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Welcome We have a number of exciting new strands to our programme this season. I’ve asked an external company to curate some of our season for the first ever time and Action Hero, a Bristol company that is justly feted across several continents, have responded by programming four startling shows for us (p26). We are producing more than ever before including two brand new lunchtime shows co-produced with Òran Mór’s a Play, a Pie and a Pint scheme (p09 & p17) and a brand new Christmas show for smaller children in the Brewery, The Lost Present (p32). We are also going to co-produce with one of my favourite theatre companies in the country, New International Encounter (NIE). I saw a short version of their Hansel and Gretel last year and instantly asked them to come and create a new version of this wonderful story with us this Christmas: I’m looking forward to it enormously (p31). Alongside these we have superb companies returning to us including: Gare St Lazare’s Moby Dick (p13); our favourite opera company Opera Project with Eugene Onegin (p19); Rannel, with a brand new show 2Deep (p15) and Volcano with a classic from their canon L.O.V.E. (p25). We have new companies discovered by our scouting network including Original Theatre (p05), Bootworks (p28) and Red Dog (p21). We have theatre, film, comedy, opera, dance and family shows. New writing and classics. Workshops, classes and talks (p38-39). I hope you find lots to love this season and we look forward to seeing you here.

Ali Robertson Director

The Tobacco Factory Theatre produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces. We present a jam-packed programme in both Factory and Brewery Theatres of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from international comedy acts to opera, family shows to modern classics and timeless masterpieces plus an extensive TF+ programme of audience events, artist training and classes for our young audiences. Talk to us : @tftheatre

What you think... “I’m a big fan of the Tobacco Factory in Bristol because the space is so sympathetic, creating an intimacy that rewards really good acting, in the same way as London’s Donmar” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“The TF gives me a powerful sense of there being good people and inspirational places in the world” Gillie Harries, volunteer and Fan

“Whatever you do is amazing!” Pauline Higgins, Teacher

Design Print Tobacco Factory Arts Trust Registered Company no: 04536120 Registered Charity no: 1097542

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where to find what...

Both theatres are situated just south of the river in the heart of bustling Southville. Tobacco Factory Theatre Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

By Foot

The Brewery 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP

We are just a 15 minute walk from the Centre (Arnolfini/MShed area) and a 30 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads and Bedminster train stations.

(NB Tickets for shows at both the Factory Theatre and The Brewery must be collected from the Tobacco Factory Theatre Box Office)

By Bus

With so many shows to choose from at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, we’ve split this brochure up into sections so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Bus numbers 25 or 24 from North Bristol, Broadmead, the City Centre and Redcliffe Hill stop outside the Tobacco Factory. Currently the last bus leaves at 10.42pm Monday – Sunday from outside Aldi.

By Bike




Both theatres are very accessible by bike from all areas of Bristol and we have bike racks inside the Tobacco Factory, on the wall of the Factory, on the corner of Raleigh Road and North Street and outside The Brewery.



There is plenty of on street parking in the surrounding area and an Aldi supermarket car park next door usable after 7pm, but please note: at the time of print Aldi has a 2 hour parking restriction if you park before 7pm with a 4 hour no return period and a hefty £70 fine!


Early Bird ticket offers Hansel and Gretel Book tickets by 10 Aug and get £5 off a family ticket (Applies to shows from 07–21 Dec)

Richard III / The Two Gentlemen of Verona Book tickets for BOTH shows by 01 Dec and get £4 off (£4 deducted from total for both tickets. Applies to Wed, Thu & Fri evening only)

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Special offers!

Look out for these offers and symbols: This season, some Brewery show opening night tickets are £5! See show pages for details and get booking. Business Club & Fans 241 offer Business Club members and Fans who join by Direct Debit can get 2 for 1 tickets on certain dates (see calendar) to shows with this symbol. See p40 & 41 for Business Club and Fans information. A Play, a Pie and a Pint Book for both Faith Fall and The Room In The Elephant together and pay just £16. Suck it & See! offer Making it easier (and cheaper!) for you to explore the range of our programme. Date restrictions apply. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Please call Box Office or visit our website for details. Buy a full price ticket for... Three Men In A Boat (p05) A Love Like Salt (p15) A Funny Thing… (p23)

and see this for just £5 Mr Maugham At Home (p17) The Raun Tree (p09) The Deep (p07) 03

Mon 20 – Sat 25 August 8pm Matinee Sat 25 Aug 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre

Wed 29 August – Sat 08 September 8pm (no show Sun) Matinees Sat 01 & Sat 08 Sep 3pm Venue Factory Theatre




Jerome K Jerome’s classic novel in a brand new adaptation by Craig Gilbert and performed by the award winning Original Theatre Company. Keeping audiences laughing for well over a century Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure has become the quintessential example of the charm and wit of Victorian England. Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness inspiring many of our comic legends from Morecambe and Wise to Monty Python. In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life three friends J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos...

Three Men in a Boat

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In this our Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year the award winning Original Theatre Company take this classic tale of British misadventure and folly by the scruff of the neck. Equipped with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a feast of physical comedy, settle yourself in for a night out to remember. “Alastair Whatley’s full blooded revival” The Times (on Our Country’s Good)

STARRING LES DENNIS jigsy productionS ltd

Written by Tony Staveacre Directed by Hannah Chissick Designed by Harriet De Winton Lighting Designed by Douglas Kuhrt

Following sell out performances in 2011, Les Dennis returns to the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Tony Staveacre’s blisteringly funny and moving play. ‘So cheerio, you’ve been a grand audience, it’s always nice to play to yer own. See you again after the bingo.’ Jigsy is a jobbing comic. Over the last 30 years he’s worked with them all – and he’ll tell you the stories to prove it. With sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded dinner jacket, Jigsy relives his tale: the glamour and grit of his younger days, the horror stories of when it all goes wrong, and the success he might have had. Les Dennis lays bare the highs and lows of a northern comic mining the last laughs of the working-men’s club circuit. “Gold... very funny, very warm and very thoughtful... make sure you catch it”  “Compelling… a remarkable achievement” 9/10 Bristol Reviews Running time 1hr 10mins

“A modern classic, a rich and heady brew...Utterly Enthralling” Whatsonstage (on Our Country’s Good) Running time 2hrs (inc. interval)

ALI ROBERTSON Director, Tobacco Factory Theatre

Nev Boundy Tobacco Factory Theatre, Fan For Life

Their previous shows have been excellent so their take on one of my favourite summertime books should be a treat.

So good, so truthful, so informative, so funny – I’ve already got my ticket to see Les give us Jigsy for a second time.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9 (no conc Fri / Sat eve)

Tickets Full £14 / Concession £10 / Fri & Sat eve £15


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Tue 28 August – Sat 01 September 8.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre




Martin Sherman’s acclaimed play Rose tells a remarkable and sometimes harrowing tale of endurance, tolerance and spirit through its protagonist.

Directed by Iain MacDonald Designed by Halla Groves-Raines

Rose is a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and, via a ship called The Exodus, to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami Beach.

A young man wakes early one morning and bids farewell to his parents as he heads off for another season on the trawler boat. Once aboard the ship we meet his friends, and hear of their lives at sea together. But as they await arrival on fishing grounds, disaster strikes and all the men are then at the mercy of the sea.

Red Kettle is one of Ireland’s foremost theatre companies, with a mission to create vital, vigorous and exciting theatre, including the recently successful world première of Edna O’ Brien’s The Country Girls.


Tue 04 – Sat 15 September 8.15pm (no show Sun & Mon) Venue Brewery Theatre

Starring Fiona York and directed by Ben Hennessy, this play is a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and a moving reminder of the events that shaped the last century. “Cannot fail to move you... Martin Sherman’s spectacularly well written play... Fiona York acts brilliantly... the moving stories told to the audience bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your lip” Unlimited / Three Weeks Edinburgh “Fiona York... is outstanding in a compelling production... Rose received a rapturous reception and standing ovations... the audience was spell-bound” Irish Examiner

“A skelping smashing noise and I open ma eyes and ma world is upside doon. All three hunner tones oh steel.”

Based on a true event, The Deep is directed by Iain MacDonald. Originally an Icelandic story by Jon Atli Jonasson, it tells the story of how the sea will take as readily as it gives. Here relocated to Scotland, it was translated and adapted by Graeme Maley. The Deep is a one-man show full of humanity, humour and an aching beauty that will speak to all who have ever admired the power of the sea. “His direction is invisible and his ideas are realised with clarity and integrity” The Public Reviews (on Knives In Hens, directed by Iain MacDonald) Running time 55mins Age recommendation 15+ Part of the TFT mission statement is to incentivise theatrical talent to stay in Bristol and we are proud to offer an annual Graduate Director’s Slot for an exceptional graduate from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to direct a show in The Brewery.

“Rose is a tour de force and should be seen... Fiona York performs with surgical precision and exceptional brilliance” Evening Echo Running time 2hrs (inc. interval)

ALI ROBERTSON Director, Tobacco Factory Theatre

PAUL RUMMER Principal, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

This show has been wowing audiences worldwide for years and I’m delighted that we can host it in Bristol at last.

This is a must-see collaboration from award winning director/ designer team, Iain MacDonald and Halla Groves-Raines.

Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 / Opening night £5

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £7 / Opening night £5

The Deep

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Fri 14 & Sat 15 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre


A twisted, apocalyptic fairytale, told through ten songs. Branches like fingers Dragging me down into the tale. Falling through the Raun Tree To a room within its roots, Where an old man sits By the fire Telling stories. Follow Dom Coyote and a cast of musicians through a twisted tale, using music, story and theatre to build a dream like world where a young boy is lost and alone, trying to find his way back to the summer. Epic harmony, live sampling, electric guitars, crunky banjos, double bass and hypnotic drums create a vivid landscape on which this twisted tale is told. Dom Coyote (Kneehigh Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company) is joined by award winning song writer Emily Barker (BAFTA), Nat Butler and Adrian Acolatse (Rhythm section for Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle). A unique set design has been developed by renowned theatre designer Michael Vale.

The Raun Tree

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 ot Banksy’s elephant. Tachowa: N Not Mint Currency’s elephant. My elephant. My home. And my story.

“Absolutely mesmorising” Leeds Confidential “Excellent... melancholic, sometimes ululating lullabies” The Times (on music composed by Dom Coyote for The Impending Storm, Cultural Olympiad) Running time 55mins

Tue 18 – Sat 22 September Lunch: from 12.30pm / Show: 1.15pm Fri 21 Sep Dinner: from 5.30pm / Show: 6.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre


A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT Òran Mór and Tobacco Factory Theatre Written by Tom Wainwright

A Play, a Pie and a Pint, Glasgow’s renowned lunchtime theatre experience comes to Bristol for the very first time, with brand new plays from top playwrights. Last year in Los Angeles the graffiti artist Banksy scrawled “THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT” on a worthless water tank and turned it into a priceless work of art. Those in the know rose in unison to salute the artist’s latest comment on homelessness – the metaphorical ‘elephant’ in the room. An inevitable land grab followed and the water tank was taken away. But someone had been living there. For 17 years. And in a cruelly ironic twist of fate this man was now homeless. Because of Banksy. Or so the story goes. Bristol-based Tom Wainwright has written for Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Bristol, the egg and Hull Truck; previous works including Muscle and Buttercup. The show is directed by Emma Callander, whose recent work includes Supply (a Play, a Pie and a Pint), Digits (Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Truth About Youth (Travelling Light). “One of the most magical theatre initiatives of the last decade” The Scotsman (on a Play, a Pie and a Pint) Running time 45mins Bristol Beer Factory and Pieminister are delighted to support a Play, a Pie and a Pint

Sharon Clark Literary Producer, Bristol Old Vic HEATHER WILLIAMS Artistic Director, Myrtle Theatre Company

Dom is a rising star, I know he has created a thrilling and edgy performance – Nick Cave meets Edward Scissorhands.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9

What planet is Tom Wainwright on? Never 100% sure but wherever he is its quirky, unpretentious, inventive, vital and funny.

Tickets Tue £8 / Wed – Fri £10 / Sat £12 (Includes a Pieminister pie & a bottle of Bristol Beer Factory beer or a soft drink)

The Room In The Elephant

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Mon 17 – Sat 22 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Wed 26 – Sat 29 September 8.15pm Matinee Thu 27 1pm / Sat 29 2pm & 5pm Venue Brewery Theatre



Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut, written and directed by Morag Fullarton, is a lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time. A superb multi-tasking cast whisk you back to Morocco 1941, a Nazi infested hotbed of corruption, teeming with refugees and the flotsam and jetsam of war-torn Europe. Cut to Rick’s bar where the émigrés gather, desperate to get hold of the all-elusive exit visa, when who should walk in but the beautiful Ilsa, Rick’s long lost love... Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut is a gem of a play, starring comic actor Gavin Mitchell – impersonating Humphrey Bogart playing Rick Blaine – alongside a brilliant cast of Clare Waugh and Jimmy Chisholm. Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut

Set in a tiny gin joint, this fast-paced, action-packed comedy is a smart and lovingly disrespectful tribute to an all time classic film. So raise a Bogart-style eyebrow, shed a Bergman-like tear, and drown out the Nazis with a rousing chorus of the Marseillaise as you revisit one of the greatest films of all time. “Pure theatre magic... the secret of the show’s success lies in its combination of anarchic stage send-up and real passion for the essence of one of the great screen love-stories”  The Scotsman Running time 1hr 15mins Excerpts from Casablanca granted courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. In a season where Tobacco Factory Theatre are co-producing with Óran Mór for the first time, we are delighted to present this magical show that was originally produced at a Play, a Pie and a Pint.

Fluidity Films in association with Poonamallee Productions presents a Filter film Starring Alex Avery, Oliver Dimsdale, Sandy Foster, Poppy Miller, Victoria Moseley, Ferdy Roberts, Gemma Saunders, Nicolas Tennant, Romola Garai, Mike Shepherd, Zoe Tapper and Dominic West Edited by Dan Lincoln Music by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes Directed by Simon Reade Created by Filter, Guy de Beaujeu and Simon Reade

Filter Theatre presents a film of its alter ego Sea-in-a-Sieve Theatre Company touring the West Country with its innovative production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will. A documentary road-movie intercutting live footage of Filter’s extraordinary production of Twelfth Night. Deviously mixed with a fly-on-the-wall, behind-the-scenes tragi-comedy, the actors’ offstage shenanigans reflect their onstage characters – and the real and the unreal blur into inglorious Technicolor®. The film will be introduced by members of Filter and the crew. What You Will was shot on location in Bristol, Devon and Cornwall and at The Tobacco Factory Theatre where Filter has previously packed out the Factory Theatre with Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Fantastic” The Independent (on Twelfth Night) “Rock-and-Roll Shakespeare’s a blast” The Daily Telegraph (on Twelfth Night) Running time 2hrs Age recommendation 15+


MELANIE ZAALOF Producer, Tobacco Factory Theatre

I can’t wait for Rick’s Cafe to hit Southville! A funny, clever re-imagining of everyone’s favourite weepy.

Filter create Shakespeare packed with fresh ideas, excellent gags and an energy that is completely irresistible.

Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8

Tickets Full £7.50 / Concession £5 / Opening night £5

What You Will

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Thu 27 – Sat 29 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 04 – Sat 06 October 8.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre

Moby Dick


Gare St Lazare

Considered one of the great American STARVING ARTISTS THEATRE COMPANY novels, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a work of immense detail, charismatic The poignant, funny and heartbreaking story of three characters, revenge and promethean dreamers adrift in Los Angeles. challenging of the Gods.

Moby Dick

In this production by Gare St Lazare, adapted by Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, Captain Ahab’s ruthless pursuit of the whale Moby Dick is presented as a solo performance to a live musical accompaniment by Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. Since its première in Ireland in 2009 it has received a fantastic reception on tours including Ireland, the South Bank Centre and festivals in the USA and Shanghai.

In search of the Californian Dream, enraged movie publicist Nikolai drives Sunset Boulevard at the very edge of the richest country in the world. Meanwhile, standing in the neon-soaked Hollywood rain, a forlorn evangelist has deserted his congregation in search of the great movie fantasies of yesteryear. And then there’s Bradley, movie make-up artist and dispenser of Tinseltown wisdom, stranded on the Hollywood Freeway...

Gare St Lazare create theatre that keeps the relationship between the audience and the actor at the very centre of each production, and were last at the Tobacco Factory Theatre with the Beckett Trilogy, one of the most unforgettable tour-de-forces seen in Bristol in recent years. We’re thrilled to welcome them back this season.

And in the midst of these dreamers and the funny and moving tales they have to tell, an extremely large and boisterous dog is bounding across the eight-lane freeway…

“Lovett’s capacity to hold an audience is remarkable. His voice control and subtle shifts of expression and movement seem effortless” The Guardian “I felt as if I should be sitting at somebody’s fireplace enjoying a storyteller tell me his story” Kate O’Toole (The View RTE TV) “Gare St Lazare players’ vision of theatre is of the ‘empty space’ variety made famous by Peter Brook... It is a theatre that exists entirely in the relationship between the audience and the actor, and this is the type of theatre that Conor Lovett – a phenomenal, almost artless, performer – was born for” Irish Theatre Magazine

The acclaimed internationally touring company Starving Artists was founded by American actor Mark Pinkosh and British writer Godfrey Hamilton. The company has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and the Manchester Evening News Award for Actor of the Year. Now, in collaboration with director Jonathan Best, Starving Artists present a new version of their hit show Take Me with You. “A seductive treat for everyone... vivid and extraordinary” Time Out (on Starving Artists) “Brilliantly skillful, utterly compelling” The Independent (on Starving Artists) Running time 1hr 10mins Age recommendation 14+

Running time 2hrs (no interval)


BECKY LANE Marketing Manager, Tobacco Factory Theatre

Gare St Lazare’s Beckett Trilogy was monumental – a flawless adaptation performed with precision and vigour.

The Brewery is a wonderful space for discovering work from fantastic companies who we haven’t worked with before.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9 (no conc Sat)

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Take Me with You

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RANNEL PRESENTS Wed 03 – Sat 06 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre



This is a world-exclusive; the first ever performances of a brand new show before it starts a world tour. Expect a fresh new dose of Rannel’s trademark Hip-Hop comedy theatre full of music, physical set pieces and jaw dropping skills with a futuristic twist... Two men... one room... who are they? How did they get there? How will they escape? Rannel Theatre Company is a critically acclaimed physical comedy duo known for their hilarious, energetic and unexpected sketches. If you saw their five-star show Flhip Flhop when it toured here last year, you’ll know exactly how brilliant Rannel’s creations are. “Wonderfully fresh and fine comic actors... A comedic gem”  The Scotsman on Flhip Flhop 2Deep

the scotsman

"A Comedic Gem"

Scarborough Evening News


Broadway Baby

"Dazzling Entertainment"

“Rannel Theatre Company throw down an hour of breathtaking physical comic theatre, this is a genuinely laugh out loud funny show skilfully executed with razor sharp timing”  The List on Flhip Flhop

Fri 12 & Sat 13 October 8pm Signed show Fri 12 October Venue Factory Theatre


Slick and spellbinding, this superbly crafted show brings the ancient art of storytelling firmly into the 21st century. Aided by the dramatic, driving rhythms of a skilled and inventive strings and accordion trio and under the direction of the much loved Sally Cookson (Cinderella: A Fairytale), applauded storyteller Daniel Morden lures the audience onto a rollercoaster ride in this haunting, hypnotic fusion of music and word. The Devil’s Violin Company is adept at unlocking the forgotten folk tales that inspired some of English literature’s greatest works. In A Love Like Salt, love is put to the test in three tales as the audience is transported to King Arthur’s Camelot, the Breton shores and the ancient Britain of King Lear. An alchemic experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, A Love Like Salt is a rich tapestry, peppered with magic and morals, lovers and villains, desire and disguise and even a man hell-bent on selling his soul to win a woman. Timeless and thought-provoking, this is a show guaranteed to fire the imagination. Come and see how the story ends. “Gifted storyteller Daniel Morden... something in his voice and way of performing that was beyond captivating... such refined mixture of grief, anger, joy, love, obsession that he conveys through effortless play of his voice” Oxford Theatre Review Running time 1hr 45mins (inc. interval) Age recommendation 12+

JOÊL DANIEL Co-Director, Champloo Dance company

Katie Sykes Theatre Designer

Rannel are monstrously funny, bringing to light original, accessible stand out theatre that truly understands Hip-Hop.

I love The Devils Violin Company – brilliant storytelling fantastically interwoven with gorgeous music.

Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9

A Love Like Salt

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Tue 09 – Sat 20 October 7.45pm (no show Sun or Mon) Venue Brewery Theatre

MR MAUGHAM AT HOME Bridging Oscar Wilde and James Bond, this is the amazing secret life of William Somerset Maugham, who wrote to 92 and his death in 1965. Fabulous wealth flowed from Maugham’s books, from Hollywood, Broadway, the West End and television. The Razors Edge, Of Human Bondage, The Painted Veil, The Letter and Rain – just a handful of his classic novels, plays and short stories. But behind popular acclaim lay tragedy. Orphaned by eight, within a lonely boyhood, his reserve, stoicism, stammer and even his sexual ambivalence found seed. After a notorious marriage and bitter divorce, he made his luxury home on the French Riviera, entertaining the great and good, royalty, prostitutes, the literati, and his one great love. Mr Maugham at Home


Anthony Curtis, a Maugham biographer, brings the extraordinary panorama of his life to the stage; the stricken child, the student in Heidelberg, the doctor in Lambeth’s slums, the struggling writer in Paris, the stretcher-bearer on Flanders’ fields, the traveller in Gauguin’s footsteps and, incredibly, the international spy. Finally, after glittering success, the tragedy of a life ending in miserable paranoia and social opprobrium.

When I saw Christina for the first time, I felt, well, lust. I wasn’t thinking about healing or God. I was thinking about sex.

Under the direction of Chris Garner, Anthony Smee (The English Patient, C4’s The Queen) lays bare the remarkable drama of Maugham’s life and work. “Anthony Smee gives a superb performance as the worldly expatriate” The Times “Rare for a one-man performance, the evening is a theatrically satisfying whole – thanks to an almost symbiotic collaboration between writer, actor and director” The Stage

Tue 23 – Sat 27 October Lunch: from 12.30pm / Show: 1.15pm Fri 26 Oct Dinner: from 5.30pm / Show: 6.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre


A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT Òran Mór and Tobacco Factory Theatre Written by Frances Poet

The second lunchtime play direct from Glasgow’s a Play, a Pie and a Pint, is a dark emotional thriller from an exciting new voice, writer Frances Poet. Christina is dying. Adam knew she was dying when he met her at a faith healing where they were paired together to pray for each other. But she didn’t know that he was a reporter, attending the healing under false pretences, his faithless prayers hollow. Months on, Adam loves this woman whose body is failing, but still hasn’t told her of his deceit. He is convinced that he let the devil in that day and now the devil is following him. Frances Poet has spent over ten years working in a literary capacity for some of the UK’s foremost new writing houses. Through her previous roles as Literary Manager of the National Theatre of Scotland and Associate Director (Literary) of Hampstead Theatre before that, she has had the good fortune to commission and develop work with some of Britain’s most exciting established and emerging playwrights. This is Frances’ debut play. “Arguably the best-value cultural event in the country” Sunday Times (on a Play, a Pie and a Pint) Running time 45mins Bristol Beer Factory and Pieminister are delighted to support a Play, a Pie and a Pint

Running time 1hr 55mins (inc. interval)

ANDREW HILTON Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

Rusti Macapagal Administrator, Tobacco Factory Theatre

Brilliantly evokes the man and his world. I enjoyed it hugely.

I love the concept of PPP – it’s a great way to make an event of it and enjoy work by emerging and established artists.

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8 (no conc Fri / Sat) Opening night £5

Tickets Tue £8 / Wed – Fri £10 / Sat £12 (Includes a Pieminister pie & a bottle of Bristol Beer Factory beer or a soft drink)

Faith Fall

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Tue 16 – Sat 27 October 7.30pm (not Sun, Mon or Thu) Venue Factory Theatre



Based on Pushkin’s masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s great opera tells of the fated love between the innocent Tatyana and the worldweary cynic Eugene Onegin. The opera includes the famous ‘letter scene’, a tour-deforce of the soprano repertoire, in which Tatyana declares her true love for Onegin, a love that is tragically rejected. The ensuing maelstrom of emotions ends in a duel between Onegin and his best friend, the poet, Lensky, which leaves Lensky dead. Years later, at the St Petersburg Ball, Onegin, by chance, meets Tatyana once again and realises his mistake, but now the married Tatyana is unable to accept Onegin’s love. For their tenth year at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Opera Project presents a delicious exploration of life, death, love, convention and passion with this lyrical masterpiece. The brilliant Australian baritone Grant Doyle sings the title role, Michael Bracegirdle (Cavaradossi, Tosca 2008) returns to take on Lensky and the superb Lee Bisset sings the role of Tatyana. Sung in English, with orchestra, Eugene Onegin is brought to you by Opera Project’s Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness, the creative team behind last October’s fantastic La bohème. This promises to be an absolute highlight of the season. “Opera Project + Tobacco Factory = Heaven” Venue “One of the best small-scale opera companies in Britain” New York Times “Truly touching if not pretty damned heroic... Just what opera should be doing: serving the community” The Independent on Sunday (on La bohème)

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Mon 29 – Tue 30 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 01 – Sat 03 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre



A tale told with Dickens’ characteristic humour, indignation and pathos. In this sparkling new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, Red Dog bring a rogues’ gallery of unforgettable characters vividly and imaginatively to life, to delight, outrage and entertain.

A PAPER CINEMA AND BAC co-production


For Dombey, money and the power it brings are the only gods worth worshipping. But can money really buy him everything he dreams of? What of love, or life itself? This is a tale of pride and passion, generosity and greed, of human foibles and the society which breeds them. Adapted by Jude Emmet, directed by Sue Colverd, with music by Colin Sell and textile design by Corinne Hockley that blurs the boundaries between visual art and theatre. “A superb production” Venue Magazine (on The House of Bernarda Alba)

Dombey and Son

“You don’t have to be big to be brilliant. This is definitely not one to miss” Remotegoat (on One Flea Spare) Running time 2hrs 30mins (inc. interval) Age recommendation 10+


Raging storms and supernatural forces prevail over one man’s almighty quest to get home. Immerse yourself in a journey through the high seas, soak up the adventure and encounter danger and exhilaration. The Paper Cinema have performed their unique combination of live animation and originally scored music, nationally and internationally since 2004, and to great acclaim. This is Homer’s Odyssey, a cornerstone of literature, vividly told through beautiful illustration and masterful puppetry. Cinematic projection and cunning tricks transform a suitcase full of cut-out paper puppets into an array of living characters and striking landscapes. A silent film is created before your eyes, set to a captivating live score from exceptional musicians. “Immense skill... ingeniously effective” The Times “A delicately executed piece, which is bound to delight” Telegraph “An epic, imaginative voyage” Time Out “Ingenious retelling of Homer’s story” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Running time 1hr 15mins Age recommendation 14+ Co-commissioned by Parabola Arts Centre

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SIMON INCH Tobacco Factory Theatre, Fan For Life

SIMON COATES Associate Producer, Wales Millennium Centre

Red Dog shows are powerful adaptations of classics which let the work and the characters shine through.

I can’t wait to see this. I defy anybody not to fall in love with these meticulous, charismatic animations.

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £10

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9


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Wed 07 – Sat 10 November 8.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre



A dynamic and contemporary evening exploring the themes of language and communication using unique and explosive dance fused with witty and vibrant theatre. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience two emerging South West dance companies. Bristol based Neshima Dance Company was founded by Batel Magen and takes its name from Hebrew for ‘breath’. The company lives up to its name by incorporating and embodying the use and quality of breath in its repertoire, and the voice through original musical scores.

Subtext (Above: Neshima Dance Company)

Swerve Dance Theatre Company, an associate company of Swindon Dance, was founded by Helen Ganberg in Swindon in 2005 and performs exhilarating, varied and visual dance theatre that incorporates strong collaborations with music, design and text. Subtext is a collection of four different pieces which investigate the nuances and rhythms of language. Subtext will physicalize the subtlety of routine communication, and guide the audience through a journey of words. Running time 1hr 30mins (inc. interval) Age recommendation 10+

Thu 08 – Sat 17 November 7.30pm (no show Sun) Matinee Thu 15 & Sat 10 / 17 2.30pm Venue Factory Theatre


“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!” So says the song that begins this award winning musical comedy. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart’s bawdy tale of Pseudolus, set to the music and lyrics of the fantastic Stephen Sondheim. Pseudolus, “the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome” attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the girl next door. But in the ensuing mayhem, will he succeed? Directed by Jenny Stephens and inspired by the comedies of Plautus, this is an irreverent romp filled with slapstick humour, mistaken identities, zany characters and the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. “A show that has strong claims to being the funniest musical every written” The Guardian (on A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum) Originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince. The BOVTS production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinburger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Katy Noakes Harbourside Festival

ED VINEY Theatre Director

Two of the regions’ favourite companies present their distinctive and dynamic danceworks; dazzling and entertaining by turns.

Fusing the classics of Ancient Rome with Golden Age Broadway vaudeville, this is perfect for the dazzling talents of BOVTS.

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £10

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

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Tue 13 – Sat 24 November 8.15pm (no show Sun or Mon) Venue Brewery Theatre


Thu 22 – Sat 24 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre



A play concerning a farmer’s radical attempt to restore his land to its supposed former glory, and the differing reactions of his children: Or Bunnies (for short). Devon is being destroyed. The once beautiful land is blighted by non-native species, including the grey squirrel, the Chinese mitten crab, the Siberian chipmunk, the Topmouth Gudgeon and, even, the European rabbit. They are wreaking havoc. Fortunately Stamper, a local farmer, has a solution. This darkly comic new play from extraordinary young writer Kieran Lynn, mixes poignancy and satire to devastating effect. Winning a Peter Brook Empty Space Award in 2011, this production comes to Bristol following its world première at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter. Bunnies

Contains swearing, violence and lots of taxidermy. “The enterprising Bike Shed is keeping theatre alive in Exeter” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian “Tremendous, amusing dark comedy” What’s On Stage “Thought provoking... and very funny” Devon Life Running time 1hr 35mins (inc. interval) Age recommendation 16+

Based on Shakespeare’s sonnets, L.O.V.E. is an immoderate Shakespearean ménage à trois, with a touch of Shirley Bassey. It is about passion, spirit, beauty, jealousy, manipulation, lust. Three lovers – recalling the poet, the dark lady and the lovely boy – perform the Sonnets, bringing to the texts a vigour, passion, tenderness and desperation to match the range and depth of emotion lurking below the surface of their elegant verse. Volcano grapples with one of the greatest collections of classical poetry in English, sweeping aside dusty academic appreciation in favour of a red-blooded entanglement. The texts are alive with possibility and an athletic cast wrestles breathlessly with their language, and sweatily with one another. Bringing together Volcano’s Paul Davies and Fern Smith with DV8’s Nigel Charnock and the sumptuous design of Andrew Jones, L.O.V.E. represents a historic collaboration of some of the most distinctive pioneers of British physical theatre in the 90s. The show’s irrepressible energy, savage passion, exquisite language and arresting design make it one of Volcano’s most enduring and memorable works. “From the tender to the obscene, from the erotic to the crude, the triangle stroke, kick and kiss and convince us that love hurts” The Guardian 1993 “It is rare, as a regular theatre-goer in a western country, to see a taboo aired, broken, stamped on and thrown away in the space of a few lusty seconds” The Financial Times 2003 Running time 1hr 15mins Age recommendation 15+

CARRIE RHYS-DAVIES TF+ Officer, Tobacco Factory Theatre

Joe Roberts TFT Marketing Assistant

Bike Shed shows have tremendous heart and value strong storytelling, so I’m very looking forward to this play.

Few companies perform with the passion and aggression of Volcano. L.O.V.E. will send you spinning.

Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7 / Opening night £5

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9


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“When Ali (Director, TFT) asked us to help create a mini-season at Tobacco Factory Theatre, we immediately made two lists. Firstly: shows we’d seen and loved, but for some reason had not come to Bristol. Secondly: shows we just really wanted to see. So, we hope you’re as excited as we are to have Chris Goode and New Art Club from our first list, and Victoria Melody and Stuart Silver from our second! It’s brilliant to have these artists showing their work in Bristol, and we can’t wait to see you all there!”

OTHER shows Mon 05 November 8.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre

Sun 11 November 7.45pm Venue Brewery Theatre




Directed by Ursula Martinez (star of La Clique), Northern Soul is an hilarious one-woman show about Victoria Melody’s attempts at joining in. Immersing herself in other people’s worlds, Victoria explores Britain’s pastimes, passions and tribes using a treasure trove of films, photos and paraphernalia, in this comedic, engaging and hopeful performance.


Wed 28 November – Sat 01 December Various

BAFTA nominated, Perrier winning Stuart Silver presents an intimate and humorous epic journey, under the philosophical crush of great advice. With ukulele when you least expect it. And when you expect it.

Age recommendation 14+

“Its lurches of logic keep your head buzzing long after it ends... It’s not like anything else”  The Times

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Tickets Full £9 / Concession £7

The Bristol Latino Film Festival will once again screen shorts, documentaries and feature films, in particular showing work by independent film makers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the USA. For more info go to

Sun 07 October, Sun 04 November & Sun 02 December 7.45pm Venue Brewery Theatre


Storytelling for adult audiences in The Brewery.


Tue 27 November 8.15pm Tickets £5 An evening of physical theatre performance from City of Bristol College / Plymouth University foundation degree students. Factory Theatre: BRACE PRESENTS THE OPERA DUDES


Wed 21 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 26 November 8.15pm Venue Brewery Theatre

Quiet act of DESTRUCTION


The Year of Being a Squirrel Sun 07 October Stroud Valley, 1972. Granny slides through a wall while twelve ravens flap through the night and little Alys escapes into the trees. Alys Torrance weaves together folktales and new tales about death, life and talking.

Sun 23 September Sparkling Reception: 6.30pm / Show: 7.30pm

Roden and Shenton’s Quiet Act Of Destruction will brighten this autumn evening. This brand new interactive, physical, meaning-fuelled and music-infused show offers you wild games, a hilarious tale and an eclectic soundtrack including Roots Manuva, The White Stripes and live experimental physical beat-boxing.

Hippo World Guest Book is based on a real website for hippo fans – a site which included a guest book which was never moderated. Chris Goode presents the highlights: a trajectory of naive optimism, undermined by arguments, thwarted by abuse, and finally obliterated by spam. Simultaneously funny, profound and melancholy.

Baba Yaga’s Oven Sun 04 November Journey into the land of the firebird and a witch’s hut with the legs of a chicken. Storytellers Michael Loader and Rebecca Smart together with musician Martin Solomon uncover stories from the heart of Mother Russia.

After over 400 shows around the UK, the Opera Dudes are here to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BRACE, the Bristol-based charity funding research into Alzheimer’s. With backing from Jimmy the Lip’s live swing band, prepare to be entertained and enraptured in equal measure. No other act will take you from Verdi to Lloyd Webber, via Rachmaninoff! Expect to find your feet tapping, your sides splitting and your heart breaking.


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This season’s hosted shows in The Brewery include:


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We make the theatre available once per season for fundraising nights for important locally based charities and we also host shows by passionate and valuable local community, education and amateur groups that we are proud to support at the TFT.


Age recommendation 14+

Age recommendation 16+

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £9

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Grimm and Grimmer Sun 02 December Bristol’s own brothers-in-storytelling Martin Maudsley and Saikat Ahamed delve into the deep, dark forest and emerge with fresh re-tellings of Grimms’ Folktales to celebrate this year’s 200th anniversary of their publication. Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

With their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, this is one of the funniest and most original classical double acts you will have seen.

Running time 2hrs / Suitable for all ages Tickets £25 (includes bubbly and canapés) Dress Sparkling 27

FAMILY AND YOUNG PEOPLE Sat 06 & Sun 07 October Venue Blue Room (Factory Theatre)

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy Bootworks Theatre

Using live performance, puppetry and back projection, the show is performed inside the Bootworks’ Black Box Theatre, surrounded by an incredible recreation of Henry’s very own bedroom and it’s almost as fun to watch the show from the outside, as to watch from the inside! Plus there are books to read and activity packs! “ is utterly, sometimes alarmingly, consistently magically, wonderful” The Guardian Performed to one child and an accompanying adult, or one adult, at a time. 5 mins long and repeats every 6 mins between 2pm – 3.30pm and 5.30pm – 7pm on Sat and 12pm – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 4pm on Sun. Ask the Box Office for details.

Tickets £5 per show

Workshop Page 39 Thu 01 – Sat 03 November 11am & 2pm Venue Brewery Theatre


Mon 08 – Wed 10 October 7pm Venue Factory Theatre

SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL The Shakespeare Schools Festival works in partnership with the National Theatre to help 700 schools from across the UK to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Each evening, you can enjoy professional entertainment whilst celebrating the students’ achievement, in four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. Details of participating schools and their performance day can be obtained from the Box Office.

The lo-fidelity rock & roll musical for children returns to rock-out some more. Oliver Postgate meets The Beastie Boys! Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals follows the adventures of the charismatic singer and his animal band (made up of a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger) as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock-out at a grand dance contest. This lively and enchanting performance contains a unique mix of theatre, comedy, animation and original live music. It’s a fresh and fantastically fun show that serves as a perfect child’s introduction to the world of live performance. “There was not one single adult or child at this sell-out show who did not join in the singing and dancing. Just go see it!” Running time 55mins Age recommendation 3+

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Henry just LOVES to EAT books. This exciting theatre adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning children’s book is an adventure for ages 4+ and their grown-ups.

Tickets £6

Mon 19 & Tue 20 November 7.30pm Matinee Tue 20 Nov 1.30pm Venue Factory Theatre



Based on Ben Rice’s acclaimed debut novel about how one boy’s mission to save his family unites an outback opal-mining community. This is a funny and heart-breaking story about love, loyalty and the enduring power of the imagination, brought to you by the company with whom we collaborated on Cinderella: A Fairytale. Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne’s best friends, maybe her only friends. Her brother Ashmol hates them. They’re invisible and they make her act weird. And it’s no fun having a fruitloop for a sister in Lightning Ridge. Then Pobby and Dingan go missing and Kellyanne becomes heartsick. It’s up to Ashmol to find them before she fades away completely, but where do you look for something you can’t even see?

Sun 25 November 11am & 2pm Venue Factory Theatre


Tall Stories present the stage show of The Snail And The Whale, an adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom). A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him? The amazing journey of the tiny snail is seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl and told through storytelling, live music and lots of laughs. “An exquisite piece of theatre... that leaves you smiling” The Stage

Running time 1hr Age recommendation 9+ and adults

Running time 45mins Age recommendation 4-10 and their grown-ups

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HANSEL AND GRETeL New International Encounter and Tobacco Factory Theatre

After the runaway success of Cinderella: A Fairy Tale, the Tobacco Factory Theatre presents another delightful interpretation of a Brothers Grimm story, brought to festive life through enchanting storytelling and live music. In the middle of a cold, dark forest Hansel and Gretel are lost and hungry. But as they sit, shivering, they glimpse a tiny cottage through the trees... a cottage that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Its roof is made of gingerbread, the walls are made of chocolate cake, the door is made of boiled sweets and the windows of clear sugar glaze, but what’s inside? This Christmas, follow Hansel and Gretel into the frozen forest and find out. The Tobacco Factory Theatre and International awardwinning theatre company New International Encounter join forces to bring you an enchanting show that will transform the Factory into a magical winter woodland. Adapting the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel with a mix of brilliantly fun live music, clowning, humour, language and storytelling, this is a wonderful Christmas show for all the family. Original co-production with The Junction.

“The Tobacco Factory... has a superlative record in creating Christmas hits” The Guardian

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On NIE’s previous Hansel and Gretel at The Junction: “A folksy affair, done with just the right touch of nastiness and warm-hearted playfulness” The Guardian Running time 2hrs 5mins (inc. interval) Age recommendation 6+ IOP Publishing is delighted to support this production

Tickets 05 & 06 December All Tickets £7 07 – 21 Dec, 02 – 04 Jan & 09 – 11 Jan Full £12 / Concession £9 / Family Ticket £37* 22 – 30 Dec & 05, 06, 12, 13 Jan Full £15 / Concession £11 / Family Ticket £47* *2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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brewery comedy Following the great success of Instant Wit in The Brewery over the last year, we’ve realised more and more what a great venue it is for comedy. So we’ve created a new series especially for The Brewery showcasing up-and-coming comedians, or comedians new to the region. We hope you like it.

Wed 19 December – Sun 13 January 11am & 2pm (no show Mon & Tue) Venue Brewery Theatre

Thu 20 December – Sat 12 January 8.15pm (no show Mon & Tue) Venue Brewery Theatre


It’s a busy day in the Number One Lost Present Department. It’s Christmas-time and lots of presents have gone astray. Vic and Ed need to do some detective work... and FAST... to find a home for all the lost presents before it’s too late. And that’s not easy to fit in when there are so many other things to do, like playing games, making up songs, and inventing fun new toys.

Photo: Paul Williams

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Sun 16 September 7.30pm


“What planet are you on?” A phrase Niki’s well used to hearing. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t fit in and that The Matrix feels more like a documentary than fiction, then join Niki to unpick it! Her quest has taken her across the globe to meet astronauts, cowboys and royalty. Join her and some of the extra-ordinary people she has met along the way.

A loving, wry and hilarious look at Cornwall from the South West’s newest comedian, the Kernow King. Celebrate the ‘Cornishness’ of Cornwall – the people, the places, the food, the dogging, the history, the traditions... and much more! It’s hilarious, anarchic and infectious.

Tickets £8

Tickets £8

Sun 30 Sep & Sun 25 Nov 7.30pm

Sun 21 October 8.15pm

Sun 28 October 7.30pm



Bristol’s brilliant bamboozler is back at the Brewery Theatre this Christmas with a magical show to delight and amaze. This show is “best seen to be disbelieved with your own eyes.”

Can they do it or will there be children without presents? The Lost Present is a fun packed 50 minutes of physical comedy, musical mayhem and silly songs, with lots to make the little ones in your life laugh out loud.

“A seriously impressive evening of trickery, bamboozlement and banter” Venue (on I Can’t Believe My Mind)

The Lost Present has been written by Mike Akers (Bristol Old Vic’s Treasure Island, How Cold my Toes) is directed by Emma Williams (Wolf Tales, Cats Choir) and will feature live music by Kid Carpet.

“A Peter Clifford show never fails to astound at Christmas!” Bristol Culture

Running time 50mins Age recommendation 3+ (and fun grown-ups)

Fresh and inventive, each show throws up nuggets of hilarity crafted by a company of the highest calibre. It’s a pick-me-up tonic with unexpected twists and a dash of sauce. There’ll be sketches, songs and general silliness – all based on audience suggestions. And if you’re too shy to shout anything out, you’ll have the chance to write down suggestions in the interval.


Tickets £10 / Concession £8

Tickets £10



What are Tory feminists? How did Hitler choose soups in restaurants? Why isn’t there a Spielberg blockbuster about donkeys, and why did Colonel Gadaffi hate them? Bridget Christie knows. And will wear stilts. Baffling stand-up and grotesque manifestations.

Adjust your buckles and lock in your fasteners – BBC Radio 4 stars Clever Peter are coming to Bristol! Described as a cross between Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen and regarded as one of the best live sketch acts on the comedy circuit, this show is a mixture of their best material, plus a host of new sketches. Age recommendation 18+

Tickets £7 / Family ticket £24*

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Age recommendation 17+


Join Peter to celebrate wonder and mystery in a fantastic evening of laughs and legerdemain showing why Peter Clifford’s Magic Matters.

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children. Special group rates available.

Sun 23 September 7.30pm

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Wed 12 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 24 September 8pm Venue Factory Theatre




“On paper, it’s next to impossible to do justice to what happens during a Frisky and Mannish gig” Daily Telegraph School? College? Job? YAWN. Life isn’t about spreadsheets, it’s about joy, laughter and POP MUSIC. Frisky and Mannish, pop experts and “fully blown superstars” (Time Out), have taken their particular brand of pop education all around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the cabaret dives of Berlin. Now they’re coming back to Bristol with their bestest bits, plus some brand new stuff. Tickets £15 34 Box Office 0117 902 0344

Sun 18 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre


“One of the most exciting entertainers in Britain” The Guardian Chris Cox is an award winning mind-reader who can’t read minds, he’s also “Genuinely baffling and very impressive ” according to The Sunday Express, but he’s far too modest to make that the first thing people read about him. This is his multi-five-star show and he’s bringing it back to his hometown of Bristol. Chris will be performing incredible feats of mind-reading, controlling coincidence and wondering whether love is the only real bit of magic in this world.

The Comedy Box

“See him now, before the stadium tour” Sunday Times Star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week and Dave’s Argumental is back with an all-new show of sharp, creative observational comedy. Charming and charismatic, a natural motor-mouth, Seann Walsh is the most frighteningly precocious talent to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in ages. Walsh’s assured delivery and selfdeprecating silliness have enabled him to star on BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and BBC2’s Mock The Week and now sees him listed as one of Dave’s top 10 stand-ups.

Sun 25 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Mon 26 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Tue 27 November 8pm Venue Factory Theatre



“Andi Osho sends you out of the show feeling uplifted” The Observer Andi Osho is one of the most eagerly anticipated comedy newcomers in the UK. Following her hit 2010 Edinburgh debut with Afroblighty, Andi Osho (BBC2’s Mock The Week and Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week) is back on tour with her second stand-up show. She presents a brutally honest dissection of the perils and pitfalls of dating, reporting her findings to the audience in this hilarious and heart-warming show. “Impressive” The Guardian “Warm and witty” The Independent

The Comedy Box

“Don’t be fooled by her innocent looks, she packs a deceptively powerful punch” Evening Standard When she was little, Shappi dreamed impossibly romantic dreams. She still does. But a love affair with a rockstar left her thinking what on earth she was doing, thinking and, in heaven’s name, wearing? 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.

“His talent for comedy is priceless” Evening Standard The hotly-anticipated follow up to last year’s Foster’s Newcomer nominated debut from the star of Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Now regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit, Josh Widdicombe is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. He is fast establishing himself on the live circuit supporting huge comic talent such as Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, and Alan Carr.

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SATTF 2013 BOOKING OPENS SATTF Friends / TF Fans Mon 24 September 2012 Public Mon 15 October 2012 Tue 04 – Sat 15 December 2012 7.15pm (no show Sun or Mon) Venue Brewery Theatre

Matthew Thomas in Richard II 2011. Photo: Graham Burke


Kate Kordel in The Comedy of Errors. Photo: Farrows Creative


MoE returns to the TFT with a reworking of their hit show Yes, We Have No Bananas, part of their highly successful wartime trilogy. Based on oral histories collected from those who lived in Bristol, Somerset and Dorset during the war, the action takes place in a grocery shop in Weymouth during the lead up to D-Day. In true MOE fashion, into the shop come a variety of customers, from the indomitable Mrs Fricker to the Yank who will eventually win the heart of Doreen, the shopkeeper’s daughter.

Thu 14 February – Sat 30 March 2013 Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 04 April – Sat 04 May 2013 Venue Factory Theatre

Written by Joe Hobbs, it will be comic, bizarre, respectful, authentic and interwoven with songs of the era, starring Kate McNab and Ross Harvey, with music by Kit Morgan.


Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8 (no conc Fri or Sat) / Opening night £5



Tue 29 & Wed 30 January 2013 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 02 Feb 2013 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Sun 03 February 2013 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

The story of the deformed and ruthless Duke of Gloucester who charms, deceives and murders his way to power. Not to be mistaken for historical fact, Richard III is Shakespeare’s most popular English history play and remains as gripping and convincing an account of political intrigue and power-play as has ever been written.



“Hugely impressive and intelligent” Time Out

“Absolutely superlative stuff” Chortle

Dealing with his father’s death in a way that only Sean can, this is an hilarious yet poignant performance like you’ve never seen before – resulting in the feel good show of the year.

After walking the wall in the West Bank, and chasing arms dealers around the country Mark Thomas turns his attention closer to home with a show about his father.

Tickets £16

Tickets £15


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“This finely tuned production goes to the heart of Shakespeare’s play, and proves yet again how hard it is to have a bad time at the Tobacco Factory” The Observer (on Richard II in 2011)


“A national institution” Sunday Telegraph Shuttleworth is back after a longish absence, venturing beyond the garden gate to the mean streets of Britain. Tickets £16

SATUR WORKSHDOAY PS Oct 201 2 – May 201 13 – 17 years 3 www.s .uk

Tickets From £12 to £22


Proteus forsakes his love, Julia, in favour of his best friend’s intended, Sylvia, in a story of life-long loyalties vowed and betrayed. Following the huge success of The Comedy of Errors in 2011, SATTF offers another vibrant early comedy. With exquisite music, genuinely funny comedy, an edge of darkness that calls to mind Twelfth Night, and the disgracefully incontinent dog, Crab, The Two Gentlemen of Verona will surprise and delight. “A revelation. This early play is more than a comedy... Unmissable”  The Sunday Times (on The Comedy of Errors) Tickets From £12 to £22

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Experiments in theatre Tobacco Factory Theatre & Theatre Bristol

Sunday 28 October 8pm Venue Factory Theatre

Prototype is quite simply one of the most exhilarating nights out in Bristol’s theatrical calendar. Prototype audiences love theatre. They care. They want theatre to be the best it can be, and that’s why they’re the most supportive, engaged and generous champions of live performance around. They’re rewarded by being given the opportunity to be amazed on an almost obscenely regular basis by the groundswell of talent in this here city. I’m betting that if you’re not one of these people already, you definitely want to be, so here’s a step-by-step guide: 1. Watch what five artists/companies are working on right now – rough, ready, risky and quite possibly The Next Big Thing. 2. Grab a drink from the bar. 3. Head back into the auditorium to answer the artists’ questions on what you’ve just seen. 4. Return to the bar to talk some more. Simple. We’ll see you there.

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For AUdiences

for children

Meet the creative teams behind the productions, the folk what wrote ‘em and the stars on stage at our informal and informative series of events for audience members.

This season we’re delighted to be offering the chance for youngsters to engage with some of the excellent artists bringing family work to the TFT.


Opera Project Lunch with Richard Studer and Jon Lyness Sat 27 Oct 11am – 1pm / £15

The Incredible Book Making Workshop Sun 06 Oct 10 – 11.30am / £5 / Ages 4 – 7

The boys are back in town with a brand new opera-inminiature. Join them and members of the cast for fine food and intelligent conversation, offering an insight into the company’s work and specifically how their Eugene Onegin (p19) was made. A lovely buffet lunch from local North St businesses is included in the ticket price.

Taking place inside The Incredible Book Eating Boy’s (p28) installation, join Henry and friends for this interactive workshop on reading and storytelling. A perfect accompaniment to the show.

Post-show events

For all wannabe rock stars – write and play your own song from scratch with Kid Carpet and crew. Instruments provided!

This term we’re offering theatre-makers the chance to work with the uniquely brilliant puppeteers and animators at The Paper Cinema (see p21) and our wonderful Christmas co-producers NIE (see p31), whose panEuropean physical and visual storytelling style has won them many fans since they first came to the TFT back in 2008. The Paper Cinema Fri 02 Nov 10am – 1pm / £18 (includes lunch) NIE Tue 11 Dec 3 – 6pm / £15

Jigsy Fri 31 Aug

Regular classes

Les Dennis and playwright Tony Staveacre talk about the origins of Jigsy (p05) and the journey it’s been on since its smash-hit première at the TFT last year.

Term starts on 01 Oct for our popular 8-week series of performance craft classes. Previous series have included: vocal technique, Butoh, approaching text, the Meisner technique and movement-based improvisation. Visit to find out what’s on offer this term.

Plus! Hansel and Gretel: Open Rehearsal Mon 26 Nov 3 – 6pm / Free, but booking essential Watch our Christmas show being made before your very eyes and get an insight into NIE’s creative process at this exclusive peek into the rehearsal room.

Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals Fri 02 Nov after the 2pm show / £5 / Ages 5 – 8

Hansel and Gretel Sat 05 Jan after the 2.30pm show / £5 / Ages 6 – 11

The Room in the Elephant Fri 21 Sept after the 6.15pm performance

A mini workshop, backstage tour and show and tell, giving young audience members a glimpse of the magic behind this year’s Christmas show.

Join playwright Tom Wainwright for an informal chat about the real-life story behind our a Play, a Pie and a Pint Bristol première The Room in the Elephant (p09).

All children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, call the Box Office on 0117 902 0344.

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Cinderella: A Fairytale

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

In 2011, we welcomed nearly 90,000 people to over 600 performances at the Tobacco Factory and Brewery Theatres, plus 16,000 more to classes, talks, workshops and other events. To do this costs £1.5m a year. We are proud that we earn 85% of this directly, including through box office, bar sales and hire of our spaces, and that we directly spend over £900,000 on the work. 6% of our turnover comes from public funds but we need to raise 9% more, or £135,000, every year. It is the enthusiastic loyalty of our audiences and generous support from individuals, trusts, foundations and businesses that sustain the Theatres. We are grateful to them all. Please consider becoming a Fan or Fanbassador today and benefit from regular communication from the theatre, advance booking periods, special offers and the knowledge that you are helping to support a vital part of our cultural landscape. Business Club members and fans who join by Direct Debit can get 2 for 1 tickets on certain dates (see calendar) to shows with this symbol. 40 Box Office 0117 902 0344

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Geoffrey & Christine Clements Simon Davies Alec Ewens John & Susan Hart Simon Inch Vivien Kies Barbara King Judith & Tim Lockwood Jones Julian Thomas Anonymous We also thank all our Fans for Life (acknowledged in the Foyer) for their early support. 41

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M 20 Three Men in a Boat 8pm T 21 Three Men in a Boat 8pm W 22 Three Men in a Boat 8pm T 23 Three Men in a Boat 8pm F 24 Three Men in a Boat 8pm S 25 Three Men in a Boat 2.30pm & 8pm 8.15pm T 28 Rose W 29 Jigsy 8pm Rose 8.15pm T 30 Jigsy 8pm Rose 8.15pm Rose 8.15pm F 31 Jigsy PSE 8pm

SEptember S 01 Jigsy 3pm & 8pm Rose 8.15pm M 03 Jigsy 8pm 8.15pm T 04 Jigsy 8pm The Deep W 05 Jigsy 8pm The Deep 8.15pm T 06 Jigsy 8pm The Deep 8.15pm F 07 Jigsy 8pm The Deep 8.15pm S 08 Jigsy 3pm & 8pm The Deep 8.15pm T 11 The Deep 8.15pm W 12 Frisky & Mannish 8pm The Deep 8.15pm T 13 The Deep 8.15pm F 14 The Raun Tree 8pm The Deep 8.15pm S 15 The Raun Tree 8pm The Deep 8.15pm S 16 The Kernow King 7.30pm 8pm M 17 Casablanca 1.15pm* T 18 Casablanca 8pm The Room In The Elephant W 19 Casablanca 8pm The Room In The Elephant 1.15pm* T 20 Casablanca 8pm The Room In The Elephant 1.15pm* F 21 Casablanca 8pm The Room In The Elephant 1.15pm* & 6.15pm* PSE S 22 Casablanca 8pm The Room In The Elephant 1.15pm* S 23 The Opera Dudes 6.30pm (7.30pm) Niki McCretton 7.30pm M 24 Chris Cox 8pm W 26 What You Will 8.15pm T 27 Moby Dick 8pm What You Will 1pm & 8.15pm F 28 Moby Dick 8pm What You Will 8.15pm S 29 Moby Dick 8pm What You Will 2pm, 5pm & 8.15pm S 30 Instant Wit 7.30pm


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OCTOBER W 03 2Deep 8pm T 04 2Deep 8pm Take Me With You 8.15pm F 05 2Deep 8pm Take Me With You 8.15pm S 06 ...Book Eating Boy (Blue Room) (p28) Take Me With You 8.15pm 2Deep 8pm S 07 ...Book Eating Boy (Blue Room) (p28) Storytelling Sundays 7.45pm M 08 Shakespeare Schools Festival 7pm T 09 Shakespeare Schools Festival 7pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm W 10 Shakespeare Schools Festival 7pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm T 11 Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm

8pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm F 12 A Love Like Salt S 13 A Love Like Salt 8pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm T 16 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm W 17 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm T 18 Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm F 19 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm S 20 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Mr Maugham At Home 7.45pm S 21 Bridget Christie 8.15pm T 23 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Faith Fall 1.15pm* W 24 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Faith Fall 1.15pm* T 25 Faith Fall 1.15pm* 1.15pm & 6.15pm* F 26 Eugene Onegin 7.30pm Faith Fall Faith Fall 1.15pm* S 27 Eugene Onegin LT 7.30pm S 28 Prototype 8pm Clever Peter 7.30pm M 29 Dombey & Son 8pm T 30 Dombey & Son 8pm

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T 01 Odyssey PSE 8pm Kid Carpet 11am & 2pm F 02 Odyssey 8pm Kid Carpet 11am & 2pm S 03 Odyssey 8pm Kid Carpet 11am & 2pm S 04 Storytelling Sundays 7.45pm M 05 Northern Soul 8.15pm W 07 Subtext 8.15pm T 08 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm Subtext 8.15pm F 09 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm Subtext 8.15pm S 10 A Funny Thing Happened... 2.30pm Subtext 8.15pm & 7.30pm S 11 You Look Like Ants 7.45pm M 12 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm 8.15pm T 13 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm Bunnies W 14 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm Bunnies 8.15pm T 15 A Funny Thing Happened... 2.30pm Bunnies 8.15pm & 7.30pm F 16 A Funny Thing Happened... 7.30pm Bunnies 8.15pm S 17 A Funny Thing Happened... 2.30pm Bunnies 8.15pm & 7.30pm S 18 Seann Walsh 8pm M 19 Pobby & Dingan 7.30pm T 20 Pobby & Dingan 1.30pm & 7.30pm Bunnies 8.15pm W 21 Quiet Act of Destruction 8pm Bunnies 8.15pm T 22 L.O.V.E. 8pm Bunnies 8.15pm F 23 L.O.V.E. 8pm Bunnies 8.15pm S 24 L.O.V.E. 8pm Bunnies 8.15pm S 25 The Snail and the Whale 11am & 2pm Instant Wit 7.30pm Andi Osho 8pm M 26 Shappi Khorsandi 8pm Hippo World Guest Book 8.15pm T 27 Josh Widdicombe 8pm Physical Theatre... 8.15pm W 28 Bristol Latino Film Festival Various T 29 Bristol Latino Film Festival Various F 30 Bristol Latino Film Festival Various




W 02 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm T 03 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm F 04 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 05 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 06 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm W 09 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm T 10 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm F 11 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 12 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 13 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm

29 & 30 January 2013 Sean Hughes 31 January – 02 February 2013 Mark Thomas 03 February 2013 John Shuttleworth 14 February – 30 March 2013 Richard III 04 April – 04 May 2013 The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Business Club and Fans offer (see p03/p40 for details) Opening night tickets £5 A Play, a Pie and a Pint *Lunch/dinner begins 45mins before show PSE Post-show event (see p38-39 for details) LT Lunch-time Talk (see p38-39 for details) Signed performances for Deaf and BSL users

DECEMBER S 01 Bristol Latino Film Festival Various S 02 Storytelling Sundays 7.45pm 7.15pm T 04 Yes, We Have No Bananas W 05 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm T 06 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm F 07 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm S 08 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm S 09 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm T 11 Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm W 12 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm T 13 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm F 14 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm S 15 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm Yes, We Have No Bananas 7.15pm S 16 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm W 19 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm T 20 Hansel and Gretel 1.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm F 21 Hansel and Gretel 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 22 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 23 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm W 26 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm T 27 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm F 28 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 29 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm S 30 Hansel and Gretel 2.30pm & 6pm The Lost Present 11am & 2pm Magic Matters 8.15pm

theatre staff Director Ali Robertson Theatre Manager David Dewhurst Technical Manager Matthew Graham Marketing Manager (maternity cover) Becky Lane


Box Office 0117 902 0344 Online Email enquiries

Marketing Assistant Joe Roberts

box office

Front of House Manager Johnny Mauchline

Opening Hours 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday (exc. Public holidays) 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 for 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 tickets can be exchanged for another performance of the same production up to 48 hours before the show (subject to availability). An administration charge of £1 applies. 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.

TF+ Officer Carrie Rhys-Davies Development Director Sophie Jerrold


Finance Elaine Grünbaum

Concessions may be available for children (16 and under), over 60’s, registered disabled, equity members, students and benefit claimants. Concessions are available at the discretion of the visiting company, so may not be available for all productions. When collecting concessionary tickets, proof of concession must be provided.


If you have any specific access requirements please contact the Box Office and we will be happy to discuss your visit in more detail.

Administrator Rusti Macapagal Producer Melanie Zaalof Box Office Manager Katy Wilkes Box Office Staff Simon Harvey-Williams / Ed Strong / Ellen Wilkinson Duty Managers Carly Darnell / Anna Girvin / Morgan Matthews / Matthew Whittle / Rhiannon White Bar Staff Tomasin Cuthbert / Ida Di Terlizzi / Amber Hards / Alice Boorer / Ben Goodman / Bob Havard / Rachel Issacs / Laurie Lax / Lauren Macaulay / Jesse Meadows / Ed Strong Associate Dance Artists The Mark Bruce Company

SPECIAL OFFER Cafe/Bar pre-theatre ‘Quick Dish’

Every evening there will be a quick dish available to be served immediately. With a pound off to Theatre ticket holders. Offer available evening only.



The Tobacco Factory and Brewery Theatre are regularly hired for daytime or evening events and provide a lovely alternative space for parties, meetings and conferences. Using our beautiful auditorium, private foyer or break-out

meeting rooms we provide smart professional service in a theatrical surrounding. Our events are run by our theatre team and come with access to technical support, private bar and options of in-house or external catering.

To hire any of our spaces please call David Dewhurst on 0117 902 0345 or email

Aug - Dec 12 Season Brochure  
Aug - Dec 12 Season Brochure  

Tobacco Factory Theatre's Aug - Dec 12 Season brochure