MON 30 JULY – FRI 03 AUGUST 2012


After last year’s resounding success, this July the Tobacco Factory Theatre Summer School for ages 13 – 18 returns for another exhilarating week exploring how to create movement-based theatre.

The TFT Summer School is unique. Unlike other theatre summer schools, it’s not about making a play in a week. Rather, the emphasis is on giving the young people plenty of time and space to really get to grips with the skills, to learn how to work together as an ensemble, to try things out, take risks and challenge themselves, to develop their confidence and discover their potential as a performer.

Summer School producer Carrie Rhys-Davies says:  “The TFT Summer School offers something genuinely different.  We really believe in the way it nurtures young people’s creativity by removing the pressure of having to work towards a performance deadline. Instead, the experience is all about allowing them to really master new skills, get to know each other as performers and work meaningfully with artists at the top of their game.”

Last year’s twenty-strong group of participants really responded to this brief:  “It was the best drama experience I’ve ever had” said Jade. And Pete said, “It was the highlight of my summer holiday”.

For this return visit, the Summer School continues its collaboration with legendary former Bristol Old Vic young company director Tid and awesome performer and choreographer Kwesi Johnson (Kompany Malakhi). This year, there’s a new addition to the team  in the form of brilliant local designer Katie Sykes, whose numerous credits include the TFT’s own Christmas smash hits Cinderella (2011) and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (2009). Once again the Summer School’s every move will be followed by film-maker Nick Sutton, who will be creating a docufilm to show to family and friends on the final day.  The Summer School is also generously supported by the Creative Youth Network, whose mission is to inspire every young person to do more than they ever thought possible, encouraging them to challenge the barriers they face by engaging with the arts.

With an activity line-up that includes working in a secret location off-site to create site-specific choreography and sessions on using materials and objects in devised work, this really is a week not to be missed.

Since 1994 internationally renowned Kompany Malakhi has been creating unique and dynamic inter-disciplinary performances that fuse alternative movement styles such as contemporary dance, hip-hop, physical theatre, breakdancing, parkour and extreme sports. With a distinctly modern style and attitude, their performances reflect our diverse and multi-cultural society and tackle contemporary issues through a unique, fresh and exciting visual language. Kompany Malakhi has a strong reputation for its education work and its ability to stimulate, motivate and inspire, firmly believing that the arts should be accessible and aiming to provide opportunities for all to engage with their work, share learning, experience and practice.

Tid left his role as Director of Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company in 2011 in order to focus on Fairground, the theatre company he’s led since 2007, creating work that is epic both in subject and scope and combines new or established scripts and original musical compositions with highly physical performance. Fairground also delivers a range of acclaimed training programmes for theatre-makers and in-school workshops in devised physical performance.  Tid has since been awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship and is now Artistic Director of the Lakeside Theatre, Colchester.

Designer Katie Sykes is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Director Sally Cookson through Travelling Light, which include the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Christmas hits Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Cinderella. She has designed numerous shows for the Bristol Old Vic, most recently Coasting, fairymonsterghost and Treasure Island (costume).  She recently collaborated with Myrtle Theatre on a specially commissioned children’s opera performed at the Colston Hall and also redesigned White Caps (Champloo Dance).


Call 0117 902 0344 to book.

Dates: Mon 30 July – Fri 3 August, 10am – 5pm daily

Tickets: £175 (Subsidised places are available. Please contact Carrie on 0117 902 0345 for details.)

Box Office: 0117 902 0344

Online: www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com

For further information, images and interviews please contact Carrie Rhys-Davis on 0117 902 0345.