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World Factory


Photo by David Sandison.

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.

The tour of World Factory is produced by Artsadmin and subsidised by public funding through an Arts Council England National Lottery grant. The original 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. 

The accompanying educational game, World Factory: The Pattern and research object, World Factory: The Shirt, are both available from our bookshop.

“Innovative, thought-provoking and richly absorbing.”

Evening Standard

For more information on this project download the touring pack or contact Cat Harrison at

Date Title Venue City
28–30 September 2017 World Factory Brierfield Mill, Fabrications Festival Nelson
7–10 December 2016 World Factory HOME Manchester
16–18 November 2016 World Factory Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts Brighton
18–21 October 2016 World Factory Cambridge Junction, Festival of Ideas Cambridge
Photo by David Sandison.