Monthly archives: January 2014

Programme 2014

spacer As we celebrate 40 years of Paines Plough, we’re proud to present our biggest, boldest and furthest-reaching programme of work to date. Programme 2014 sees 10 productions touring to 50 places around the UK, featuring the work of 100 playwrights.

Drum roll please… welcome to Programme 2014.

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spacer HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest
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spacer Following the success of her smash-hit debut WASTED, we premiered Kate Tempest‘s exhilarating new play HOPELESSLY DEVOTED on tour across the Midlands last Autumn, in co-production with Birmingham Repertory TheatreThis Spring it’s back – on tour nationwide and in London.

You lift my soul up. I ripped our lives down.

Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate, Serena, becomes her soul mate. But when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation.

Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past.

Lyrical fireworks. Live music. A story of love and redemption.

“STARTLINGLY BEAUTIFUL” ★★★★ The Times
“OUTSTANDING”                   ★★★★★ The Public Reviews

@painesplough
#KTHopelesslyDevoted

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spacer In co-production with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Gate TheatreBLISTER is a tender, poignant new play by Laura Lomas.

If I could give you all the blood in my body…go back…make it undone…undo what happened, I would do.

An ordinary summer’s day.

Liam is about to make a decision he will spend a life time regretting.

One day. One mistake.

Seven lives sent spiralling.

From service stations to sea fronts, BLISTER examines one moment and its ripple effects through a galaxy of lives.

@painesplough
#BlisterPlay

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spacer A beautiful, touching debut play by Sam Burns – nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn prizeNOT THE WORST PLACE tackles our conflicting emotions about the place we call home. In co-production with Clwyd Theatre Cymru and Sherman Cymru.

I ain’t got a city named for me…The swans have though, haven’t they. They got a city named for them.

Seventeen-year-old Emma dreams of travelling adventures beyond her Swansea home. Rhys, her idle boyfriend, has other plans for them.

Camped out on Swansea seafront, they must confront the difficult question of what it takes to leave the place that shaped everything they are.

A story about what happens when life gets in the way of your dreams.

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#NTWP

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spacer AN INTERVENTION by Mike Bartlett
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spacer Paines Plough and Watford Palace Theatre present the world première of AN INTERVENTION – a new play by Mike Bartlett, Olivier award-winning author of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Two friends.

One of them went on the anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk.

The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future.

A touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend.

@painesplough
#AnInterventionPlay

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spacer EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan
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spacer Last summer saw us tour Duncan Macmillan‘s EVERY BRILLIANT THING to Ludlow Fringe Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival. We’re delighted to be bringing the show back this year, in co-production with Pentabus Theatre.

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for.

1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
6. Me

Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

The performance of Every Brilliant Thing involves members of the audience, making each night unique.

Based on true and untrue stories.

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#EveryBrilliantThing

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spacer Last year, our production of Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed LUNGS was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and we’re thrilled to be including it as part of our Roundabout Season this year, in co-production with Sheffield Theatres.

could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.

In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple want a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster.

They want to have a child for the right reasons. Except, what exactly are the right reasons? And what will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship?

A play about the different types of love we feel in a lifetime.

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#LungsPlay

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spacer OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly
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spacer Dennis Kelly headlines our Roundabout Season this year with OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL, a hilarious play about mischief and mayhem, in co-production with Half Moon.

Once, there were two terrible twins called Holly and Sean, who gave their Head teacher a nervous breakdown.

The twins were extremely pleased with themselves. That is, until the new Head Teacher arrived. For you see, the new Head Teacher was – a Troll. That’s right.

And this Troll Head Teacher soon created all kinds of mad new rules for the pupils and teachers.

Can Holly and Sean save the day and stop the Troll from eating their class mates and teachers? Can naughtiness be restored to its rightful place? Will brussels sprouts and peanut butter be taken off the menu?

The only way to find out is to come along and be outrageously entertained by this colourfully comic adventure.

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#TeachersATroll

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spacer THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham
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spacer In co-production with Drum Theatre Plymouth, we’re very excited to present THE ANGRY BRIGADE, a bold new play by James Graham, writer of sell-out smash hit THIS HOUSE.

…its government has declared a vicious class war.

A one-sided war…

We have started to fight back…

…with bombs.

Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade.

Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens.

A world of order is shattered by anarchy. The rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.

As a special police squad hunt the home-grown terrorists whose identities shocked the nation, James Graham’s heart-stopping thriller lures us into a frenzied world that looks much like our own.

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#AngryBrigadePlay

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spacer COME TO WHERE I’M FROM by 100 playwrights
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spacer COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is our writer-led theatrical tapestry of the UK.Since 2010, 100 playwrights from across the UK have returned to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them.

Our 5-year project to weave a theatrical tapestry of the UK culminates with a three day installation at London’s South Bank Centre and the launch of a smart phone app.

An interactive map of the UK allows listeners to hear tales of home from over 100 of the UK’s finest playwrights. A free-to-download smart phone app offers a playwright’s travel guide to Britain.

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#CTWIF

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spacer JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells
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spacer Programme 2014 began with Tom Wells‘ acclaimed football rom-com JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS at the Bush Theatre. In co-production wiith Watford Palace Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre, JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS toured nationwide in 2013.

I’m not asking you to win. I’m asking you to just: chuck your face at it, have a, have a fucking good go at it. And then we’ll. Yeah. We’ll see.

Luke wants Danny, but Danny’s got a secret. Joe wants to play second fiddle, but Geoff wants a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the league title. Game on.

A hilarious and heart-warming story about football, friendship and finding your way from Tom Wells, winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012 for the smash hit comedy THE KITCHEN SINK (★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph).

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#Jump4Goal

All images by Phoebe Cheong

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40th Anniversary Reunion

In the lead up to our 2014 Programme announcement, we celebrated turning 40 the best way we knew how – by reuniting with friends from all four decades of Paines Plough on the road.

As a touring theatre company founded in The Plough pub in 1974, hitting 40 is an incredible landmark, and one we’re all very proud to be rejoicing.

Our current ADs George and James opened our birthday bash at the Young Vic, offering their vision for what’s in store moving forward.

We also had words from PPs founding members, David Pownall and John Adams. As they shared their insights and tales from the past, we raised our glasses to values that have stood the test of time.

We’re delighted to say that PP boasts a pretty spectacular alumni list: from the Emmy-winning Abi Morgan, Olivier award-winner Mike Bartlett, acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens, BAFTA-winning actor Andrew Scott, Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone – the list is endless.

These are just some of the brilliantly talented people we are lucky enough to have worked with, and  honoured to call our friends.

Have a look at some photos from the night below (for the full set, check out our flickr page).

A final heartfelt thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Here’s to hitting 80.

PP x

James Grieve, David Pownall, John Adams and George Perrin

Abi Morgan and Vicky Featherstone

Andrew Scott and Mike Bartlett

James Grieve and George Perrin

Andrew Scott, George Perrin and Simon Stephens

David Pownall and Tom Wells

PP ADs through the years: James Grieve, Roxana Silbert, John Adams, Vicky Featherstone, Pip Broughton and George Perrin

Current Team PP: Natalie Adams, Tara Wilkinson, Bernd Fauler, James Grieve, George Perrin, Hanna Streeter, Aysha Powell, Sean Linnen, Benedict Lombe

 

Tara’s parting gift

So, we sadly said goodbye to the legendary Tara Wilkinson last Friday, who left a Lilly Allen shaped hole in our hearts. But she filled the hole – in true Paines Plough fashion – with cupcakes. PP branded cupcakes.So thank you Lilly Allen Tara, for 3 and half years of excellent producing & baked delights!

Paines Plough - 40 years of baked goods.

 

Symposium speakers announced

We’re very excited to announce the line-up of speakers for The Future of Small Scale Touring symposium that we’re co-hosting later this month with the Royal Exchange Theatre, ITC and PANDA.

The keynote speech will be given by Vikki Heywood CBE. Previously Executive Director of both the RSC and the Royal Court Theatre, Vikki is now Chair of the RSA, having also been a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Talking about their new approaches to small scale touring models will be: Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath of Fuel on neighbourhood touring; Sam Eccles from The Touring Network on innovation in rural touring; Fevered Sleep’s Sophie Eustace on touring ambitious work for the very young; Katie Roberts from Battersea Arts Centre on their ‘Take Out’ programme; The National Theatre of Scotland; and our own ADs George and James on Roundabout and revitalising the small scale touring network.

Speaking on ‘Audiences and Data’ will be: Nick Bareham from Event.ly and Au Insights on new approaches to data collection; Theatre Absolute’s Chris O’Connell on shop front theatre; Anne Torreggiani from The Audience Agency on good uses of data; Jo Taylor from Morris Hargreaves McIntyre on audience demographics; and Jonathan Waddingham from JustGiving on growing audiences.

Matt Burman from Warwick Arts Centre, Sholeh Johnston of Julie’s Bicycle, Charlotte Jones of ITC and Makin Projects’ Mark Makin will all present on different approaches to working in partnership.

The symposium is on Thursday 30th January in Manchester and tickets are still available. For more information visit the Eventbrite page.