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.
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 Natalie@painesplough.com with ‘UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT’ in the subject line.