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Tuesday 18 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday 19 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thursday 20 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday 21 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX

Made in China. Sold in Britain. Worn by you. 

From the factory floor to the catwalk, from Shanghai to London, World Factory weaves together stories of people connected by the global textile industry. 

Riffing on our awareness of mass production and vulture capitalism, METIS invite you to play a provocative game. Which card will you draw? Will you be an ethical factory owner or will profits always come first? In the rag trade, can anyone ever really win?

Featuring stunning video and a powerful score, the show gives audiences a first-hand experience of the sharp end of fast fashion. 

On Thursday 20 October, there will be a post-show discussion with Zoë Svendsen, co-creator of World Factory, in conversation with Ha-Joon Chang, economist and author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.  There will be an opportunity to discuss the questions posed by the performance in relation to global economics and the background research for the show.

‘One thing we might learn from World Factory is that if there is such a thing as responsible capitalism then it is in its death throes or was faking it all along.’
Exeunt Magazine

‘One of the guiltiest pleasures going’
What’s On Stage 

‘Lively and ambitious ...World Factory makes us complicit in the process of exploitation before pulling us back to see a bigger picture that ain’t so pretty.’
The Times (£)

A co-presentation between Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Cambridge University, supported with public funding from Arts Council England, the Impact Acceleration Account and the Cambridge Humanities Research Grant. Produced by Artsadmin. The original sell-out production of World Factory was created and produced by METIS in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre, Young Vic and Company of Angels and first performed at the New Wolsey Theatre and Young Vic in 2015.

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Telephone number:
01223 511511

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Age: All ages, Hands-on, Performance, Arrive on time, £12.50 / £8 concessions