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    ARCHIVE: 5X15 March 2017

    • 26 Mar
      26 Mar - 26 Mar 2017

    Following 5 wonderful sell out shows, 5X15 returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres for another unmissable night.

    5 brilliant speakers, 15 minutes each, no scripts!

    Over the past year 5×15 have made the intimate setting of Tobacco Factory Theatres their home and have brought some of the country’s finest speakers to Bristol.

    Past line ups have included Michael Eavis, Tim Dowling, Nimco Ali, Hollie McNish, David Olusoga, Lliana Bird and MC Joe Peng. Expect eclectic and interesting evenings for curious minds, in an atmosphere more saloon than salon. March’s full line-up below.

    Rosie Boycott – The Future of Food

    In a world of finite resources and a rapidly expanding population, what does a sustainable food system look like? How do we ensure that everyone on the planet can access safe and nutritious food? What will that food even be? Rosie Boycott explores this dilemma in a talk that cuts to the very heart of our relationship with food.


    Rosie Boycott is a writer and broadcaster whose career has spanned the national media. She co-founded the feminism magazine Spare Rib in 1971, and went on to become the UK’s first female editor of a British daily newspaper, the Independent on Sunday. She has also edited Esquire, The Independent, and The Express. She has appeared regularly on The Late Review (BBC2) and The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4), and written several books, including A Nice Girl Like Me and Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding. Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing carbon emissions.

    Lois Pryce – Revolutionary Ride

    Lois Pryce is an author, journalist and travel writer. She will be speaking about her 3000-mile solo motorcycle ride around Iran, which is the subject of her latest book, Revolutionary Ride.


    In 2003 Lois left her job at the BBC in London to ride twenty-thousand miles from Alaska to the tip of South America on a small dirt bike. Her book about this trip, Lois on the Loose, has been published throughout the world. In 2006 she rode the length of Africa, taking in the Sahara, the Congo and Angola, which resulted in her book, Red Tape & White Knuckles. In 2013/14, intrigued by the negative image of Iran and its stormy relationship with her homeland, she made two solo motorcycle tours of the Islamic Republic, discovering the complicated reality of this misunderstood but ultimately fascinating and hospitable country. This is the subject of her new book, Revolutionary Ride. With her husband, adventure film-maker, Austin Vince, she is founder/curator of Adventure Travel Film Festival which occurs annually in the UK and Australia.

    Keggie Carew – Dadland

    A daughter’s journey into her father’s past – a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness, mischief and fierce love.


    Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story and soon finds herself in a far more astonishing and consuming place than she had bargained for.

    Dadland is a manhunt. Keggie takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of history, her childhood and the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. Part-detective story, part-memoir, part-history book, it is a celebration of the technicolour life an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

    Keggie Carew has lived in London, West Cork, Barcelona, Texas and New Zealand. Before writing, her career was in contemporary art. Dadland is her debut book. It won the 2016 Costa Biography Award.

    Anna Colquhoun, the Culinary Anthropologist

    Anna Colquhoun is a cooking teacher, food consultant and writer with a fascination for the anthropology of food.  Something of a food nerd, she has travelled far to research and write about her subject.

    Anna offers cooking classes in London, including popular bread-making and preserving workshops among others. Her supper club, the Secret Kitchen, is a convivial dinner at which people sit together for a surprise seasonal menu. Books include Eat Slow Britain (Sawdays, 2010), the Riverford Companion seasonal vegetable series (Riverford, 2015) and Gather, Cook, Feast (Fig Tree, 2017). She is also the consultant on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, having had the original idea for the show.

    Anna trained as a chef in San Francisco and at Alice Waters’ legendary restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley. She is currently doing research for a PhD in anthropology, focussed on the construction of regional cuisine in rural Croatian Istria, where she is also about to open a culinary guesthouse.

    “Food is not feed. The stories behind our food can be as fascinating as it is fun to prepare and delicious to eat.”


    John-Paul Flintoff – One Cup of Tea Could Change Your Life

    This is a talk about how one cup of tea (or coffee) could change your life.5

    We all want to make changes, both big and small, and often those changes start with a conversation. What makes some conversations special? How do you have a conversation that changes everything? Where do you even begin? Having worked for years as an interviewer, and trained as a performer and coach, John Paul Flintoff understands the power of conversation. He will show us that really transformative conversations needn’t take much longer than a shared cup of tea. And now he’s made it his mission to start lots of those conversations by taking mugs, and hot drinks, to talk with strangers everywhere…

    John-Paul Flintoff is the author of How To Change The World, among other books. A former associate editor on the FT and Sunday Times, he’s also a performer and a maker of things, from nettle underpants to high-end ceramic ware. www.flintoff.org


    5×15 is one of our Hosted Shows. We regularly host shows and events by emerging artists, local community, education and amateur groups that we are proud to support. We also regularly make the theatre available for fundraising nights for locally based charitable organisations.

    Volunteer Makers is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres in the community.


    • "A triumph"

      South Bristol Voice
    • "What better way to get your intellectual stimulation than in easy bite sized chunks?"

      Evening Standard magazine

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