World Factory

Date:Tue 18 - Fri 21 Oct
Price:£12.50 (£8 con)

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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.

This show was researched by having a shirt manufactured in a Chinese factory.

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 



"Innovative, thought-provoking and richly absorbing"  
Evening Standard

"Fun and engaging"The Independent 

"A breakneck, thought-provoking piece"The Guardian


Post-show Discussion: Thursday 20 October 

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.

An opportunity to discuss the questions posed by the performance in relation to global economics and the background research for the show.


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 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.

"Lively, ambitious and highly entertaining"
★★★★ The Times

"Smart, mischievous and genuinely thought-provoking"
Financial Times

"One of the guiltiest pleasures going… the game is great fun"

"Stunningly presented and brilliantly intricate"

Time Out 

Age: 13+

Duration: 1hr 15

Box Office and Bar open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.