Monthly archives: August 2015

Open Auditions at The Lowry, Salford

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our next round of open auditions at The Lowry, Salford. Roundabout pitches up at The Lowry as part of its national tour from 15 – 20 September.

We are looking to meet actors based in the Salford/Manchester area previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Thursday 17 September. 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 @ THE LOWRY in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are selected to audition, we will email you back by Wednesday 2 September with an audition time.
– If you are not selected to audition, 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

THEATRE UNCUT in Roundabout

Working on projects for Theatre Uncut is always a joy, but this year we have two reasons to be especially cheerful…  We are absolutely delighted to be part of the Paines Plough ROUNDABOUT season at Edinburgh this year.  ROUNDABOUT is a special venue, and one that reflects the ethos of Theatre Uncut to an uncanny degree. Equitable, open, quick to assemble but with a long lasting effect: this is all very like we hope to be. But more than that ROUNDABOUT’s ability to be put up anywhere, to function as a beautiful theatre space anywhere it chooses, to reach un-expecting and unexpected audiences is a joy and a wonder.

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Our second reason to be cheerful is that in this, the approach to our fifth year, in the year of the general election, we are in a reflective mood and are staging some of our most downloaded scripts.  This means that as Artistic Directors, we’ve had the chance to revisit scripts we’ve loved and directed before. It’s a wonderful feeling to come back to an excellent script: it’s both an echo and a discovery. As time marches forward the scripts inevitably change resonance. What’s extraordinary about our writers is quite how immediate the scripts still are. And what writers we have: Clara Brennan’s ‘Hi Vis’ is from our first year, and holds all the visceral energy of that time. Exploring the affects of cuts to the disability mobility allowance with the help of a clown and a vibrator, it is hilarious and moving, a gem of a script. Also from year 1, is Dennis Kelly’s ‘Things That Make No Sense’, a dystopian nightmare that asks are we really ‘all in this together’? From Year two we have Neil LaBute at his controversial best examining Occupy and the 1% in ‘In the Beginning’.  Vivienne Franzmann’s ‘The Most Horrific’ is from 2014, and brilliantly skewers the media and how we consume stories, climaxing in a throaty call to arms. From our TU: Istanbul collection Stef Smith gives us an insight into the Gezi Park protests and the dented democracy in Turkey through the eyes of three very different young women. Lastly, from our Scottish Referendum scripts, comes Kieran Hurley’s brilliant ‘Close': a piece that asks us to consider democracy in all its disappointments and challenges us: ‘what now?’

And what now indeed? As we head out of Cameron’s first 100 days as Prime Minister of a Tory government- what now? As we see the country decide if Labour should head back to its left wing roots or stick to its ‘middle’ ground- what now? What now for Theatre Uncut and for all of us? The question is out there. Come and join us and answer it with us. Do that online, or in one of our post show discussions. We will keep asking, and looking for change. If there is one thing these scripts show, is that change happens whatever we do, so let’s be the architects of it.

Theatre Uncut: In Opposition runs in ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL at 10am every day until August 30th.

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The story behind FINDING HOME

FINDING HOME is Cecilia Knapp’s spoken word theatre coming-of-age story that maps the journey of a young girl from Brighton to the tenements of East London as a 20 ¬something. This Sunday 23rd at 10am she will perform it in ROUNDABOUT as part of our EARLIER/LATER programme. Here she tells us a little about the journey behind her brilliant show…

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Somewhere in the sky over Algeria that I realised how far I’d come. From sitting on my friend Maria’s sofa in Walthamstow drinking wine from the petrol station and starting to write my story, to that moment, up there in the air.

I’ve been writing spoken word poetry for the last 5 years and performing around London and the UK. I write about life and experience. I write as a way to deal with things. One day, I started to write about a bike ride I’d had along the canal in Tower Hamlets on the way to a depressing pub job I had for a year whilst I was at university. What I thought was going to be a standard 3 minute poem soon began to turn into something very different and I started writing the story of my life, a series of flashbacks experienced whilst cycling down that canal. I wrote about relationships, friendships, place, family and the loss of my Brother 3 years ago. I realised I was writing a one woman spoken word theatre piece.

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After a year, some Arts Council funding, a lot of red pen and rehearsal and the acquirement of an incredible creative team, I was on the way to Johannesburg to perform my one woman show Finding Home. I’d be performing it at Rise up and Walk Festival, an international youth arts festival which ran for three days at Joberg theatre and featured everything from dance to stand up, hip hop to feminist theatre. And my little show. My story of growing up in Brighton in a single parent household with my Dad, of moving to London, of love, loss and reconciliation.

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As I stepped off the plane, and out into arrivals, I couldn’t help but feel  completely overwhelmed that writing had brought me to this point. What followed over the next week was a series of exchanges and conversations with some of the most interesting, compassionate and talented people I have ever met. Fellow artists at the festival shared my conviction in the need for creative expression and passion for the arts. We spoke about how it should be everyone’s imperative to enable young people to participate in creativity no matter what their background or circumstance. It was affirming and mobilising to share these ideas with people who lived on a different continent to me. On the second day of my trip, we drove out to the largest township in Johannesburg, Soweto, to run a workshop with local young people. We shared ideas, questions we wanted to ask society and our individual stories. We learnt from each other in sharing each other’s truths and experiences and writing together.

Finding Home is my coming of age story. But beyond my background, circumstance and location, it is a story about learning to love yourself in spite of how hard life can make things for you. It’s about finding home within yourself and I think that no matter where you’re from, that idea is universal. I spoke about this with my new friends and fellow writers and performers in South Africa and about the power that stories have. How in telling your story, you are opening up the door for empathy, understanding and discovery. How stories allow us to transcend and explore each other’s lives. How they help you make sense of the world. My trip to Johannesburg confirmed this. And that’s why I wanted to write Finding Home. To reconcile my past in the hope that others will look into it to and see parallels of their own lives. That there’ll be some hope to find within it.

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I want my story to reach as many people as possible. Last week it was in Johannesburg, and this week it’s back in the UK, this time at the majestic Edinburgh Fringe, where, in a similar way to Rise up and Walk Festival, artists come together and share their creative contributions to the world. Where they express and collaborate and comment and change the world through art. I can’t quite believe that when I sat on that sofa in Walthamstow over a year ago and put pen to paper, what would come out was this piece of work. That it has already taken me so far. But it was a story I felt needed to be told. So, I’m going to need some people to hear it. I’ll be at Paines Plough’s venue The Roundabout in Summerhall this Sunday 23rd August at 10am and I’d love to share my story with you. Grab a coffee and come and settle in. Fellow writer and performer Jack Rooke will also be sharing some of his one man show Good Grief afterwards which has received very deserved 5 star reviews and has just been nominated for an Total Theatre Award. Jack confronts and explores grief and the loss of his Father in a brave, innovative and refreshing way. It’s funny and beautiful and important. So come down and see us both. I’d say that’s a pretty lush way to spend a morning. See you there.

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FINDING HOME on in Roundabout @ Summerhall, 23rd August at 10am. It is directed by Paines Plough Associate Director Stef O’Driscoll, produced by Liz Counsell and was developed with support from the Roundhouse and Rich Mix.

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The Human Ear Production Shots

ROUNDABOUT has popped up at the Edinburgh festival and our exciting programme of work is now in full swing (come rain or shine – you never know).  We’re super thrilled to be up here again and to make things even better we’re loving the response to our newest play play THE HUMAN EAR

If you’ve been to the show, let us know what you thought using the hashtag  #TheHumanEar

Haven’t seen it yet? Here are some production shots from inside Roundabout to whet your appetite!

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We love hearing what you lovely lot have had to say about the shows on Twitter. People are calling it ‘riveting‘ and ‘thought provoking‘ – what are you waiting for?! Snap up a ticket here!

Roundabout @ Summerhall runs until 30th August #RoundaboutPP

See you there.

From PP in Edinburgh.

Come To Where I’m From: Edinburgh

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We’ve got four of Edinburgh’s finest for you on the bill for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: EDINBURGH.

Mikey Burnett, Rob Drummond, Jules Horne and Kieran Hurley take to the stage at Roundabout @ Summerhall on Wednesday 12 August at 10am to perform themselves – for the very first time – their own short plays about the place they call home.

They are the latest of more than 100 playwrights  from across the UK to take part in our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project which asks playwrights to write mini-plays about their home towns – then perform those plays themselves.

Wednesday’s very special one-off Edinburgh event is part of our EARLIER series at Roundabout. Bring a coffee and a croissant and start your day with some of Scotland’s finest scribes taking you back home.

Mikey Burnett is a 30 year old writer from Edinburgh. He has previously been on an attachment with The Traverse Theatre as part of ‘The Traverse Fifty’. His new play CAPITAL CONVERSE is scheduled for production in November.

Rob Drummond is a playwright, performer and director. He has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse, the Arches, the Tron, the Citizens and the National Theatre amongst others. Rob’s wide ranging work includes ROB DRUMMOND: WRESTLING, for which he trained as a professional wrestler, BULLET CATCH, for which he trained as a magician and QUIZ SHOW, which won a CATS award for best new play in 2013.

Jules Horne is from the Borders, and writes for stage and radio. She has won two Scotsman Fringe Firsts for her plays for Nutshell Theatre, ALLOTMENT (2011) and THREAD (2012). Other stage work includes GORGEOUS AVATAR for the Traverse Theatre, THE WIFE OF USHER’S WELL for Quondam Theatre, and SCAPE for the MA in Classical and Contemporary Text at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Kieran Hurley is an award winning playwright and theatre maker. His plays include GRIT: THE MARTYN BENNETT STORY (Pachamama Productions / Tramway / Mull), CHALK FARM (Oran Mor), BEATS (Arches, Traverse, Bush, Soho and UK Tour), HITCH (The Arches, Forest Fringe, UK and international tour).

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: EDINBURGH
Wednesday 12 August, 10:00 (40 mins)
Roundabout @ Summerhall
Buy tickets here

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Edinburgh Festival Stage Manager Call Out

Team PP have pitched up in Edinburgh for the month of August and with over 50,000 shows taking on the Festival this year we thought there might be just a few Stage Managers we’d like to meet here too. So, we’re putting and OPEN CALL OUT to excellent Stage Managers who are currently in Edinburgh. Whether you’re an ASM, CSM, DSM or TSM we want to hear from you.

Much like our open auditions this is an opportunity for us to broaden our horizons, say hello and have a cup of tea with some people we haven’t met before.

We’re planning to hold some informal meetings in Edinburgh in the weeks commencing 10th and 24th August so if you’d like to meet and maybe work with us in the future then send your CV to francesca@painesplough.com with the subject  line STAGE MANAGER CALL OUT. Don’t forget to tell us what show you’re working on and what time it’s at so we can work out a schedule.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you up in bonny Scotland.

15471965587_7fa99a7aa4_z*This is Anna, a brilliant Stage Manager we’ve worked with. Look how much fun she’s having in rehearsals. We always have fun in rehearsals.