This is where we start. Theatre Factory Community builds on our long history of working with local agencies, schools and community groups in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. Our activities are designed to support the work of agencies in the community and to reach out to people wherever they may be. Please get in touch with us if you would like to talk about us running an activity for your group.
Barrow Rises Labs
At the centre of our programme is our weekly TF Youth. This is our Youth Theatre nights, now into their 3rd generation! It is open to young people between the ages of 7 and 25. The main principle is that the young person is the artist! So all work made in this project is made by, for and with young people. Tuesdays are for ages 7-11, Thursdays are for ages 12-25.
Our next performance is DOG DAYS in May 2021. At the moment Theatre Factory Youth Theatre is online.
Theatre Factory Producers takes young people out into the wider community to make performances for different places and organisations. This project is all about getting out into the wider community and learning about running projects for yourselves. The shows this group produces go into all sorts of spaces where you wouldn’t normally see drama such as Barrow Market, Barrow Library and Dock Museum.
In 2021 we will be partnering Art-Gene’s Allotment Soup Growing Community on Walney.
Theatre Factory Apprentices gives paid work experience to young people considering acting or stage management as a career. It is like joining a professional touring company, so we hold auditions for this project every Spring, and tour in July to venues in the North.
This year’s play is After Rain, written by a young Ulverston writer, Joe Stebbens, mentored by award winning playwright, Kevin Dyer.
Theatre Factory Associates is a project to give paid work opportunities to young, newly qualified professional artists and young people in Performing Arts training between the ages of 18 and 30. Theatre factory Associates working with the company could be working on one of a number of our projects or creating their own work. We mentor young people in arts business management and setting up and running companies.
Kick Down The Door
Our next event for TFAs is Kick Down The Door, a series of seminars in arts business with Rachel Ashton and Geoff Cox.
Adult Writers - A weekly hour of creative writing on Zoom open to all. Previous experience is not necessary. The sessions are run by Theatre Factory’s Artistic Director, Rachel, with guest writers from around the UK. Wednesdays 1-2pm
Adult Performers - Weekly drama sessions open to all. This is a friendly group of adults who enjoy making up their own theatre pieces from improvisation. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to mess about!