Manchester - who says it always rains?
We’re all really looking forward to seeing Mike Bartlett’s LOVE, LOVE, LOVE which is opening tonight at The Royal Exchange, Manchester. After the success of the show at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, everyone is on a high and looking forward to a great fortnight.
With the generous support of the Royal Exchange Theatre we are accompanying the run of the show with a two-week Paines Plough Manchester residency. As a national touring company we’re committed to being local to the whole of the UK – this residency will be the first of many to come that will see Paines Plough holing up at theatres across the country in the coming 6 months. Watch this space for info.
Before then, here’s what we’re bringing to the North West this week and next week:
IN RESPONSE TO… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
‘In Response’ sees three Manchester based writers respond to Mike Bartlett’s LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Reuben Johnson, Danielle Sibley and Andrew Sheridan will all see the play tonight, and will then write a short piece each in response to the play. These new pieces will be performed 10 days later at The Royal Exchange on Friday 5th November before the evening performance of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Keep an eye on the blog and twitter to see how the writers get on…
Following the success of Sunday’s Open Auditions at the Actors Centre in London, we are hosting a third session of auditions at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 29th October. The idea behind the project is to meet as many actors as possible who are currently unknown to us, in order to widen our net before we start casting for future productions. We love meeting people who share our passion for new writing; if you’re an actor based in or around Manchester interested in working with Paines Plough, do visit our website for information on how to apply – there are only a couple of spaces left!
George and James are both really looking forward to the workshops they’ll be running at The Royal Exchange on Saturday. The first one will focus on how to write for theatre, and the second will concentrate on how to set up a theatre company. If you haven’t already applied, I’m afraid we’ve already filled all the slots, but to hear more about the sessions, keep in touch with the blog. For those of you are coming along on Saturday, we look forward to seeing you there.
On Tuesday 2nd Nov, I’ll be talking to members of PANDA all about Paines Plough and our work. If you are planning to attend, do please suggest particular topics or pose questions you’d like me to address by posting below…
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM
Wednesday 3rd Nov sees the last Come To Where I’m From event of the series. Paines Plough have been travelling all around the UK over the past few months working with over 60 writers at various venues around the country. On Wednesday, it’s Manchester’s turn. Come and see Phil Davies, Lu Cardey, Chris Thorpe, Joy Wilkinson, Rory Mullarkey and Sarah Macdonald Hughes perform their own pieces inspired by where they’re from at 6pm at The Royal Exchange. For tickets, click here.
We will also be seeing lots of shows in Manchester during our residency. For all the latest gossip and news, follow us on twitter.