How We Programme 1

    How We Programme


    Our programme aims to present a broad range of styles, voices and stories. We want to present work that has something to say about the world we are currently living in. We have a particular focus on multi-disciplinary practice,  new writing and adaptations that present a fresh perspective. We see community work as central to our artistic ambition. 


    We want our programme to:

    • delight, excite and transport
    • question, subvert and provoke
    • present stories from global perspectives
    • help theatre be more widely relevant and accessible
    • empower and enable artists and new work
    • develop the national profile of locally-made theatre


    We have two auditoria in our building, our larger Factory Theatre and our studio space, the Spielman Theatre. Please take a look at our spaces pages and consider which of our theatres might be most suitable for your production.


    If all of the above sounds like you or your company, and you have a proposal that you would like considered for our programme, please email us with the following information: 

    • Tour pack or full details of your show
    • Company background
    • Photograph/film footage of your show (if available)
    • Details of when, where (and how) your work can be seen
    • Your preferred availability for our programme
    • Your preferred theatre space with us.


    If you are inviting us to see work, please give us at least one month’s notice. We are a very small team, so we can only attend a limited number of shows each month.

    Please email proposals and invites to



    A truly great theatre is measured by its consistent production of brilliant shows, so we’ll soon be returning to creating in-house productions, with the emboldened aim of offering incredible opportunities to local artists. We want to create world-class work through investing in developing talent here in Bristol and the South West.

    Our recent in-house and co-productions have included:

    Oliver Twist (2023) directed by Heidi Vaughan, Artistic Director at Tobacco Factory Theatres

    The Snow Queen (2022), directed by Alex Byrne and co-produced with New International Encounter and Cambridge Junction

    REVEALED (2022) directed by Jay-Zorenti Nakhid, former Associate Director at Tobacco Factory Theatres

    OZ (2021), directed by Emma Earle and co-produced with Pins and Needles Productions

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2020) directed by David Mercatali and co-produced with Wiltshire Creative

    Father Christmas (2020), a digital partnership and co-production with Pins and Needles and the Lyric Hammersmith

    Snow White (2019) directed by Alex Byrne and co-produced with New International Encounter and Cambridge Junction

    Our Country’s Good and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, our Factory Company 2019 season, directed by Anna Girvan and Mike Tweddle

    The Borrowers (2018) directed by Nik Partridge, former Director in Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres

    Beautiful Thing (2018) directed by Mike Tweddle and produced in association with The Dukes Lancaster

    Macbeth and A View From The Bridge, our Factory Company 2018 season, directed by Adele Thomas and Mike Tweddle.



    We email our Artist Members with regular information about local casting opportunities as and when they arise – including for our own productions as appropriate. You can find out more about signing up for free as an Artist Member here.