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    ARCHIVE: Champ

    • 15 Nov -
      19 Nov 2016
      15 Nov - 19 Nov 2016



    Written by Samuel Bailey
    Directed by Jesse Jones

    Josh Finan
    Nira Alma Eno

    Champ is a powerful new piece of work which combines the significant talents of two young theatre makers from Bristol.

    Danny has never amounted to much, and he’s never wanted
    much either. His Mum thinks he’ll end up just like his Dad.
    She might just be right.

    I didn’t know what direction I was going in. I just kept walking and
    shouting, walking and shouting; and each time I shouted I’d stop
    and listen. But no answer.

    Champ asks why so many young men are paralysed by their
    circumstances, cut adrift with no purpose. It is a brand new
    piece of work for our a Play, a Pie and a Pint series, which
    celebrates new writing. And pies.

    Samuel Bailey grew up in the Midlands and moved to Bristol in
    2010 when he began writing. Most recently he has been part of
    The Old Vic 12, for whom he wrote Prince of the River. Director Jesse
    Jones (1972: The Future of Sex, A Day to Remember, The Grandfathers)
    is a theatre maker from Bristol and co-founder of The Wardrobe
    Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre. Jesse trained on Bristol Old
    Vic’s Made in Bristol programme, The National Theatre Studio
    directors programme and was awarded the Regional Theatre
    Young Director Scheme bursary.

    A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Tobacco Factory Theatres is supported by Unity Theatre Trust.

    Unity Theatre Trust

    • RUNNING TIME50mins

    Pies from 5pm (please arrive for pies before 7.15pm)
    Play 8pm

    Matinee Sat
    Pies from 12 noon / Play 2pm

    Play only £7
    Pre-show Pie & Pint plus Play £15
    Includes a meat or veggie pie and a pint or soft drink. Limited availability, book early to avoid missing out.

    Thu 17 November 8pm (pies from 5pm) tickets@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    Post-Show Talk
    Please join us after the performance on Wednesday for a free post-show discussion.

    Champ is part of BEYOND, our off-site season, and is playing at The Wardrobe Theatre. 

    Why there?
    Director Jesse Jones is a cofounder of The Wardrobe Theatre and so this home from home is a natural choice of venue for this production. The venue in Old Market is going from strength to strength so we’re immensely proud to continue to support them and present work there.

    How to get there
    The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0DF

    From Bristol City Centre It is a 10 minute walk from the fountains or 5 minutes from Cabot Circus. Car parks nearby include the NCP Bristol Broadmead and Cabot Circus.

    From BS3 It is 13 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus (take the 24 to Old Market).

    NB: These directions are only a guide. We recommend planning your journey in advance.

    How to book
    You can book tickets through Tobacco Factory Theatres

    Venue Info


    • Array

      “Terrific work. Funny and true and a little bit heart-breaking”

      The Guardian on 1972: The Future of Sex
    • Array

      “Jesse Jones’s spare, beautifully marshalled production... humorous, provocative and cumulatively haunting”

      The Independent on The Grandfathers

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