Wed 05 – Sat 15 February 8.15pm (no show Sun or Mon)
Opening night All tickets £6
Thu 06, Tue 11 – Thu 13 February All tickets £8
Fri 07 – Sat 08 & Fri 14 – Sat 15 February Full £12 / Concession £9
Running time approx. 1hr
Age recommendation 14+ Contains adult themes, strong language and explicit sexual references.
Written by Chris Goode
Directed by Nik Partridge
This February, Tobacco Factory Theatres presents the first full scale production of Chris Goode’s Infinite Lives,
directed by Director in Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Nik Partridge, who works with the theatre this year
following receipt of a BBC Performing Arts Fund Theatre Fellowship.
Written by the critically acclaimed Chris Goode, Infinite Lives is an erotic, numerical and technological journey into a
world which is increasingly using the virtual to define itself.
So you fall to your death.
But you don’t die.
You just come back to life and you’re falling.
You’re falling and dying and coming back to life and falling.
And you’ll never die.
You have infinite lives.
John’s cat died a year ago. Now he’s quit his job and is trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to write his new gay science fiction novel. He’s also become obsessed with an internet chatroom model. Called Carlos. He thinks. As the bitstreams of data fly past and reality becomes ever harder to define, John is forced to question how much he is still in control of his own life.
Chris Goode is the award winning writer of shows including The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, Hippo World
Guest Book and Monkey Bars. Like much of Goode’s work, Infinite Lives is hauntingly poetic; it explores what it
means to be lonely in an age when we have more means to connect with each other than ever before.
“One of the most exciting talents working in Britain today” The Guardian on Chris Goode “An extremely highly regarded theatre maker” Time Out on Chris Goode
Director Nik Partridge is a Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate and is Director in Residence at Tobacco Factory
Theatres this year as part of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Theatre Fellowship 2013.
“A director of real promise” Simon Stephens, Olivier Award-winning playwright on Nik Partridge
The BBC Performing Arts Fund has, over the course of its 10 year history, contributed over £4 million to the UK’s
performing arts sector, through its annual awards of grants for theatre, dance and music. Funding, which in part
comes from incidental revenue accumulated on telephone voting lines on programmes like The Voice and Strictly
Come Dancing, reaches both performers at the very start of their careers and people who have not previously
This year 19 Theatre Fellowships have been granted, Nik Partridge’s award being one of them, with each placement
receiving £10,000 of funding. Fellowships will be completed over the course of the next year, receiving mentoring,
training, development and networking opportunities. Nik will spend the next year working with Tobacco Factory
Theatres as Director in Residence, on various different projects, the first of which is his direction of Chris Goode’s
“I’m thrilled that Tobacco Factory Theatres is producing the first professional production of Chris Goode’s Infinite
Lives. Not only is it always wonderful to work with such an exceptionally interesting writer as Chris Goode, I am
also delighted that we are able to offer such a significant opportunity to Nik Partridge. Nik is a young and very
talented director who we have had our eye on for a while and we’ll be working with him over the next year with
the help of the BBC.” Ali Robertson, Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Infinite Lives will be designed by Rosanna Vize, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate and a 2013 Linbury Prize
finalist. Writer and Sound Designer, Timothy X Atack, known for his work with Sleepdogs, BBC Radio 4, Neil Bartlett
and Angel Tech, is the Sound Designer, and original animation will be created by Alex Wright, a member of Limbic
Cinema, who specialise in immersive projection environments.
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