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    Artist Development


    We have launched the call-out for performers for our Factory Company, our new resident ensemble who will play a key role in our spring 2018 season. Read more in our Call-out for Performers.


    We see artist development as central to our mission to tell a wide range of stories and to support and nurture a creative community.

    What are the Residencies?

    We are offering South West-based artists and companies space within our buildings to develop their ideas and thoughts around a specific project, or to explore their artistic process more generally.

    We’ve provided 14 weeks of rehearsal space between June 2017 to January 2018 and are offering one or two weeks per artist/company, depending on the project.

    After an open call-out for applications, we’ll be welcoming Lucy Bishop, Luke Brown, Sharon Clarke, Rosa Eaton, Joseff Harris and James Kent, Tom Marshman, Raquel Meseguer and Theatre Ad Infinitum into our building to explore and develop brand new ideas. Read more about their projects here.

    The residencies are about exploration and the incubation of ideas or the development of practice, rather than rehearsing a show that has already been significantly developed. The artists are not under pressure to present something at the end of their residency unless doing so will support their idea/project. Tobacco Factory Theatres will offer some producer / dramaturgical support or feedback where helpful.


    Applications for the residencies between June 2017 and January 2018 have now closed.

    For more information or if you have any questions, please contact vic@tobaccofactorytheatres.com



    Prototype is our regular scratch night at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    At each event up to five artists or companies work across a wide range of disciplines to test brand new ideas in front of a supportive audience. Prototype has been running for seven years now and is a well-established part of how Tobacco Factory Theatres supports artists to develop the shows of tomorrow.

    Prototype gave us the confidence and security we needed to develop our idea. The feedback we received from the audience was direct, informative and answered a lot of questions for us.” Sugarscratch Theatre

    The format tends to best serve ideas that are in their very early stages and experience tells us that about 10 minutes of material is best. Beyond that the restrictions are only those dictated by the space and the maximum technical time of 1 hour per artist/company.

    If you’re still not sure, Prototype’s tagline is ‘Experiments in Theatre’.  Rough is OK; rough is good; rough is kind of what it’s all about. So if you have an idea for a show burning a hole in your imagination and you would find it useful to get it in front of an audience to see if it works, or, perhaps you would like to use it as a spur to get something underway, then Prototype is for you.

    Current call-out
    We are currently looking for companies and artists for our next event, Prototype: Experiments in Puppetryto be held on Tue 05 September. Visit the call-out page for more information.

    Selection for Prototype is through informal follow-up conversations and we will aim to get back to you within two weeks if we would like to invite you along.

    For any questions or for further information, please email Victoria Hole at vic@tobaccofactorytheatres.com


    Artist Masterclasses

    We offer affordable learning opportunities for professional artists across the year.

    On Thu 14 September we present a Writing Masterclass led by Thomas Eccleshare, writer of Heather.

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    Rathbones is proud to support Artist Development at Tobacco Factory Theatres