Monthly archives: June 2016

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: The Yard

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Hackney Wick mural near The Yard

Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM heads East but only to East London, as far as The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. Presenting work tonight we have Lucy Sheen an actor, writer and filmmaker, Afsana Begum founder of Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company, In-Sook Chappell writer of PYONGYANG about North Korea as well as numerous radio dramas, Lizzy Dijeh published poet and playwright and finally the prolific Arinze Kene who you may recognise from EASTENDERS but he’s been busy since then writing hard hitting and insightful plays (and there are some films in the pipeline too!).

You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7.30pm.

We’ll certainly to be heading to Crate Brewery after the show for a pizza and a beer. Pizza, beer and a five new plays. Lovely.

You can read their full credits here:

Lucy Sheen
Lucy is an actor, writer, filmmaker and playwright who has written for Nimble Fish Arts and the Royal Court Theatre. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM was her fourth commission. Her acting credits include PING PONG, JULIUS CAESAR (Bristol Old Vic), DRINK THE MERCURY (TMA nomination, 1990) and HUNGRY GHOSTS (OFFIE award nomination, 1990).

Afsana Begum
Afsana is an emerging BAME Artistic Producer and founder of the Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company (Mulberry ATC) with over 6 years’ experience in arts education. She was Company Manager on three Fin Kennedy plays for the school at the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which won a Scotsman Fringe First. Mulberry ATC has since collaborated with Royal Court Theatre and Afsana has participated in their Introduction to Playwriting scheme.

In-Sook Chappell
In-Sook Chappell was the winner of the Verity Bargate award in 2007 for her play THIS ISN’T ROMANCE. Her previous playwriting credits have included PYONGYANG (Finborough Theatre), THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (Soho Theatre) and DOWNTOWN DOLLHOUSE. In-Sook’s radio credits include HONG KONG MIDNIGHT (BBC Radio 3) and THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (BBC Radio 4).

Lizzy Dijeh
Lizzy Dijeh is a playwright and poet. Her plays include HIGH LIFE (Hampstead Theatre – runner up of Alfred Fagon Award 2007) and MESSAGE FROM A FAR COUNTRY (Tiata Delights Festival). Her poetry has been published in RED: CONTEMPORARY BLACK BRITISH POETRY (People Tree Press, 2010), OUT OF BOUNDS (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) and WASAFIRI (International Arts Journal).

Arinze Kene
Arinze Kene was born and raised in London to Nigerian parents. Alongside his writing he also works as an actor. Arinze’s original feature film, SEEKERS, is on the Brit List and in development with Strays Film. He has another original feature film, CURE, in development with Sixteen Films. Arinze wrote his new play GOOD DOG on attachment to the National Theatre Studio. He is developing MISTY with the Bush Theatre following RADAR last year and was on attachment at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2012 as a recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Bursary. His stage play GOD’S PROPERTY ran at Soho Theatre in 2013, co-produced with Talawa. LITTLE BABY JESUS, directed by Che Walker, ran in May 2011 at the Ovalhouse Theatre, where his play ESTATE WALLS ran in 2010. Arinze was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards for ESTATE WALLS in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play. WILD CHILD was performed in 2011 as part of the Rough Cuts season at The Royal Court. Arinze wrote a wrap-around piece to the play FISHBONE called US & THEM for Nabokov at the Bush Theatre in 2010 and wrote a short play, SUFFOCATION, as part of Ovalhouse Theatre’s annual 33% Festival. Arinze was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme and Writers’ Super Group at the Royal Court Theatre. He was also part of Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Group and was chosen as one of their Hub Writers. Arinze was shortlisted for Off West End’s 2010’s ‘Adopt a Playwright Award’ and the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award. Arinze was involved in the storylining and development of the second series of Big Talk’s YOUNGERS for E4, in which he played Ashley. He wrote an episode of the third series of E20 on BBC3 and was subsequently part of an EASTENDERS trial scheme. Arinze was named as a Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow in 2013 and was invited to take part in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course in 2012.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM FROM London : The Gate

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Tonight, much like the Pet Shop Boys, we Go West. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London heads to The Gate where TEN WEEKS by Elinor Cook played earlier this year. Tonight will see short plays from acclaimed playwright Omar El-Khairy (who also has a PhD in Sociology!), Tamasha regular Satinder Chohan, playwright and Horseshoe Theatre Company founder Sally Woodcook, the prolific April De Angelis who has written for stage, screen and radio, and Divya Sachdeva who works in animation, CTWIF will be her first commission, good luck Divya!

You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7pm.

You can read their full credits here:

Omar El-Khairy

Omar is a writer for stage and screen. He was part of the Young Writers Programmes at both the Royal Court Theatre and Soho Theatre and a former Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. His plays include BURST, SOUR LIPS, THE KEEPERS OF INFINITE SPACE and THE CHAPLAIN: OR, A SHORT TALE OF HOW WE LEARNED TO LOVE GOOD MUSLIMS WHILST TORTURING BAD ONES. His last play HOMEGROWN was originally commissioned as part of the National Youth Theatre’s 2015 season. It will be published by Oberon later this year. Omar is also a founding member of Paper Tiger, a collective of theatre and filmmakers, working collaboratively and autonomously. His first short film NO EXIT received its world premiere at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival and screened both nationally and internationally. He is currently working on his first feature-length screenplay. He is in the process of developing two television projects, including a mixed form documentary with Playground Entertainment. Omar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Divya Sachdeva

Divya Sachdeva was born and raised in Greater London and currently works in animation for a television company. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is her first commission as writer and performer.

Satinder Chohan

Satinder is the 2013 Adopt a Playwright Award winner to develop MOTHER INDIA, a play about East-West surrogacy set in Gujarat, in partnership with Tamasha Theatre Company for a 2017 national tour. She is also Writer-In-Residence at the Centre for Family Research (CFR) as part of the NEW FAMILIES collaboration between Tamasha, CFR and Generation Arts. Her previous work includes ZAMEEN (Kali Theatre) and KABBADIKABBADIKABADDI (Tamasha Theatre Company).

Sally Woodcock

Sally Woodcock founded Horseshoe Theatre Company for schools in Cambridge with Toby Parsons. Her first full length play FANTA ORANGE was developed at NT Studio and premiered at Finborough. Previous works include PINK GIN (Salisbury Playhouse), THE TROUSER DEPARTMENT (Bridewell, Gilded Balloon), WEDDING BELLES (Gilded Balloon, 78th St Theatre Lab, NYC), MAKING UP (Jermyn St), OXYMORONIC (RADA Foyer) and U BEND (RADA Foyer).

April De Angelis

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). She’s currently under commission to the Rose Theatre, Kingston, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and the National Theatre. April has also written the libretto for FLIGHT music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and THE SILENT TWINS libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen, Almeida Theatre, 2007. April’s work for radio includes an adaptation of LIFE IN THE TOMB for BBC Radio 3 in 2014, a serialisation of PEYTON PLACE, VISITANTS for BBC Radio 4, and THE OUTLANDER for Radio 5, which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. TV work includes a BFI / Channel 4 commission, ARISTOPHANES.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London : Omnibus, Clapham

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London continues at Omnibus in Clapham in South West London.

This evening will see performances from playwright Amman Paul Singh Brar, writer for stage and screen Kathryn Golding, comedian and actress Elena Procopiu, Paines Plough writer Alexandra Wood and former Tamasha Artistic Director and 2010 First Women Award winner Sudha Bhuchar.

So why not head down souf and take in some new writing.

You can still get tickets here or on the door.

You can read their full credits here:

Amman Paul Singh Brar
Amman is an MA Creative Writing graduate from the University of East Anglia. One of the inaugural winners of the BBC Writersroom 10 award with Tamasha Theatre, where he was also Artist in Residence, his credits include: STILL ALIVE (West Yorkshire Playhouse), SOMETHING MISSING (Contact Theatre), TEARS AT TERMINAL VELOCITY (Tamasha, Mulberry School, Soho Theatre) and NO MORE POUNDSHOP WARS (BBC, Live Theatre).
@AmmanPaulSBrar

Kathryn Golding

Kathryn is a recognised emerging writing talent with a unique voice, who is passionate about diversity and adept across TV and theatre. Graduate of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices Programme and supported by the Edinburgh International Television Festival, she is currently working on projects for both stage and television. Recent credits include BEING SUZY WONG (Royal Court’s Live Lunch programme) and PLAY 13 (Vault Festival).
@littlemissmandu 

Elena Procopiu

Elena is an Anglo-Romanian actress and writer. Having trained as an actor, she has performed stand-up throughout the UK, Europe and in New York and is a multi-lingual voice-over artist in English, Romanian and French. She also presented a piece she co-wrote on The One Show on BBC 1 attempting to dispel myths about Romanians taking all your jobs. Last year, she was commissioned to write a one-woman show for Tamasha Theatre Company.
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Alexandra Wood

Alex is a graduate of the MPhil in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme. In 2007 she won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her plays include: THE ELEVENTH CAPITAL (Royal Court); THE LION’S MOUTH (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); UNBROKEN (Gate Theatre); DECADE (co-writer/Headlong); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS (Young Vic/American Repertory Theater); and THE CENTRE (Islington Community Theatre). Short plays include: MILES TO GO (Nabokov/Latitude Festival); THIRTY TWO YEARS IS NOTHING and EXPECTING (BAC/Rose Bruford); MY NAME IS JOHN ALAN ASHLEY (Soho/Oxford School of Drama); and PIIGS (Royal Court).Her most recent play, THE EMPTY QUARTER, played at Hampstead Downstairs in 2013. Work for radio: TWELVE YEARS (BBC Radio 4). In 2010 she was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough.

Sudha Bhuchar

Sudha is a playwright and actor.

Writing credits for Tamasha include BALTI KINGS (co-written with Shaheen Khan), FOURTEEN SONGS, TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, STRICTLY DANDIA, A FINE BALANCE (all co- written with Kristine Landon-Smith), her first children’s play CHILD OF THE DIVIDE (Polka Theatre, Best Kids’ Show of 2006 – Time Out) and most recently the critically acclaimed MY NAME IS… which Sudha also adapted for Radio 4 where it was ‘pick of the week’. Sudha’s adaptaion of Lorca’s THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA – THE HOUSE OF BILQUIS BIBI was recently remounted by Mulberry School’s Alumni company. Other writing credits include SMALL FISH BIG CHEESE for the Unicorn Theatre and extensive credits on Radio 4 including three series of GIRLIES (co written with Shaheen Khan). Sudha jointly won, with Kristine Landon-Smith, the 2005 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture and the 2010 First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure category. Sudha’s extensive acting credits include most recently three series of STELLA for Sky TV and Gurpreet Bhatti’s play KHANDAN for Birmingham Rep/Royal Court theatre in 2014. Sudha is currently filming a guest role on CORONATION STREET.

Roundabout Rehearsal Room Blog: The beginning

Hi, I’m Anna! I’m the new Trainee Director at Paines Plough and I’ll be assistant directing the Roundabout plays this year – GROWTH, I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY and LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY. I’ve just moved to London to work at PPHQ and in between rehearsals you can find me skipping delightedly across Waterloo Bridge like I’m Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada and I’ve just arrived in New York.

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Rehearsal room walls (cred. Helen Murray)

Back to the rehearsal room – the first thing you would notice if you came in would be the walls. They started off blank and inviting, and quickly began to fill up. Detailed maps of Merthyr Tydfil, pictures of Captain Planet and The Incredibles, and medical information about orchidectomies cover every surface, along with timelines of each play. As the days go by, all the work we’re doing on the texts manifests itself on the walls, and it begins to look like the office of a particularly eclectic and obsessive private investigator *sips scotch*.

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Hilarious moments with Remy Beasley (cred. Helen Murray)

Incidentally, investigating is exactly what we’re doing at the table in rehearsals (stunning segue Anna) – lots of going through the plays, hearing them out loud, playing and finding information about the characters and stories. Beautiful and hilarious moments emerge, and already I’ve learned a lot about the initial rehearsal process for new writing, about day-to-day life at PPHQ, and NEVER to Google ‘hybrid taxidermy’ (I’m serious, don’t do it guys).

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Anna accidentally googles ‘hybrid taxidermy’ (cred. Helen Murray)

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with more rehearsal updates,

Anna

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: Tricycle Theatre

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London opens at Tricycle theatre in North West London also known as North Weezy to those in the know. This evening will see performances from poet Zia Ahmed, writer for stage and screen Karla Williams, poet with a PhD in Biophysics Mediah Ahmed, playwright and director Ché Walker and self confessed writer/actor/director/comedian/hypocrite Gabriel Bisset-Smith (he’s also been nominated for a BAFTA).

Grab yourself a drink and come and explore what home means with us. It’s going to be special.

You can still get tickets here or on the door.

You can read their full credits here:

Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed is from and based in North West London. He is currently a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He was 2014/15 poet-in-residence for Cape Farewell looking at the cultural response to climate change. He won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2011. @ziasighs

Karla Williams

Karla Williams won the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 for her short film PRETTY BITCH (based upon the stage play of the same name). With the stage play touring across the UK, the film has been screened internationally at the BFI in London, Denmark, Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver and Turkey. Her full length play BUT I DON’T LIKE GIRLS was selected for the Talawa Firsts Festival 2014 and long listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014 and Bruntwood Prize 2015. @KarlawithaK82

Mediah Ahmed

Mediah Ahmed was born and bred in North West London. With a PhD in Biophysics, her love of theatre was sparked while participating in the Unheard Voices writing workshops at Royal Court. Her first piece, REPENTANCE, ran for two weeks as part of ANGLE at the Bush. She also has poetry published in the SALIDAA and Keats House Poets’ anthologies. Her last play, GRAVE, featured in the Tamasha Scratch Night at Soho Theatre. @mudda28

Ché Walker

Ché Walker is a playwright and director. His previous work with Paines Plough includes Crazy Love.

Walker’s work in theatre includes Been So Long (musical – Young Vic/ETT),Been So Long (stageplay – Royal Court, Runner-up in the 31st John Whiting Award), The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Iphigenia (Southwark Playhouse), Flesh Wound (Royal Court – winner of the George Devine Award), Car Thieves (National Studio), Extended Family (Chichester Festival Theatre – winner of Playwrights’ Slam), Dance For Me (Stratford East Theatre) and Rootz Spectacular (Belgrade Theatre). His one man show, Lovesong which he wrote and directed, staring Omar toured the UK last year, produced by ETT following its successful run at the Edinburgh Festival. Walker is currently writing a new musical version of Carmen for the Open Air Theatre as well as writing his own musical adaptation of The Bacchaewith Arthur Darvill for ETT. This year Walker will direct the feature film adaptation of his original musical Been So Long from his own screenplay for Greenacre Films/UKFC and is also developing an original television series with the BBC. He recently directed Estate Walls, a new play by Arinze Kene at The Oval House Theatre and will direct his next play Little Baby Jesus there in May this year.

Gabriel Bisset-Smith:

Gabriel Bisset-Smith is a BAFTA nominated writer/actor/director/comedian from London.

He’s had plays produced at the Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal and for BBC Radio Four. He’s been on attachment at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court and a regular story contributor on the Channel Four series Skins. His short film THRUSH won the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival Tenderpixel audience choice award, the 2010 Vimeo Best Narrative award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Disposable Film Festival. He was named one of Dazed & Confused magazines Dazed Visionaries and they commissioned him, alongside the likes of James Franco and Bjork, to make his latest film TOILETS, which has also won numerous awards.

He’s also directed lots of music videos and is one half of comedy double act GUILT & SHAME. Who have played sold out shows at the Soho Theatre, Underbelly, Bestival, Latitude and tour the country regularly.  He has also been nominated for the Off West End Most Promising Playwright award and has three feature films in development. Gabriel has just directed and co created the BBC’s groundbreaking multi platform murder mystery THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K which earned him a BAFTA nomination in digital creativity. The show was also nominated for a Prix Italia, best visual experience at SXSW Interactive and won a Gold and Audience award at the LOVIES. He is currently previewing his second solo comedy show.

Good news for South East London

We’ve got some COME TO WHERE I’M FROM news for you. Roy Williams will now perform his COME TO WHERE I’M FROM at Ovalhouse (04 July) rather than The Gate (29 June) as previously advertised. While Roy was born in West London he has lived in South East London for some time now.

It looks like West London’s loss is South East London’s gain. We look forward to seeing you there.

The full line up is listed below including our most recent edition Gabriel Bisset-Smith at Tricycle Theatre.

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: more writers announced

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We’re excited to announce four more stellar playwrights will join the line-up for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London, totalling in 30 writers over six venues between 27 June – 6 July.

Three have been added to the bill at The Gate on 29 June, including award-winning playwright and OBE Roy Williams, Omar El-Khairy and April De Angelis.

At Clapham Omnibus on 28 June, we are also joined by Sudha Bhuchar, former Artistic Director and founder of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London partner Tamasha.

We’ve also added Gabriel Bisset-Smith to the line-up at Tricycle Theatre on 27 June.

Tickets are on sale and limited at each venue. Click on the venue name below to take you through to the event page where you can buy yours.

Here’s the full list of writers:

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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Introducing our new Playwright Fellowship & Trainee Director

Here at PPHQ we find nothing more exciting than supporting talented people to develop their craft. We are therefore pleased to announce that we have two exceptional young artists joining Team PP. Our second Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship is awarded to Sam Steiner and the new Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Trainee Director bursary goes to Anna Himali Howard.

Sam Steiner

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Our Joint Artistic Directors James and George saw Sam’s debut play LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS last year: “From the hundreds of new plays we’ve seen and read in the past year, Lemons stood out for us as the work of a singular talent. We are thrilled to welcome Sam to Paines Plough as the recipient of our Playwright Fellowship 2016. With the generous support of Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and a Paines Plough alumnus playwright, we look forward to supporting Sam in the next stage of what promises to be a great career.” Sam’s debut won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival prior to an acclaimed, sold out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. You can catch it this year in Edinburgh at Roundabout @ Summerhall.

Anna Himali Howard

Anna Himali Howard

We’re very excited to be joining forces with Birmingham REP to provide this bursary supported by another Paines Plough alumnus playwright. “Anna Himali Howard is a real talent with a brilliant and imaginative theatre brain. We are hugely excited to welcome her to our team. We [James and George] were both fortunate to receive training opportunities that made our careers possible – not least from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert – and we are delighted to now be in a position to offer some support to the next generation of theatre directors and the artistic directors of the future.” Anna will be the Assistant Director for our three Roundabout shows this year: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

We’ll have blogs from both Anna and Sam coming soon as Anna lets us know what’s going on in the rehearsal room and Sam checks in from Barcelona where he’ll be attending the annual l’Obrador d’estiu playwriting conference.

With A Little Bit of Luck Soundtrack

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With A Little Bit Of Luck at The Spring, Havant (cred. James White)

We couldn’t make a show all about Garage music and not provide you with the track list could we? Here are all the songs from Sabrina Mahfouz’s WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK in the order they appear in the show.

1. Summer of Love by Lonyo
2. Gotta Get Thru This by Daniel Bedingfield
3. Love Bug by Ramsey and Fen
4. Ain’t No Stopping Us by DJ Luck and MC Neat
5. Scrappy by Wookie
6. It’s A London Thing by Scott Garcia
7. Closer Than Close by Rosie Gaines
8. Poison by DJ Luck and MC Neat ft. Shy Cookie
9. Never Gonna Let You Go by Tina Moore, Kelly G Vocal Mix
10. Girls Like Us by B15 Project
11. With A Little Bit Of Luck by DJ Luck and MC Neat
12. Gabriel by Roy Davis Jr
13. Something In Your Eyes by Ed Case (K Warren mix)
14. It’s The Way by Future Underground Nation
15. Booo! by Sticky ft. Miss Dynamite
16. Destiny by Dem 2
17. Do It Again by TJ Cases
18. Battle by Wookie ft. Lain Grey
19. Sincere by MJ Cole
20. The Things We Do For Love by Kele Le Roc
21. Celebrate Life by Brasstooth

We’ve even made a Spotify playlist for you. Aren’t you lucky?

Roundabout Rehearsals are go

It’s that time of year again. We’re back in the rehearsal room and buzzing with excitement for another Roundabout season.

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Plays.

If you’re late to the party and haven’t heard about our three new plays you can read about all them here: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

On Monday last week we welcomed our rep of three brilliant actors to PPHQ: Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush. We’ll be interviewing all the team as rehearsals go on so watch this space!

After introductions it was time to crack on with a first day staple: read throughs but not without a delay… we tucked in to a few treats from our new Company Stage Manager Caitlin. We like Caitlin.

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Treats.

After emerging from a cloud of puff pastry and cinnamon we got down to business and read GROWTH by Luke Norris. Andy plays Tobes throughout while Remy and Richard play a whole host of characters from Tobes’ boss to Tobes’ doctor and everyone in between.

After a quick water break we fell head first into a world of goblins and gargoyles but thankfully we had three teenage superheroes on hand to help us out. Ethan, William and Fiona discover their superpowers just in time to save the world in Katie DouglasI GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. Saving the world is hungry work though so we stopped for some lunch.

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Actors.

Post-lunch we ventured into The Valleys for Alan Harris‘ LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY. We zoom from location to location, Tesco to Biotech Medical Research Unit, Castle Hotel to Gurnos, ice cream van to the Conservative Club.

That concludes our first day of Roundabout rehearsals. What are you most looking forward to? What part of the process do you want to hear more about? Let us know and you never know, we might be able to provide some extra insight!

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