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:

 

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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.

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!

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!!! 

 

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What I remember and how things will be. A play by Emma Perry

One night. Twelve years in the waiting, Meredith and Tom are to meet. The weight of the past hangs heavy as they move haltingly through the evening each trying to find their place in this new time together. What I remember and how things will be explores first love, what it teaches us and the legacy it leaves behind.

 

Aug 15, 16, 17. 7pm door, 7.30 start. Tickets £8 in advance from ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk.

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 Safe word By Fye and Foul

Written and devised by Giulio Blason and Yaron Shyldkrot.

An eerie whistle echoes in the dark. From then unfolds a stream of consciousness about pleasure, violence, ambition and a very tasty dish.
Safe Word is a series of images held in total blackout that plunges you in a sonic kaleidoscope, and blurs the lines between kindness and cruelty.

Please be aware that total blackout will be used for the majority of the performance.

Aug.22,23,24. £8/£8/£6 Door 7pm Start 7.30pm. Tickets @ ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk .

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Father Dagon is the name of Dread Falls Theatre's new immersive theatrical experience. Actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists will work together to create a world in which roaming audiences experience H.P. Lovecraft's fiction through multi-disciplinary storytelling.

Father Dagon is inspired by American horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Practically unknown before he died, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.

Lovecraft said, "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." This has been the main inspiration when transferring his work from page to stage. By creating a performance where the audience are free to roam, we have taken away the comfortable space between audience and performer, therefore creating a feeling of unknowing and fear. This will be intensified by using physical storytelling instead of aural, to create an unknown language, much like that of Lovecraft's creatures.

Music will play a large role in the immersive experience. Improvisation musicians will play music that interacts with the movement of the performers, and vice versa, featuring Seesar, Anton Mobin, raxil4, and Akoustik Timbre Frekuency. In addition, the unconventional instrumentation played by these musicians will contribute further to the unfamiliarity of the setting through unique and less recognisable sounds, adding to the eeriness of the audience's experience.

To complete the event and increase exposure of this great author to participants, Dread Falls Theatre have invited several UK and international gallery artists to display Lovecraft inspired works in a showing taking place in the bar, including painter Pavlina Bastlova, sculptor Jason McKittrick of Cryptocurium, photgrapher Veronique Lady Goth, and graphic artist Bruno Stahl.

For further information please visit http://www.facebook.com/dreadfallstheatre or the event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/682555195145213/

Tickets sales are online or via phone in advance only through http://www.skiddle.com/groups/dreadfallstheatre, or 084 3289 3333

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How did you know what I was going to say? I didn't.

Vox Multiply present Come On / We’re Leaving,

a play devised on the page. This is a play about people: an intersection of different
writers’ voices creating a patchwork-style composition. Using overlapping
stories, Vox Multiply explore the portability of what’s important, and play
with how we decide to ask for what we need.

Can your relationship work when you live in a sack?
Can we fit all our needs into six buckets? And, if you let it, will a play write
itself?

Aug 29, 30, 31. Door 7pm. Start 7.30pm. Tickets @ ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk £8 .

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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

 

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A tragic play inspired by a children's tale… with phantasies, masks, silence, blood, memories, ribbons and live music.
Supported by Arts Council England and University of Bristol Alumni Foundation,

Nu Nu Theatre presents Billie Killer - the tragic story of the Goat who's billies are killed by the Wolf.
'Horns-growing Billies
Open to Mum Billies,
Mother brings you milk in teats
In her back a ball of salt,
Cornmeal in her heel,
In the armpits
Tuft of flowers'

Sept 5,6,7. 7pm Door, 7.30 Start. £10 ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

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The Cost Of Living written by Chris King

Presented by Resolve Theatre Company

Sept 26, 27, 28. £8/£6 Door 7.15pm Start 7.30pm ragfactory.ticketsource.co.uk

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.

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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

 

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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

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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

 

 

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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

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THE OTHER….

INBETWEEN THEATRE

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

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CRAFT Theatre Presents:

Dante's Inferno...A Modern Telling.

18 and up only.

January 2015. Tickets £20-£35 from craft.ticketsource.co.uk

www.craft-theatre.com