Hello, and welcome to the Rag Factory!
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.
Performances @ The Rag:
Lost Cause Productions:
** The Dragon **
Written and devised by the cast.
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
it might count against you.
'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:
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
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.
Jacques Brel and Son House.
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
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’
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
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….
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.
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