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New director residency for Tobacco Factory Theatres

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme develops new talent in Bristol.

Jay Crutchley RTYDS Bristol Tobacco Factory.
Jay Crutchley RTYDS Bristol Tobacco Factory.

In the past five years, the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) has placed 11 directors on 18-month residencies across venues in the UK.

The scheme seeks out the most talented directors at the early stage of their careers and helps develop their skills and experience by placing them in theatres outside London.

Jay Crutchley has been revealed as the latest talent to join Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres, and will be working alongside Artistic Director Mike Tweddle on a body of work which includes directing his own production.

Jay is currently directing Revealed at Midlands Arts Centre – a new piece of writing by Geese Theatre’s Daniel Anderson – and has recently finished directing Arinze Kene’s Little Baby Jesus at Birmingham REP.

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“I’m delighted to be working with RTYDS Resident Assistant Director Jay Crutchley. He’s a passionate artist and facilitator,” explains Mike Tweddle.

“He has experienced barriers to accessing the performing arts and is motivated to help eradicate those barriers for others. I’m excited about the positive contribution he’ll make to our organisation, and how much he’ll get out of the opportunity, and being part of our great team!”

Discover more about RTYDS and their opportunities at

See Tobacco Factory Theatres’ programme at


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