We announce a new season of work at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Bristol School of Acting are delighted to announce a complete season of theatre productions staged at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn.

Complete with a world premier (Donna Quixote) and a UK premiere (Icarus)  the season comprises 5 productions, two of which directed by Nancy Medina, the incoming director of Bristol Old Vic.

With strong themes of love and friendship, bravery against all odds, and shocking revelations, the season has a broad international influence and shines a light on plays and playwrights – who – until recently – were undiscovered.

In Not About Nightingales and Youth’s The Season, you’ll have a chance to see some of the most rarely performed plays. Despite Tennessee Williams’ (Not About Nightingales) huge global success, Not About Nightingales remained virtually unknown and never performed, until its ‘rediscovery’ and world premiere in 1998. Mary Manning (Youth’s the Season) emerged from Ireland during one of its most thrilling theatricals and literary periods, yet is an under-appreciated playwright despite being one of the country’s most exceptional.

Both productions are underpinned by shocking revelations of hardship - A prison drama that offers an unremittingly ugly account of the Depression-era American penal system (Not about Nightingales), and the challenges faced by young people in Dublin as they wrestle with their ambitions, gender roles, uncertain futures and most of all, themselves. (Youth’s The Season)


With poignant themes of humanity and friendship, Fefu and Her Friends is as audacious and ambitious as it is witty and Donna Quixote is a joyfully uproarious, uplifting show about friendship, storytelling and that crazy little thing called love.


Icarus is the gallant quest of a faded film star, a wheelchair-bound brother, a ‘disfigured’ sister and wandering drifter who are united in their exploration of yearning, dreaming and sacrifice.


The plays within the season reflect our ethos of  and some of the characteristics that make Bristol such a great city to be in – Bravery, boldness and a desire to shine a light challenging topics unite the two. We release the special and unique hidden essence of their actors in an environment of nurture, care and solidarity.


For more information about the season click here.

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“We are delighted to stage this important season of work at Tobacco Factory Theatres. It is a great opportunity for audiences, not only to see something quite different – but also to see two of Nancy Medina’s pieces of work before she moves onto Bristol Old Vic next year.”