Public Meeting Re Future Plans

    Nb: The public meeting has now passed

    Please see Future plans: update following public meeting for details.

    The original News item announcing the meeting is below.


    Last night, our director, Ali Robertson, marked the occasion of the final performance in the Brewery Theatre and announced a public meeting on Tue 12 January, 6.15pm, to share future plans at Tobacco Factory Theatres following the closure of the Brewery Theatre.

    Since we announced the closure, there has been widespread concern, questions and interest from audiences and peers. So we’re pleased to be able to hold a public meeting regarding our plans for the future. All plans are strictly subject to funding, but if successful, will mean a very exciting future for Tobacco Factory Theatres!

    Ali Robertson, Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres said: “I was sorry a couple of months ago to announce the temporary closure of the Brewery Theatre to audiences. I’m proud that the last two performances in this space – Living Spit’s A Christmas Carol and Kid Carpet’s Noisy Nativity – have been wonderfully attended and brilliantly received by audiences and I’m glad to take a moment to acknowledge what a fantastic and inspiring space this has been for theatre in Bristol since we opened in 2009.”

    “Since announcing the closure we have received many messages expressing sadness, dismay and frustration regarding the closure and a good many questions. Though the future is not yet certain, we’d like to tell audiences, peers and supporters what the next step is. There are incredibly exciting emerging plans for the future of our second theatre space and the work that we programme; plans which, though subject to funding at this point, we would like to share. All are welcome to join us.”

    Public Meeting Details – All are welcome

    Date Tue 12 January 2016

    Start 6.15pm (for a 6.30pm start)

    Finish Approx. 7.30pm

    Venue Factory Theatre Bar (first floor outside the theatre)

    Hadn’t heard about the Brewery Theatre closure?

    Following changes in the freehold of Mark’s Café and the Brewery Theatre, and consequent changes in insurance and licensing demands, the two organisations will be unable to share front of house facilities including toilets and bar. These changes will make it impossible for the Brewery Theatre to host audiences so the Brewery Theatre will close to the public for a period from January 2016.

    During the closure, Tobacco Factory Theatres will cement plans for the future (plans to be announced at the public meeting) as well as undertaking its first off-site season in venues across Bristol – Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND. Click here for more information on BEYOND.

    During the closure and in the future, the Brewery Theatre space will be used as a technically facilitated rehearsal space; a vital resource for artists and companies in the city.

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