Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including our Factory Theatre, as well as off site in Bristol and in venues across the country.

We present a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry. We also programme an extensive programme of engagement, learning and participation opportunities for audiences, artists and young people.

Tobacco was the main industry in South Bristol from the beginning of the twentieth century and at its peak around 40% of the local workforce worked in the Imperial Tobacco Factory. The relocation of Imperial Tobacco in the 1980’s was devastating to the local area, causing massive unemployment and deprivation. The Tobacco Factory building itself fell into disrepair but rose again from the late 1990’s when George Ferguson acquired the building, inviting Show of Strength Theatre Company to use part of the first floor as a theatre space. The building became a mixed-use cultural space driven by a café-bar and a 250 seat studio theatre, under the name of Tobacco Factory Theatre. This has had a transformative effect. In the early 1990’s BS3 was one of the ten poorest postcodes in the country but it is now a confident and affluent area that retains a distinct individuality.

In 2005 the Tobacco Factory Theatres became a charitable trust and in 2007 it became a Key Arts Provider of Bristol City Council. It has made significant capital improvements, which include installing the second largest renewable energy system of any arts organisation in the country. It attracts an annual ticketed audience of over eighty-five thousand to more than six hundred performances plus several thousand more to talks, workshops, school visits etc. The theatre has excellent programming standards and is regularly attracting national critical acclaim. It has strong relationships with many individual artists, with venues and with theatre companies. It has a wide-ranging programme and is particularly well-known for world-class Shakespeare, critically acclaimed and popular inhouse family-friendly productions and an unrivalled comedy line-up, as well as classic and contemporary theatre, dance, puppetry, film, opera and music.

 

Shows

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

Celebrating their final year as Europeans, they went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected.

Shorts and Socks Included

Multi award-winning Lost Watch present a brand new ensemble show.

The Grand Scheme of Things

Flora and Nic have been friends for years, for pretty much the whole of history. But now their shared history is ripping them apart. As they destroy their own relationship in name of self-protection, they reveal what they truly mean to each other, and how they’ll fight for what they believe in.

Nine Foot Nine

What would happen if most self-identifying women across the world grew to be nine foot tall?

No One Is Coming To Save You

Two planes in the sky moving towards each other very slowly. A speck between them. What a relief it would be to just see something. Anything.

Testament

Testament is an award-winning play exploring suicide, loss and guilt.

Electrolyte

Electrolyte is a multi award-winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience.

The Basement Tapes

Following her grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of mysterious tape recordings made by her Grandmother. As she hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel…

Wow Everything Is Amazing

Let’s plug in to the global nervous system and harness the co-evolution of humans and technology. We must all connect to the network and keep, keep, keep, clicking to optimise our experience.

The Half Moon Shania

Burnt Lemon Theatre return with their all-female, all punk production. As winners of Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, they are sure to knock your knickers off!

Sweet Like Chocolate boy

Sweet Like Chocolate Boy is a storytelling epic that melts timelines, lives, fantasy, Garage and Jungle and critiques Black British Protest in the broiling estates of London.

Oedipuss In Boots

A devilishly funny anti-comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre, the company that spawned Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears.

Spaces

Factory Theatre: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including our Factory Theatre in Bristol, as well as off site in Bristol and in venues across the country. We present a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry. We also programme an extensive season of TF+ events and activities for audiences, artists and young people. The Factory Theatre is a non-conventional, versatile theatre space, which has been used for performance since 1998, exciting audiences and performers alike. Often described as ‘intimate’ and ‘raw’, the space seats between 230 and 300 people and can be arranged end-on, in the round or thrust.

Opportunities

Emerging Producers – A practical training programme in theatre producing

Tobacco Factory Theatres is excited to announce Emerging Producers, our new training programme allowing young people who want to have a career in the industry the chance to further develop their skills and build valuable connections for their future as a producer. We are now accepting applications for Emerging Producers. We can’t wait to hear from Bristol’s young people who want to take the next creative adventure in their producing career!