Monthly archives: July 2016

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for Broken Biscuits by Tom Wells

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We’re on the lookout for a friendly and dedicated Company Stage Manager on the book to go on tour with BROKEN BISCUITS and team PP this year. Must be able to drive a van. Could it be you? Details below:

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER on the book
BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to
harriet@painesplough.com

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 August at 10am

About the play:

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre Newcastle production
BROKEN BISCUITS
by Tom Wells

“The point is: we’re losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we’re losers forever. And we don’t have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that.”

Megan, Holly and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. One amazing transformation, through the power of song.

Holed up in Megan’s garden shed, three old friends try to change their fortunes in a beautiful, heart-warming, laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story for our times. Rock on.

Dates: 5th September – 3rd December

5 – 24 September: Rehearse, London

26 September – 1 October: Rehearse, Newcastle

3 – 5 October: Tech, Newcastle

6 – 10 October: Previews, Newcastle

11 October: Press, Newcastle

12 – 24 October: Run, Newcastle

25 October – 3 December: Tour

Job Purpose:

To support the Director and manage the BROKEN BISCUITS company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well-being of the company. To call and operate all performances on the BROKEN BISCUITS tour.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

– To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
– To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer.
– To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
– To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
– To drive a van on tour.
– To support the TSM with the fit-up and strike at each venue
- In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.
- In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Manager, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
– In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
– Cover the running and/or operating of the production whilst on the road.
– To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
– To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
– To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
– To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.
– Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified
– To deliver rehearsal and show reports for the production to the co-producers and the creative team.
– To support and manage the company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour

Person Specification

Essential:

Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company

– Able to drive and hold a full UK Driving License
– Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
– An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
– Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
– Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
– Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
– A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
– Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
– Experience of and ability to operate QLab
– Good team player

Desirable:

– First Aid trained

Fee:

£447.50 p/w plus relocation allowance of £95 p/w in Newcastle and subsistence allowance of £282.70 p/w on tour, in line with ITC minimum rates of pay.

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com with the subject heading: BROKEN BISCUITS CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 August, 10am

Interview dates: Skype interviews w/c 1 August 2016. Let us know if you are up in Edinburgh this week as we may be able to meet you there.

Please note you must be available on one of the interview dates.

Roundabout trailers are go!

It’s not long until we’re heading off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (how has this come round so quickly?!). We’ll be opening our three news plays in Roundabout which pops up in the Summerhall courtyard – we’ve got 10 shows a day and you can see them all here. Then Roundabout traverses the country on an eight-week tour this autumn. Find out when we’re coming to you here.

There’s GROWTH, Luke Norris’ comedy about growing up and manning up, offbeat love story LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris, and a magical quest following three super almost-teens from Katie Douglas, I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. We can’t wait.

We teamed up with film maker extrodinaire Rory Gibson to create three cinematic trailers for this year’s Roundabout season. You can check out Rory’s work here.

And now our #RoundaboutPP trailers have landed, feast your eyes on them here:

A Paines Plough Production
GROWTH by Luke Norris

Book here.
#GrowthPlay

A Paines Plough, Sherman Theatre & Theatr Clwyd production
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Book here.
#LoveLiesTaxidermy

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas

Book here.
#BirthdaySuperpowers

Roundabout: Closed-Captioning

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We’re very pleased to be partnering with Stagetext to bring closed-caption performances to Roundabout this summer. We’ll be launching this at our Roundabout previews at Hackney ShowroomLOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY on Sunday 24 July at 2pm will be closed-captioned. Booking info is all here.

We are also offering 5 complimentary tickets for this performance if you wish to make use of the service. Find all the info here.

Here’s what Stagetext say about closed-captioning:

Theatre captions are similar to television subtitles – the actors’ words appear on screens at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Captions also include additional information such as speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to make use of this service please do get in touch as we’re eager to take on board your feedback.

We have a week of closed-caption performances when we’re at Summerhall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can download a list of all the captioned performances at this year’s Fringe here.

Additional access information, including relaxed performances and BSL interpreted performances, for Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Roundabout!

#RoundaboutPP

Roundabout Rehersal Room: An extensive range of dungarees

As we gear up for previews (TONIGHT, AH!) we thought we’d take a look back on our last day in the rehearsal room before our tech rehearsals.

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Thinking, planning, rehearsing (cred. Helen Murray)

It’s getting more populous in here as we get closer to putting the plays in the Roundabout itself. As well as having the writers working with us in the room, we’ve had movement workshops with Kate Sagovsky (I couldn’t resist joining in), Elspeth, our dialect coach, helping the actors with their Merthyr accent and also their Ron-Burgundy-from-Anchorman, and an extensive range of dungarees on offer from Kat, the costume designer. We’ve also been working with a film crew to create trailers for the three shows which I’m really excited about, so look out for those.

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Caitlin thinks about tech week… (cred. Helen Murray)

Dom, our Sound Designer, comes bearing gifts of a beautiful indie soundtrack for LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY and high-octane sound effects for I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY which range from gross to hilarious, some of which make the PP team in the office next door to the rehearsal room jump a bit (sorry guys). Prema, our Lighting Designer, gave me a sneak peak at the visual simulation of Roundabout that she’s been using to create the lighting design, because we are living in the future.

Basically, if you picture the Avengers assembling, walking in slow motion with big explosions in the background, that’s the creative team behind these shows right now. Boom.

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“So no one wants to be Hawk-Eye?” (cred. Helen Murray)

See you next time, when we’ll be in the Roundabout itself in Hackney!

Anna.

Ealier / Later|Roundabout @ Summerhall

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

As a bumper August in Edinburgh creeps ever closer we’ve been busy programming even more theatre for you. That’s right, on top of our eight shows a day we’ll also have a bespoke series of performances for early mornings (10am, don’t worry) and late nights (10.30pm, don’t worry). Welcome back Earlier / Later!

We’re very pleased that we can announce our Earlier / Later schedule today. Read on, friends.

06 Aug // Later // Write It:Mic It by Poleroid Theatre

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After four years at Vault, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel, Wilderness Festival & Standon Calling, Poleroid Theatre’s acclaimed open ‘write’ platform returns for it’s second year at the Roundabout!

Triple Off-West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre bring together the UKs most exciting emerging artists offering audiences a sneak peak into new work at the first stage of it’s development and snippets of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Artists include KATIE BONNA (Dirty Great Love Story/Soho Theatre), LUKE COURTIER (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2015), MIXED DOUBLES (Dave Comedy Shorts Winners), TOM GILL (Kate Tempest Award Winner), PHOEBE ECLAIR-POWELL (Soho Theatre/Verity Bargate Award Finalist) and LAUGHING STOCK (Sketchfest Audience Choice Winners).

Tickets here.

07 Aug // Later // Maliza Productions presents SPLIT/MIXED in association with Tamasha

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A gripping and funny coming-of-age story… in a civil war.

Dancing in a nightclub, Eddy finds himself being asked “where are you from?” This eternal question resounds with many others “Were you there then…?” “Which ‘side’ did you belong to?” and, always quietly present, “Are you a victim or a killer?”

Eddy was born in Europe and returned to Rwanda with his family as a young child. Should he answer the country of his heritage? – Or dodge the issue by answering the place of his birth?

Split/Mixed recalls a childhood much like many others – attending school, listening to music, playing football… until Eddy’s world is turned upside down and everything is ripped apart…

Tickets here.

08 Aug // Earlier // Producers Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring. Sharing their invaluable experience and insight on touring theatre, Hanna and Francesca will tell you what it takes, how it works, their top tips and the odd “The van broke down on the motorway” story…

Tickets here.

08 Aug // Later // Split/Mixed by Tamasha

Another chance to catch Split/Mixed by Ery Nzaramba.

Tickets here.

10 Aug // Earlier // General Managers Workshop [Free]

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

We are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about creating new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Tickets here.

10 Aug // Later // Get Yourself Together by Josh Coates

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One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. A show about being ill and being fit for work. A show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

Tickets here.

11 Aug // Earlier // Acting & Directing Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Tickets here.

12 Aug // Earlier // Casting Workshop [Free]

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Casting Director Nadine Rennie, of Soho Theatre, joins us in Roundabout for a morning Q&A . Having worked with Writers from Dennis Kelly to Shelagh Stevenson, and Directors from Max Stafford Clark to Roxanna Silbert, Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Whether you’re a budding young Casting Director, or an actor looking to find out more about the process and get advice, come along and join us for a morning of insight into casting.

Tickets here.

13 Aug // Later // PLAY: Edinburgh by Play Theatre Co.

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Hold on to your hats, it’s PLAYtime! Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration. We’ve brought together some of the industries’ brightest and best actors, writers and directors to share a PLAYroom. Starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create four brand new PLAYs.

Tickets here.

14 Aug // Later // Declaration by Art With Heart

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Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Dr thought it was sugar. Her current Dr thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?

Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in. With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on vibrant and daring adventure.

Tickets here.

15 Aug // Earlier // General Managers Workshop [Free]

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

We are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about creating new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Tickets here.

15 Aug // Later // Obviously We Only Want The Best For Our Daughter by Joe Harbot

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Here we are, look, sitting here
We made it in against all the odds
We’ve dragged ourselves up out of the gutter to be here

You’re sitting down to eat when there’s a knock at the door. A couple introduce themselves. They make their way inside. They seem at home here. You seem to have a lot in common. In fact, there’s something vaguely familiar about them.

The first showing of a new play by Joe Harbot (The Boy On The Swing, Arcola). Directed by Kay Michael (Pelican’s Daughters, Shakespeare in Shoreditch, RIFT).

Tickets here.

17 Aug // Later // Nothing by Barrel Organ

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“Nothing ever happens to me. In fact I’d go further than that – I’d say Nothing has ever happened to me. I can’t think of a single significant thing that has ever happened to me”

Barrel Organ’s award winning debut production returns to Edinburgh after selling out in 2014. Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things – cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.

“This young company are the future” – Lyn Gardner.

Tickets here.

18 Aug // Earlier // Producers Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring. Sharing their invaluable experience and insight on touring theatre, Hanna and Francesca will tell you what it takes, how it works, their top tips and the odd “The van broke down on the motorway” story…

Tickets here.

19 Aug // Later // We Need To Talk (Work in Progress) by Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe

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Josie and Jonny are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber. They see themselves as optimists who want to make things better. That’s what they think their politics is.

If you think lefties are naïve and immature, or you don’t agree with how they see the world, come along, let’s talk.

Let’s try and be kinder to each other.
Let’s argue, but without being dicks about it.

This is a show about politics and identity and by the end of it; maybe, we will have sorted everything out and can just have a singalong.

Tickets here.

21 Aug // Earlier // Hansel and Gretel by Tap Tap

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Rucksack? Check.
Binoculars? Check.
Blind faith and unfathomable courage? Check.
Check.
Sense of direction? Well…
Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest. Climb into the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find?

A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart. From the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales, Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+.

Tickets here.

21 Aug // Later // Tongue Fu

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The UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman).

Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown – XFM; Pick Of The Week – BBC R4), it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. With special guests from across the fringe.

“Poetry, but not as you know it…amazing” Guardian
“the most remarkable spoken word event going” ★★★★★ Informed Edinburgh
“A strange kind of alchemy” ★★★★ Scotsman

Tickets here.

22 Aug // Earlier // Theatre Uncut: Refugee

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Fringe First winners Theatre Uncut return with 6 brand new international short plays, responding to the refugee crisis, by British, Turkish & Danish writers including award winning Sabrina Mahfouz & Atiha Sen Gupta. These plays were created in collaboration with Danish Teater GROB for the Copenhagen STAGE Festival.

Tickets here.

22 Aug // Later // Tuck Shop by Not Too Tame

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Tuck Shop is a pick of new work from some of NTT’s favourite writers and a mix of our trademark electrifying energy, blended to create a new writing night with a twist. A night that’s not too well behaved, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. So satisfy your sweet tooth, come get your fill and tuck into a night of fun, excitement and guaranteed good company!

“The company’s stated intention is to engage audiences who don’t feel they belong in “tame, polite theatre”, and they do this with great charm and energy” The Telegraph

Tickets here.

24 Aug // Earlier // Acting & Directing Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Tickets here.

24 Aug // Later // Bang Said the Gun

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Bang Said The Gun is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Voted the best poetry night in the UK by the Times, Bang Said The Gun has made poetry cool again. A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. Normal rules do not apply here. Featuring a rich mix of the best and freshest talent, they will grab you by the collar and drag you into another world.

As recommended by Kate Tempest, ‘It’s like mud wrestling with words’, or as ex poet laureate, Andrew Motion puts it ‘BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm’.

‘Like all the best things in life, Bang Said The Gun is done with commitment, belief and passion.’ Phil Jupitus

“Bang Said The Gun is the best poetry night in the country. The combination of excitement, enthusiasm and deep, deep concentration on the poems is a wonder to behold.” Ian McMillan, BBC Radio

Tickets here.

26 Aug // Later // The Sleep Show by Rob Auton

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This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’s The Sky Show, 2014’s The Face Show, 2015’s The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016’s The Sleep Show.

‘Entirely compelling to watch’ Daniel Kitson
‘Just sad’ Vanessa Feltz
‘We need him’ Scotsman
‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’ Guardian
‘Like watching a kid caught in the stage lights of his first Nativity’ Venue.co.uk

Tickets here.

 

More announcements coming soon via @painesplough on Twitter.

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Latitude: We’re coming for you

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We can’t quite believe it but apparently it’s that time of year again. It’s time for Latitude. We’re enormously pleased WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz is returning to the site of its debut last year.

This year you can catch us at the Film and Music Arena on Friday 15 July at 8:25pm. We’ll be grooving out to some old school garage and hope you can join us. Full info is here.

As usual there’s loads of other incredible acts on at Latitude including some great theatre here.

Can’t make it to Latitude this year? Don’t worry we’ve got another WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK performance for you. We’re part of a fantastic weekend Latitude are curating outside National Theatre on the South Bank. From 5 -7 August Latitude take over River Stage outside NT. You can wander over anytime but if you want to catch us we’re headlining Saturday night at 9:25pm. We’re going to close the evening with the garage rave it deserves.

Check out all the other amazing River Stage acts here.

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Roundabout Rehearsal Room: 3 actors, 55 characters

Hello! Welcome to the latest update from the Roundabout rehearsal room. The plays are up on their feet now and it’s all kicking off. The circular stage has been marked out in tape on the floor by Caitlin, our Stage Manager, with the yellow, blue and pink of the seats around the edges. The colour codes, arrows and crosses all help, because rehearsing three plays at once in the round can be figuratively and literally dizzying.

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Colourful rehearsals = black and white photos (cred. Helen Murray)

The circle comes to life as we explore the huge amount of possibilities for playing in it – it can feel like an intimate little stage or a huge space depending on the dynamics in the scene we’re doing. Altogether, we’ve counted 55 different characters across all the plays, and that makes for a lot of different accents and shapes. We aren’t using any set or props, which means all the focus is on the actors, and they’re conjuring everything from a bedroom to an entire Welsh town to a giant slug in our imaginations.

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Richard Corgan counts how many characters he’s playing… (cred. Helen Murray)

At the end of the week, we went to the beautiful space at Half Moon Theatre to show I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY to a young audience. We got some lovely and useful feedback, including “when’s the sequel?” (top secret, sorry guys), and someone compared it to the amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender, which reminds me – I need to watch the last series.

This week’s top tip comes not from me but from one of the actors, and it’s about wearing loose clothing when playing mythical creatures.

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Director George reacts to Andy’s wardrobe malfunction (cred. Helen Murray)

See you next time!

Anna