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Tobacco Factory Theatres Gift Wrapped Programme For Winter

  • Tobacco Factory Theatres Autumn Winter Programme
  • Accessible Performance Dates
  • Shows Booking Now

There’s a bumper programme of theatre events taking place at Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn and winter, culminating in the Christmas production, a highlight in the Bristol calendar.

JD Broussé’s (le) Pain – part of Circus City 2021
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October
Debut solo show from Total Theatre’s JD Broussé, is about growing up queer in a boulangerie in the South of France. Breadmaking, physical heroics, endings – and new beginnings.

The Selfish Giant
Wednesday 20 – Wednesday 27 October
Tessa Bide Productions brings Oscar Wilde’s much-loved story to life, with strong storytelling, puppetry and theatre magic, for younger children over the half term. This show, which promises to be a delight, will be taking place in the Spielman Theatre.

This Island’s Mine
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 October: 
Roustabout Theatre, has re-imagined Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in this thrilling take for children aged 7 years upwards. It’s been developed with support from Tobacco Factory Theatres to bring a tale of exploration and daring, filled with magic and music.

Tuesday 02 – Saturday 13 November
Expect Living Spit’s usual unique take on Mary Shelley’s classic story. Howard and Stu will be bringing original music, puppets, grotesque gags and desperate dance moves in this show which promises to be hilarious and memorable.

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored
Friday 19 and Sat 20 November
A gripping tussle for power and urgent interrogation of racial identity is the focus of Red Ladder’s new show. Written by playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor, this is a perfect way to round off the autumn season.

Friday 10 December – Sunday 09 January
This brand new co-production from Tobacco Factory Theatres and Pins and Needles, will be the show to see this Christmas. Based on some of the most-loved children’s stories of all time from L. Frank Baum, expect this be the tonic you need after another year of Covid.

Of Christmas Past
Saturday 18 – Thursday 23 December
Douglas Walker is bringing his one-man show Of Christmas Past. Described as a ‘fine line’ between fact and fairy tale, expect a festive story for adults spanning the entire 20th century with a cast of characters from Rasputin to Elvis.

Accessible Performances

Shows at the Factory Theatre and Spielman Theatre are currently on sale with measures to maintain social distancing. Whilst capacity may increase when it is safe to do so, the theatre is guaranteeing at least one socially distanced performance per week for all shows with a run of at least five performances.

BSL interpreted performances
This season the following productions will have a BSL interpreted performance:

I stand for what I stand on is fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

This Island’s Mine Sunday 31 October 2pm
OZ  Wednesday 15 December 7pm and Thursday 16 December 12pm

Of Christmas Past Thursday 23 December 7.45pm

Relaxed Performances
Tobacco Factory Theatres occasionally 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:

Wednesday 05 January 6pm and Thursday 06 January 12pm

For more information for any of the shows, or to book, visit: