre companies and artists are working on right here, right now. Grab a drink in the bar, and then answer their questions about what you’ve just seen. They want to know what you think – they really do: constructive audience feedback plays a vital part in helping them make their show the best it can be. There’s no better place to see and be a part of what’s happening in theatre right now. Are you a theatre-maker with an idea burning a hole in your pocket? Talk to Katie Keeler at Theatre Bristol:

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We’re delighted to present the premiere of a brand new play by writer Tamsin Walker, finalist in 2011’s Script Space competition. Mick’s got some explaining to do. According to him, Jimmy had been losing it for a while, and just missing out on the only job to come his way in ages was the final straw. That’s why he did it, see. And besides, people shouldn’t be allowed to talk loudly on buses, should they? Chosen from over 300 submissions, Digits is a slick and blackly comic one-act play about friendship, desperation and listening in to conversations on public transport. Join us for pizza in The Brewery before the show, included in the ticket price. Running time 40mins About Script Space The Tobacco Factory Theatre’s new writing competition offers bespoke development opportunities for new and emerging playwrights. This year, as well as producing a run of Digits, we will work with director Lee Lyford and students from City of Bristol College to develop the winning script, Martin Lytton’s The Girl from Sparta Road. Keep an eye on: for details of Script Space 2012.

Tickets £5 (including lunch)

ARTIST TRAINING EVENTS FOR OPPORTUNITIES AUDIENCES This September we launch a brand new termly programme of training opportunities for performers and theatre-makers of all levels. Develop your skills, broaden your experience, challenge your practice and stimulate your creativity with our high quality and accessible programme, which includes… •P  layful tutor-led weekly skill-share sessions, with topics including How to Break Dance and How to Make People Laugh, suitable for complete beginners •W  eekly classes in the staples of performance to keep practicing artists toned up, including improvisation and vocal technique •P  rofessional bespoke training workshops with the excellent Filter Theatre and Volcano •A  daylong masterclass with an inspirational internationally-renowned practitioner. Details TBC. Watch this space! For a full timetable of classes, including costs and details of our subscription scheme, please visit or get in touch with Carrie on for further information.

This season we present a new generation of events giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the shows and their makers, including: • Dynamic post-show discussions with people who really know their stuff • Opportunities to feedback on the first outings of brand new work • Intelligent conversation and fine food at the Opera Project lunchtime talk (see p.15) • Digest your Suck it and See! experience with our new post-show de-briefs (see inside front cover)

Post-show events… Jigsy Tue 20 September With Les Dennis and writer Tony Staveacre One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Fri 30 September With the company and the Writers’ Forum @ TFT We are Three Sisters Mon 03 October With director and actor Barry Rutter A Clockwork Orange Mon 14 November With the company Cinderella: A Fairytale Tue 20 December Special event for children with Travelling Light Further info at 39


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St Werburgh’s City Farm Co-Exist

A family-run health food shop and café in the vibrant Gloucester Road area of Bristol.

A charity working with the local community to provide high quality educational services.

A thriving cultural hub in which individuals and organisations cluster to form relationships of mutual benefit.

The Lounges

Paper Village

It’s like all the comfort of home but better. Unless you have a bar in your lounge. And a chef.

A shop and workshop with a focus on creative activity, selling unique arts and crafts materials.

Durdham Down Bookshop

If you’d like to join the Grapevine, contact Carrie on 0117 902 0345 or email to find out more.

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Photograph: Graham Burke, Show: Richard II 2011

Photograph: Graham Burke, Show: Uncle Vanya 2009 (SATTF / BOV)

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Thu 09 February – Sat 24 March

Thu 29 March – Sat 05 May


the cherry orchard

william shakespearE shakespeare at the tobacco factory

One of the pinnacles of world drama, and Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece, King Lear is the most complete account we have of what it is – and what it is not – to be human. At a time when autocratic regimes around the world are under unprecedented threat it has also acquired a new contemporary relevance.

anton chekhov

shakespeare at the tobacco factory

SATTF makes its third excursion into Chekhov, after its widely admired Tobacco Factory Three Sisters in 2005 and its Bristol Old Vic co-production of Uncle Vanya in 2009.

This play was SATTF’s very first production twelve years ago and the company is thrilled to be bringing this new production to a much wider audience in 2012.

In his final tragi-comic masterpiece Chekhov portrays an aristocratic family bewildered and impotent in the face of financial bankruptcy and the huge social changes sweeping Russia in the early years of the twentieth century.

“Andrew Hilton’s commanding production of Richard II… is once again a revelation” The Guardian

“A marvellous blend of heartache and hilarity… This truly is the most wonderful production” The Times on Uncle Vanya

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The Tobacco Factory and Brewery Theatres form a vital part of Bristol’s theatrical landscape. To do all we do now costs in excess of £1.3m a year and we are proud that we earn over 85% of this directly. However, while we receive a small amount of public funding, we are sustained by the enthusiastic loyalty of our audiences, generous support from individuals, trusts, foundations and businesses. We are grateful for this support and we would love to welcome you into our wonderful community of friends.

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Make a donation to the Theatre of a value to suit your own pocket (minimum £30 a year) and enjoy advance information, priority booking, regular news bulletins, special offers and invitations to season previews and other social occasions with our grateful thanks.


If you are able to, please consider helping shape our future by becoming a Factory Fanbassador (minimum £500 a year) receive the above plus optional public acknowledgements, a personal booking service and complimentary introduction tickets.


We are currently able to match each personal donation you make, thanks to a very generous group of individuals. With gift aid on top, this makes every £1 you give worth up to £2.50 to us. We have already clamed £7,000 of the pledged fund and need up to 100 more Fans to reach the total. Can you help?

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To spend on seeing anything they like from our diverse programme (value of your choice)


Includes a year of Fan-ship along with a voucher of your choice and a personal welcome from the Director – beautifully presented (minimum donation £40 + voucher value)


Includes the above pack plus a bespoke theatrical experience for your recipient (prices vary depending on content and experiences subject to availability – enquire to discuss possibilities) To inspire and tempt, previous experiences have included: • A personal meeting with the Jabberwocky puppet after Alice Through the Looking Glass (to demonstrate some secrets of theatre and dispel a 6-year old’s nightmares!) • Attendance at a swing dance following Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto • A collaborative family gift for a special 80th Birthday surprise to meet Theatre staff and Pinocchio cast and crew and to be a Factory Fanbassador for a year • A bespoke champagne reception with the cast of the Opera

Our corporate friends choose to support the TFT while showcasing their businesses, enjoying useful networks, using our spaces, taking advantage of opportunities for sponsorship and advertising, client hospitality or staff entertainment and passing on ticket offers to employees. Annual membership starts at a very affordable level and can be tailored to suit the scale, style and priorities of your organisation. Contact sophie@tobaccofactory to chat about what might work for you. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our current Business Club: Aardman Animations Arup Babcock Beachcroft LLP Bristol Beer Factory City of Bristol College Edis Gregg Latchams Hallgarten Druitt Institute of Physics Publishing

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F 26 Little Edie 8pm The Enormous Turnip 12pm, 3pm & 6pm S 27 Little Edie 8pm Little Red Riding Hood 11am & 2pm S 28 Prototype 8pm The Amazing Thing 11am & 2pm M 29 Organillo 8pm The Chalk Giants 11am & 2pm T 30 Claytime 11am & 2pm Triptych 8.15pm W 31 Baby Universe 8pm Triptych 6pm

T 01 Seasoned 8.15pm W 02 Seasoned 8.15pm 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm T 03 Hard Times Seasoned 8.15pm F 04 Hard Times 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm S 05 Hard Times S 06 Sunday Storytelling 8.15pm 7.30pm M 07 Hard Times 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm T 08 Hard Times What the Dickens 10.30pm 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm W 09 Hard Times What the Dickens 10.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm T 10 Hard Times What the Dickens 10.30pm 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm F 11 Hard Times What the Dickens 10.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm Seasoned 8.15pm S 12 Hard Times What the Dickens 10.30pm S 13 Stig of the Dump 7pm PSE 8pm M 14 A Clockwork Orange T 15 A Clockwork Orange 8pm Dancing the Knife 8.15pm W 16 A Clockwork Orange 8pm Dancing the Knife 8.15pm T 17 Shakespeare Schools Festival 7pm Dancing the Knife 8.15pm Digits TF+ 1.15pm F 18 Shakespeare Schools Festival 7pm Dancing the Knife 8.15pm Digits TF+ 1.15pm S 19 Dancing the Knife 8.15pm Digits TF+ 1.15pm S 20 Bob – The Man on The Moon 11am & 2pm Tom Stade 8pm M 21 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm T 22 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm W 23 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm T 24 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm 2.30pm & 8pm F 25 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm S 26 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm 2.30pm & 8pm S 27 Rock for Cancer Research 7.30pm Sunday Improv 7.30pm M 28 Shappi Khorsandi 8pm T 29 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm W 30 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm


T 01 Baby Universe 6pm The Table 4pm & 8.15pm F 02 The Writer 8pm Alvin Sputnik 6pm S 03 Schicklgruber 8pm Alvin Sputnik 2pm & 6pm S 04 Schicklgruber 8pm Alvin Sputnik 2pm & 6pm M 05 Mark Thomas 8pm T 06 Mark Thomas 8pm Outside 8.15pm W 07 Mark Thomas 8pm Outside 8.15pm T 08 Mark Thomas 8pm Outside 8.15pm F 09 Mark Thomas 8pm Outside 8.15pm S 10 Mark Thomas 8pm Outside 8.15pm S 11 Hardeep Singh Kohli 8pm 8pm M 12 Dylan Thomas Outside 8.15pm T 13 Dylan Thomas 8pm W 14 Outside 8.15pm T 15 Two Halves of Guinness 8pm Outside 8.15pm Outside 8.15pm F 16 Two Halves of Guinness 8pm Outside 8.15pm S 17 Two Halves of Guinness 8pm S 18 Jason Byrne 8pm PSE 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm T 20 Jigsy W 21 Jigsy 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm T 22 The Invisible Journey 8pm F 23 The Invisible Journey 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm S 24 The Invisible Journey 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm 7.30pm S 25 Peter’s Friends 8pm Sunday Improv T 27 The Seagull Effect 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm W 28 The Seagull Effect 8pm You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm T 29 You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm F 30 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm PSE 8pm

OCTOBER S 01 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show You’re Not Doing it Right 8.15pm 2.30pm & 8pm S 02 The Snow Dragon 11am & 2pm Sunday Storytelling 8.15pm Prototype TF+ 8pm PSE 8pm Flies 8.15pm T 04 We are Three Sisters W 05 We are Three Sisters 8pm Flies 8.15pm T 06 We are Three Sisters 2.30pm & 8pm Flies 8.15pm F 07 We are Three Sisters 8pm Flies 8.15pm S 08 We are Three Sisters 2.30pm & 8pm Flies 8.15pm T 11 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm W 12 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm T 13 Flies 8.15pm F 14 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm S 15 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm T 18 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm W 19 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm T 20 Flies 8.15pm F 21 La bohème 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm LT 7.30pm Flies 8.15pm S 22 La bohème S 23 Jack Whitehall 8pm M 24 Kathakbox 8pm Travels with Granddad 11am & 2pm Travels with Granddad 11am & 2pm T 25 Variety in the Factory 7.30pm W 26 Variety in the Factory 7.30pm Travels with Granddad 11am & 2pm T 27 Variety in the Factory 7.30pm Travels with Granddad 11am & 2pm F 28 Variety in the Factory 7.30pm Wolf Tales 11am & 2pm S 29 Variety in the Factory Wolf Tales 11am & 2pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm S 30 Sunday Improv 7.30pm

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DECEMBER T 01 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm F 02 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm S 03 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 2.15pm & 7.15pm S 04 Storytelling Sunday 8.15pm T 06 Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm W 07 Cinderella 7.30pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm T 08 Cinderella 7.30pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm F 09 Cinderella 7.30pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 7.15pm S 10 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Doodlebugs and Bogeymen 2.15pm & 7.15pm S 11 Cinderella 2.30pm & 6pm W 14 Cinderella 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm T 15 Cinderella 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm F 16 Cinderella 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm S 17 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm S 18 Cinderella 2.30pm & 6pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm PSE 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm T 20 Cinderella Magic Crackers 8.15pm W 21 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm T 22 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm






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F 23 Cinderella 2.30pm & 6pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm S 24 Cinderella 2.30pm Bath Time 10.45am S 25 CLOSED CLOSED M 26 CLOSED CLOSED T 27 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm W 28 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm T 29 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm F 30 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm

W 04 Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm T 05 Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm F 06 Cinderella 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm S 07 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm S 08 Cinderella 2.30pm & 6pm Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm T 12 Cinderella 7.30pm F 13 Cinderella 7.30pm S 14 Cinderella 2.30pm & 7.30pm S 15 Cinderella 2.30pm & 6pm

JANUARY S 01 Cinderella 7.30pm M 02 Cinderella 2.30pm T 03 Bath Time 10.45am & 2.15pm Magic Crackers 8.15pm

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Tobacco Factory Theatre Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF The Brewery 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP (Tickets must be collected from Tobacco Factory Theatre) Bus numbers 24 & 25 stop just outside the Tobacco Factory.

Opening Hours 10am-6.30pm Monday to Saturday On days when performances are scheduled, the Box Office will be open until the start of the performance. If there is a show scheduled on a Sunday or during public holidays, the Box Office will be open 2 hours prior to the performance. We accept all major credit and debit cards except American Express. A booking fee of 50p for 1 ticket or £1 for 2 or more tickets applies to all card transactions. We cannot offer refunds, but can exchange tickets for other performances of the same production (subject to availability). Please do be aware that a booking fee of £2.50 per transaction will be charged for online bookings. Bookings made direct with the Theatre either in person or by phone do not incur a fee other than the card-handling fee described above.


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Aug - Dec 11 TFT Season Brochure  

Our new Autumn Season Brochure packed with opera, puppets, circus, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Season, a pretty big celeb and lots of...