Situated within the University of Bradford campus is a community theatre producing politically engaged, thought provoking and heartfelt shows. Theatre in the Mill strives to break down the thresholds for participation and bring stories to the stage that share empathy and understanding. They are one of the venues which form Bradford Producing Hub, a radical new approach in producing live art that will see Bradford become a centre for new performance.
Since the beginning of 2020 some of their artists in residence have been finding alternative ways of presenting shows
They provide space for artists to develop shows, meaning audiences get to see pre-fringe performances, redevelopments of touring shows and experimental theatre as it’s being made. The venue prioritises opportunities for people who have a unique story to tell as well as amplifying marginalised voices. Since the beginning of 2020 some of their artists in residence have been finding alternative ways of presenting shows. You can currently watch The Open Wheel’s 360° video performance that invites you onto the saddle of a static pedal bike, from which you take a ride with Goma CC, a cycle group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At least once a year Theatre in the Mill also puts on Weekenders. These are four day festivals of theatre with overarching social or political themes. With only one ticket, audiences can see a full weekend of shows with performers ranging from spoken word artists and drag artists to comedians.
In addition to the venue, Theatre in the Mill has a homely bar area with a very reasonably priced menu as well as a gallery space. This theatre is best enjoyed with a warm heart and open mind, and is the kind of place you’ll leave feeling equally challenged and comforted.