Category Archive: Not The Worst Place

NOT THE WORST PLACE production shots

So NOT THE WORST PLACE debuted at Clwyd Theatr Cymru last week, and we’re very excited to be heading to Cardiff next week to set up shop at Sherman Cymru.

In the mean-time, check out these fab production shots, taken by Richard Davenport. (For the full set, visit our Flickr page).

NOT THE WORST PLACE  plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru until 3 May, before transferring to Sherman Cymru from 6 – 10 May. For further information, click here.

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Interview with Sam Burns & George Perrin

We caught up with playwright Sam Burns and PP joint-AD  George Perrin for an insight into NOT THE WORST PLACE.  Check out the interview below.

About Sam Burns

As rehearsals come to an end and NOT THE WORST PLACE sets to open in Mold next Wednesday 23 April, here’s the skinny on the writer of our upcoming co-production with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Sherman Cyrmu.

Sam Burns. Photo credit: Richard Davenport

In early 2009, Sam Burns was invited onto a five-week writing course at Sherman Cymru following the submission of an unsolicited play. This led to the creation of a full length piece, NOT THE WORST PLACE, which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn award in 2011.

In 2010 Burns completed Sherman Cymru’s Advanced Writers’ Programme and in April 2012 she spent a week in Sherman Cymru’s writing room.

Produced work includes a monologue in Paines Plough’s COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (July 2010), TWO BEARS as part of SIXTY-SIX BOOKS at the Bush Theatre (October 2011), and AMNESTY FOR AGENT 160 PRESENTS AGENT 160 (February 2012).

Photo credit: Richard Davenport

NOT THE WORST PLACE premieres at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, playing from 23 April – 3 May 2014, before transferring to  Sherman Cyrmu from 6 – 10 May 2014.

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In rehearsals with NOT THE WORST PLACE

Last week, we welcomed the cast of NOT THE WORST PLACE, the brand new play by Sam Burns, to PP HQ.

Hearing this story, set against the backdrop of Swansea bay being read out loud for the first time, something started to become clear – this was a strange kind of special.

The kind of special that creeps up on you without warning, just as you’re about to call it a day, and takes a clear shot – straight at your chest. And it’s incredibly exciting.

Our lovely cast seemed to hit the ground running, bringing with them a new energy (and Welshness) that we fully welcomed.

In true PP fashion, cake made an appearance during the week as things moved at an accelerated rate; by day two, Welsh legend Tom Jones had (quite fittingly) made a cameo outside our offices, day three was accompanied by a birthday celebration and by day four, Scott was dropping the ‘L’ word on us and it wasn’t even (that) weird.

Three more weeks left at our Aldwych headquarters before the cast head off to open the show at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold on 23 April – 3 May. Following that, they’ll be winging their way to Sherman Cymru in Cardiff from 6 – 10 May.

You can check out our blog and Instagram for regular updates until then.

Why not join the conversation online? #NTWP @painesplough or visit us on Facebook.

(And make sure to follow @RhysTweetsNTWP for hilarious Rhys-centric quotes from the play).

Stay tuned,

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Introducing the cast of NOT THE WORST PLACE

Hitting 40 means non-stop excitement at PP HQ. So the fun continues as we kick-start our fifth production of Programme 2014:  NOT THE WORST PLACE by Sam Burns.

In co-production with our friends at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Sherman Cymru,  we’re so very thrilled to officially announce our brilliant cast:  Scott Arthur, Kirsten Clark, Rhys Isaac-Jones and Rachel Redford.

Scott Arthur

Scott trained at Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre: THE HISTORY BOYS (Mercury Theatre), TWELFTH NIGHT (Chester Performs), MASTERS ARE YOU MAD (Chester Performs)

Film and Television: SUBURBS (Blenkov Schonnemann Pictures), DOCTORS (BBC), DA VINCI’S DEMONS (Tonto Films / BBC / Starz), THE SOMNAMBULISTS (No Bad Films), BEING HUMAN (Touchpaper TV / BBC), LEWIS (ITV)

Radio: THE GUN (BBC Wales), THE ARCHERS (BBC Radio 4), AMBRIDGE EXTRA (BBC 7), BOOM BOOM (BBC Radio 4), WRITING THE CENTURY (BBC Radio Drama)

Kirsten Clark

Kirsten trained at LAMDA.

Theatre: OVER GARDENS OUT (Riverside Studios), THE RIVALS and ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (Theatr Clwyd), GASLIGHT and MY COUSIN RACHEL (Vienna’s English Theatre), DAVID COPPERFIELD (Wolsey Theatre / Eastern Angles), SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Magnificent Theatre Company), PRIVATE LIVES (New Vic, Stoke), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Harrogate), BLOODY POETRY (BAC)

Television: SATELLITE CITY (BBC Wales)

Rhys Isaac-Jones

Rhys trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in July 2013.  Prior to that he was a member of the Welsh National Youth Theatre .

Theatre: PETER PAN (Lovegrove Theatre), THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE (TenTen Theatre)

Theatre whilst in training: NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, LANCE IN TOAST, AS YOU LIKE IT, PRIVATE LIVES.

Rachel Redford

Rachel recently graduated from RADA.

Theatre: PARALLEL LINES (Chapter Arts Centre / Dirty Protest), A FAMILY AFFAIR (Sherman Theatre), ROMEO AND JULIET (Black Rat Productions).

Theatre whilst training: THE ACID TEST, BLUE STOCKINGS, KING LEAR

Film: POSH (Blueprint Pictures)

 

NOT THE WORST PLACE opens at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, playing from 23 April – 3 May 2014 before heading to Sherman Cymru from 5 May – 10 May 2014. To book tickets and for additional information, click here.

To stay in the loop and follow updates from the rehearsal room, check out our blog.

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