Once a season we curate a one night only, miniature festival around one of our productions, that really packs a punch. We invite you to explore the world and themes of the production through free pre-show activity in the Theatre Bar, watching the show and joining us for a lively post show debate. Theatre is about more than just sitting back and watching, theatre asks us to wake up, to listen, to respond and to REACT.

    REACT is produced by our team of Young Producers, it’s a night made by young people, for everyone.

    REACT is aimed at all our audiences, young or less young!

    “In a world where we struggle to be heard above the babble of older, louder and more confident voices REACT offers young people an opportunity to observe, experience, address and have their say.” Tobacco Factory Theatres Young Producers 2017. 

    Future REACT events include:

    Beautiful Thing Fri 19 October 2018

    Beautiful Thing is a play about gay teenage love, about the transition from adolescence to adulthood, boy to man, girl to woman. It deals with themes of sexuality, bullying, homophobia and ultimately love. Join us for an evening of theatre and discussion! With invited experts and panellists, we’ll dive into the themes of the play and ask how relevant they are in today’s society.

    Invited panellists include:

    Henry Poultney
    Henry leads Freedom Youth, Bristol’s oldest and longest running LGBTQ+ project, which works with young people from Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Henry is a passionate LGBTQ+ activist and has worked across the country developing projects to support and develop knowledge, awareness and social spaces for LGBTQ+ people. 

    Jamie Barry
    Jamie is the Head at Parson Street Primary School. During his time, the school has been recognized as the first in Bristol to receive an Educate & Celebrate award for the work it does to promote equality and celebrate diversity. Jamie is passionate about equality and, as a gay man himself, recognizes the struggle that many minority groups have to go through in order to feel equal and valued.

    Mike Tweddle
    Mike is Artistic Director here at Tobacco Factory Theatres and Director of Beautiful Thing. Mike performed in Beautiful Thing in a pub theatre in Birmingham 20 years ago, playing the role of Ste. It was his first paid acting job, and a life changing experience in terms of his personal development, so he’s thrilled to be directing it again in its 25th anniversary year. Mike is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and is excited by the new audiences and discussions that this play can inspire.

    Sarah Louise-Minter
    Sarah is Director of LGBT Bristol, the Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum. LGBT Bristol aims to strive towards a Bristol City that is a place where LGBT+ people can live free from hatred, prejudice, persecution and discrimination – and where they are entitled to equal treatment, respect and feel valued for their contributions.

    Past REACT events have included:

    A Brimful of Asha May 2017

    ‘A Brim-full of culture: How are our identities influenced by the cultures we interact with?’

    Panellists: Ravi Jain, Neha Mehta, Chante Jospeh.

    Up Down Man November 2017

    ‘Being an adult, what does it mean, feel and look like in 2017?’

    Panellists: Sara Dean, Emily Bull, Brendan Murray

    Macbeth February 2018

    ‘Why do we need to be ruled?’

    Panellists: Alex King, Youth Mayor Eve Szczelkun and Deputy Mayor Asher Craig.