Monthly archives: August 2016

Bring Every Brilliant Thing to your town

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Jonny Donahoe in Every Brilliant Thing (cred. Thread Design)

Calling anyone who programmes a theatre space anywhere in the UK… how do you fancy having EVERY BRILLIANT THING come to visit?

After its third sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe our co-production with Pentabus Theatre CompanyEVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, embarks on another national tour… and we’ve got space for one last tour date.

We’re looking for a cool place to pitch up on Sunday 11 September 2016. Would your venue like to host EVERY BRILLIANT THING that night?

If so please contact sofia@painesplough.com ASAP.

Late night Love, Lies and Taxidermy

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris (cred. Thread Design)

Due to popular demand we’ve added another performance of our co-production with Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd  LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris.

This time we’ll be slotting it into our LATER slot at 10.30pm so if the 1:35pm slot didn’t work for you, you don’t have any excuses this time.

When?

Saturday 27 Aug 10.30pm

Tickets here.

We hope to see you there.

More Lemons due to popular demand

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When life sells out Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons… you programme more!

We’re very pleased to announce that due to popular demand we’ve managed to squeeze one more performance of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner into our EdFringe schedule.

Lemons x5 will be performed as part of our EARLIER / LATER programme which it first graced late one night in Edinburgh 2015.

When?

Thursday 25 August – 10.30pm

Tickets here.

We hope to see you for some #LateNightLemons

Recruitment: Work Placements

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Anna Himali Howard Trainee Director 2016 (Cred. Helen Murray)

We are currently recruiting for autumn 2016 university placements in the Production and Administration teams. Please see below for more information on the scheme and how to apply.

WORK PLACEMENTS

We offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school theatre courses at a BA or MA level.

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You can choose to work in either the Administration or Production team supporting the teams as described in the sample job descriptions below. These may be altered on discussion of your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

Timeline
Placements last three months and you will be in PPHQ 3-5 days per week, subject to your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

Expenses
We offer £10 per day worked to cover travel expenses, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

“There’s not really a better place to be… They gave me a platform where I could grow as an artist and a theatre-maker, and I wouldn’t be going to New York without them.”

Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement 2015-16 Hugo is now managing the New Works Lab at Playwrights Horizons

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to simone@painesplough.com.

Application deadline Thursday 25 August
Interviews Noon Thursday & Friday 1 & 2 September
Start date Wednesday 7 September
End date Friday 16 December

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

 

ADMIN PLACEMENT

The Admin Placement works closely with the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant supporting day to day administration of the company the company and will have the opportunity to take responsibility for the co-ordination of specific projects. Duties include but are not limited to:

Office Administration:

-  To act as a welcoming and helpful first point of contact for all enquiries and visitors, either in person, by telephone or by email
-  To support the Administrator with the co-ordination of meetings, including minuting, purchase and preparation of refreshments, welcoming guests, etc
-  To be responsible for general office management including routine correspondence, filing and archiving, opening and distributing mail, general housekeeping, monitoring and ordering stationery supplies and consumables when running low
-  To work with the Finance & Admin Assistant on the administration and promotion of rehearsal space including welcoming hire clients, delivering H&S briefings, marketing the facilities and co-ordinating bookings
-  To manage the invitations database and regularly inform the company of recent invitations to other productions
-  To co-ordinate and arrange theatre tickets for permanent and freelance staff
-  To arrange couriers and other deliveries as necessary
-  To liaise with suppliers and visitors as appropriate
-  To provide general assistance to all staff as necessary without neglecting core duties

Press, Marketing and Digital:

-  To assist with the maintenance of the company website
-  To assist with the proofing of newsletter and website copy
-  To assist with the maintenance of company CRM and database, Salesforce
-  To collate audience feedback (on and offline) in the company’s central database
-  To generate reports on this information as required

Literary and Open Auditions:

-  To be responsible for company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases, being the first point of contact for the writers, informing them of the progress of their submission, maintaining the script database and distributing scripts to be read
–  To support the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant with the Open Auditions processes and systems, arranging venues, coordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors, arranging audition timeslots and acting as front of house as necessary

General:

-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
-  To uphold and implement Paines Plough’s policies including but not limited to equal opportunities, health and safety and the staff handbook

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Admin. Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
–  A friendly and welcoming attitude
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in an administrative role
-  An understating of the theatre industry as a whole, in particular the subsidised sector

 

PRODUCTION PLACEMENT

Responsible to: Assistant Producer

The Production Placement works closely with the Production team, supporting the delivery of Paines Plough’s full programme of work. Duties include but are not limited to:

Productions:
The following components of the role sit across all Paines Plough’s programme (Small Scale, Mid Scale and Roundabout):

-  To have an understanding of the company’s programme and activities
-  To assist the Production Assistant to book any travel and accommodation required for Creative and
– Production Teams as well as Paines Plough’s core staff for each production
-  To assist with the co-ordination of production meetings, including collation and distribution of papers, preparation of refreshments, greeting guests
-  To support in all administrative elements of the casting process, including availability checks, scheduling meetings and maintaining lists.
-  To compile production contact sheets, print scripts and general production office administration

Press, Marketing and Digital:
-  To assist with obtaining biographies and any other relevant programme information from members of the Cast, Production and Creative Teams
-  To assist in the compilation and printing of play texts and programmes
-  To assist with the proofing of promotional print/copy and play texts when necessary
-  To assist in the compilation of Marketing Packs and Schedules for each production
-  To collate and input audience data and feedback from tour venues
– Insights, The Big Room and Open Auditions
-  To assist with administrating the company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases,
-  To assist with administrating Open Auditions, co-ordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors and arranging audition timeslots

General:
-  To attend weekly company meetings
-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
– To work with Paines Plough’s core staff in all pastoral aspects of production and day to day running of the company

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Production Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
-  An ability to work well within a small team
-  Excellent oral and written communication skills
-  A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in the arts
-  An awareness of the current theatrical landscape in the UK

 

We look forward to hearing from you,
Team PP.

EdFringe | Closed Captioned performances

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

We’re very pleased to be offering closed captioning on many of our Roundabout shows this week. Here’s a list of all of them:

I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY: 11.00 on Mon 15, Wed 17, Thu 18, Fri 19 and Sat 20

GROWTH: 13.35 on Mon 15, Thu 18 and Sat 20

LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY: 13.35 on Wed 17 and Fri 19

We will be using a new system in Roundabout, closed captioning the performances listed above on tablets. The tablets will be supported by flexible stands. Stagetext describes theatre captions as

“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.”

There will be ten tablets available per show. When booking tickets please alert the Summerhall Box Office that you will be using a tablet so that we are able to set up the correct number of stands before the show.

You can book here: Summerhall Box Office/0131 560 1581

For more information on Summerhall you can look here: Summerhall Access Info

To find out more about about Stagetext, click here: Stagetext

More exclusive EARLIER/LATERs announced

We’re got three cracking new additions to our #EARLIERLATER programme to announce…

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Tonight virtuosic cellist Brent Arnold plays an exclusive LATER solo gig in the comfy confines of Roundabout. Brent stars in GHOST QUARTET and has played with loads of amazing bands like Death in Vegas and Sleater-Kinney and is a properly extraordinary musician and also a really nice man. So you should come along. For this special show tonight he promises to takes the cello into new realms, incorporating electronics and virtuosic instrumental technique to create vivid sonic worlds. 10:30pm. Bring a beer. Or whisky.

Get a ticket here. Do it now.

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Then as revealed yesterday, on Saturday 20 August our new Associate Company Middle Child and ace playwright Luke Barnes are putting together a very special new show for LATER invitingly titled SOME TINY PLAYS ABOUT HOW FUCKED WE ALL ARE. The show uses verbatim text from the internet – arguments about how many days in a week to Donald Trump poetry and 1D Fan Fiction – to explore whether modern life really is rubbish after all. It’s part-Mock The Week, part-Buzzfeed and part-piss up. Come along for a few drinks, a few laughs and a game of The Great British Bingo Off (complete with terrible prizes). We think it’s going to be fucking brilliant.

Tickets, you say? Here.

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And in our 10am EARLIER slot on Thursday 25 August we’re excited to welcome Manchester-based political theatre collective, Take Back, founded by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer.

Take Back Togetherness is script-in-hand rapid responses to the EU referendum result. From the meltdown in party politics to increases in racially motivated attacks, and divisions in class and age brought into sharp relief, Take Back Togetherness is a call to the creative community, to begin a discussion about how we move forward, positively, together. A 45-minute selection of original work performed at the Royal Exchange – writers include Furquan Akhtar, Alan Harris, Anders Lustgarten and Chris Thorpe.

Which is a helluva line-up. So get a ticket to that one here.

We’ve got a moouthwatering line-up of exclusive one-off EARLIER/LATER gigs throughout August, check out the full line-up here.

And also check out our free workshop programme.

See you at Roundabout.

Middle Child join PP as Associate Company

We’re thrilled to announce Middle Child as a new Associate Company at PP.

We’re big fans of the Hull based new writing collective, we think they’re one of the most exciting companies around. They are theatremakers after our own hearts with a passion for playwrights, touring, and making exciting shows in interesting spaces for non-traditional audiences. We love their spirit and brand of striking in-yer-ears gig theatre mixing contemporary stories with soundtracks that get your feet moving.

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We’re thrilled they’ve agreed to join Theatre Uncut and Forward Theatre Project as a Paines Plough Associate Company. It means we get to hang out with them, exchange ideas and provocations and hopefully help them out a bit.

Our AD James says: “Middle Child are provocateurs. They think theatre needs to change and they’re going about changing it. I love their work, their values and pledges, their punk attitude, their taste in writers and music, their passion for Hull. Theatre needs Middle Child. We’re proud to have such an important, boundary-pushing company as a PP Associate.”

Middle Child AD Paul says: “Everyone at Middle Child is buzzing at becoming associates of Paines Plough. We absolutely love their work and have been inspired by their dedication to new writing and new audiences for a long time. They make quality, modern, bold theatre that truly makes a difference. We can’t wait to work with them and learn from their vast experience as we continue creating gig theatre that sets fire to what a night at the theatre can be.”

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Middle Child’s WEEKEND ROCKSTARS

To celebrate, we’re announcing a very special Edinburgh LATER hosted by Middle Child in Roundabout @ Summerhall on Saturday 20 August at 10:30pm.

SOME TINY PLAYS ABOUT HOW FUCKED WE ALL ARE

The world is a strange place in 2016. We all know that, right?

Middle Child and Luke Barnes’ SOME TINY PLAYS ABOUT HOW FUCKED WE ALL ARE uses verbatim text from the internet to explore the world we live in. From arguments about how many days in a week to Donald Trump poetry and 1D Fan Fiction we explore whether modern life really is rubbish after all.

It’s part-Mock The Week, part-Buzzfeed and part-piss up. Come along for a few drinks, a few laughs and a game of The Great British Bingo Off (complete with terrible prizes).

Tickets here.

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Middle Child’s TEN STOREY LOVE SONG

We also highly recommend you check out Middle Child’s Edinburgh hit TEN STOREY LOVE SONG at Pleasance Dome 3-29 Aug, 5.20pm.

About Middle Child

We are Middle Child, theatre that makes a noise.

We are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre events that capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing. Our events explore what it means to live in modern Britain while recognising the importance of theatre as a social event, giving audiences a reason to come early and stay late. We prioritise liveness in our work, acknowledging this audience in this space at this time. We will always have a strong northern voice and are committed to ensuring that theatre is affordable and accessible for all. At a Middle Child event you are as likely to meet the love of your life as you are to be told a great story. Attendance at one of our events prompts fear of a hangover as much as even the cheapest student night.

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Free workshops in Edinburgh

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This is how much fun we’ll have in our workshops (cred. Helen Murray)

Here at Paines Plough we’re always looking for ways to share our knowledge and empower theatre makers around the country. So on a few of the mornings during our Edinburgh Festival Fringe run we’ve decided to host a range of free workshops in Roundabout.

The workshops are part of our Earlier / Later programme and you can see the full line up here.

While all the workshops are free you do you need to book in advance as there are limited places.

The workshops will be focussing on:

– Mon 8 Aug // 10am // How to Tour Q&A session, book here.

– Wed 10 Aug // 10am // General Management workshop, book here.

– Tue 11 Aug // 10am // Acting & Directing workshop, book here.

– Fri 12 Aug // 10am // Casting workshop, book here.

– Mon 15 Aug // 10am // General Management workshop, book here.

– Thu 18 Aug // 10am // How to Tour workshops, book here.

– Wed 24 Aug // 10am // Acting & Directing workshop, book here.

We’d love to see you there. Help us spread the word by sharing this blog with anyone you think might be interested!

 

#EarlierLater #RoundaboutPP

#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

Calling all bloggers, tweeters, instagrammers, snapchatters, vine stars, social media conversation starters and digital trendsetters…

#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call
Friday 5 August 2016/ 10:00am
Roundabout @ Summerhall
Edinburgh EH9 1PL

If you write or talk about theatre online, this is for you. It’s a chance to have a nose around our groundbreaking, award-winning pop-up theatre, hear about our new programme of shows and events and meet Team PP and the people behind the shows at #RoundaboutPP this Fringe.

Bring your camera, phone, tablet and thumbs to blog, take photos and video. Live tweet or fire questions at anyone from producers to stage management to artistic directors. Anything goes – it’s a chance for you to see behind the scenes and get some exclusive content.

Here’s the schedule:

10:00/     Team PP welcome you to #RoundaboutPP with a swag bag.

10:05/     Joint Artistic Directors James & George introduce the Roundabout programme 2016.

10:10/     A sneak peek at our brand new shows: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

10:15/     Our Visiting Companies and Earlier/Later gang introduce their shows.

10:20/    A chance to explore Roundabout and take photos and video.

10:30/     Team PP, Visiting Companies and Earlier/Later artists will be hanging out in the Summerhall courtyard and will be on hand for interviews or to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to come along please contact jack@painesplough.com with your name and a link to your website, blog or wherever you cover theatre online. Please include your Twitter and/or Instagram handle so we can follow you. We’ll be back in touch to confirm your place. Spaces are limited so get in quick – we hope to accommodate as many of you as possible.

Any questions, hit us up @painesplough.

If you know anyone who would be interested in coming along please pass this on them, the more the merrier!

We very much hope you can join us.