Incoming Festival spreads its wings

Thursday 11 October 2018


Incoming Festival - the UK's top festival for emerging theatre companies - heads to Bristol for the first time next year with venues also in London and Manchester.
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New Diorama Theatre and A Younger Theatre announced today that in 2019, Incoming Festival will take place at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol, as well as HOME in Manchester and New Diorama in London.

Following five successful years at New Diorama in London, and a successful debut in Manchester in 2018, in 2019 Incoming Festival will take over the new studio theatre at the Tobacco Factory for five days in June.

Overall, the festival will run from 24 - 30 June 2019 in London and Manchester, and from 26 to 30 June 2019 in Bristol.

Incoming Festival is a celebration of the best emerging theatre companies from the UK and beyond, and invites audiences to try something new for just a fiver.

In previous years, the festival has featured companies including Bristol's own Bucket Club and The Wardrobe Ensemble, Kill the Beast, Breach Theatre, The Pretend Men, Sleeping Trees, Footprint Theatre, Lost Watch, Silent Uproar and Kandinsky.

This year, in a radical shake-up of the festival's programming model, the organisers invited Lyn Gardner, Fergus Morgan (The Stage), the editorial team of Exeunt magazine and Critics of Colour to select the shows they would like to programme as part of the festival.

The remaining slots will be programmed by co-directors David Byrne, Jake Orr and Eleanor Turney, and from the National Student Drama Festival.

The full festival line-up is due to be announced in November, and tickets will go on sale in 2019.

New Diorama Theatre Artistic & Executive Director, David Byrne, said ...

"Incoming Festival is one of the very best things we do at New Diorama.

It's great we're able to extend the festival's reach even further to HOME and, now, Tobacco Factory, two of the very best theatres in the country."

Festival co-director Jake Orr said ...

"We're thrilled to be bringing Incoming Festival to Bristol in 2019 and to be hosting it at the brand new Spielman Theatre at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

It gives companies a third city to present their work in and as Bristol has long been a thriving hub for emerging theatre companies, it feels the natural step for us to bring the best emerging companies from across the UK to the city in the festival's sixth year."

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