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:
Performance at The Rag:
Performance @ The Rag.
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.
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!
Rocky Rodriguez, Jr.
(VP of Awesome-ness @ The Rag Factory)
Performances @ The Rag:
THIS WEEK'S Performances!!!
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
Do bees get bored? Can LSD be used to treat mental illness? Can fish become drug addicts?
All these questions, and more, exercise the thoughts of scientists working on
the brain, and in Art Neuro’s debut exhibition they will now also stimulate the
creativity of a group of artists.
Art Neuro brings together a collective of more than 30 neuroscientists and artists based in
London. Working together they have devised an exhibition of 16 original artworks.
Artworks include interactive optical illusions, a modern take on Hogarth’s Gin Lane exploring
addiction, ceramics that magnify the molecules responsible for Alzheimer’s
disease, paintings that make you question your object-recognition abilities and
a cartoon of the life of a laboratory bumblebee.
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.
The play features the song "Horses in Rain" by Sidsel Endresen (from "Hesteri Regn" by Astrid Hjertnes Anderssen), with music by Django Bates.
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
New Prose is a night of excellent rehearsed readings, from new scripts being developed for the stage. The night will be made of three 20-25 minute extracts or short plays. It's an excellent chance to meet up with new London creatives, and a great way to see them flexing their artistic muscles. Many of the pieces chosen for New Prose haven't been performed yet and so the night is a fantastic way to catch a glimpse of some never-before-seen talent.
£5 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk for tickets, November 14th, 7.30pm.
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’http://www.geraniumtheatreco.tumblr.com
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.
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
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
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