Want to be part of Every Brilliant Thing?

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We need your help. On 17 May EVERY BRILLIANT THING will be performed at the Crucible in Sheffield and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. This is the first time the show will be performed by Jonny Donahoe in one location while James Rowland performs at another. We’re really excited.

There is a slight logistical issue though. Right now there is only one list of Brilliant Things. This list grew alongside the show. The list is made up of handmade entries from people all over the country and around the world. Not to mention entries made from submissions via this Facebook group. People even tweeted brilliant things in to @painesplough and we added them to the list.

We need another list. We need your list. We can’t do it by ourselves. The list needs to be a collection of everyone’s Brilliant Things. That’s what makes it Brilliant.

How can you get involved? There are a few different ways:

  1. Hand-make a list entry and post it to us
  2. Post your Brilliant Thing in the Facebook group
  3. Tweet using @painesplough #EveryBrilliantThing

We’ll enter all submissions into a prize draw in which we’ll be giving away 50 copies of the play text.

There are two special prizes:

  1. The most creative list entry
  2. The list entry sent from the furthest away

Get your crayons and stamps out.

We’ve put together a few photos of what some of the list entries look like:

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1. Ice cream 998. Aromatic duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce 999. Sunlight

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761. Deciding you’re not too old to climb trees 823. Skinny Dipping

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777,777. The prospect of dressing up as a Mexican Wrestler

They don’t all have to be that creative though. Some of the entries are just lined paper full of lists. Some are scribbled on napkins. Anything goes.

Here’s our address if you would like to post any entries in:

Paines Plough
4th Floor
43 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4DN

Come To Where I’m From: Hull

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We’re delighted to announce that COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will be visiting the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, Hull.

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Together they create a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwright’s guide to Great Britain.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Hull to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

And our writers are…

Tom Wells

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Tom is well known to Paines Plough and Hull Truck audiences alike as we co-produced JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS in 2013 and we recently returned to Hull with BROKEN BISCUITS. Not to mention the fantastic FOLK which played in Spring last year. We can’t wait to hear what’s next from Tom.

Tom is from Kilnsea, East Yorkshire. Plays include: BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough/Live Theatre, Newcastle); FOLK (Birmingham Rep/Hull Truck Theatre/Watford Palace Theatre), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough – Watford Palace Theatre and UK tour, 2013/14); COSMIC (Ros Terry / Root Theatre, E. Yorkshire tour, 2013); THE KITCHEN SINK (Bush Theatre, 2011, winner of the Most Promising Playwright – Critics Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award ); ME, AS A PENGUIN (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2009 and Arcola Theatre / UK Tour, 2010) and ABOUT A GOTH (Paines Plough / Oran Mor, 2009). BEN & LUMP, which Tom wrote as part of the Coming Up season (Touchpaper) was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012 and his play JONESY was broadcast on Radio 4. He has also written three pantos for the Lyric Hammersmith.

Tom is currently under commission to The Drum Plymouth, The Royal Court and the National Theatre.

Lydia Marchant

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Lydia is a Supported Artist at Hull Truck Theatre and member of the Writing Squad and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab. She has also taken part in writers’ programmes and development schemes at West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Sheffield Crucible, the BFI and the National Theatre.

Recent work includes DEFIANCE, a cross generational piece for Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017, THE DANCING DEAD, an immersive Halloween play performed with Middle Child Theatre Company in Welly nightclub, three one-woman TAXI SHOWS for Assemble Festival 2016 and SPLIT, performed on a barge by Hull Truck Youth Theatre at Freedom Festival 2015.

Maureen Lennon

Maureen Lennon

Maureen is a Hull based writer and director, and co-founder of Bellow Theatre. A graduate of the English and Drama degree at Bristol University she is currently undertaking an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University. With Bellow Theatre her recent work includes BARE SKIN ON BRINY WATERS, (HeadsUp Festival, New Diorama Theatre), THE WASHERWOMEN’S WARNING (Assemble Fest 2016, Deershed Festival 2017), and THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF HORRID HAM CARVER (Assemble Fest 2015, LittleFest 2015). Outside of the company she has recently completed A LONG MORNING QUIET, a commission for Sheffield Theatres. At University she was a member of Bristol Old Vic’s StudioScripts scheme, and her play DEAD HUNGRY premiered there. Currently she is working on a new commission, GOBBLE, with the company for Assemble Fest 2017 and she is Assistant Directing Hull Truck’s new show MIGHTY ATOMS

Joe Hakim

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Joe lives and works in Hull.

As a performance poet, he’s performed at venues and festivals around the UK, including Latitude, Big Chill and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He was co-host and organiser of WRITE TO SPEAK, a series of spoken word events and workshops that took in place at Hull Truck Theatre from 2009 to 2013.

In 2016 he toured and performed with LIFE, a Hull-based punk four-piece band, performing on the UK leg of the Slaves European tour.

In January 2017 he travelled to Trinidad with The Roundhouse and Wrecking Ball Press as part of the TALKING DOORSTEPS project, assisting in the delivery of workshops and helping to forge international links between spoken word organisations and projects.

In addition to this, he is currently in the first year of a part-time MA in Creative Writing at Hull University, and works three days a week as a pawn-broker/Western Union agent.

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In the lead up to COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: HULL you can listen to more than 130 playwrights read their plays on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app, free to download on the App Store.

A Paines Plough and Hull Truck Theatre production as part of Grow Festival, you can get tickets here.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will also visit Glasgow and Gloucester this year.

Want to bring #CTWIF to your home? Drop us a tweet @painesplough to let us know.

Recruitment: Team PP Placements

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This is how all our Placements dress.

It’s that time of year again. We’re looking for three brilliant Placements to join Team PP. This time round we want to hear from people interested in working in our Administration, Production and Marketing teams. For full information and job descriptions download the applications packs at the bottom.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to office@painesplough.com.

Application deadline: 10am on 21 April
Interviews (Administration): 25 & 26 April
Interviews (Production): 26 & 27 April
Interviews (Marketing): 04 May
Placement dates: 10 May – 29 July

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

APPLICATION PACKS:

Administration Placement Application Pack

Production Placement Application Pack

Marketing Placement Application Pack

Open Auditions: London & Luton

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Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams in THE INITIATE – photo by Richard Davenport.

Monday 03 April, 1-4pm @ The Hat Factory, Luton LU1 2EY
Wednesday 05 April, 10am-5pm @ Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond TW9 2SA

After spending a lovely day meeting some fantastic Welsh actors last week with Theatr Clwyd we’re excited to announce our next round of open auditions in collaboration with our friends Revoluton Arts and the Orange Tree Theatre.

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing. You can apply in pairs for one of the dates from now until 10am on 21 March and then we’ll randomly select 15 duos to see in Luton and 30 duos for Richmond. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

In Luton, we’re only looking for actors who are originally from – or currently live – in Luton or wider Bedfordshire. If you’re not from Bedfordshire please do not apply for these open auditions.

Anyone is welcome to apply for the open auditions in Richmond.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

– Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs.
– Pick your venue – we only want to meet Bedfordshire actors on 03 April so make sure you apply for the Orange Tree date if you’re not from or based in the area.
– Register by filling in this form by 10am on Tuesday 21 March. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance.
– If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Friday 24 March with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
– If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
– On the day, all you need is your Spotlight or CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

– If you have auditioned for Paines Plough before, unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
– To give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, we only accept applications from actors so, if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we normally can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
– Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
– We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from us after your audition.
– Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at office@painesplough.com if you’re not sure about anything.
– Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs

Announcing Programme 2017

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Welcome to Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Our Artistic Directors, James and George, unveiled #PP2017 today:

“We’re thrilled to present some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world in Paines Plough’s Programme 2017.

Our pop-up Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and the Orange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald-Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.

We are renewing our partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to again showcase new talent with the world premiere of Newcastle playwright Alison Carr’s HUSH, directed by Hannah Banister who was previously at Paines Plough as assistant director on THE ANGRY BRIGADE in 2014.

Nathan Bryon was awarded our inaugural Playwright Fellowship in 2015 and we’re delighted to be partnering with tiata fahodzi to present the world premiere of his debut play MIXED BRAIN. Future Paines Plough programmes will feature the work of this year’s Fellowship writer Sam Steiner, and Zia Ahmed who joins us supported by the Channel Four Playwrights Scheme.  

We are ceaselessly overwhelmed by the reaction to EVERY BRILLIANT THING as it tours the globe. In Programme 2017 we welcome our new brilliant thing James Rowland to perform the show on a second tour to Australia and New Zealand before returning home to the UK, while Jonny Donahoe continues in the role in North America. Sabrina Mahfouz’s euphoric UK Garage musical WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns for one very special night in the Roundhouse main space and Luke Norris’ Fringe First winner GROWTH takes off on a UK Tour. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM continues to celebrate locality with playwrights performing plays about their home towns in Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Gloucester. We’ll also be taking COME TO WHERE I’M FROM to Hull and we’re really excited to hear the stories from the city whilst in its inspiring year as City of Culture. You can continue to listen to plays from across the UK on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. 

It’s our mission to take the best new theatre everywhere and with our productions appearing in all four corners of the UK, across the Atlantic, down under and on your smartphone there is something for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2017.”

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

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The worldwide smash hit is back. After touring USA and Canada in January and February, EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues to Australia and New Zealand with James Rowland at the helm. Then we’re off on a 30-date UK and Ireland tour throughout May, June and July. Stay tuned for more international announcements throughout the year.

 

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

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“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

Winner of a Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour through September and October.

“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”  ★★★★★ Financial Times

 

A Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Gate Theatre production
HUSH
By Alison Carr

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A 999 call sets the wheels in motion. Nothing stays a secret forever. Especially in this town.

Sadie returns to the place she hates. Natalie tries to do the right thing. Josh can only hope. Three stories linked by guilt, secrets and a missing boy.

A dark, funny and often tender new play by rising star Alison Carr, writer of “bruising yet touching” (The Stage) Iris at Live Theatre.

HUSH will premiere at The Bute Theatre, Cardiff and Gate Theatre in London.

 

A Paines Plough and tiata fahodzi production
MIXED BRAIN
By Nathan Bryon

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“One day we were playing football. One kid shouts ‘let’s do black v white’. My heart starts beating hoping someone dusts this dumb idea off. All the white kids go to one side, all the black kids go to the other, I try slip off. Another kid yells: ‘Nathan what team will you be on? You’re mixed…”

Star of Benidorm, writer for Rastamouse, 50% Jamaican, 50% British, 100% reppin’ Shepherd’s Bush. Nathan Bryon is many things. Mixed.

Welcome to his world. Part story, part stand-up, a show fusing Afro-Caribbean flair and British awkwardness in a searing, searching exploration of what it means to be mixed-race and mixed-experience today.

If you live in the middle does anywhere feel like home? Get in the mix. Learn a little, live a little, laugh a lot.

You’ll be able to catch MIXED BRAIN at festivals this summer. Stay tuned for details.

 

A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
By Sabrina Mahfouz

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It’s 2001. Garage is the anthem. Nadia feels like it’s her time to shine.

A hot summer’s night of love promises endless possibilities. Swept up in drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… Nadia will make decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Underscored by your favourite UK Garage bangers. This is theatre you can rave to.

Award-winning writer and poet Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation in a “generous, joyous and lyrical collision of gig and theatre” (★★★★ The Stage).

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns to Roundhouse for one night only. Headlining the Last Word Festival you’ll also be able to see DJ Luck & MC Neat and Mighty Moe in an old school UK Garage night on Friday 9 June.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

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Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

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Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a collection of mini plays written by playwrights about the places they call home.

Since 2010, writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now you can listen to this amazing collection of over 130 short plays through the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. Available for free here. Search the map for plays near you or find your favourite playwright in the plays index.

You’ll find a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading their own plays about home towns stretching from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight.

A theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

In 2017 we will be hosting CTWIF events in the following places:

Middlesbrough Theatre on 16 March
Hull Truck Theatre on 24 May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 25 May
Fountain Inn, Gloucester on on 6 July

“A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all.” The Guardian

“Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match” Exeunt

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Let us know what you think on #PP2017

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Roundabout 2017

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Roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent 2015.

We’re excited to announce our rep of three brand new plays for Roundabout 2017. Roundabout will pop-up outside Theatr Clwyd in June and July before embarking on a UK tour to Salford, Poole, Margate, Kendal, Stoke-on-Trent, Darlington, Lincoln and Luton.

James and George had this to say:

“Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and theOrange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.”

Read all about the new plays below.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

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Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

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Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

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Open Auditions: North Wales 2017

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Thursday 09 March 2017

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA
10am – 5pm

We’re really excited to announce our next round of open auditions in collaboration with Theatr Clwyd, Mold on Thursday 09 March.

We’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing. You can apply in pairs from now until 10am on 23 February and then we’ll randomly select 30 duos to see. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

– Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs.
– Register by filling in this form by 10am on Thursday 23 February. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance!
– If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Friday 24 February with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
– If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
– On the day, all you need is your Spotlight/CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
– We don’t accept applications from agents to give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, so if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we normally can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
– Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
– We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from us after your audition.
– Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at office@painesplough.com if you’re not sure about anything.
– Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs.

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for Roundabout 2017

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​​We’re in search of a dedicated and friendly Company Stage Manager to join us on the  touring dream that is ROUNDABOUT and be a part of Team PP this year. Sound like something you’d be up for (or know someone who would)? Have a read below for details:

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER on the book

THE NATIONWIDE ROUNDABOUT TOUR 2017

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com.

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interviews: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February


Dates:

Rehearsals, London: 8 May – 18 June
Tech and previews, Theatre Clwyd, Mold: 19 June – 16 July
Rehearsals, London: 17 – 30 July
Edinburgh Festival: 31 July – 28 August
UK Tour: 4 September – 29 October
Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Luton, Poole, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent
Further UK: 22 Jan – 11 March 2017


About Roundabout:

“A beautifully designed masterpiece in engineering…a significant breakthrough in theatre technology.” Theatre Building of the Year 2015 -The Stage Awards

Roundabout is Paines Plough’s pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168 -seats wrapped around the stage, state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

This year Roundabout will host three brand new plays co-produced by Paines Plough, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre, previewing at Theatre Clwyd and premiering at the Edinburgh Festival before heading out on an eight week UK tour funded by Art Council England’s Strategic Touring fund followed by a further run in early 2017.

In Edinburgh, together with the Paines Plough programme, Roundabout will host world class companies from the UK and internationally as part of the Festival.

At each tour venue, alongside Paines Plough’s productions, Roundabout will present a mini-festival of local led community events, alongside professional work, from a baby sensory class to a local business AGM, a stand up comedian or a local band. Roundabout will empower communities to think of the theatre as their space and aim to encourage new audiences from some of the most underserved areas of the UK through its doors.


Job Purpose:

1. To support the Director and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well being of the company.
2. To operate all Paines Plough shows.
3. To support the Producer and with the Technical Stage Managers act as joint venue manager for Roundabout on tour, ensuring that a safe, tidy and welcoming environment is provided for all audiences.


Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

COMPANY

• To support and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour.
• To send out weekly and daily calls and rehearsal and tour schedules as appropriate.

PRODUCTIONS

• Operate of all 3 Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
• To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer
• To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the productions according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
• To deliver rehearsal and show reports for all Roundabout productions to Paines Plough staff, co-producers and the creative team.

ON TOUR

• As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
• To take joint responsibility with the Technical Stage Managers on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road.
• To be responsible for the set up of the company dressing room whilst on the road.
• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
• To be jointly responsible with the TSM’s for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
• With the Producer be the first point of contact for the venue FOH and brief FOH staff at each tour venue (not Edinburgh) and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers liaise day to day with the FOH at each tour venue to ensure the smooth running of the shows and Roundabout auditorium.
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard
• To liaise with visiting companies, if required by the Producer
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard

SCHEDULES

• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer
• With the Director and Assistant Director manage the rehearsal schedule
• With the Director and Producer manage the schedule and running of technical rehearsals.

BUDGET

• To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer.

EDINBURGH

• Cover the running/operate of additional Paines Plough productions in Roundabout in Edinburgh in the event of Stage Management absence.

GENERAL

• To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
• To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
• To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• To undertake any other appropriate duties which the Producer may allocate
• Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified


Person Specification

This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about new plays and looking to gain experience in a senior, multifaceted Stage Management role. The Roundabout CSM will work across multiple departments with core staff, the creative team, FOH personnel, Roundabout’s Technical Stage Managers and venue technical teams whilst developing venue management skills in tandem. The role will play a crucial part in the smooth delivery of Roundabout with the CSM working at the heart of Paines Plough.

Essential:

• A passion for theatre and in particular, new-writing
• Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company
• Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
• An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
• Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
• A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
• Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
• Experience of and ability to operate QLab
• Good team player

 Desirable:

• First Aid trained


Salary and Subsistence

Rehearsals: £447.50p/w
Tech, Previews and on tour: £550p/w
Relocation allowance in Mold: £95p/w, plus accommodation
Per Diem in Edinburgh: £20p/d, plus accommodation
Subsistence on tour: £282.70p/w

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com with the subject heading: ROUNDABOUT CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interview dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February

Please note you must be available on both of the interview dates.

You can download the full job description here.

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For those of you who haven’t seen a Stage Manager before… here’s the brilliant Caitlin, last year’s Roundabout CSM.

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Happy Christmas from Team PP

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The Fringe First winning Roundabout cast (Richard Corgan, Andy Rush and Remy Beasley)

It’s been a bumper year for us here at PPHQ but it’s time to close our doors for 2016. We’ve had a brilliant year, thanks for being part of it. We’ll be back in the new year with another packed programme.

If you miss us…

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM:

You can download our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app from the App Store. It’s completely free and features nearly 150 short audio plays from writers from all corners of the UK.

Download here.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING:

When EVERY BRILLIANT THING played in New York last year HBO made a film that’s airing on Boxing Day. How cool is that? 8pm if you’re in the US or watch it on demand here.

You can see the trailer here.

Festive opening hours:

Just so you know, we will be closing the office and rehearsal room from 5pm on 16 December 2016 until 10am on 03 January 2017. Please direct any enquiries to office@painesplough.com or leave a message on 020 7240 4533 and we will respond as soon as possible on our return.

In the meantime, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we can’t wait to see you again in 2017.

NEW: 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that once again we will be working with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. As part of NEW: 2017 we’ve jointly commissioned writer Alison Carr to write a play for their graduating actors in 2017. The plays will run alongside commissions from the Royal Court and Sherman Theatre. They’ll open in Cardiff and then transfer to The Gate in London.

Dates:

Tues 28 – Fri 31 March
Richard Burton Theatre & Bute Theatre, Cardiff

Tues 4 – Sat 8 April
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London

We’re also very excited that Alison’s new play will be directed by Hannah Banister who was the Assistant Director on our production of James Graham’s THE ANGRY BRIGADE in 2015.

Our past productions with RWCMD have been:

TEN WEEKS by Elinor Cook (2016)
GROWTH by Luke Norris (2015)
BLISTER by Laura Lomas (2014)

Alison Carr, Writer

Alison Carr

Alison’s theatre credits include: CLOTHES SWAP THEATRE PARTY (Forward Theatre Project); FAT ALICE (Traverse Theatre); A WONDROUS PLACE (Northern Spirit, tour); NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS (Theatre503); THE GIRLS FROM POPPYFIELD CLOSE, CLINT (Live Theatre) and CAN CAUSE DEATH starring Olivier Award-winning actor David Bradley (Forward Theatre Project at the National Theatre, Northern Stage & Latitude Festival).

Alison has also worked with theatres and companies including Paines Plough, nabokov, Old Vic New Voices, New Writing North and 5065 Lift.

Radio credits include Afternoon Drama DOLLY WOULD (BBC Radio 4) and YACKETY YAK (The Verb, BBC Radio 3).

In 2013, Alison was awarded the Live Theatre/Empty Space Bursary Award to develop her play THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP. The play opened at Live Theatre in September 2014 and was subsequently produced by Live Theatre in association with Rosie & Me at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.

Alison is a member of The Traverse Fifty and last year completed a 6-month attachment with Monkeywood Theatre.

Alison’s first full-length play commission IRIS opened at Live Theatre, Newcastle in April 2016 (directed by Max Roberts). Most recently, Alison was shortlisted for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award for her play CATERPILLAR.

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Hannah Banister

Hannah is a freelance theatre director who is most excited about working on ambitious projects which have at the heart of them an extraordinary story. She loves new writing, re-imagined classics, comedy, sketch comedy, verbatim, non-fiction, adventure, fantasy. Anything you might consider to be a bit rock and roll in theatre.

She has directed THIS IS ART by Charlene James at Proud Archivist in Haggerston and was a finalist for the JMK young Directors’ award 2014.

Her other work as a Director includes STRINGS (in development), I KILLED RASPUTIN by Richard Herring (Assembly), GARDENING FOR THE UNFULFILLED AND ALIENATED (Pleasance, Fringe First Award Winner), CRIMBLE (Old Red Lion), TRAPP (Old Vic) and BEST MEN (Southwark Playhouse). As Associate Director, her credits include PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), THE ABSENCE OF WAR (Headlong), TIGER COUNTRY (Hampstead Theatre), ANOTHER COUNTRY (Trafalgar Studios). As assistant director her credits include THE ANGRY BRIGADE (Paines Plough, The Bush, Theatre Royal Plymouth), THE TEMPEST (The Globe Theatre), LONGING (Hampstead Theatre) and JUMPY (Royal Court Theatre and West End).

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