We are proud to be welcoming back Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory to open our professional programme with this inspired new adaptation, and to also be streaming it live for audiences at home.
The Place at the Bridge is a new performance of Shakespeare’s sonnets, exploring our relationship to the city and each other through the stories of five contemporary characters.
“And there reigns Love, and all Love’s loving parts”
Never to be summed up and made up of plentiful parts. Stories of love for/from Bristol come pouring out of every corner of these modern re-imaginings of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
The city’s emotional heart becomes a background to explore the strange, the messy, the human, the splattered, and the unseen love that holds us all together. Characters whose words we may recognise, but whose truths remain unheard. With music, images and curation that will bring a wider sense of the city, these stories hope to reclaim Shakespeare’s words to more modern feelings, for a contemporary audience.
The Place at the Bridge is Bristol. The time is now. Before. Now. And After.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is thrilled to work for the first time with Writer and Dramaturg Chinonyerem Odimba, (Medea, Bristol Old Vic and Princess & The Hustler Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/Hull Truck) and Director Helena Middleton, (Hercules Bristol Old Vic, Education Education Education, The Wardrobe Ensemble/Royal and Derngate/Trafalgar Studios) on this new production.
The cast will include, in order of appearance: Alexandra Wollacott, Nadia Williams, Shane David-Joseph, Zachary Powell and Heather Williams.
There will be exquisite live kora playing from Sura Susso and design by Alana Ashley, which features artwork by Bristol graffiti artists Inkie, Mollymural, Zed in the clouds, Stivs and Rozalita.
For more information on the creative team, read the full cast announcement.
- RUNNING TIMEApprox. 45mins
- AGE RECOMMENDATION12+
- TICKETS£12 / £20 (see below)
- VENUEFactory Theatre
Connect Ticket £12 We are so happy to be welcoming audiences back and want to make sure people feel able to attend by keeping our prices as low as possible.
Rebuild Ticket £20 If you are able to spend a little more, your contribution will support our theatre and the artists and companies with whom we work, as we rebuild our future.
There are two ways to watch The Place at the Bridge – in person at Tobacco Factory Theatres or from home via a live stream.
Watch in person on Wed 26, Thu 27 and Fri 28 May 8pm
Watch from home via a live stream on Thu 27 and Fri 28 May 8pm.
You can book tickets for either the in person or live stream experience by clicking on the ‘Buy Tickets’ button above.
A captioned version of the live stream will be available – if you would benefit from viewing captions while you watch, please book your live stream tickets and then email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Captions please’ so that we can send you the Live stream with Captions link before the performance.
As we reopen our doors, we know that our audiences will have a variety of feelings and questions about returning to a theatre. We’ve prepared some frequently asked questions here, which we’ll be updating regularly.