Hello, and welcome to the Rag Factory!

The Rag Factory was set up in early 2006 to provide affordable space for people working in the creative industries, whether performance-based, such as theatre, film, dance, music and fashion or visual arts such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation and graphic design. And being situated just off London’s Brick Lane, with fast access to both Liverpool Street and Aldgate East tube stations, we’re also very easy to reach.
While we’re regularly used as a casting and rehearsal space – we may not be in the West End, but we are very conveniently located for a number of Fringe and off-West End venues – we’ve also hosted a number of exhibitions, the occasional live art event, the London Zine Symposium and number of corporate events for clients like Red Bull and Orange.
And the Rag Factory has regularly been used as a filming location by MTV and the BBC (Newsnight and the Culture Show, in particular) and for countless music videos, short films and low-budget features.
So if you need space – whether to think, rehearse, film, work, meet, exhibit or just generally create wonderful things – with a Central London location but without the West End price tag, please browse the site, or feel free to come down and see us here in Heneage Street, just off Brick Lane.
Exhibition this week:
Coming Soon!!!
Performance at The Rag:
Performance @ The Rag. 'Turning Rags to Riches...'
The Rag Factory is going through some big changes over the next few months. Building refurbishments including a 'chill out' area where people can come and relax off Brick Lane and not be expected to spend stupid amounts of money, a true 'chill' space that is FREE! New bathrooms, room extensions and a new entrance are also being designed.
Alongside the building refurbs/aesthetic changes, the Rag Factory will be hosting performances from companies that have pieces that are to much of a 'risk' for other London venues to programme. At the Rag Factory we believe in developing the arts and that mean taking risks on different pieces.
We want you to put on a new work/show or performance of any kind and preview it at the Rag Factory WITHOUT THE FEAR OF LOSING MONEY! We will provide you with FREE performance space and 50% of the ticketsales!
When practitioners produce pieces of new work they are regularly confronted with brick walls preventing them from showing the work unless they tick several ‘sales’ or ‘funding’ criteria.
Venues are less likely to support new work from new artists because of the venues need to generate their revenues. Unfortunately, the current ‘make money’ ideology is strangling any real creative development as only the types of shows or performers that have a track record of ticket sales, or are rich enough to buy space from prime venues, are regularly programmed.
More people need to start making choices that support the growth of ‘everything’ instead of just money. I want to support the theatre and YOU, I want the ‘theatre arts’ to blossom, I want you to have the opportunity to take risks and create new exciting pieces without the fear of going into masses of debt because of space fees. 
I am very excited to begin programming to this regard, so thank you for choosing The Rag Factory as the venue for you to preview your piece. I can’t wait to hear more from you!
Email: rocky@ragfactory.org.uk to request a submission form.
Rocky Rodriguez, Jr.
(VP of Awesome-ness @ The Rag Factory)

Performances @ The Rag:

THIS WEEK, 2 Performances!!! 
The show will be made up of three different excerpts from material being developed for theatre performance. Two of the three writers are alumnus of the Soho Theatre Writer's Labs. There will be three script in hand readings done to showcase the amazing new talent that London has to offer and get an incite into what young writers are engaging with right now. This is an in depth glimpse at the inner workings of the scripting process.
Sept 4. Door 7, Start 7.30. £5 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk



Lost Cause Productions:

** The Dragon **
Written and devised by the cast.

Greetings citizen.
I am glad to see you have taken your pills today. Do you feel happy now? You are saying your prayers, I trust. And how are your children? Are your children well behaved?
Do you feel safe, citizen...? We are here to protect you…

The city of Lasia is beseiged by a nightmarish dragon, and ruled over with an iron fist by a charismatic leader and his army. Few in the city, if any, have seen the foul beast with their own eyes, and yet all fear it. As each full moon draws near the monster demands a blood sacrifice, a bitter penalty that tears at the collective soul of the cityfolk. However, as the time of the next sacrifice draws near, a hero miraculously appears… But who is this hero? And what kind of person would be brave or foolish enough to challenge the might of the dragon? As the sacrifice draws nears, it would seem that all is not as it first appears in the beleaguered city…

This modern retelling of the George & The Dragon myth is a story of greed, apathy, corruption and human redemption told through words, music and movement and featuring simple, bold staging and props.


 7.30pm (doors 7pm) - Fri 12th / Sat 13th / Sun 14th September
 Tickets: £6 in advance from http://ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk



Bleeding Glitter Presents:
The Quentin Dentin Show- A New Musical.

Twenty- somethings Keith and Nat are struggling to keep it together in their one- bedroom flat. Keith befriends Quentin, who is so sickeningly amenable and well adjusted that he begins to embody all they are not. As Quentin becomes more messianic and his visits more hallucinatory, Keith and Nat discover that Quentin is perfect… and merciless.

The Quentin Dentin Show is a new musical short about chasing happiness.


Sept. 20/21. 7.30 start £8. ragfactory.tickettsource.co.uk


The Cost Of Living written by Chris King
Presented by Resolve Theatre Company
How much are you worth?
Try to answer.
Go on.
Don’t be fatuous.
Don’t know?
No problem, we are here to help:
Welcome to the M.A.D. scheme.
Join the queue for the privilege of work. But don’t be inappropriate –
it might count against you.
Sept 26, 27, 28. £8/£6 Door 7.15pm Start 7.30pm ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
The Diver.

'Adventure! Peril! Tea with a Giant Squid! -

Deep Sea Explorer Kate Plank attempts to walk the length of the ocean floor from England to New York in this playful and beautiful adventure story.'

The Diver is an intimate solo performance which draws on clown, physical theatre, puppetry and music to investigate the everyday fear that keeps us from living a life of adventure.

Written and and performed by Helen Foster.

Oct 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,12. £8. 7.30 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk




Paradise Project is a rare opportunity for followers to gather with the leader for an evening of affinity and enlightenment. This unique event offers dedicated members the prospect of reaching absolute awareness.

Recursion Theatre Company presents Paradise Project, an interactive performance event about a cult. The audience, or followers, gather to witness a definitive moment in the cult's history. Testing our commitment to beliefs and facts, Paradise Project asks what kind of community can survive in today's world. With original sound design and film projection.

23, 24, 25, 26 October. Doors 7, Show 7.30. £8 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk



Metal ballet company, Brutal Ballet present their debut UK performances of:
'Unto the Locust' a ballet to the music of Machine Head.
The ballet is a celebration of the beauty of Machine Head's music, a dark
and beautiful visual presentation of their Unto the Locust album. Brutal Ballet will also be
presenting a new company of metal ballerinas
Oct 31, Nov 1, 2. Door 7pm, Start 7.30. £8 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Horses In The Rain

The story of a friendship that was too close, too painful, too intimate… for one of the friends at least, until the day she just disappeared. Three years later they meet in a café, one not knowing why they split apart, the other not knowing what is pulling them back together. All of their lives are tangled up in their relationship, and all of their lives are set to spill out onto the floor that night.
A new play by David Walter Hall, featuring live music throughout with songs by Django Bates,
Jacques Brel and Son House.
Nov 7,8,9. 7.00pm Door, 7.30 Start. £10 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Sean Paul Jenkinson Presents:

Brian has recently come to learn of the death of his father through cancer, he has been given the opportunity to get some things off his chest with no interruptions.

A new 30 minute monologue written and performed by Sean Paul Jenkinson

Nov. 14/15/16. £6 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
A Geranium Theatre Company Production. Pinky has done something
 incredible: she’s created the life she’s always wanted; a life where she
 has a body of a superhero and everyone adores her. There’s just one catch:
 it only exists online. Loose Soul is an audio-visual journey down the
 rabbit hole called cyberspace, where troubles melt like lemon drops and
 dreams really do come true. Shortlisted for the Soho Theatre Young Writer’s
 Award 2013. ‘Tremendously atmospheric video and sound work’
Nov 21, 22, 23. 7 Door, 7.30 Start. £10. ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Love Kills takes Rainer Fassbinder's 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' as its starting point, and fashions a fresh play of ambition, power struggles, sexual revolutions and catastrophic romantic love.
Directed by Cradeaux Alexander, Artistic Director of LUXE. Visit http://www.cradeaux.com for more information.
Nov 28, 29, 30. 7pm Door, 7.30 Start. £10 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
London…broken by the impact of a unforgiving war….A man one day leaves for work to never return….
leaving a wife two sons a life…suspended in his absence… six years
later…Unquestioned is his absence he returns - I have come home…he says
Italy – 1915….A man leaves his pregnant wife to serve his country his fellow man….. Each day she sits in the rocking chair nurturing their unborn, praying to god for his
return, praying for a sign a telegram a letter of reassurance. Listening avidly
to the radio. Nothing…. Never to return…missing in action…or simply missing….
Time passes….hair turns from dark to peppered to grey….
A letter delivered to the home unearths a dark past and a secret the man swore to the grave…
Two worlds collide as one truth reveals a devastating secret…splintering lives shattering hearts…..
Kodokushi’ –  or the ‘lonely death’
Taking the above true events as inspiration, INBETWEEN THEATRE present THE OTHER….A devised, immersive sensory piece of story-telling, exploring issues of fragmentation, isolation,
endurance, loneliness, love, hope. Thought-provoking, we ask how does one piece
together a world devastated from destructions of war? Can one fit back so
seamlessly in to the rudiments of normality when the soul has felt/seen the
atrocities of war? A war still resonant in dreams at night, in shadows; gone not forgotten.
Performed by Susanna Dalcielo and
Tracey-Anne Liles
Dec. 19, 20, 21. 7pm Door, 7.30 start. £10 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
CRAFT Theatre Presents:
Dante's Inferno...A Modern Telling.
18 and up only.
January 2015. Tickets £12 from craft.ticketsource.co.uk
Tit4Twat Presents:

Deliciously desperate for a split-second in the limelight, four reality TV rejects have devised the ultimate way to show the industry what they're capable of. Competing head-to-head in their 'genuinely original' gameshow pilot, the university dropouts hope to engage your attention, stimulate your delight and win your vote. Shit may go down. Who knows? You (and your electronic voting handset) decide.

Warning: 16+, stupidity and real violence guaranteed


Hilarious, heartbreaking and irresistibly controversial, 'Losers' is interactive theatre at its most brutal - offering an unsettling insight into the gamified universes of our obsessive televised world.

Jan 9.10.11, 16.17.18, 23.24.25, 30.31.1(Feb). Doors 7, show 7.30. £8