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    • 07 Sep -
      08 Sep 2021
      07 Sep - 08 Sep 2021

    Writer and Performer Florence Espeut-Nickless
    Director and Dramaturg Jesse Jones
    Composer and Sound Designer Joseff Harris
    Lighting Designer and Technician Jenny Roxburgh
    Producer Vic Hole

    We’re delighted and very proud that DESTINY, whose development was supported by Tobacco Factory Theatres, is returning to us this autumn by popular demand!

    “They’re sayin I brought it on myself.

    Oh yeah, they’ve heard about me. Basically it must’ve been my fault cause I’m me, Destiny”

    Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

    This monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worse, Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.

    DESTINY is a recipient of The Pleasance’s 2021 National Partnerships Award with Bristol Old Vic FERMENT and was shortlisted for Theatre West’s Write On Women Award. It has been developed with support from Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic FERMENT, Pound Arts, Strike a Light, The Pleasance, Tim Crouch, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Paper Arts, Theatre Bristol, Hawkwood College, Arts Council England and Gane Trust.

    Florence is a writer, performer and facilitator from Chippenham in Wiltshire, a town with no theatre and limited access to it. She writes for both stage and screen about and with working class communities in the South West in the hope of making the arts more accessible to everyone, regardless of background and geographical location. She is the Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre, an Open Session Writer at Bristol Old Vic and an associate artist at Strike a Light, as part of the Let Artists Be Artists programme.

    The Company gives thanks to the following people and organisations for their help with this production:
    Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Pound, Bristol Old Vic, Strike a Light, Gemma Brooks, Jean Goubert, Tim Crouch, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Theatre Bristol, Paper Arts, Gane Trust, Matthew Emeny, Rina Vergano and the R&D team Lauren Gauge, Emile Clarke, Robert Turton, Clemency Calkin, Madi Mahoney.
    • RUNNING TIME1hr 10mins
    • TICKETSStandard From £16 / Concession From £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
    • VENUE


    AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+ (contains references to sexual abuse and violence).

    This show contains flashing lights.

    Standard From £16 / Concession From £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
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    All Factory Theatre performances on sale from August 2021 are currently sold with social distancing in place. This means there is distance between different groups in the auditorium, plus a range of measures that enable your safe journey through all of the building. However please note that we may increase capacity and relax measures once we are certain it’s safe to do so. Read more about our Covid safety measures this autumn.

    • Array

      "a magnificent piece of acting and writing...political and social theatre at its very best"

      Stagetalk Magazine
    • "Enchanting at parts, terrifying at others, Destiny is a beautifully well-rounded production"

      Bristol 247
    • "Destiny stands on its own merits and is easy to recommend"

      Once a Week Theatre
    • "A megaphone for the helpless youths in desperate need of attention and help from our society, this is a must-watch for those interested in stories of youth and social justice"

      Strand Magazine

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