New Book out – World Factory: The Game

World Factory: The Game

By Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw

Made in China. Sold in Britain. Worn by you.

From the factory floor to the catwalk, from Shanghai to London, World Factory weaves together the untold stories of people connected by the global textile industry.



This published edition of World Factory: The Game adapts the highly successful, provocative and participative theatre production for the page, offering readers the opportunity to play – as individuals or in teams – the managers of a clothing factory in China and recreate the experience of the game.

Like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel, the game has multiple routes and outcomes, interlinking questions of ethics, fashion, consumer capitalism, environmental impact, working conditions, migration and globalisation. In a cross between Monopoly and poker, players trade in workers and money, but it is a game about values – will you be an ethical factory owner or will profits always come first? In the rag trade, can anyone ever really win?

World Factory was created and produced in 2015 by the performing arts company METIS, in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre, Young Vic, and Company of Angels. It was performed at the Young Vic, London, and on tour of the UK.

The book can be purchased from the publishers’ website – Nick Hern Books

Retail price is £14.99 and there is currently a 20% discount offer available.  The e book is coming out soon.

METIS company background and World Factory reviews

Click here to find out more on the METIS background   and  click here for World Factory reviews.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas





‘In conversation’ events – part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 

Location: Faculty of English, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio

9 West Road, CB3 9DP

All events are free and on a drop in basis, no booking is necessary. The drama studio is located in the basement of the English Faculty.  Age 8+

Theatre practitioner and Lecturer Zoë Svendsen has been developing the practice of ‘research-in-public’ – after the sell-out success of World Factory (Junction) at last year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Zoë will be bringing her artistic team to Cambridge to work on the development of a new performance installation, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (for performance at the Barbican Centre in 2018).

WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE is a collaborative and immersive experiment for the invention of the future, inviting you to ‘rehearse’ possible tomorrows. From robotics to universal basic income and carbon tax, this performance installation puts people at the heart of the decision-making process by which we might transform our futures. For the Festival of Ideas, Zoë and her artistic collaborators will be working on the project in the Judith E Wilson drama studio, and inviting experts to come and respond to the raw ideas of the installation. Please join us for the following conversations:
Wednesday 18th October 4.30pm: In Conversation with: climate change modeller Chris Hope, Cambridge Judge Business School


Saturday 21st October:

11am In Conversation with: Sam Dyer Cambridge Community Fridge Sam Dyer, project  coordinator for Cambridge Sustainable Food  (CSF), will be explaining how the Fridge works to support the community and reduce waste. CSF is a network of individuals and organisations who support local sustainable food. There are over 50 organisational members.


12pm In Conversation with Catherine Rhodes Catherine Rhodes is Academic Project Manager at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, working across its research projects. Her work has broadly focused on the interactions between and respective roles of science and governance in addressing major global challenges


2pm In Conversation with: Renata Tyszczuk.  Renata Tyszczuk is an academic and artist whose work explores the relationship between global environmental change and provisionality in architectural thinking and practice.


3pm In Conversation with: Joe Smith. Joe Smith is Professor of Environment and Society, The Open University, Department of Geography, co-creator of the Stories of Change AHRC-funded project, and co-author of Culture and Climate Change.


4pm In Conversation with: Terry Macalister, former Energy Editor, The Guardian

Terry Macalister was until recently the energy editor of the Guardian. He is an award-winning journalist, author of a book on the Arctic and a former Press Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.


Monday 23rd October: 4 pm Performing the future: the challenges of acting/action

In conversation with Shôn Dale Jones and Steffi Mueller:

Shôn Dale Jones, performance maker (Hoipolloi, The Duke, Royal Court).  Shôn is Artistic Director of Hoipolloi, who combine original storytelling with an inventive spirit. He is also the award-winning writer/performer behind his comic creation, Hugh Hughes.

Steffi Mueller, performance maker, designer and actor (Hoipolloi)

Works as a freelance actress, designer and workshop leader in the UK, France, Switzerland, USA and recently Greece. Steffi co-founded Hoipolloi.




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