Mark Lockyer, a veteran of the stage and screen including multiple RSC productions, brings his new one-man show, Living With the Lights On, to the Tobacco Factory this month. The actor, who has lived with bipolar disorder for many years, once broke down onstage during a performance of Romeo and Juliet and this would propel him into a long and erratic period of his life.

Here, he paints a gripping account of his experiences living with mental illness. Having been through prison and eventually a mental institution in which he finally received the treatment he needed, Lockyer’s incredible story provides a window into a condition that many don’t understand.

Words: Jamie Love


18 - 22 September                                       Tobacco Factory




09 - 30 September                                          Bristol Old Vic

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When an old homeless man, Davies, is welcomed into an old flat by Aston, he falls in with two incalculable young brothers. Davies sees the opportunity to leave his past behind him and start a new life. He has dreams of a better life, with new shoes, and getting a job. But which brother will get him the best deal?

Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker explores everyone’s search for a sense of belonging in a world where the line between truth and reality is constantly in flux.

Directed by Christopher Haydon (Grounded, Twelve Angry Men), this bold new production sets the paranoia of living in an ever-changing landscape against uncertain times.

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