Monthly archives: July 2013

Open Auditions are go!

Paines Plough Open Auditions in collaboration with The Actors Centre
Wednesday 14th August 2013
Actors Centre, London
10am – 5pm

Many actors find themselves in the position of needing to be in something to be seen, and needing to be seen to be in something. In response to this often frustrating dilemma, Paines Plough has committed to meeting over 700 actors previously unknown to the company each year.

Our next London meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th August where joint Artistic Directors George Perrin and James Grieve will be joined by a panel of directors and producers from Paines Plough’s core team and its Associate Companies all interested in meeting actors. The panel will see 180 actors (90 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ACTORS CENTRE in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are within the first 90 emails, we will email you back by Monday 29th July with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 90 people to apply we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last fifteen years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know asap by emailing If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,

George, James and all at Paines Plough

WASTED at NUS Trade Fair


Never a group to turn down the opportunity for a roadtrip, a couple of weeks ago we displayed our wares at the NUS Trade Fair in sunny Birmingham.

Conspicous by our bright pink banners and many thousands of  leaflets, Team Paines Plough  stood bravely amidst a sea of jagerbombs and giant cheesestrings. Ahead of the WASTED 2013 Campus tour, we headed to the stomping ground of every SU manager in the country to spread the gospel of PP, talk about WASTED, and take advantage of the free pizza.

Campus is PP’s exciting initiative which aims to not only tour our work around the country, but to the heart of university campus’.  Our aim is to take WASTED to non-traditional theatre spaces; whether that be the back room of a pub or the sticky basement of a student union. We’re passionate about taking our message to the people who will identify with it most.

So, if you want to get WASTED on your campus, email Hanna on or give her a ring on 0207 240 4533.




WASTED hits Bestival

Having started its life at the mighty Latitude in 2011, Kate Tempest’s WASTED is making a long-awaited return to festival soil this Summer.  We’re extremely excited to announce that WASTED will be storming the stage at Bestival 2013 for one night only; so if pyrotechnics, poetry and puddles float your boat, pitch up a tent with us in the early September sunshine.

With a palpitation-inducing lineup, and acts still to be announced, the fest promises to be a haze of cider, suncream and mismatched items of fancy dress.  And if one dose of lyrical ecstacy isn’t enough to round off your festival weekend, the woman herself, Kate Tempest, will be entertaining the muddied crowds and pumping her particular brand of euphoria into the heady Bestival air.

8th September. Amphitheatre. Get WASTED.

Stay tuned for more Bestiblogs…

Andrew Scott in SEA WALL at NT Shed

Eeeek. This is proper exciting…

Olivier and BAFTA Award winner Andrew Scott will reprise his acclaimed performance in SEA WALL by Simon Stephens for seven performances only at The Shed at The National Theatre.

Yes. That’s right. Book now.

Have you booked? Good. Because this is one you do not want to miss.

“One of the most devastating 30 minutes you are ever likely to experience in the theatre,” reckons Guardian critic Lyn Gardner. “As engaging and devastating a piece of theatre as you’re likely to find,” reckons The Independent’s Alice Jones.

SEA WALL is a story about family, fear and the things that can’t be undone.

Things for Alex are good. He loves his wife, his daughter, his city, his job. But sometimes the force of life can crash against you. Sometimes everything you thought you could always depend on can be taken away.

We are super proud to present the show alongside our friends at The National Theatre and to give you another chance to see this gem of a play. SEA WALL plays for just seven performances in the NT’s awesome temporary venue The Shed, from 25 July to 2 August 2013. Did we mention you should book?

Andrew first performed Simon’s unforgettable story as part of The Broken Space Season at The Bush, for which the play was commissioned. The show was the hit of The Edinbugh Festival in 2009 before a further run at The Bush. Last year, SEA WALL made up one half of our touring production LONDON.

And now, it’s back…

(You have booked, right?)