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.
 Performances @ The Rag:

 

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The Little Prince.

I should have liked to begin this story in the fashion of the fairy-tales. I should have like to say: "Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep . . ."

It has been many years since the Pilot parted with the Little Prince, and the time has come to share his story. Find your way into the Making Space, and help him to remember... An interactive performance-workshop in which the audience playfully helps the company construct the story with puppets, live music, and shadows. Your suggestions create the play.

Lux & Vox is a theatre company who create theatrical playgrounds in which children and adults of all ages can rediscover play.

May 29,30,31. 7.30 Start. £6 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

 

 

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Rimbaud Delinquent
A New Comedy by Barnaby Hallam

Talent show burn out Boyd Miller is on the brink of despair when he receives a strange letter inviting him to the reading of a will. The deceased turns out to be the enigmatic jazz virtuoso and famous seafood chef Rimbaud Delinquent. When Boyd is bequeathed a priceless collection of records he is drawn into a surreal international adventure by a series of desperate characters from Rimbaud's life. Boyd travels from London, to Canada, to the bottom of the ocean in search of himself and the secret behind a man he never knew.

Join us as we enter the weird and wonderful world of Rimbaud Delinquent...

For three performances only the Rag Factory is housing Barnaby Hallam's new play, Rimbaud Delinquent. After the success of last years Brick Lane Rabbit Hole, Barnaby and team are back with a fresh new play. A Surreal Mystery Comedy of epic proportions, which raises contemporary issues about the value of hard work, and the temptations of short cuts. Packed with crazy characters and spaced out humour, blessed with a talented young international cast and with inventive designs by the talented Olivia Rowe you are bound to have a riot of a time. .

June 12, 13, 14. 8pm Start except Sunday 6.30 Start. £8 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

 

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The Rubiks: A Night On Your Box (18+)

A night of improvised comedy, based on the audience's suggestions, and bringing to life your favorite tv classics.

Combining genres such as news, reality tv, cooking, soaps and much more, The Rubiks will take you on a journey through your tv guide giving you the ultimate night of laugh out loud entertainment.

With sellout gigs throughout London and the UK, The Rubiks are one of the hottest, youngest and wildest acts around!

"The Rubiks is this generation's version of Whose line Is It Anyway?"

June 19,20,21. 8pm Start £8 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

 

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Trip The Light Theatre Company presents The Sun Shining On Her Hands.

Prepare to be immersed in an intimate and theatrical experience that thrusts the audience into the world of the characters.

Inspired by Georg Buchner's 'Woyzeck' and using real-life accounts of gender discrimination, this production explores the struggle to be recognized as an individual in our modern world.

Using explosive dance sequences, folk music and a marriage of modern and old text, The Sun Shining On Her Hands is a unique theatrical creation that will leave you wanting more.

June 26,27,28. 2 showings per night. 7pm or 8.30. £6 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

 

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"Antigone in New York,” by Janusz Glowacki focuses on homeless, Puerto Rican-born Anita as she enlists the aid of two "neighbors" to snatch the body of her dead boyfriend, Paulie, before it's consigned to an unmarked grave. Her plan is to bury it in Tompkins Square Park, where the homeless congregate - at least that way he'll be among friends.

This dark tragi-comedy transforms the Rag Factory into an unpolished bite of the Big Apple.

“Anigone in New York” is being performed 25-28TH June at the Rag Factory (Off Brick Lane) E1 5JL. Doors open 19:00 / show starts 19:30

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) with Free Drinks pre & post show and each ticket entitles audience member to a 25% discount at Preem Curry House on Brick Lane. 

Due to the subject matter of the play the Producers will be making a donation to the homeless charity “Shelter”.

Play not suitable to persons under 18 years due to explicit language and subject matter.

Tickets available (until 45 minutes prior to show start) here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/92064

 

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VISUALISE! presents CLASSICAL MUSIC DANCE MASH-UP - a series of eclectic performances of classical & contemporary music infused with dance, film, visual projections to create virtual reality settings from Oriental countryside to exotic Argentine club. Featuring a kaleidoscopic range of music by old masters such as J.S. Bach, all the way through to Astor Piazzolla, and contemporary composers Cydonie Banting and Gang Chen.

Artistic director Belle Chen has curated the finest new wave of London talent for this event, including Yijia Zhang, Bei Bei Wang, Carl Smith, Tomoro Maruyama, and Celine Avrahami.

See www.visualisemusic.com for more details 

July 3,4,5. 7.30 Start. £8 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

 

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Craft Theatre Presents.... The Diver

The Diver is an underwater adventure story following explorer Kate Plank as she attempts to walk across the Atlantic Ocean floor from England to New York.

What Perils will she face?!

Will she arrive safely on the other side?!

Will the audience drown?!! *

(* most water is imaginary)


A playful, imaginative one woman show drawing on puppetry, physical theatre and clowning to explore the depths of the Ocean and the fear that can stand in our way.

July 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 23 24 25 26 30 31 Aug 1 2  £12

8pm starts except Sundays (6pm).

craft.ticketsource.co.uk

 

 

 

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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.
RAG FACTORY PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN.

The 2015 Rag Factory Performance Programme is accepting submissions until April 1.

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.

We want to support the theatre and YOU, I want the ‘theatre arts’ to blossom. We 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.  


To request a submission packet email rocky@ragfactory.org.uk, your packet must be sent to the above email address by the 1st of April at 5pm to be considered.