a festival of early ideas
Presented by Tobacco Factory Theatres in association with Bristol Old Vic, Trinity Centre and The Wardrobe Theatre, as part of the Connecting the Dots initiative.
Prototype brings you a varied programme of innovative and courageous new performances by South West artists. Experience the unfolding of the creative process, and connect with performers as they unleash their newest ideas.
There will be four or five short performances each night, each one lasting 5-20 minutes.
Prototype aims to spark inspiring conversations and connections. So please stay after the performances and discuss what you’ve seen at our friendly Feedback Cafe.
Standard tickets are £10 per night, and by attending you’ll support the creation of new work (each artist/company is offered a modest fee). If you need to spend a little less at the moment, you can attend for just £6.
Artist Members get a 20% discount when booking full price tickets for Prototype, and for most of our other shows. If you’re a South West-based professional artist, it’s free to become an Artist Member. Find out more here.
Other Connecting the Dots events at Tobacco Factory Theatres this March:
Free Play Sessions
Thursday mornings throughout March
Our theatre and bar spaces will be available for you to stretch, warm-up, play and connect. Sessions are informal and all attendees can feel free to facilitate or lead activities, or practice on your own – whatever feels best. Free tea and coffee will also be provided, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to work and chat in the bar.
BRISTOL OLD VIC
Come and upskill yourself in all the bits of creative life that don’t get taught in school. From finance, to how to write a really good email, to prioritising care and wellbeing in your work, join us in-person and online for a month of free workshops.
21 – 25 March
Over the past few years we’ve really missed sharing space together. So, for a week in March, we’ve booked out a room and persuaded some wonderful South West artists to host a mini-programme of discipline-specific meetups. Don’t worry, these aren’t horrible stand-around-and-network events. Each one will offer a tangible focus for you to get on with, so the Making Friends With Others is basically accidental!
On the Inside is an explosive full-length piece told through striking dance theatre, created by Bristol based Untold Dance Theatre whose work focuses on mental health and current socio-political issues created via a gendered perspective.
5 & 6 March
Arts for art’s sake or arts for sake of society? Join local artists Tom Marshman, Michelle Curtis and Rider Shafique as they discuss the ways in which their work responds to and influences public discussion, and address the ways in which the arts are integral to protest movements. Part of Art of Resistance programme.
Through a queer lens, a dynamic trio of movement artists from Houston Dance Collective and world champion beatboxer and musician Bellatrix share stories, dismantle internalised beliefs, challenge binaries and collectively re-imagines a future that celebrates identities and centres community.
THE WARDROBE THEATRE
A spoken-word comedy about love, sex and the sea by Chris White and Hal Kelly
Join Misri Dey on a personal journey as she invites you to reconsider how we understand the notion of ‘family’ and ‘belonging
An energetic new play about who’s really on your team, written and performed by Hannah Kumari, presented by WoLab
A collective for POC creatives in Bristol
Prototype is part of a pilot initiative, Connecting the Dots, co-delivered by Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Trinity Centre and The Wardrobe Theatre, and with input from many others. Connecting the Dots aims to explore how venues can work together to present and cross-promote shows, workshops, meet-ups, residencies and open forums for artists and audiences here in the South West.
- RUNNING TIME2 hours
- AGE RECOMMENDATION16+
- TICKETSStandard £10 / Concession £6
- VENUEFactory Theatre
8, 10, 15 & 17 March
All Factory Theatre and Spielman Theatre performances are still being sold at slightly reduced capacities, to avoid overcrowding in any part of the building, and to maximise the volume and circulation of fresh air. Please note that these reductions in capacity no longer equate to social distancing, and you may be seated next to another customer.
We ask you to please continue to wear masks as much as possible during your visit. This will help to guarantee the highest levels of safety for our audience, performers and staff.