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The Pattern: How was it developed?

METIS and Company of Angels have created The Pattern resource pack around World Factory’s research tools, The Shirt and the Digital Quilt.

It has been developed across workshops, seminars and consultations over six months, with input and advice from a wide range of artistic and educational institutions and individuals. These include:

  • Workshop at the Young Vic, London with teachers and creative learning practitioners.
  • Seminar at the Cambridge University Faculty of Education with trainee R.S. teachers.
  • Seminar at the Cambridge University Faculty of Education with trainee Design and Technology teachers.
  • Seminar at Birkbeck, University of London as part of Community Theatre module of B.A. Theatre Studies.
  • Sixth form conference for 180 students at Presdales School, Hertfordshire, as part of a Values Education collapsed day on the textile industry.
  • Consultation with teaching staff at Dunraven School, London.
  • Consultation with teaching staff at Camden School for Girls, London.
  • Two Creative Learning Lounges at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

To find out further information and to purchase The Pattern, please click here

Many thanks go to:

Imogen Brodie, Director of Taking Part, Young Vic

Sian Thomas, Creative Associate (Learning), New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Mary Earl, lecturer at Cambridge Faculty of Education

Martin Lee, R.S. teacher, Presdales School

Bill Nicholl, lecturer, Cambridge Faculty of Education

Hannah Sussams, Design and Technology trainee teacher, Cambridge Faculty of Education

Michael Corley, Head of Bridge, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Seda Itler, lecturer and course convenor, Birkbeck

Blon Byrne, Geography teacher, Notre Dame School, London

Julia Gibson and David Gunn, English and History teachers at Camden School for Girls, London

Jordan Noble-Smith and Edward Rice, Geography and English teachers at Dunraven School, London

And all who were involved in the development of The Pattern resource pack.

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The Pattern

Advice for schools and colleges – If you are using the World Factory book to play the game as a group – please click Workshop instructions for guidance on how to explore the World Factory in a workshop context.

 

World Factory: The Pattern

What is it? METIS and Company of Angels have created a resource pack to accompany World Factory: The Performance. The pack provides an exciting opportunity to explore the global textile industry focusing particularly on the relationship between the UK and China. Based on interactive technological tools each pack is designed to be used in classrooms without the presence of an external facilitator. The pack is aimed at KS3 and will provide valuable supplements and inspiration for the study of a range of GCSE subjects. It is particularly valuable for the teaching of the evolution, impacts and ethical consequences of globalisation.

‘The combination of interaction with the latest technology, modern ethical issues related to garment making and historical understanding will appeal to a wide range of teachers and give them a new way into values education…The possibilities are endless!’
University Lecturer and Department Head, Cambridge Faculty of Education

The Pattern
The Pattern
Price inclusive of VAT.
£102.00

The Pattern: Aimed at KS3 as GCSE topics are beginning to be introduced, The Pattern complements scheduled studies, with the interactive technology encouraging engagement from students of all abilities and allowing access to a wealth of supplementary research material. Each pack
contains:
• The Shirt, plus app to be downloaded for iPad or iPhone (note: schools must provide their own devices for use in the classroom). For more information on the Shirt, please click here
• Access to private panels on the Digital Quilt which curate the library of research under topic headings, organising the material for teaching purposes.
• Three lesson plans offering suggestions for how the material can be used to teach the National Curriculum across three subject areas.
• Instructions for one classroom and one homework activity around the Digital Quilt, developing students’ independent online research skills.
• Further suggestions for classroom activities which will engage the students interactively with the material.
• Access to a private World Factory Edmodo group where students and teachers across the country can discuss their experiences and discoveries.

Topics covered by this pack will include:  The Industrial Revolution, Communist Thought, 20th Century Chinese History and Economics, Strikes and State control in China, Pollution, Urban Migration, Machines and Manufacture, Working Conditions and Regulations, the work of NGOs, Sustainable Fashion Initiatives, Brands
and Marketing, the Business of Manufacture, and the process of developing METIS’ digital media.

The pack is particularly relevant to teaching of the following subjects in the years leading up to GCSE: Geography, History, Religious Education, Business Studies, Economics, Citizenship Studies, Media Studies, Digital Communication, Design and Technology. Read about how the pack was developed.

Advice for schools and colleges – If you are using the World Factory book to play the game as a group – please  click here  for guidance instructions on how to explore the World Factory in a workshop context.

What does it cost? The Pattern costs £85 plus VAT

 

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.

Advice for schools and colleges – If you are using the World Factory book to play the game as a group – please  click here  for guidance instructions on how to explore the World Factory in a workshop context.

 

 

Further references:

  • Book – Capitalism on the edge £10.50   A companion book to the Murray-Edwards two-year lecture series “Capitalism on the Edge”, which reflected  on what capitalism means today, whether there is any alternative and if or how capitalism can be changed to serve society. Available for purchase from the Murray Edwards website.

 

  • The Dark Mountain Project – a network of artists, writers and thinkers – has launched its first ever themed book, Dark Mountain Issue 8 Technê, which features World Factory.
  • For Paul Mason’s Guardian article on World Factory, click here.
  • For the Contemporary Theatre review, click here
  • For World Factory the Politics of Participation, Exeunt Magazine 4 June 2015 click here
  • ‘World Factory’ in Performance Research: On Game Structures, vol. 21, no. 4 (September 2016), 137-39

 

 

 

World Factory

World Factory is an interdisciplinary performance project, exploring the relationship between China and the UK through the lens of the global textile industry. The performance of World Factory was performed at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (23-30 April 2015) and then at the Young Vic (11 May – 6 June 2015), and it has since enjoyed a series of tour dates throughout the UK in 2016: in Cambridge at The Junction from 18 – 21st October, followed by Brighton at The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) from 15 – 18th November (To see the Brighton freesheet, please click here).

World Factory was at Manchester HOME from 7 – 10th December 2016. We also held university workshops, giving interactive lectures, including Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and a round table with an exciting array of economists and social scientists.  The latest run has been at Brierfield Mills as part of the Fabrications festival in September 2017.

As part of the research process for the project we had a shirt made in a garment factory in China World Factory: The Shirt   (If you have purchased a World Factory shirt, please click here).

World Factory is now published as a book, in which you can play the game either solo or as a group: World Factory: The Book 

There is also a bespoke workshop suitable for University level students (or industry professionals), in which workshop participants are facilitated to play the game using the full World Factory performance apparatus. World Factory: The Workshop 

Our research is mapped on a bespoke website that allows users to explore the global textile industry, tracing the links between China and the UK, past and future. World Factory: The Digital Quilt

There is an education resource engages school-age students with the questions of ethics and globalisation raised by the project, bringing together the digital quilt and the Shirt World Factory: The Pattern

 


‘One thing we might learn from World Factory is that if there is such a thing as responsible capitalism then it is in its death throes or was faking it all along.’
 Exeunt Magazine
‘One of the guiltiest pleasures going’
What’s On Stage
‘A ground-breaking theatre/game. Deep, research-based. & Done with commitment.’
Paul Mason via Twitter
‘Lively and ambitious … World Factory makes us complicit in the process of exploitation before pulling us back to see a bigger picture that ain’t so pretty.’ The Times
‘Smart, mischievous and genuinely thought-provoking.’ Financial Times
‘An ambitious, provocative and intricate piece of game-making, evading easy answers and polemic while succeeding in making us think’ The Stage
_MG_8078‘A stunningly presented experience. […] the attention to detail is superb.’ Time Out
‘A richly absorbing experience’ Evening Standard
‘The sophistication of the experience and the dynamics of the game make the production much more than a piece of interactive participatory theatre.’ The British Theatre Guide
‘This is where World Factory shines as a piece of theatre. The traditional boundaries between audience and subject matter are smashed: we are implicated in the web of the show.’ Culture Whisper
For further reviews of World Factory: the performance please click here.

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Photography by David Sandison

 

 

 

 

 

The background to World Factory

Capitalist global textile production in 19th century Manchester and its impact on socialist thinking provides the starting point for looking at this fascinating history in relation to the rapid change underway in contemporary China and its shifting position as the workshop of the world.

Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw collaborated with Shanghai-based theatre director, Zhao Chuan, to pool research and develop the project. To research the topic, they decided to (attempt to) participate in the system, by having a shirt made in a Chinese factory. Please see here for more details. Underpinning this research process is an open and growing website, the Digital Quilt that shares nuggets of information between China and the UK, between the creative team and the public (please see here for the rationale behind the quilt). Metis was delighted to host Zhao Chuan and Wu Meng in Cambridge for a two week residency last Autumn.  For more information and to listen to sound recordings from this residency, please click here. As part of their commitment to researching the project ‘in public’ METIS have hosted several café and gallery events in which invited speakers share their perspective on the World Factory phenomenon: World Factory: a cafe conversation at The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester – 25th February 2015 CVS Media House residency – February 2015 World Factory: considering consumption – January 2015 Pulse: The Shirt and The Shop – June 2014 Hunt&Darton’s POP-UP Shop: Launching the Digital Quilt – May 2014 World Factory: 28 Hands Make Light Work – February 2014 World Factory: A Conversation in Progress – November 2013 World Factory: Presenting Research – May 2013

 

Further resources

  • Book – Capitalism on the edge £10.50 – Available for purchase from the Murray Edwards websiteA companion book to the Murray-Edwards two-year lecture series “Capitalism on the Edge”, which reflected on what capitalism means today, whether there is any alternative and if or how capitalism can be changed to serve.
  • The Dark Mountain Project – a network of artists, writers and thinkers – has launched its first ever themed book, Dark Mountain Issue 8 Technê, which features World Factory.
  • For Paul Mason’s Guardian article on World Factory, click here.
  • For the Contemporary Theatre review, click here
  • For World Factory the Politics of Participation, Exeunt Magazine 4 June 2015 click here
  • ‘World Factory’ in Performance Research: On Game Structures, vol. 21, no. 4 (September 2016), 137-39

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Support

World Factory was supported using funds from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, as well as with the support of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Young Vic; Company of Angels; Free Word; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA); CSV Media Clubhouse, Ipswich; Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary TheatreNational Theatre Studio; Grass Stage; and the MPhil in Public Policy, the Digital Humanities Network, CRASSH, Judith E Wilson Fund and the English Faculty, all University of Cambridge. BICC (the British Inter-University Chinese Centre funded by the AHRC) has supported research for events in Manchester and Shanghai. The University of Leeds has provided expert advice. The digital technology and app technology is provided by theFusionWorks.     youg vicnew wolsey    6848804e-b76b-4019-9315-fc4577444cd2              download (1)

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