Tobacco Factory Theatres Releases Dec 19 - May 20 Schedule
Tobacco Factory Theatres has announced its programme for Dec 19 - May 20, including a brand new in-house production of Edward Albee's electrifying drama, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a wide-ranging programme of touring theatre and lots of new creative learning opportunities for audiences and communities in Bristol.
The programme at Tobacco Factory Theatres strives to offer unique and unforgettable experiences, founded on a belief in the values of creativity, community, kindness and diversity. There continues to be £10 tickets for 16 - 26 year olds for most shows and tickets starting from £12 are available for everyone from the point of on sale throughout the programme. Multibuy tickets also allow audiences to see more shows across both the Factory and Spielman Theatres and be rewarded with discounts. Artists and Teachers receive discounts on tickets to shows through the free-to-join Artist and Teacher Membership schemes.
The Dec 19 - May 20 season is now on general sale. Read on for more information on the programme for the season, view the brochure online or download it.
DEC 19 - MAY 20 SEASON
TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES, NEW INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER & CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION
Runs until Sun 19 January 2020
This Christmas Tobacco Factory Theatres is thrilled to present an original take on much-loved fairy tale Snow White, created with the fabulous New International Encounter (Beauty and the Beast). Full of music, magic and fun, this festive adventure in the forest will enthral the whole family.
Runs until Sun 05 January 2020
Bristol's Kid Carpet gives the traditional Christmas story a radical remix with big beat songs, live special effects, puppetry and animation. Prepare for the wonkiest Nativity ever!
KIRK VS MING
BAD VS EVIL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WARDROBE THEATRE
Runs until Sun 05 January 2020 / PRESS Wed 11 December, 7.15pm
Bad Vs Evil present an exciting, subversive sci-fi/drag/comedy play with laser beams, ill-fitting costumes and false eyelashes. Thought you knew what to expect from your Christmas theatre? Think again...
LIVING SPIT'S SWAN LAKE
THEATRE ORCHARD AND LIVING SPIT
Thu 30 January - Sun 09 February / PRESS Fri 31 January, 8pm
The most famous water-based avian ballet ever performed reaches unimaginable heights with Living Spit and two real-life ballet dancers.
RETURN TO HEAVEN
MARK BRUCE COMPANY
Wed 05 - Sat 08 February / PRESS Wed 05 February, 7.30pm
Multi award-winning Mark Bruce Company (Made in Heaven, Dracula, The Odyssey) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres with a dark and captivating new production. Dance theatre at its most potent and ambitious.
TANGRAM THEATRE COMPANY
Thu 13 - Sun 16 February / PRESS Thu 13 February, 8pm
A few years ago, James's best friends asked for his sperm - to start a family. Revelations is an epic story about faith, foxes, and trying to do the right thing even when it involves taking all your clothes off.
WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf?
A TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES AND WILTSHIRE CREATIVE PRODUCTION
Wed 19 February - Sat 21 March / PRESS Tue 25 February, 7.30pm
David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee's landmark black comedy. By turns brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, you won't want to look away.
Thu 05 - Sat 07 March / PRESS Thu 05 March, 8pm
Lewis Doherty presents BOAR, a one-man fantasy adventure tale. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this action-packed comedy of swords, sorcery and swill!
PEOPLE SHOW 137: GOD KNOWS HOW MANY
Thu 12 - Sat 14 March / PRESS Thu 12 March, 8pm
Forty years ago, People Show Cabaret toured the world and its four protagonists were dubbed 'the Beatles of performance art'. With the British Library now archiving the first 50 years of this radical company, it surges onwards into another decade.
STORYTELLING AS A SUPERPOWER
CLARE MUIRANN MURPHY
Sun 15 March
In this talk, storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy looks at how the act of telling and listening to stories has changed minds, shifted perspectives and saved lives.
BEST OF BE FESTIVAL
Thu 26 & Fri 27 March / PRESS Welcome either night, 7.30pm
This year's three favourite touring shows from BE FESTIVAL are an all-female line up of companies from Belgium, Switzerland and Hungary, showcasing storytelling, dance and physical theatre in one exhilarating evening. Co-presented once again with Circomedia.
BADASS BE THY NAME
Fri 27 & Sat 28 March / PRESS Fri 27 March, 7.30pm
Award-winning comedy trio Police Cops bring you their brand new 90s inspired comedy blockbuster.
Fri 03 & Sat 04 April / PRESS Fri 03 April, 8pm
A darkly comic, searingly satirical one-woman show, set in the dystopian world of Smile Club in which a government drive exists to tame and prune unruly women deemed unable to fit into society.
TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES YTM PERFORM COMPANY
Wed 15 & Thu 16 April
Our Young Theatre Makers (YTM) Perform Company present Navajos, an exciting tale of friendship, youthful energy and resistance that asks questions about the role of young people in our current political climate.
AN EVENING WITHOUT KATE BUSH
CORRIE MCGUIRE MANAGEMENT
Thu 30 April - Sun 03 May / PRESS TBC
Performer Sarah-Louise Young reunites with director Russell Lucas to explore the fans and music of one of the most influential voices in British pop culture.
JEEVES AND WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE
THE THEATRE CHIPPING NORTON AND THE BARN THEATRE
Tue 12 - Sat 16 May / PRESS Wed 13 May, 7.30pm
This Olivier award-winning reimagining of the classic P.G. Wodehouse characters sees three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie's own farcical adventures.
POLAR EXPOSURE: THE WOMEN'S EURO-ARABIAN NORTH POLE EXPEDITION
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG) PRESENTS FELICITY ASTON MBE
Tue 21 April / PRESS TBC
An inspirational tale from climate scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston MBE, about her expedition in 2018 to ski the last degree from the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole with an international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East.
H.P. LOVECAFT: GALLERY OF SCREAMS
Thu 14 - Sun 17 May / PRESS Thu 14 May, 8pm
Robert Lloyd Parry returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres with two tales of terror by H.P. Lovecraft, the American master of 'the Weird tale.'
MAYFEST 2020: OH MOTHER
A RASHDASH AND ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION
Tue 19 - Sat 23 May / PRESS Wed 20 May, 8.30pm
Having a baby is the Most Important Thing you can do. If you have one. If you don't, something else can be the Most Important Thing. RashDash and their mums explore having and becoming mothers.
MAYFEST 2020: SEX EDUCATION
Wed 20 - Sat 23 May / PRESS Wed 20 May, 7pm
One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other buys their child gay porn DVDs. Harry Clayton-Wright delves into his sexual past, live on stage, and explores how we learn about sex and how it shapes our lives.
THE CANARY AND THE CROW
Thu 28 - Sat 30 May / PRESS Thu 28 May, 7.30pm
Grime and hip hop-inspired gig theatre about the journey of a working class black kid who's accepted to a prestigious grammar school.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES, NEW INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER & CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION
Wed 15 July - Sun 02 August / Thu 16 July, 7pm
Beauty and the Beast, the mischievous and music-filled marvel of a show created with New International Encounter, will make a welcome return in the summer of 2020! After playing at Tobacco Factory Theatres in 2017, the show toured to New York and received critical acclaim Off Broadway.
January - May 2020
DragonBird Theatre is an Early Years theatre company whose homemade sets and props inspire children to create their own theatrical adventure when back at home. They return to Tobacco Factory Theatres in the spring for a new season of performances. For ages 0-5 and their grown-ups.
ARTHUR'S DREAM BOAT
LONG NOSE PUPPETS
Thu 20 - Sat 22 February / PRESS Thu 20 February, 2pm
A magical playful children's show about a little boy who has a dream. With breathtaking puppets so enchanting, that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat! For ages 2+.
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
Sat 18 & Sun 19 April / PRESS Sat 18 April, 2pm
I Believe in Unicorns is a spellbinding and moving story based on the book by one of our greatest storytellers, Michael Morpurgo. For ages 6+.
Presented by The Comedy Box
MARK THOMAS: 50 Things About Us Fri 24 & Sat 25 January
KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: Empathy, Pains Sat 11 April
SIMON BRODKIN: 100% Simon Brodkin Thu 23 April
TOM STADE: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Sat 25 April
MATT FORDE: Brexit Pursued By A Bear Thu 30 April
Presented by Chuckle Busters
OLGA KOCH: If / Then Sun 2 February
Grace Campbell: Why I'm Never Going Into Politics Sun 01 March
MATT WINNING: It's The End Of The World As We Know It Sun 08 March
RACHEL FAIRBURN: The People's Princess Fri 17 April
LAURA LEXX: Knee Jerk Sat 18 April
Tobacco Factory Theatres continues to present its regular Hosted Shows - productions and events from emerging artists and local community, education and amateur groups.
THE ACTORS' WORKSHOP: COLLEGE FOUNDATION COURSE SHOWCASE Sun 24 May
BOOMSATSUMA FOUNDATION YEAR IN ACTING PRESENTS WOYZECK Thu 28 - Sat 30 May
UNIVERSITY CENTRE WESTON PRESENTS TAKING FLIGHT Mon 01 & Tue 02 June
BSL interpreted performances
This season the following productions will have a BSL interpreted performance:
Snow White Fri 13 December 7pm
Tobacco Factory Theatres regularly offers relaxed performances; specially adapted performances to create an even more welcoming atmosphere for those with additional needs and their families. This season the following productions will have a relaxed performance:
Noisy Nativity Fri 27 December 2pm & 4pm
Snow White Wed 08 January 6pm & Thu 09 January 12pm
GET INVOLVED PROGRAMME
More information on all Get Involved activities can be found on the website and includes: Young Theatre Makers and YTM Filwood, Holiday activities and Emerging Producers for young people; the Factory Singers Choir and Facilitator Training for adults; and Explore Workshops, Bespoke Workshops and Teacher Membership for schools.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Artist development opportunities can be found in the Artists and Companies section of the website and include Artist Residencies, Prototype scratch nights and the Artist Membership Scheme.