Monthly archives: March 2015

Roundabout and The Angry Brigade cast

We’ve got a spring in our step this morning at PPHQ as we start a double first day of rehearsals for two plays from Programme 2015 – THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood which forms part of our Roundabout Rep Season along with OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly and LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan; and THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham which is co-produced with Theatre Royal Plymouth and opens at The Bush Theatre on 30 April.

Introducing the cast of Roundabout…

We are delighted to be welcoming back Sian Reese Williams and Abdul Salis who will be reprising their roles in OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL, THE INITIATE and LUNGS, and are super excited have Sidney Cole joining us for THE INITIATE.



Stage credits include OUR TOWN (Almeida Theatre), THE MAN IN THE GREEN JACKET (Jermyn Street Theatre), THE FULL MONTY (Sheffield Theatre/David Pugh LTD, West End)(Sheffield Lyceum/David Pugh LTD, UK & Ireland Tour), MACBETH (Out of Joint)(UK and World Tour), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Theatre Royal Norwich), THE QUEEN AND I (Out of Joint), RIPPED (Soho Theatre), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Manchester Library Theatre), A JAMAICAN AIRMAN FORSEES HIS DEATH (Royal Court), MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS (Manchester Contact Theatre), THE SNOW QUEEN (Edinburgh Lyceum), TRICKLEDOWN TOWN (Calypso), COLOURS (Leeds Playhouse), THE CANAL GHOST (Birmingham Rep), BLACK POPPIES.

His television credits include BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (BBC), SILENT WITNESS (BBC), PRIMEVAL (ITV), THE AMAZING MRS PRITCHARD (BBC), JONATHAN CREEK (BBC) CASUALTY (BBC), BROOKSIDE (Dominic Keavsey), INSIDERS (BBC), CLASS ACT II (Cinema Verity), 99-1 (Zenith/Carlton), FINNEY (David Hayman), THE BILL (Thames Television), FRENCH & SAUNDERS (BBC).

His film credits include COMMON PEOPLE (Stewart Alexander), THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE (Yann Samuell), BOOGIE WOOGIE (Duncan Ward), FELICIA’S JOURNEY (Initial Films) THE LEGEND OF 1900 (Giuseppe Tornatore), SHOPPING (Channel 4 Films), THE HAWK (Initial/BBC), THREE KINDS OF HEAT (Canon Films).


Theatre credits include: LUNGS, THE INITIATE, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL (Paines Plough Roundabout Season), ENJOY (West Yorkshire Playhouse), CHILDREN OF FATE (Bussey Building), BE MY BABY (New Vic Theatre), AS YOU LIKE IT (Derby Playhouse), COLTAN (Paines Plough), SIXTY FIVE MILES (Paines Plough/Hull Truck), DIAMOND (King’s Head Theatre), THE DREAMING (National Youth Music Theatre), INTO THE WOODS (National Youth Music Theatre).

TV credits include: EMMERDALE (ITV) and COWBOIS AC INJIANS (Opus TF).


Theatre credits include: THE RISE AND SHINE OF COMRADE FIASCO (Gate Theatre), THE INITIATE, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL (Paines Plough Roundabout Season), JOE GUY (Tiata Fahodzi), EXONNERATED, WAR HORSE (National Theatre), DON JUAN IN SOHO (Donmar Warehouse) and HENRY V (Unicorn).

TV credits include: DOCTORS (Blunt Pictures), HACKS (Hat Trick Productions), STRIKE BACK (Left Bank Pictures), OUTNUMBERED (Hat Trick Productions), VICTORIA WOOD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (Phil McIntyre Productions), CASUALTY (BBC). M.I. HIGH (Kudos for BBC ), THE BILL (Talkback Thames), DOCTOR WHO (BBC/DW Productions ), GIFTED (Red Productions), TREVOR’S WORLD OF SPORT (Hat Trick Productions ), ROGER ROGER (BBC), THE HIDDEN CITY (Hallmark Entertainment).

Film credits include: FLY BOYS (Electric Entertainments), ANIMAL (Animal Productions), SAHARA (Sahara Productions), WELCOME HOME (Wega-Film), LOVE, ACTUALLY (DNA/Working Title).

ROUNDABOUT pops up at Brighton Festival from 3-22 May and at Southbank Centre from 7 June – 18 July.


And introducing the cast of THE ANGRY BRIGADE…

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Mark Arends

Theatre credits include TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Royal Shakespeare Company), 1984 (Almeida Theatre)(Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse), AT THE END OF EVERYTHING ELSE (Unicorn Theatre), LOVE’S COMEDY (Orange Tree Theatre), SOMETHING VERY FAR AWAY (Unicorn Theatre), CAT IN THE HAT (Theatre de la Ville)(National Theatre/Young Vic), MACBETH (Liverpool Everyman), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (National Theatre), ALISON’S HOUSE (Orange Tree Theatre), HALLELUJAH (Theatre 503), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Royal Exchange), MARIANNE DREAMS (Almeida Theatre), HENRY V (Royal Exchange).

His television credits include NEW TRICKS (Wall to Wall/BBC), DOCTORS (BBC), SKINS SERIES 4 (Company Television Productions), THE INNOCENCE PROJECT (Tightrope North/BBC), THE BILL (Talkback Thames), SILENT WITNESS (BBC), CASUALTY AT HOLBY (BBC).

His film credits include DRAW ON SWEET NIGHT (Capriol Films), SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL (Lipsync Productions), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Working Title).

Pearl Chanda 

Theatre credits include CRAVE (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Royal Shakespeare Company), GODCHILD (Hampstead Theatre), THE SEAGULL (Headlong Theatre), THE ACID TEST (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), THE GRACE OF MARY TRAVERSE (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), AS YOU LIKE IT (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), THE RELAPSE (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), JEDDERMANN (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), HOBSON’S CHOICE (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), HEDDA GABLER (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).

Television credits include ARTHUR AND GEORGE (Buffalo Pictures/ITV), HOLBY CITY (BBC). Film credits include THE FINAL HAUNTING (Fierce Cat Media), MR TURNER (Thin Man Films).

Harry Melling

Theatre credits include PEDDLING (HighTide Theatre/Arcola Theatre, 59E59 New York), THE ANGRY BRIGADE (Paines Plough), KING LEAR (Chinchester Festival Theatre/BAM New York, THE HOTHOUSE (Trafalgar Studios), SMACK FAMILY ROBINSON (Rose Kingston Theatre) I AM A CAMERA (Southwark Playhouse), WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE MY MOTHER? (Trafalgar Studios), SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (Barbican), WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN (National Theatre), MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (National Theatre). For television JOE MISTRY (Hartswood Films), GARROW’S LAW (BBC), MERLIN (BBC), JUST WILLIAM (BBC), FRIENDS AND CROCODILES (BBC).

For film, his credits include HARRY POTTER FILMS (Warner Brothers).

Lizzy Watts

Theatre credits include MERIT (Plymouth Theatre Royal), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Shakespeare’s Globe International Tour), BLINK UK/NEW YORK TRANSFER (Soho Theatre/Nabokov), TWELFTH NIGHT (Filter Theatre), WASTED (Paines Plough), THE STOPS BY NICK PAYNE (The Arcola Miniaturists), THE MAN The Man (Finborough Theatre/Tour), ONE MILLION TINY PLAY ABOUT BRITAIN (Latitude Festival), MY BALLOON BEATS YOUR ASTRONAUT (Papatango), DR FAUSTUS (Watford Palace Theatre), EIGHT (Ringling Festival Sarasota/Tantrum Productions), ARTEFACTS (Bush Theatre/Tour Brits Off Broadway), THE GRIZZLED SKIPPER (Nuffield Theatre) and BIANCO (Elan Productions).

For television and film, her credits include MIDSOMMER MURDERS (Bentley Productions for ITV1), ONE IN THE DARK (Waring Films), WILL SAMP’S SELF-PERPETUATING CYCLE OF UNINTENDED ABSTINENCE (Papa, Matt Roberts), SPRAWLERS (Firesnake Films), FOOTSTEPS (Random Films).

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens at The Bush Theatre on 30 April and runs until 13 June. You can get tickets here.


Roundabout pops up on the South Bank


The Southbank Centre on a summer’s eve.

Summer on the South Bank here we come… Roundabout will be popping-up at The Southbank Centre this June and July with a sizzling line-up of top notch new plays.

Following its run at The Brighton Festival in May, Roundabout moves to The Southbank Centre where it will nestle between Waterloo Bridge, The Hayward Gallery and The Queen Elizabeth Hall from 7 June – 18 July 2015.

Our programme includes LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood and OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly, with more to be announced anon.

There’s nowhere better than the Southbank in the sunshine, so see you there yeah? And check back for lots more Roundabout dates around the UK. We’ll be announcing more travels very soon.

A little place I know…Cardiff

It’s now two whole weeks since our beloved associate director Sean disappeared off to Cardiff to rehearse GROWTH with student at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. So, as Sean kicks off into week three of rehearsals we thought it was about time for a top tip from his time in Cardiff. Welsh adventurers pay attention.

Where: Y Mochyn Du

Actually where:  Sophia Close, Cardiff, CF11 9HW

Why we love it: A proper welsh pub in the centre of Cardiff.

The atmosphere was electric watching the Wales vs. Ireland match here last weekend. Packed in elbow to elbow, pints flowing, a live chorus of Calon Lân on repeat, roars at Leigh Halfpenny’s kicking skills, a man standing on the bar topless shouting ‘Cymru!’ at regular intervals and a girl with a dragon painted on her face vomming in a bin well before half time.

The perfect place to watch the Rugby bar the Millennium Stadium.

Croeso i’r Cymru. Croeso i’r Y Mochyn Du.

Honourable mentions: Chapter Arts Centre,Waterloo Teahouse and Milgi’s Vegetarian Restaurant.


What’s on the PP stereo

Choones we’ve been listening to this week…

Taste Tuesday (on Wednesday): Lime and Ginger Cheescake


I am not sure I understood all the factors to Taste Tuesday before taking part. Firstly I couldn’t come into the office on Tuesday so changed the day to Wednesday. There is a secrecy element that I ignored by sending an email around to the office letting them know what I was going to make. And my dish came with a prewarning of ‘eat at your own peril’ when I suppose the aim is that your dish is meant to be tasty.

For the actual cooking event I loosely began to follow Davina McCall’s Lime and Ginger Cheesecake recipe. I can never really follow recipes and tend to ad-lib my way through the cooking process. This has its pros and its cons.


300g ginger nut biscuits
200g butter


300g cream cheese
250ml double cream
Grated zest and juice of 3 limes
Juice of one lemon
100g maple syrup
Stem Ginger

1. Blitz the biscuits by putting them in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are the consistency of fine breadcrumbs. If you get bored of this it is fine if they are a bit chunky … you can blag it as rustic.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and add crushed biscuits, then stir until the mixture is well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of some glasses/ empty jam jars you find in your cuboard and put it in the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

– If you spot any alcohol in your fridge a bottle of brandy. Go off piste and add a little cap full to your biscuity base.

3. Break up the cream cheese with a fork to loosen it a little. Put the double cream in a large bowl and whisk until slightly thickened but not really stiff. Add the cream cheese, zest and juice of the limes and the maple syrup and mix well. Pour this over the biscuit base and spread it out as evenly as possible.

4. Chill the cheesecake for a few hours or overnight until firm.

5. Add a piece of stem ginger to the top to finish this helps disguise the fact that you have no idea what you are doing.

Eat at your own peril.


The bit of the recipe where you drop it on the floor is optional, apparently.


Claudel 2

Hi Claudel, tell us what you’ll be doing and working on whilst you’re with Paines Plough…  

Hello! I’ll be the admin intern over three months at PP, supporting day to day administration of the company.

When did you first come across PP?

I was looking for a work placement in the theatre industry as part of my MA at City University when I discovered Paines Plough: a small team working on a collective basis, innovative plays, tasty Tuesdays…what more could I ask for?

What excites you the most about joining team PP?

I cant wait to see the Roundabout !!! (Paines Plough’s flat pack theatre)

What challenges are you looking forward to?

Really understanding the main issues faced by a theatre company like Paines Plough, from fundraising through to marketing, touring and production.

Can you tell us what you’re working on this week?

This week I’ve been updating the website with all the new touring dates for EVERY BRILLIANT THING soon coming back from New York and about to tour across the UK.

Tea and scones or coffee and a brownie?

And what about a cheese platter with a glass of Petite Arvine…?


Taste Tuesday (on Thursday)

Why have one Taste Tuesday when you can have two? Salty on Tuesday, sweet on Thursday. Jake’s doing work experience with us this week and is currently in the very very good books.


Jake’s Millionaire Shortbread

My Nan used to make this for my mum when she was little, then my mum made it for my brother and I, Now I’m making it for you. (Ha-ha, the circle of life ehh?.) It’s really simple to make and tastes great.

For the caramel
1 (397g) tin condensed Milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup
60g caster sugar
125g butter

For the shortbread
2 Shortbread Flans
8 Shortbread Fingers
10 Hobnobs
2 Digestive Biscuits
100g Butter

For the shortbread:
Put all of the biscuits and shortbread into a sandwich bag, and then place this sandwich bag inside of another (just in case it splits). Use a rolling pin and smash up all of this until the te4xture is somewhat of a crumbly powder. Place the 100g of butter into a mug and place in the microwave at full heat for about 20 seconds. Stir this until it is a liquid. Scatter these biscuit crumbs in the base of your tray and add the melted butter. Spread evenly across the base using a spoon. Once it is evenly spread, pat it down with the spoon, as if you are breaking a boiled egg. Until it appears to be compressed, and solid. Place this in the fridge for 5 mins. You now have your base.

For the caramel:
While the base is setting, pour the condensed milk, syrup, sugar and butter into a saucepan. Cook over a low heat, stirring all the time. This takes a while but has to be done carefully otherwise it will stick to the pan and burn. Watch it closely, and when it turns a deep caramel colour, pour it over the base. Spread into the corners with the bottom of a tea spoon.

For the chocolate:
Allow for your caramel to set for 30 mins in the fridge. After 30 mins you can start to melt the chocolate I always tend to use galaxy, just a preference as it tastes better than Cadburys dairy milk on Millionaire Shortbread as it is a lot smoother. Place the contents of the bar into a microwave safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and put it on full power for 20 seconds, take it out and stir it until it has all melted. Drizzle this over the top of the caramel, make sure you drizzle it! Use a knife to gently spread the melted chocolate over the whole of it. Place this back in the fridge for 15 minutes, Your Millionaires shortbread is now ready, enjoy! x


Introducing the cast of Growth

This week we’re super excited to be kicking off rehearsals for GROWTH by Luke Norris at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, directed by our very own Associate Director Sean Linnen.

GROWTH will run at The Richard Burton Theatre 31 March – 3 April and at The Gate Theatre 7, 9, 10 April.

Aaaaaaand introducing our lovely cast:

Ellie Heydon (Alys and Melanie)


Theatre includes: LONGING (Richard Burton Theatre Company), A CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE WINTER’S TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE CHILDRENS HOUR (Richard Burton Theatre Company), DYSPHORIA (LAMDA), WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Hurtwood Acting Company). Rehearsed Readings include: KING LEAR (RWCMD), CYMBELINE (LAMDA), THE THREE SISTERS (LAMDA). Site Specific includes: QUIXOTE (Elan Frantoio).

Jonny Holden (Tobes)


Theatre includes: DOGVILLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MAGIC TOYSHOP (Theatre Yolo) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD), THE WINTER’S TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), SPRING AWAKENING (John Donnelly), THE CHOSEN ROOM (NYMT). Radio includes: UNDER MILK WOOD (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: THE SEAGUL (Richard Burton Theatre Company).

Oliver Morgan-Thomas (Beau and John)


Theatre includes: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Richard Burton Theatre Company), UNITY 1918 (Richard Burton Theatre Company), STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company),A CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MERCY FUR (Theatre lolo/ Company of Sirens), PATAGONIA THE JOURNEY /Y DEATH (National Youth Theatre of Wales). Short film credits include: THE ORISON WELLS COMPLEX (BBC Wales It’s My Shout Productions), BUDDHA BOY (BBC Wales It’s My Shout Productions). Radio credits include: UNDER MILKWOOD (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: KING LEAR (Rwcmd), VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (rwcmd). Site Specific includes: PASSION IN PORT TALBOT (National Theatre Wales/ Wildworks).

Nina Shenkman (Beth and Frances)


Theatre includes: MERCHANT OF VENICE (RWCMD), THE BIG NIL (Another Story Theatre), CONTRACTIONS (Parapet Theatre), FADE (DugOut Theatre), COVER (DugOut Theatre), FESTEN (Leeds University Theatre Group), OTHELLO (DugOut Theatre), THE SEAGULL (Igrat Theatre Laboratories).

Melanie Stevens (Ellen and Ruthie)


Theatre includes: STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE MIRACLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE WINTERS TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), COMETS (Undeb Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: BLOOD (Bare Fiction), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD), A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (RWCMD). Film includes: A DANCE WITH DEATH (441 Films), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION (North Bank Entertainment).

Sam Ward (Moff and Stuart)


Theatre includes: THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMAAN (Richard Burton Theatre Company), UNITY 1918 (Richard Burton Theatre Company), DOGVILLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MERCURY FUR (Company of Sirens), CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD). Short Films include: CATAWAMPUS (DotMOV), FUNDAY (Keri Collins), EDNA’S BENCH (BBC Cymru, It’s My Shout Productions).

Taste Tuesday (on Wednesday): Salty Cake

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I remember the first time I did my salty cake in Switzerland. Quite a success. And a lot of  “You HAVE to do it again!”. I was very proud and happy. So I did it. I did my salty cake again and again. You could say I had reached a point when I could do it with one hand, eyes closed while hoping on one foot… However, as the years went by I heard less and less  of “Wow !” and more and more “Really !? Again!?”. I had to face the facts, I had lost my audience. And I stopped doing it.

Then I moved to London. And that day happened: it was my turn, here we go, first Taste Tuesday at Paines Plough. Not taking any risks, go for something safe: salty cake.
Quite a success. And a lot of “You HAVE to do it again!”. I was very proud and happy. So I did it. I did my salty cake again and again. You could say I had reached a point when I could do it with one hand, eyes closed while hoping on one foot… However, as the years went by I heard less and less of “Wow !” and more and more “Really !? Again !?”. I had to face the facts, I had lost my audience. And I stopped doing it.

To bring the Salty Cake to life, you will need :

1 jar of black olives
1 jar of green olives
1 jar of dry tomatoes
1 mozzarella
300g of Gruyère
3 eggs
Olive oil

1. Cut the dry tomatoes, the olives and the cheese into small pieces and put everything in a large bowl.

2. Add the eggs, a bit of water or milk (the equivalent of two sips) and one spoon of olive oil, then sprinkle with flour (and a bit of baking powder) and mix until you get a paste.

3. Add salt, pepper, oregano and pop in the oven for about 30 minutes, 220°.

Et voilà.


SEA WALL reviews round-up Dublin

We had an absolute ball in Dublin for Andrew Scott’s homecoming as SEA WALL played a very special week of shows at Project Arts Centre as a guest of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Thanks so much to our generous hosts, and to all of you who came to see the show.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

“Rare magic… a very special theatre moment”
RTE Radio 1

“It will seduce and destroy you… Stephens’ play is really about absence, about nothingness, about unfathomable depths. It’s a subject that long occupied Shakespeare and Beckett, and this extraordinary performance may be worthy of them.”
★★★★★ Irish Times

“Leaves us well and truly devastated. A tears-rolling-down-cheeks, heavy-breathing, can’t-pull-ourselves-together kinda mess… exquisite… mesmerising… extraordinarily touching… a masterclass in writing and presentation.”
★★★★★ The Herald

“A heart-wrenching, breathtaking half hour of theatre… a masterpiece.”
Irish Independent

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