Monthly archives: December 2015

Taste Tuesday Championship 2015

As the year draws to a close, it’s a time to pause and reflect on the last 12 months to see how far we have come. We’re beginning to think about our hopes for 2016, and to be completely honest most of them involve food. So with that in mind, we are proud to reveal the results of the Paines Plough Taste Tuesday Championship 2015!

Votes were cast by the team before the Christmas party and were then counted and verified by George. Competition has been fierce this year with several stand-out snacks.

Placement students Hugo and Claudel took 4th and 5th place with Francesca and Hanna making up 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Scroll through for each of the recipies and find out who took the number one spot (we recommend doing so with this as your soundtrack…).

5. Salty Cake

salty cake 2

In at number 5 it’s Claudel’s salty cake! A swiss speciality packed with olives, tomato, mozzarella and Gruyère cheese.

4 Pesto, Tzatziki, Hummus and Baba Gahnoush

IMG_3544

Newcomer Hugo majorly impressed on his debut TT outing making four delicious dips for us to snack on.

3 Chorizo Mac and Cheese

12063564_10206186785121140_121996892682320520_n

At Number 3 it’s Senior Producer, Hanna with her chorizo Mac and Cheese which was so huge it served as lunch for the whole office. Amazing.

2 Parmesan Biscuits and Chilli Sausage Rolls

TTFM

Pipped at the post for the TT crown is Producer, Francesca. Sausage rolls are a popular choice at PPHQ, and her savoury and spicy combo earned high praise all round.

IMG_9077

Hugo, Francesca and Hanna with their trophies.

This year’s winner sadly wasn’t around to collect their trophy, but we can reveal that our champion was well deserved winner Director Placement, Nadia!

1. Arancini and Canellini

TTFM

Her combo of sweet and savoury Sicilian dishes swept the board. We highly recommend checking out the Amico family recipe and having a go yourselves because both the arancini and the canellini were out of this world. Congrats, Nadia!

We Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday…

Team PP have been in Christmas mode since roughly 00:01 on December 1st, and an array of festive fashion and food has graced the offices of PPHQ. From sequins and snowflakes to mince pies and muffins with blueberry Christmas jam, we were 100% ready when our office party rolled around last Thursday.

We don’t know about you, but for us Christmas just simply wouldn’t be Christmas without everyone gathering round and playing a board game. Imagine our excitement when after our Christmas lunch George and Hanna unveiled their masterpiece – a handcrafted, special edition, PP party game!

IMG_9078

We were divided into our teams, chose our game pieces, and from there the aim of the game was simple: make it from PPHQ to Margate. En route we took in places such as Kendal, Drumnadrochit, Dublin, Cardiff and a plethora of other locations that we’ve visited this year. Each team took turns rolling the dice, making our way across the country by answering General Knowledge questions, taking our chances with Pot Luck, and solving a series of entirely fictitious crises which have never occurred in real life (a surprising number of which could be solved by adding a Gregg’s sausage roll to the equation…).

champ

The victors of the first annual PP Board Game were Hugo and Rachel, bringing it home for the Production office. With the odds ever in their favour, they were able to avoid the Pot Luck cards which sent fellow players back to the Isle of Eigg and Bristol, and  kept cool heads in crises to make it all the way to Margate. Their winners trophies are now proudly on display on their desks – and they’ve earned bragging rights for the foreseeable future.

What’s on the PP stereo

It’s an eclectic little playlist on the PP decks this week featuring WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK vocalist Martyna Baker, and all time REM classic and a very cool cover of Nightcall. Feast your ears, groovers.

Happy weekends one and all.

Trainee Thursday: Bhavini

11745864_10101062766444584_5145995296301691107_n

6 months ago I found out that I was going be the Trainee Administrator at Paines Plough for a year funded through Creative Access, a charity that provide internships in the creative industries for ethnic minorities. Now I’m in the thick of my traineeship thinking ‘My word – 6 months already’!

I will always remember my first day, seeing Roundabout getting built in the High House in Thurrock, so excited to be there and see the workings of innovative geniuses get put together, meeting my colleagues for the first time and having absolutely no idea how enriched, busy and fabulous my life was going to become through working with Paines Plough. I’ve learned a helluva lot and have so much yet to learn, I have no idea where to start in my 6-month reflection; it’s all a bit much to fit in this humble space.

Working with such an intelligent and ambitious team has definitely pushed me and developed my skills as a professional and individual. It’s enriching and such an important experience to have – Paines Plough really value and nurture positive growth and I really value that in Paines Plough. We make great and inspiring work that goes all over the place. Hearing the reception we get in different pockets of the country always reinforces my belief in the power of theatre and storytelling.

I don’t usually do this but earlier this year I made a New Year’s resolution to see a lot more of this beautiful island – it is almost poetry that I managed to bag a yearlong internship with a theatre company that tours. I’ve been to see theatre all over the place and it’s been fantastic (although majorly gutted, as was the rest of the office that we didn’t go to the magical Highlands and Islands tour of EVERY BRILLIANT THING with James!). Experiencing both Latitude and Edinburgh the first time this summer was unforgettable. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting any of this. It has made my year so special.

One of my most favourite projects to work on so far has been the Paines Plough Open Auditions. I really admire and enjoy that we spend a few days a year meeting and getting to know as many actors as possible. I’ve really gotten a kick out of co-ordinating the Open Auditions for The Lowry and The Actors Centre (such a busy and fun day!) and am really excited to do the next round.

Looking forward I’m so excited to continue my work with Paines Plough and continue being part of an industry I admire so much. The work that Paines Plough does is SO important and I still occasionally have moments when I ask myself ‘Am I really here?’

In the wider sense of being a Creative Access intern, I am so grateful that I am a member of a movement to achieve more diversity within the creative industries and aim to use that as one of the driving forces of my work in Paines Plough and the subsidised theatre industry.

So bring on the next 6 months! Who knows what it will bring? Sign up to our fabulous newsletter on our homepage to find out ;).

B x

Wanted: New members of Team PP

Exciting times at PPHQ. We’re on the search for some outstandingly talented new people to come and join Team PP.

We’ve got three new roles on offer in our production team led by Senior Producer Hanna and Producer Francesca. We’re looking for highly motivated, dynamic, ambitious, all-round excellent people who are passionate about new plays and touring, and are excellent chefs*.

* Being an excellent chef isn’t actually in the job description, but Taste Tuesday is highly competitive, so…

You’ll be joining Team PP in our Central London office but will regularly find yourself on trains up and down the UK visiting our partner venues and seeing our work on tour.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.



ASSISTANT PRODUCER

Paines Plough is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our team as Assistant Producer. The Assistant Producer will assist the Senior Producer and Producer in delivering Paines Plough’s programme of work across the small-scale, mid-scale and internationally with a particular focus on Paines Plough’s new ACE Strategic Touring Funded project Roundabout. The Assistant Producer will support on contract preparation, scheduling, rehearsals, tech, company and venue liaison, budget management, marketing, audience development, press and tour booking. Some travel is required in this role.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of eight full-time employees based on Aldwych in Central London. They will have a passion for new plays and touring and a minimum of two years professional experience in the arts.

For more information download a full job description and application form here or email office@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Monday 4 January 2016 at 12pm
First interviews: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2016
Second interviews: Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 January 2016
Applicants should be aware that if called for an interview, there will be set tasks to prepare.

Applications should be submitted by email only to office@painesplough.com.
If you are unable to submit your application by email please contact Bhavini Goyate on 020 7240 4533.

Please address applications to Hanna Streeter, Senior Producer and clearly mark the email subject: ASSISTANT PRODUCER APPLICATION.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.
Registered charity number: 267523



MARKETING AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Paines Plough is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our team as Marketing and Audience Development Officer. This new role will support the Senior Producer and Producer in the delivery of Paines Plough’s marketing and audience development plan across the small-scale, mid-scale and internationally with a particular focus on Paines Plough’s new ACE Strategic Touring Funded project Roundabout. The post-holder will support partners in reaching new audiences, and create and deliver bespoke audience development and marketing plans. They will manage our burgeoning social media platforms and be the voice of Paines Plough on the web. Analytics and reporting are a key facet of the role. The Marketing and Audience Development Officer is expected to travel for this role.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of eight full-time employees based on Aldwych.  They will have a passion for new plays and touring and a minimum of one year’s experience working in a marketing and/or audience development position.

For more information download a full job description and application form here or email office@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Monday 4 January 2016 at 12pm
First interviews: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2016
Second interviews: Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 January 2016
Applicants should be aware that if called for an interview, there will be set tasks to prepare.

Applications should be submitted by email only to office@painesplough.com.
If you are unable to submit your application by email please contact Bhavini Goyate on 020 7240 4533.

Please address applications to Hanna Streeter, Senior Producer and clearly mark the email subject: MARKETING AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER APPLICATION.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.
Registered charity number: 267523



PRODUCTION MANAGER

Paines Plough is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our team as Production Manager. The Production Manager will oversee the production of Paines Plough’s programme of work across the small-scale, mid-scale and internationally as well as supporting the Technical Director on the delivery and maintenance of Paines Plough’s new ACE Strategic Touring Funded project Roundabout. They are responsible for delivering all physical productions on budget and to schedule, as well as acting as technical and production liaison with all co-producers, tour venues and visiting companies. They will line-manage all technical and company stage managers, and tour with productions. The Production Manager is required to work away from home for many months during the year. When not on tour, the Production Manager is required to work at the Paines Plough office during normal office hours.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of eight full-time employees based on Aldwych.  They will have a passion for new plays and touring and experience of production managing across small and middle-scale venues.

For more information download a full job description and application form here or email office@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Monday 4 January 2016 at 12pm
First interviews: Wednesday 6 January 2016
Second interviews: Tuesday 12 January 2016
Applicants should be aware that if called for an interview, there will be set tasks to prepare.

Applications should be submitted by email only to office@painesplough.com.
If you are unable to submit your application by email please contact Bhavini Goyate on 020 7240 4533.

Please address applications to Hanna Streeter, Senior Producer and clearly mark the email subject: PRODUCTION MANAGER APPLICATION.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.
Registered charity number: 267523

What do you do all day? General Manager

10460198_551100834580_4924364582715255742_n

Name: AYSHA POWELL
Job Title: GENERAL MANAGER

Hello! Can you give us a brief overview of your career so far?

Hello! I have been a very lucky lady and have worked in some incredible places across London and the UK for most of my career – I had a wonderful university placement with Northern Broadsides, worked at the Brisbane Arts Festival and took a show to Edinburgh in my teens. I have dipped my toe in casting at Soho Theatre with the wonderful Nadine, spent three inspiring years at the Lyric Hammersmith (a place I still embarrassingly class as my second home – most of them don’t know who I am now) moving from Admin Assistant to Finance Manager, and a while at Curtis Brown delving into the big bad agency world and now I’m here.

How did you end up in your current role?

I have been a Paines Plough fan ever since I saw Dennis Kelly’s AFTER THE END at the Leicester Haymarket back in 2005 when I was a theatre obsessed teenager – so when the role of General Manager at my favourite theatre company came up naturally I jumped at the chance (after some confidence boosting from a very treasured past colleague) – there is something quite wonderful about being a super fan of the company you work for, it also comes in quite handy most of the time.

A huge part of where I am now is also about me making the most of work placements, keeping in touch with people I have met in the industry along the way and CRUCIALLY working hard. It does pay off.

What are your main responsibilities within Team PP?

Generally managing most things – this includes staff – their welfare and their to-do lists, the offices, the finances, the contracts, and the fundraising amongst lots of other things.

I often say to people its ‘the unglamorous but essential’ side of theatre e.g paying the creative people who make the theatre.

What do you think are the essential skills needed to be a successful General Manger?

My top five:
– Organisation
– Patience
– Passion for the work
– An eye for numbers
– A ‘YES’ attitude

Real talk – what’s the least enjoyable part of your job?

Panic hoovering the floor before a Board meeting after a pastry based Taste Tuesday!

What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

There are so many – I am very grateful to be surrounded by many talented people and friends in this industry and here are a few things some of them have said to me that have stuck:
‘Being nice to people will get you far’ and ‘Do something that scares you everyday’

So press send on that email NOW!

And one piece of advice from you to someone who aspires to be a General Manager?

Where are you?! I want to meet you!

Paines Plough offer work placements in our Admin and Production offices throughout the year. If you’re interested, you can download more information here.

What’s on the PP stereo

We’ve mostly got quite good taste in music at PPHQ and enjoy sharing our old faves and new discoveries with you every Friday. This week someone has let the side down. Badly. Plumbing the depths of a new low for the PP stereo, this week we have been subjected to the new one from Craig David which sounds exactly like all the old ones from Craig David and features Craig David and his new friend Big Narstie wooing the ladies with their drinking prowess and ability to rhyme ‘blue jeans’ with ‘blue jeans’.

Sorry. We’ll try harder next week.

The rest of the playlist is good mind you.

Happy weekend.

Team PP. x

Taste Tuesday: Pesto, Tzatziki, Baba Gahnoush and Hummus

Production placement student, Hugo played an absolute blinder when his turn to do Taste Tuesday rolled around, spoiling us with FOUR delicious dips. Here he shares the recipes for all of them which were out of this world! We’re all off to whip up some pesto and we recommend you do the same…

IMG_3544

 

So I’ve often compared cooking to DJ’ing, in some sort of roundabout way, and it’s never caught on. I think it’s something about keeping an eye on lots of things, adjusting temperature levels or something, (although I’ve never actually DJ’d in my life so maybe it doesn’t really work).

But I do have another cooking ethos which is far more thought out, it’s called freestyle cooking. Rules are made to be broken right? So I have my own rule, I’ll look at a recipe, get all the ingredients out, and then never look at the recipe again (maybe once or twice if a pan has caught fire or something). Oh and also NEVER measure anything, it will cause you way too much anxiety and cooking’s meant to be fun!

So here’s my recipe for the four dips I made (look at them once, twice tops, and then say it with me: “freestyle!”

Pesto:
3 x Bunches of fresh basil
Olive oil
Handful of pine nuts (toasted in a dry pan first)
Two handfuls of freshly grated parmesan
Salt and pepper
Splash of lemon juice
1 x garlic clove
1. Put everything in a food processor and blend until as smooth as possible, remember the trick here is to “freestyle”, so taste as you go, and adjust measurements of each ingredient to taste, (this is actually the fun part, remember you’re dj’ing, maybe put some music on).

Tzatziki:
Half a cucumber
250g Greek yoghurt
Lemon juice (maybe 2 splashes, just freestyle it)
Chopped parsley, mint or dill (the choice is up to you, enjoy)
1 x garlic clove
Salt and pepper
1. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways, deseed the cucumber by taking out the soft middle with a spoon, and chop into small pieces, and put in a large bowl.
2. Add the other ingredients, stir well until even, and leave in a fridge over night (it gets ten times better that way).

Note: The next two recipes require one of the best things in this world, tahini, it should be a staple in your fridge, trust me:

Baba Gahnoush:
3 x aubergines
Juice from one whole lemon
2 x tablespoons of tahini
Handful of fresh parsley
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Smoked paprika
2 x garlic cloves

1. Grill the aubergines whole, for 20-50mins (very accurate of me right), turning occasionally. The trick to know that it’s cooked is that the skin will turn brown/black and will crack. Better to cook it for as long as possible, no one likes an undercooked aubergine. Once cooked, leave to cool down on the side. Once cool, cut in half and peel off the skin.
2. Place everything apart from the paprika into a food processor, and blend until smooth.
3. Finish with a sprinkle of paprika and maybe a whole parsley leaf (it looks proper nice).

Hummus:
1 x can of chickpeas (drained)
Juice of half a lemon
2 x tablespoons of tahini
1 x tablespoon of paprika
2 x garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, taste as you go and don’t forget to freestyle and adjust your measurements to taste.
How simple is all of that! One big note is don’t go too wild with the lemon juice, it can be your friend but add too much and it will ruin everything (don’t panic though, some people love lemon).

Serve the dips with crisps or carrot batons or those trendy pita chips everyone loves, and its party time!

So get cracking with it, have fun, and don’t stress.

– Hugo.

If you are inspired to don your apron be sure to let us know in the comments or over on Twitter – we’re @PainesPlough.