We are thrilled to announce a complete season of theatre productions staged at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn.

Overflowing with love, friendship, bravery against the odds and shocking revelations, the season is created by some of the most exciting directors and creative professionals working in the UK today. With a broad international flavour, the season comprises five shows, two of which are directed by our Co-Artistic Director, Nancy Medina, the soon-to-be Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic.

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Not About Nightingales

Lyrical, muscular, raw and rippling, the great poet-dramatist, Tennessee Williams’ 1930s prison drama offers an unremittingly ugly account of the Depression-era American penal system, based on a true story that is as shocking now as it was nearly a century ago.

When a group of brow-beaten inmates band together on hunger strike to protest the appalling conditions of their incarceration, the brutal Warden Whalen seeks retribution that is vicious, swift and horrifying.

Despite Williams’ huge global success, Not About Nightingales remained virtually unknown and never performed, until its ‘rediscovery’ and world premiere in 1998. Directed by Nastazja Domaradzka and designed by an international all-female team, this production breathes new life into this powerful, claustrophobic and violent tale, flushed with unexpected beauty, humanity and love, in the unlikeliest of places.

Not About Nightingales is performed by graduating students of Bristol School of Acting.

Directed by Nastazja Domaradzka
By Tennessee Williams
Designed by Noemi Daboczi
Lighting design by Lucía Sánchez Roldán
Sound design by Jovana Backovic

Tobacco Factory Theatres / Bristol
20-22 October 2022
Tickets £12 / Concessions £10

Youth’s the Season…?

Des is turning 21 and is about to throw the party to end all parties… literally. After all, he’s making that fateful transition into adulthood and so playtime must come to an end. Mustn’t it? What place do dreams, hopes and happiness hold in the face of ‘real life’?

In this coming of age tragi-comedy, these occasionally vivacious, often morose, always droll Dublin youths wrestle with their ambitions, gender roles, uncertain futures, but most of all, with themselves. Director Evan Lordan’s production mines Mary Manning’s evocative state of the nation satire, as much as it does the lives of the cast, whose collective experiences provide the fuel, vitality and urgency to our story.

Emerging from Ireland during one of its most thrilling theatrical and literary periods, Manning – a close friend of Samuel Beckett, who suggested the confounding question mark at the end of the play’s title – is one of the country’s most exceptional, yet under-appreciated playwrights, as evidenced by this witty, wild and ultimately shocking tale.

Youth’s the Season… ? is performed by graduating students of Bristol School of Acting.

Directed by Evan Lordan
By Mary Manning
Adapted by Breman Rajkumar & Evan Lordan
Designed by Charlotte Cooke
Lighting design by Joe Price
Sound design by Dave Price

Tobacco Factory Theatres / Bristol
24-26 November 2022
Tickets £12 / Concessions £10


In a sun-baked beachfront house, set against the laps and roars of the ocean, an assortment of mismatched strangers gather.

A faded filmstar can’t let go of her past; a brother and sister prepare for an impossible feat; a wandering drifter hides a heavy secret beneath his ski mask and a man carrying a suitcase of dreams watches on.

United by their damage and drawn together by hope, they jointly reflect and act on their broken lives, slowly and quietly doing kind and wonderful things for one another.

Directed by incoming Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director, Nancy Medina, Puerto Rican writer Edwin Sánchez’s lyrical and shape-shifting Icarus, like the Greek myth from which the play takes its name, is a quest; an exploration of yearning, dreaming and sacrifice that rises into a rousing chorus cheer for lost souls and that most human of pursuits: the search for happiness.

Icarus is performed by graduating students of Bristol School of Acting.

Directed by Nancy Medina
By Edwin Sánchez
Designed by Aldo Vazquez
Lighting design by Chuma Emembolu
Sound design by Dinah Mullen

Tobacco Factory Theatres / Bristol
1-3 December 2022
Tickets £12 / Concessions £10