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.
Performance's 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.
Previewing Performance at the Rag. Artist Community, London Creative Development.
The current framework in which London theatre is produced through is strangling the art form from developing.
When ‘developing creatives’ 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 will do our best to kick start an artistic community and provide a space for that community to blossom. Visual artists, performance artists, musicians, dancers, and everyone creative will have a space to relax, mingle, collaborate and perform/show work.
Our new areas at the Rag will be ready for summer 2014, but in the meantime we have already began booking performances. Come Support! Lets start this community!
Rocky Rodriguez, Jr.
(VP of Awesome-ness @ The Rag Factory)
March Performances @ The Rag:
STARRING JAMES FRANCO looks at Fame; how we idolise it, how we hunger for it and how we loath it. You enter the theatre space and the performers are waiting for the Movie Star James Franco. Will he ever arrive and what difference would it make?
This comically absurd performance makes use of propagandist, foreign , antiquated, irrelevant and experimental music, as well as silly dances and letters addressed to James Franco to create a performance style that is both humorous and sinister. A combination of faillure and absurdism presented on stage creates a world between performance, event and reality.
March 14,15,16 at 7.30, tickets £5 from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
'My grief is violent'
The Broken Heart, originally written in 1633, is given new found calamity in this new modern adaptation by Sophia Chetin-Leuner. Equipped with modernised language and a contemporary setting, The Broken Heart is now more accessible than ever at unlocking those universal emotions we try to conceal.
A tale of love, class and family, the play resonates with modern audiences. Three couples struggle to maintain their relationships as their friends and family try to pull them apart. Fraught young love intermingles with the hilarity of the elderly in this breath-taking tragedy, bursting at the seams with blood and tears. Expect incest, starvation, deceit, andplenty of broken hearts.
Using light installation, music and contemporary dance, The Broken Heart hopes to create a sensory experience that will leave audience members fully aware of what it means to suffer.
March 21, 22, 23. HUME STUDIO 7.30 £6 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Have you ever been tempted to lie about who you are? Maybe to impress someone?
Join James for one crazy night out on Brick Lane, as he learns the hard way about being true to himself, and his friends.
British/Australian writer/director Barnaby Hallam brings his own manic brand of social commentary (“Seinfeld meets Monty Python”) to the Rag Factory for three hilarious performances.
Meet the creative team for an audience feedback
session after the Sunday performance, catered by local business, Miss Chu.
Thanks to the Rag Factory for their support of developing artists.
March 21,22,23 SEWING ROOM £5 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
In association with Planting a Seed Theatre Company:
Dog Eat Dog- A Monolouge by Gabe Manthorp
Our language, with emphasis on the ‘Our’, has become
capitalised and definitive. When I hear a word, I hear a fact – a permanent
ideal which exists both far beyond our grasp, and nowhere at all. Thanks to
generations of a mistaken, metaphysical need to definitively understand our
existence we have lost control over the exact tool we invented to assist us –
language. Dog Eat Dog brings together Dadaist monologue and
performance lecture as it humorously questions the whereabouts of the
performer, and equally, the audience (the experiential conversant) within the
structurally rhetorical machinery of the performed word.
March 28, 29, 30. £5 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Conversations With Mary by Caroline Bowder
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the lonely death in childbirth of 15-year -old Anne Lovett beside a statue of an unyielding Virgin Mary, this new play by award-winning playwright Caroline Bowder follows the life of a pregnant Irish girl, Maire who goes to London intending to abort her baby, decides to keep it and is haunted by its subsequent loss through stillbirth. Neither the baby Tom's death nor her own failures are the end. Instead the event becomes the catalyst for cosmic change. With the number of stillbirths in the UK amongst the highest in the developed world - 3.5 to every 1000 births, this is a story of hope and redemption.
April 4- £6 ,April 5- £7/£8, April 6 £7/£8. ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk
Theadora Van Der Beek Presents: My Death
My Death is a one woman show about one woman trying desperately not to be alive. A dark comedy about failure, bureaucracy and death: an existential crisis told through opera, tomfoolery and conceptual dance.
April 19th. £5. ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk for tickets.
Reach Theatre Group Presents: Along the Line.
Along the Line tells the true stories of 3 couples, each at different stages in their relationships and all facing their own personal struggles. However these struggles are nothing compared to the events of one fateful commute on the morning of July 7th 2005. The lives of these three London couples collide in the most devastating of circumstances, the outcome of which changes the future for all involved.
Learn of the real life struggle of just 6 people affected by the UK's worst ever terrorism incident as Reach Theatre Group (Goldsmiths University) take you back to a day in the history of Britain which will never be forgotten.
May 2,3,4. £5 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk for tickets.