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Announcing Programme 2017

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Welcome to Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Our Artistic Directors, James and George, unveiled #PP2017 today:

“We’re thrilled to present some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world in Paines Plough’s Programme 2017.

Our pop-up Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and the Orange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald-Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.

We are renewing our partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to again showcase new talent with the world premiere of Newcastle playwright Alison Carr’s HUSH, directed by Hannah Banister who was previously at Paines Plough as assistant director on THE ANGRY BRIGADE in 2014.

Nathan Bryon was awarded our inaugural Playwright Fellowship in 2015 and we’re delighted to be partnering with tiata fahodzi to present the world premiere of his debut play MIXED BRAIN. Future Paines Plough programmes will feature the work of this year’s Fellowship writer Sam Steiner, and Zia Ahmed who joins us supported by the Channel Four Playwrights Scheme.  

We are ceaselessly overwhelmed by the reaction to EVERY BRILLIANT THING as it tours the globe. In Programme 2017 we welcome our new brilliant thing James Rowland to perform the show on a second tour to Australia and New Zealand before returning home to the UK, while Jonny Donahoe continues in the role in North America. Sabrina Mahfouz’s euphoric UK Garage musical WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns for one very special night in the Roundhouse main space and Luke Norris’ Fringe First winner GROWTH takes off on a UK Tour. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM continues to celebrate locality with playwrights performing plays about their home towns in Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Gloucester. We’ll also be taking COME TO WHERE I’M FROM to Hull and we’re really excited to hear the stories from the city whilst in its inspiring year as City of Culture. You can continue to listen to plays from across the UK on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. 

It’s our mission to take the best new theatre everywhere and with our productions appearing in all four corners of the UK, across the Atlantic, down under and on your smartphone there is something for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2017.”

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

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The worldwide smash hit is back. After touring USA and Canada in January and February, EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues to Australia and New Zealand with James Rowland at the helm. Then we’re off on a 30-date UK and Ireland tour throughout May, June and July. Stay tuned for more international announcements throughout the year.

 

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

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“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

Winner of a Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour through September and October.

“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”  ★★★★★ Financial Times

 

A Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Gate Theatre production
HUSH
By Alison Carr

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A 999 call sets the wheels in motion. Nothing stays a secret forever. Especially in this town.

Sadie returns to the place she hates. Natalie tries to do the right thing. Josh can only hope. Three stories linked by guilt, secrets and a missing boy.

A dark, funny and often tender new play by rising star Alison Carr, writer of “bruising yet touching” (The Stage) Iris at Live Theatre.

HUSH will premiere at The Bute Theatre, Cardiff and Gate Theatre in London.

 

A Paines Plough and tiata fahodzi production
MIXED BRAIN
By Nathan Bryon

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“One day we were playing football. One kid shouts ‘let’s do black v white’. My heart starts beating hoping someone dusts this dumb idea off. All the white kids go to one side, all the black kids go to the other, I try slip off. Another kid yells: ‘Nathan what team will you be on? You’re mixed…”

Star of Benidorm, writer for Rastamouse, 50% Jamaican, 50% British, 100% reppin’ Shepherd’s Bush. Nathan Bryon is many things. Mixed.

Welcome to his world. Part story, part stand-up, a show fusing Afro-Caribbean flair and British awkwardness in a searing, searching exploration of what it means to be mixed-race and mixed-experience today.

If you live in the middle does anywhere feel like home? Get in the mix. Learn a little, live a little, laugh a lot.

You’ll be able to catch MIXED BRAIN at festivals this summer. Stay tuned for details.

 

A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
By Sabrina Mahfouz

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It’s 2001. Garage is the anthem. Nadia feels like it’s her time to shine.

A hot summer’s night of love promises endless possibilities. Swept up in drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… Nadia will make decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Underscored by your favourite UK Garage bangers. This is theatre you can rave to.

Award-winning writer and poet Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation in a “generous, joyous and lyrical collision of gig and theatre” (★★★★ The Stage).

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns to Roundhouse for one night only. Headlining the Last Word Festival you’ll also be able to see DJ Luck & MC Neat and Mighty Moe in an old school UK Garage night on Friday 9 June.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

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Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

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Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a collection of mini plays written by playwrights about the places they call home.

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 are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now you can listen to this amazing collection of over 130 short plays through the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. Available for free here. Search the map for plays near you or find your favourite playwright in the plays index.

You’ll find a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading their own plays about home towns stretching from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight.

A theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

In 2017 we will be hosting CTWIF events in the following places:

Middlesbrough Theatre on 16 March
Hull Truck Theatre on 24 May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 25 May
Fountain Inn, Gloucester on on 6 July

“A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all.” The Guardian

“Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match” Exeunt

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So there you have it. Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Let us know what you think on #PP2017

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Roundabout 2017

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Roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent 2015.

We’re excited to announce our rep of three brand new plays for Roundabout 2017. Roundabout will pop-up outside Theatr Clwyd in June and July before embarking on a UK tour to Salford, Poole, Margate, Kendal, Stoke-on-Trent, Darlington, Lincoln and Luton.

James and George had this to say:

“Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and theOrange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.”

Read all about the new plays below.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

Black Mountain Web Treated

Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

Better Than She Should Be Web Treated

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

How To Be A Kid Web Treated

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

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That’s Roundabout 2017. Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook or even Instagram. We’re up for anything.

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Broken Biscuits: #nowplaying Birmingham

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It’s the last week of our BROKEN BISCUITS tour. Tom Wells‘ heart-warming comedy finishes at Birmingham REP this week after touring for three months. We’re going out in style by listening to some of the best bands from Birmingham.

Black Sabbath

One of the most famous heavy metal bands in history, what more can we tell you about Black Sabbath? We know former lead singer Ozzy Osbourne ate a bats head live on stage but did you know they’ve won two Grammys? They also used to be named the Polka Tulk Blues Band after a brand of talcum powder. Very metal. MTV ranked them as The Greatest Metal Band of All Time. We highly doubt the BROKEN BISCUITS gang will be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for their songs about working in Sainburys.

Judas Priest

There must have been something about Birmingham in the 60’s because not only did it spawn Black Sabbath but also Judas Priest. MTV has them in at second place in the Greatest Metal Band of All Time rankings. The name comes from the Bob Dylan song The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest. Over the years they’ve had 8 different drummers. BROKEN BISCUITS currently have 0. Although Megan is doing her best to make it 1.

Electric Light Orchestra

Birmingham wasn’t just churning out heavy metal bands though. They were also the home of the Electric Light Orchestra. Also known as ELO. The band with the dubious honour of having the most hits in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 without ever scoring a number one. Despite not being quite as rock n roll as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest the prog rock boys will be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Duran Duran

The dance-rockers so good they named them twice. Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records world wide, 14 singles in the UK Top Ten, 21 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and have won numerous awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not bad for some lads from brum. There are so many good Duran Duran videos that we struggled to pick one to post below. In the end we went with Rio because honestly, what’s going on here?

Ocean Colour Scene

A band so proud of their roots they named their second album and their record label after Moseley where the band formed. They were part of the Brit-pop wave alongside Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Suede the band had numerous Top Ten album in the 90’s including their second album Moseley Shoals. We’ll leave you with one of the most Brit-pop videos ever made. Check that bucket hat out.

And so end our musical journey round Birmingham. We’ll see you at the REP for the latest chapter when BROKEN BISCUITS take to the stage. Tickets here.

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Every Brilliant Thing: North America

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We’re delighted to announce that in January and February 2017 EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe is returning to North America. After a 16 week run Off Broadway in 2014 and a week at Spoleto, Charleston in 2015 the award-winning sell-out show will be visiting both the US and Canada in 2017.

Here are the tour dates:

Brigham Young University International Theatre Festival, Utah
13-14 Jan
Tickets here.

High Performance Rodeo, Calgary
18-22 Jan
Tickets here.

PuSh Festival, Vancouver
26-29 Jan
Tickets here.

The Broad Stage, Santa Monica LA
02-12 Feb
Tickets here.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING will also tour to Australia and New Zealand in March and April. You can find the dates here.

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Broken Biscuits: #nowplaying Bristol

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This week Tom WellsBROKEN BISCUITS is in Bristol at Tobacco Factory Theatres so we’re listening to bands from Bristol and the surrounding areas. We’ve picked out some of our favourites – including a few blasts from the past.

Massive Attack

First up are trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack, consisting of Robert “3D” Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall and formerly Andy “Mushroom” Vowles AKA Mush. The Massive Attack boys have sold over 11 millions records worldwide and have two albums in Rolling Stones’ list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (Blue Lines and Mezzanine). Our BROKEN BISCUITS band members have equally cool names: Megan, Holly and Ben.

Portishead

Portishead are named after a coastal town in Somerset – just eight miles west of Bristol. Despite being together since 1991 the band have only released three studio albums: Dummy (1994), Portishead (1997) and Third (2008).

Fun fact: The opening track of debut album Dummy is named ‘Mysterons’ a reference to popular 60’s TV show Captain Scarlet.

The Pop Group

The Pop Group were a short lived post-punk band from Bristol – releasing two albums Y (1979) and For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder (1980). The band split up to pursue individual careers but reunited in 2010. We hope BROKEN BISCUITS embarks on a similar trajectory. See you in 2046.

Tears For Fears

Technically from Bath (only 15 mins from Bristol on the train) we couldn’t resist including Tears For Fears mainly so we could listen to Everybody Wants to Rule the World. The smash hit single went No 1 in the US and No 2 in the UK. It’s been covered by everyone from Lorde (remember that Hunger Games soundtrack?) to musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party.

BROKEN BISCUITS plays at Tobacco Factory Theatres on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November. Tickets available here.

Broken Biscuits tour blog

This week we’re laying down the baton and handing our blog over to our very own Andrew Reed, who plays Ben is BROKEN BISCUITS, for an insight into the world of touring and performing on the road with PP. Over to you, Andrew…

Broken Biscuits tour blog

Scarborough. For a little coastal town lad like myself, I feel right at home. Energy is high, temperature is low as we set up shop at the Stephen Joseph Theatre which is certainly our snuggest fit for Megan’s shed from our venues so far. First night’s audience were ace. They were really responsive and you could just tell they were all there ready to have a good night. We spent Wednesday morning working with ‘Beyond the Stage’ an over 50’s theatre group based at the SJT. We got to show them the first couple of scenes from the play and had a canny little chat and a cuppa.

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Sprogs and dogs allowed

You find yourself with a lot of spare time on tour, and what better way to spend that free time doing your laundry. Just last week, Faye and me hauled our backpacks full of washing to Spring Bank laundrette and as we were staring at our 40 degree cycle of spinning socks we clocked good old Mr Tom Wells’ walking past in his beanie and thick winter coat. Classic Tom. We ended that afternoon back at his flat drinking tea and tucking into sausage sandwiches and it was nothing less than bloody delightful. I’ve learnt it’s good to keep yourself busy when not working on tour. However, if there is a trampoline park next to your venue and you have a show the same evening, do the sensible thing.

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Three little frogs bouncing around Hull

With doing a show for so long there’s always the risk of becoming a bit of a robot actor. It’s really key to keep listening to what’s being said on stage and keeping everything genuine rather than being there just to speak some lines you’ve memorised. James has reminded us to always keep this in mind when moving about with the show as we can quickly lose lots of the lovely moments in the play if we forget to enjoy them.

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Band prep in Hull

Our warm ups can be key to us tapping into the souls of these three 16 year olds. We’ve had plenty front of house members and techies witness our pre show dance and karaoke numbers. Me and Faye attempted the final song from Dirty Dancing on our last night in Scarborough. There was some bickering over who was playing Baby but that’s all water under the bridge now (it’s me).

One strange thing being on tour is rocking up to whoever you’ll be living with each week. I am pretty notorious for booking my digs very last minute, with James sending a photo of a lovely little tent in a field to our WhatsApp group joking that’s where I’d be nestling down when in Plymouth. I’ve found that if you’re lucky with your digs, there’ll be an arrival cup of tea on the cards. If you’re extra lucky, they may even help take your case to your room but beggars can’t be choosers. Usually a quick food shop has to be done so you can awkwardly make a Pot Noodle in a stranger’s kitchen but I’ve struck lucky with the places I’ve stayed so far. So no horror stories to report. Yet.

Now though…it’s 2am and I have an early train to Sheffield tomorrow. Adios Scarbados.

We’re off to… Cardiff!

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This week we’re off to Cardiff. It’s the final week of LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY’s Welsh tour after two weeks at Theatr Clwyd. We’ll be in the studio with our co-producers Sherman Theatre.

We’re delighted to be taking Alan Harris’ beautiful, heart-warming show to his home town. And only 25 miles from the play’s setting – Merthyr Tydfil.

We last visited Cardiff with Sam Burns’ NOT THE WORST PLACE in 2014 and Kate Tempest’s WASTED. We love it. We love it so much we comissioned four short plays from Welsh playwrights to be performed as part of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series. You can here these on the free app available for download here. The writers are Alan Harris, Sam Burns, Tim Price, Bethan Marlow and Matthew Bulgo.

We’re big fans of a walk round Bute Park – following the River Taff. It’s only a 10 minute walk from the Sherman if you fancy it.

“A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

“Charming, cheering, and socially alert romantic comedy.”
★★★★ The Stage

“Endearing, uplifting and bursting with energy…more magical than the movies.”
★★★★★ The Skinny

“Perrin and his cast delight”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY is on Tuesday to Saturday and you can get tickets here. We hope to see you there.

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Broken Biscuits: #nowplaying Sheffield

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This week we’re listening to bands from Sheffield and there are a lot of them. And they’re all incredible. There’s an argument to be made for Sheffield being one the UK’s most important cities when it comes to music but we’re not here for arguments. We’re here for great music and there’s plenty of it.

Pulp

We had to start with Pulp. Firstly because we love Pulp. Who doesn’t? But perhaps more importantly, BROKEN BISCUITS was inspired by Pulp’s song Mis-Shapes, which featured on seminal No. 1 album Different Class. The opening lyrics:

Misshapes, mistakes, misfits
Raised on a diet of broken biscuits, oh
We don’t look the same as you
And we don’t do the things you do
But we live around here too, oh really

We’re big fans of Jarvis Cocker. Did you know he honed his front man skills with a job as a salesman in a fish market? We’re such big fans that BROKEN BISCUITS includes a cover of Mis-Shapes. Not to be missed(shapes).

Arctic Monkeys

It wasn’t going to be long before these boys got a mention. They’ve gone from playing their first gig at The Grapes in 2003 and 13 years later they’re filling some of the biggest stadiums on the planet. They’ve won countless awards, headlined Glastonbury twice and their debut is the fastest selling debut in British chart history. Well, until BROKEN BISCUITS release their debut of course…

Fun fact: Drummer, Matt Helders, took part in boxing training so he could drum fast enough for their single Brianstorm. Faye Christall went through similar training to play Megan in BROKEN BISCUITS.

The Human League

We couldn’t resist including The Human League, one of the most iconic bands of the 80s. Their hits go beyond Don’t You Want Me with 8 Top Ten singles and a US No. 1 with Human. Their first gig was the Wham Bar at Sheffield Hallum University. We can’t promise as many synths and fringes in BROKEN BISCUITS but we can promise just as much attitude and pop magic.

Def Leppard

80s rockers Def Leppard are still going strong. Their 1987 album Hysteria is one of the most successful albums of all time going to No. 1 in six countries and spawning seven hit singles including US No. 1 Love Bites and Pour Some Sugar On Me. The band were a huge hit on both sides of the pond. Watch this space to see if BROKEN BISCUITS can crack America.

Reverend and the Makers

Rumour has it that after the Arctic Monkeys stormed the UK charts ‘Reverend’ Jon McClure (front man of Reverend and the Makers) was offered up to £150,000 by major record labels to try and replicate the Monkeys success. McClure being McClure refused the money and Reverend and the Makers remained unsigned, by choice, for years until the release of their 2007 album The State of Things. McClure is known for his down to earth nature and can often be found playing acoustic gigs in the car park after Reverend and the Makers gigs are finished.

Fun fact: Jon’s brother Chris is the face of the Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

Richard Hawley

Briefly a member of Pulp, Richard Hawley is one of Sheffield’s lesser-known gems. He’s released seven solo albums to date and collaborated with: Jarvis Cocker, Paul Weller, Arctic Monkeys and Lisa Marie Presley (yep, Elvis’ daughter). Hawley once played a gig in a cave in Castleton – the cave is called The Devil’s Arse. The album is called Richard Hawley Live in the Devil’s Arse. Richard Hawley is our kind of musician.

And that concludes our musical odyssey in the steel city. We could go on forever. Sheffield has plenty to give.

See you at The Crucible for BROKEN BISCUITS. Tickets here.

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Broken Biscuits: #nowplaying Scarborough

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This week BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells is on the East coast at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough so we’ll be listening to bands who started life along the beautiful Yorkshire coastline.

Little Angels – Scarborough 

Prolific 80s rock band Little Angels formed in Scarborough back in 1984 (previously named both Zeus and Mr Thrud). They started life with their brilliantly titled debut album Too Posh To Mosh. During their prime they supported Van Halen and Bon Jovi.

Arthur Brown – Whitby

I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE AND I BRING YOU… Arthur Brown of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Who remembers ‘Fire’ which reached Number 1 back in 1968 (both here and in Canada)? The eccentric frontman was famed for his operatic singing style which he has sustained through a long career, continuing to record to this day. His followers refer to him as The God of Hellfire in reference to the opening lyrics to Fire.

Ben Parcell – Bridlington

Ben Parcell couldn’t be further from Arthur Brown in terms of style but only comes from down the road in Bridlington. Parcell describes his sound as Pop Folk – which is a similar sound to the BROKEN BISCUITS gang. Although we don’t think Ben has any songs about working on the checkout at Sainbury’s.

We’re at the Stephen Joseph from Tuesday until Saturday – come and rock out with us (in a gentle geeky way). Tickets here.

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We’re off to… Mold

Roundabout may be flat packed into the back of a lorry, but LOVE LIES & TAXIDERMY continues forth into Wales this evening for its opening night at co-producers Theatr Clwyd in Mold for the start of its Welsh tour. 

A second collaboration between ourselves, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre, we were last down in Mold back in 2014 with Sam Burns’ NOT THE WORST PLACE, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be back this year with Alan Harris’ heart-warming and hilarious play.

If you’re in Wales and in search of a lesson in taxidermy, then Dave Roberts at The Morbitorium is your man. However, if you’d rather leave the stuffing of animals to Valentyn’s father Jacub then come on down to Theatr Clwyd where LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY will be running till 12 November.

For those of you who’d like to hear more about Dave…read on.

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