Category Archive: Placements

We’re recruiting… university placements

Sadly, we’re coming to the end of a fabulous three months with our current university placements Sonia Martins and Charlotte Young who are back to the text books in the new year.

However, this does mean that we’re on the lookout for some more brilliant students who want to learn about how a theatre company works from the inside to join Team PP’s Production and Administration Departments.

Does that sound like you? Great. Here’s some more info on how to get involved…



You can choose to join either the Administration or Production Department supporting the teams on everything from open auditions and literary submissions to marketing meetings and play text proofing.

Have a look at the sample job descriptions on our website for more of an idea but do bear in mind that these can be flexible depending on your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

“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


– 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.

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

– You must be over 18 and in full- or part-time study. We don’t mind what you’re studying as long as you have a love of theatre and an interest in learning about new writing and touring.


Please send a CV and short (no more than one page) covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to

Application deadline 10am on Monday 12 December
Interviews Thursday 15 December
Placement dates Three consecutive months within the period January-July 2017, 3-5 days per week

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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Production Placement: Over and Out

Wowza!  Four months have whizzed by since I arrived to finish off my MA in Creative Producing for Theatre and Live Performance at Birkbeck by doing a placement in the production office at Paines Plough.

As a long time PP fan girl, seeing PP plays move from selection stage to sitting in on the read-throughs and first runs and press nights to going to see them out on tour has been massively exciting.  I have loved being swept up in the fast-paced whirlwind of the production office and getting to know all the lovely people on Team PP.

The time since August has gone past in a blur of sorting out travel and accommodation and expenses, drafting contracts, preparing press packs, reading a whole lot of new and exciting plays, working on play texts for publication, commissioning a model box, putting in availability check calls to agents and arranging auditions, collecting copy for a new app and getting stuck in to making the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project a success.  I have learned an enormous amount about the everyday management and decision making that goes into touring work and developing new plays and have squirreled tonnes of useful tit-bits and advice away for future use.

Paines Plough Installation at The Southbank. Come to Where I'm From

It’s been a pleasure to witness the genuine enthusiasm everyone at PPHQ has for the PP mission, for getting hot new plays to all the far reaches of the UK (and beyond) and proactively nurturing all the writers, actors and creative who make them.

I can honestly say that apart from one stressful bad dream about Trainline (you know you spend too much time on Trainline when you start having nightmares about it) the only thing I will not miss is trundling up and down the numerous flights of stairs to the fourth floor multiple times a day. Although this has doubtlessly been helpful in getting rid of the unwanted effects of the well-stocked Paines Plough treat box!

It’s been a blast Paines Plough – thank you!



We recruit for placements to join us throughout the year working with either our Production or Administration team. If you’re in full-time education and are looking to complete a work placement as part of your University course, get in touch by emailing with ‘UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT’ in the subject line.