Monthly archives: April 2015

Open Auditions at Roundabout in Brighton

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Monday 18 May 2015
Roundabout at Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our second round of open auditions for this year in the Roundabout, in Brighton. Roundabout pitches up in Regency Square for the duration of Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May 2015.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Monday 18 May. We will see 60 actors (30 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 auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ROUNDABOUT BRIGHTON 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 30 emails, we will email you back by Wednesday 6 May with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 30 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 15 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 office@painesplough.com. 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 auditions@painesplough.com.
– 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

Say hello to Bhavini

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Hey everyone! I am extremely thrilled to be part of Paines Plough as Trainee Administrator for the next year.

Kick-starting my first week off was a fantastic introduction to the company – I got to witness the rising of the Roundabout at the phenomenal Backstage Centre in Thurrock while getting showered in play texts and PP love.

For the rest of the week in the office I’ve steadily been making a butt-groove in my desk chair and getting to know every nook and cranny of the building (I have so many left to find!). All in all, a brilliant first week at PPHQ.

Like Natalie I got this opportunity through Creative Access – a fantastic government funded scheme that provides creative internships for those of a BAME background. I am very grateful and honoured to have received this opportunity through CA and look forward to being part of a lively, hilarious and intelligent bunch of people.

And not to forget, Taste Tuesday and general foodiness around the office. Omg.

Alexandra Wood on The Initiate

With just a week until ROUNDABOUT pops up at Brighton Festival we caught playwright Alexandra Wood to talk all things THE INITIATE, modern day pirates and  find out just what it’s like to have your play staged in ROUNDABOUT.

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

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

So, what inspired you to write THE INITIATE?

Honestly? I wanted to write a play about pirates! It was as simple as that. When I started to research modern day piracy I came across this article about a British Somali man who’d gone back to Somalia to help negotiate the release of British hostages, and I knew I’d found my story. The play didn’t really end up being about pirates of course, although there is still a pirate in it!

And where did you write it?

While I was on attachment at the National Theatre Studio in 2011.

How do you think it compares to your previous plays?

I’m sure there are common themes, identity and belonging are certainly things I seem to come back to. The British characters in The Empty Quarter, for example, find themselves on the edge of a vast desert in Dubai, and try to work out what’s brought them there and why they stay. I’m interested in character: how it’s defined, constructed, portrayed. In The Eleventh Capital we never meet the man about whom the play revolves, a nameless civil servant forced to leave his family and live in the new capital city. We only catch snippets of who he is and things he’s done from other people. In The Initiate, how other people see Dalmar comes as a shock to him, forcing him to question his place and his very idea of himself.

This is the second time PP are producing THE INITIATE, what’s going to be different this time?

Well the obvious answer to that is that there’s a new cast member, Sidney Cole. Not only will he bring something different to the role, but it’ll also change the dynamic with Sian and Abdul. Staging plays in the ROUNDABOUT really does put the actor at the heart of everything, there’s no real set, costume or gimmicks, it’s just actors in a space, so a change of actor will have quite an impact I think.

Speaking of actors – you’ve been sat in on rehearsals over the last few weeks, what’s it been like to watch the ROUNDABOUT company working?

It’s incredibly satisfying to see the commitment with which the whole company’s embracing the play.  It’s my first experience having one of my plays being produced for a second time, but any worries about things feeling stale have been dispelled, everyone’s coming to it with more confidence and a renewed energy.

What’s it like to work in ROUNDABOUT?

It’s a brilliant space. The actors, the play and most importantly the audience’s imagination are at the centre of things. It’s intimate and epic at the same time. It’s inherently theatrical as well – it feels like you really do have to embrace the performance element.

One final question – which part of the play are you most excited to see come to life?

I think I’m most excited to see the play as a whole, which might sound like a cop out, but in rehearsals we spend a long time working line by line, scene by scene, and that’s all great, detailed work which needs to be done, but ultimately, the power will hopefully come from seeing it all together.

THE INITIATE is a part of our Roundabout season 2015. Roundabout pops up at Brighton Festival from 2 May and at Southbank Centre from 7 June.

For more info and tickets for THE INITIATE at Brighton Festival click here and at Southbank Centre click here.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK: A New Play by Sabrina Mahfouz

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the next show to be added to PP’s programme for 2015 is a new play by award winning playwright and performance poet Sabrina Mahfouz. Directed by our Associate Director Stef O’Driscoll in a co-production with our firm favourites and great friends Latitude Festival, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will première in the theatre tent at Latitude, July 2015. See you there.

I want to be iconic. I want to be beautiful, reckless, feared, hated, ahead of the times. I want to be different, I want to be dangerous…

London, 2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election.

Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation.

London, 2015. Re-wind.

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Open Auditions at the Bush Theatre

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our next round of open auditions at the Bush Theatre, London, where James Graham’s explosive new play THE ANGRY BRIGADE will be showing from 30 April – 13 June.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th of May. We will see 60 actors (30 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 auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ BUSH THEATRE 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 30 emails, we will email you back by Monday 27th April with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 30 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 15 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 office@painesplough.com. 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 auditions@painesplough.com.
– 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

THE ANGRY BRIGADE in Rehearsals

Things are really heating up Dalston where THE ANGRY BRIGADE company are heading into their final week of rehearsals for James Graham’s explosive, heart-stopping play. Here are some shots of them right in the thick of it.

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For the full set of photos visit our flickr page.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens at The Bush Theatre April 30 and runs until June 13. Grab your tickets here.

Photo credit: Helen Murray

 

 

Whats on THE ANGRY BRIGADE stereo

In a break with tradition we thought we better let you all in on THE ANGRY BRIGADE playlist. Re-wind to the 1970’s and prepare yourself for anarchy…

Is there anything missing? Something we’ve just got to add? Keep the conversation going @painesplough #TheAngryBrigade

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens at The Bush Theatre on 30 April and runs until 13 June. Tickets here

THE INITIATE in Rehearsals

Here at PPHQ we’re getting mighty excited about heading down to the seaside for ice-cream, sunshine and ROUNDABOUT which pops up in Brighton in just over 2 weeks.  Things in the office have been very busy and our brilliant cast are working super hard on THE INITIATE, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and LUNGS. Just to prove it, here are some shots of Sidney Cole, Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams rehearsing Alexandra Wood’s thrilling play THE INITIATE.

For the full album visit out flickr page.

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Roundabout pops up in Regency Square at Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May. For more information and tickets click here.

Photo credit Richard Lakos

What’s on the PP stereo

This has been the soundtrack to our week at PPHQ…

Plus Natalie’s been listening to Bjork, but as usual with Natalie’s music selection, it’s not on Spotify. Too cool for school.

Music tips? Send them our way. And have happy weekends.

GROWTH: What’s it been like in rehearsals?

With one final performance of  GROWTH at The Gate to go we caught up with Jonny and Ellie from the cast to hear what it’s been like rehearsing Luke Norris’ brilliant new play.

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“Rehearsals for Growth have been a treat. A good balanced mix of competitive, nail biting 6 Square, complete with a friendly leader board and blood, sweat and tears rehearsing, it’s all been a joy. Sean lays out such a relaxed and comfortable environment to work in that the platform for taking risks and experimenting with the text and character has been such an easy process. Every single cast member is amazing to work with. Nina Shenkman, a bundle of joy, high spirits and sheer oddness. Mel Stevens, energy packed, idea driven and an exciting actress to watch. Oliver Morgan-Thomas, genuinely one the nicest guys I know and I honestly think this is one of his best performances. Sam Ward, whose laugh makes anyone laugh based on its volume and sheer brilliance is warm and keen both as two fabulous characters. Ellie Heydon brings so much to rehearsals its infectious and gives such a beautiful performance. Above all, 6 Square will forever been a game I always come second in. Frustrating I know but Hey you win some you lose some.” Jonny

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“The biggest challenge with a play like Growth that is so topically essential is finding a way to express the subject matter sensitively, accurately, and most important in a way that is going to reach out to our audience. It seems bizarre to me that in our 21st century world discussing genital health is still seen as some sort of taboo. So here we are giving it a voice on stage, through the wonderful words of Luke Norris.

For most of us here at RWCMD this is the first time we’ve worked with new writing so to have the writer in the room, still making changes as the words come out our mouths, is electric. There is something so exciting about the collaborative journey and to have Luke in the room gives such an integral perspective.

Our rehearsals began with a week around the table uniting the play, fuelled by a never ending pile of oranges provided by Sean. Here we worked out the changes in gear throughout the scenes in order to help us navigate our way through with clarity and focus in week 2. And so when we jumped up on our feet we were already able to feel the peaks and troughs of the journey of the scene, with nudges in the right(er) direction by Sean.

With the play on its feet and the foundations in place we’ve just been hunting for detail the last few weeks. Every single run seems to reveal something new and I find myself cracking up at moments I hadn’t noticed before, and still giggling at lines I know like the back of my hand. Most of us are playing two characters throughout the play so watching the shift between each scene has also been super cool.

But now the hardest part of rehearsal: keeping on top of the 6-square leader board. We bookend every day squatting over metre squares defending them from the dreaded ball. The tournament has become pretty intense in the last few days. Not sure everyone is going to survive but if that helps cut out the competition you’ve got to make sacrifices sometimes. No clear indication of champion yet but watch this space…” Ellie

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