Monthly archives: April 2017

Come To Where I’m From: Glasgow

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We’re delighted to announce that COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will be heading to Glasgow to be part of the brilliant Mayfesto at Tron Theatre.

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Together they create a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwright’s guide to Great Britain.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Glasgow to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

And our writers are…

Gary McNair

Gary McNair

Gary is an award winning writer and performer from Glasgow. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he graduated with first class honours. Since then he has gone on to author plays which have toured internationally and been translated and performed across the world.  He is an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh with whom is developing Locker Room Talk – a verbatim piece of theatre about what men really talk about when they talk about women which is set to premier later this year. His plays include sold out festival hits DONALD ROBERTSON IS NOT A STANDUP COMEDIAN and A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING which received a Fringe First and The Holden Street Theatres Award, was nominated for Best New Play at the CATS awards and has just completed an off Broadway run in New York.

Anita Vettesse

Anita Vettesse

Anita writes for both theatre and screen, across drama and comedy. Her TV work includes scripts for BBC’s River City. Theatre work includes Ring Road which was just nominated for a CATS (Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland) for best new play 2016 and HAPPY HOUR which was produced by The Oran Mor/Tobacco Factory Bristol and The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. She has just recorded her radio play, FALLING for BBC Scotland, broadcasting in April 2017. Anita is based in Glasgow and also works extensively as an actor in theatre, radio and television.

Linda McLean

Linda McLean

Linda comes from Glasgow. Her plays have won many awards and include EVERY FIVE MINUTES; SEX & GOD; ANY GIVEN DAY; STRANGERS, BABIES; SHIMMER; RIDDANCE; and ONE GOOD BEATING. Since her first production in 1997 she has been known as a playwright who experiments with form. Her plays have been translated into many languages and an anthology of her work was published in France in 2015 by Actes Sud. Linda is chair of the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and is on the artistic board of Magic Theatre, San Francisco. Her play THINGUMMY BOB with Lung Has was on at the Traverse Theatre in 2015 and her stage adaptation of Alice Munro’s short stories THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival 2016. Her new play GLORY ON EARTH opens at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 2017.

Martin O’Connor

Martin O'Connor

Martin O’Connor creates theatre and poetry for solo performance and with other people. He is currently developing his writing through conversations and verbatim performance, which has seen him move from conventional playwriting to supporting people in telling their own stories and exploring dialects and Scots language.

Recent verbatim work includes A LITTLE LIFE (Tron Theatre Mayfesto); GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS (Platform); THE POKEY HAT (Grinagog/Culture 2014); the storytelling and music project TURNTABLE (MJ McCarthy and Red Bridge Arts); BUILDING A NATION (Glasgow Life supported by National Theatre of Scotland); DANIEL (Tron Theatre Lab); and THE NATION//LIVE: WORK (National Galleries of Scotland and Visible Fictions).

Other projects as performer, writer and director include THE MARK OF THE BEAST (Platform); THEOLOGY (The Arches); PLAYING HOUSES (Glasgay/The Arches); INNER CIRCLE (Glasgow Subway Festival); DO YOU NOMI? (Grant Smeaton/Alan Greig Dance); CH CH CHANGES, WILLFUL FORGETTING (Glasgay); PLATYPUS IN BOOTS, POP-UP THEATRE ROYAL (Scottish Opera); Alexander McCall Smith’s ANAMCHARA: SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP (Scottish Opera/Culture 2014); SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND SHEEP (Tron Theatre Young Company).

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In the lead up to COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: GLASGOW you can listen to more than 130 playwrights read their plays on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app, free to download on the App Store.

A Paines Plough and Tron Theatre production as part of Mayfesto, you can get tickets here.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will also visit Hull and Gloucester this year.

Want to bring #CTWIF to your home? Drop us a tweet @painesplough to let us know.

Want to be part of Every Brilliant Thing?

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We need your help. On 17 May EVERY BRILLIANT THING will be performed at the Crucible in Sheffield and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. This is the first time the show will be performed by Jonny Donahoe in one location while James Rowland performs at another. We’re really excited.

There is a slight logistical issue though. Right now there is only one list of Brilliant Things. This list grew alongside the show. The list is made up of handmade entries from people all over the country and around the world. Not to mention entries made from submissions via this Facebook group. People even tweeted brilliant things in to @painesplough and we added them to the list.

We need another list. We need your list. We can’t do it by ourselves. The list needs to be a collection of everyone’s Brilliant Things. That’s what makes it Brilliant.

How can you get involved? There are a few different ways:

  1. Hand-make a list entry and post it to us
  2. Post your Brilliant Thing in the Facebook group
  3. Tweet using @painesplough #EveryBrilliantThing

We’ll enter all submissions into a prize draw in which we’ll be giving away 50 copies of the play text.

There are two special prizes:

  1. The most creative list entry
  2. The list entry sent from the furthest away

Get your crayons and stamps out.

We’ve put together a few photos of what some of the list entries look like:

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1. Ice cream 998. Aromatic duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce 999. Sunlight

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761. Deciding you’re not too old to climb trees 823. Skinny Dipping

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777,777. The prospect of dressing up as a Mexican Wrestler

They don’t all have to be that creative though. Some of the entries are just lined paper full of lists. Some are scribbled on napkins. Anything goes.

Here’s our address if you would like to post any entries in:

Paines Plough
4th Floor
43 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4DN

Come To Where I’m From: Hull

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We’re delighted to announce that COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will be visiting the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, Hull.

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Together they create a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwright’s guide to Great Britain.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Hull to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

And our writers are…

Tom Wells

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Tom is well known to Paines Plough and Hull Truck audiences alike as we co-produced JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS in 2013 and we recently returned to Hull with BROKEN BISCUITS. Not to mention the fantastic FOLK which played in Spring last year. We can’t wait to hear what’s next from Tom.

Tom is from Kilnsea, East Yorkshire. Plays include: BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough/Live Theatre, Newcastle); FOLK (Birmingham Rep/Hull Truck Theatre/Watford Palace Theatre), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough – Watford Palace Theatre and UK tour, 2013/14); COSMIC (Ros Terry / Root Theatre, E. Yorkshire tour, 2013); THE KITCHEN SINK (Bush Theatre, 2011, winner of the Most Promising Playwright – Critics Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award ); ME, AS A PENGUIN (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2009 and Arcola Theatre / UK Tour, 2010) and ABOUT A GOTH (Paines Plough / Oran Mor, 2009). BEN & LUMP, which Tom wrote as part of the Coming Up season (Touchpaper) was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012 and his play JONESY was broadcast on Radio 4. He has also written three pantos for the Lyric Hammersmith.

Tom is currently under commission to The Drum Plymouth, The Royal Court and the National Theatre.

Lydia Marchant

Lydia Marchant

Lydia is a Supported Artist at Hull Truck Theatre and member of the Writing Squad and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab. She has also taken part in writers’ programmes and development schemes at West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Sheffield Crucible, the BFI and the National Theatre.

Recent work includes DEFIANCE, a cross generational piece for Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017, THE DANCING DEAD, an immersive Halloween play performed with Middle Child Theatre Company in Welly nightclub, three one-woman TAXI SHOWS for Assemble Festival 2016 and SPLIT, performed on a barge by Hull Truck Youth Theatre at Freedom Festival 2015.

Maureen Lennon

Maureen Lennon

Maureen is a Hull based writer and director, and co-founder of Bellow Theatre. A graduate of the English and Drama degree at Bristol University she is currently undertaking an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University. With Bellow Theatre her recent work includes BARE SKIN ON BRINY WATERS, (HeadsUp Festival, New Diorama Theatre), THE WASHERWOMEN’S WARNING (Assemble Fest 2016, Deershed Festival 2017), and THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF HORRID HAM CARVER (Assemble Fest 2015, LittleFest 2015). Outside of the company she has recently completed A LONG MORNING QUIET, a commission for Sheffield Theatres. At University she was a member of Bristol Old Vic’s StudioScripts scheme, and her play DEAD HUNGRY premiered there. Currently she is working on a new commission, GOBBLE, with the company for Assemble Fest 2017 and she is Assistant Directing Hull Truck’s new show MIGHTY ATOMS

Joe Hakim

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Photo by Graeme Oxby

Joe lives and works in Hull.

As a performance poet, he’s performed at venues and festivals around the UK, including Latitude, Big Chill and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He was co-host and organiser of WRITE TO SPEAK, a series of spoken word events and workshops that took in place at Hull Truck Theatre from 2009 to 2013.

In 2016 he toured and performed with LIFE, a Hull-based punk four-piece band, performing on the UK leg of the Slaves European tour.

In January 2017 he travelled to Trinidad with The Roundhouse and Wrecking Ball Press as part of the TALKING DOORSTEPS project, assisting in the delivery of workshops and helping to forge international links between spoken word organisations and projects.

In addition to this, he is currently in the first year of a part-time MA in Creative Writing at Hull University, and works three days a week as a pawn-broker/Western Union agent.

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In the lead up to COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: HULL you can listen to more than 130 playwrights read their plays on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app, free to download on the App Store.

A Paines Plough and Hull Truck Theatre production as part of Grow Festival, you can get tickets here.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM will also visit Glasgow and Gloucester this year.

Want to bring #CTWIF to your home? Drop us a tweet @painesplough to let us know.

Recruitment: Team PP Placements

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This is how all our Placements dress.

It’s that time of year again. We’re looking for three brilliant Placements to join Team PP. This time round we want to hear from people interested in working in our Administration, Production and Marketing teams. For full information and job descriptions download the applications packs at the bottom.

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 office@painesplough.com.

Application deadline: 10am on 21 April
Interviews (Administration): 25 & 26 April
Interviews (Production): 26 & 27 April
Interviews (Marketing): 04 May
Placement dates: 10 May – 29 July

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.

APPLICATION PACKS:

Administration Placement Application Pack

Production Placement Application Pack

Marketing Placement Application Pack