Tue 15 – Sat 19 October 8.15pm

Venue Brewery Theatre

Tickets Full £13 / Concession £10 (no conc. Fri or Sat)


The Brewery Theatre, 231 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

0117 902 0344 /

NIE invite you to join them on an exhilarating journey into a little known story from one of the world’s last areas of great wilderness.

The magnificent, award-winning New International Encounter, with whom we collaborated on 2012’s Hansel and Gretel, crash land into the Brewery Theatre this Autumn with their new show for adults.

In July 1897, three Swedish adventurers set out from Svalbard, headed for the North Pole in a hydrogen filled balloon. Their aim was to discover new lands, to map the undiscovered Arctic and to plant the flag of Sweden at the pole. At 2:30pm on the 11th July they cut the anchor lines and floated up into the cold arctic air. They were never seen alive again…

Using an international cast and a delightful mix of projection, physical theatre, storytelling and live music, NIE invite you to join them on an exhilarating journey. A journey full of hope and derring do, of frostbite and patriotic songs, of seal meat and sharing a sleeping bag. A dream and a nightmare of the great white north.

In association with the Key Theatre and The North Wall.

Director Alex Byrne has a sure hand with his material…we know that the end will not be a happy one but somehow we want history to rewrite itself…****”  What’s On Stage

Everyone is held in the spell of this genuinely enchanting show” **** The Guardian on Hansel and Gretel

The exceptional ensemble combines exquisite highly physical acting and wonderfully integrated live music” The Daily Telegraph onThe End of Everything Ever

Running time 1hr 10mins




Tue 22 – Sat 26 October 8.15pm

Matineé Thu & Sat 1pm

Venue Brewery Theatre

Tickets Full £11 / Concession £8 (no conc. Fri or Sat eve)

The Brewery Theatre, 231 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

0117 902 0344 /

Written by Sue Shields

Up Down Boy returns to the Brewery Theatre following sell-out performances and critical acclaim when it showed in our Brewery and Factory Theatres in 2010.

Matty is off to college in an hour – and he’s left it to Mum to pack his case. She won’t miss the slamming doors, the queue for the bathroom and the phone bills. But Matty is no ordinary teenager – and will his mother cope without him?

This honest, touching and uplifting play and was inspired by the extraordinary life story of a boy with Down’s syndrome and his mother’s humorous perspective on bringing him up.

Bristol-based Myrtle Theatre (City of One, Hot Air) produce inspiring and thought provoking work. Up Down Boy combines drama, music, dance and animation to tell an incredibly moving story that will touch anyone that sees it.

This current UK tour includes performances in The Shed – The National Theatre’s new performance space.

“The whole production makes for an emotional but never sentimental picture of an unusual but strangely familiar relationship. A truly entertaining and uplifting story” The Post

“An inspired piece of theatre. Poignant and deeply moving, yet full of hope and celebration” Audience member

“It is rare that a piece of theatre moves, amuses and challenges in equal measure. Myrtle Theatre manages all three in a seemingly effortless blend of stark realism, modern myth and musical theatre” (on City of One)

Running time 1hr

Age recommendation adults and children 12+




Tue 29 October – Sat 02 November 8pm

Matineé Thu & Sat 2.30pm

Venue Factory Theatre

Tickets Full £15 / Concession £12 (no conc. Fri or Sat eve)

Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF

0117 902 0344 /

Written by Dawn King

Directed by Blanche McIntyre


Touring to Bristol for the first time in a decade, internationally acclaimed touring company, Out of Joint present the new thriller –Ciphers.

Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far.

A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living?

Dawn King’s debut play Foxfinder received rave reviews. Now, in Ciphers, she has written a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. Blanche McIntyre previously directed the much-lauded world première ofFoxfinder and she was named Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics’ Circle Awards 2012.

Out of Joint is the internationally acclaimed touring company founded and directed by Max Stafford-Clark. It has premièred plays by many brilliant writers including Caryl Churchill, David Hare and Mark Ravenhill.

“Thrillingly original” Time Out on Foxfinder

“A contender for new play of the year” The Guardian on Foxfinder

“With its twists and turns and its dark secrets, this is a play that thrills” The Daily Telegraph on Foxfinder

“Rising directorial star” Time Out on Blanche McIntyre

Running time 2hrs (inc. interval)

Age recommendation 14+

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