Category Archive: Podcasts

Bright on Things

Some say that Brighton might as well be added onto the TFL travel maps. Here at Paines Plough, we are inclined to disagree. Famed as a place of calm outside of neurotic London, last week the team spent two happy days auditioning, work-shopping, rehearsing and performing somewhere proudly different to the capital.

It can be easy to pigeon-hole Brighton, though. And as became very clear over the two days we spent there, the city has a life far beyond Mr Whippy, chubby thighs and fluorescent lights. Although all the creative types we met raved about working on the south coast, the determination to put Brighton back on the map as a theatre town is what we will take away from our short stay.

Almost every actor we auditioned was part of a company, or better yet, ran one. They had produced and performed plays on balconies, in converted double-deckers, even in the ancient cells of the town hall: the entrepreneurial ethos was palpable. There were also plans afoot for café-theatres, Edinburgh Fringe transfers and a complete overhaul of how the Brighton Dome is run. The energy of everyone we met was rather inspiring.

One of the people behind the revamp is Orla Flanagan. Her dedication to both the theatre and the community that fills it is second to none. She spoke to us avidly about plans to rebrand the three spaces under the guise of one venue. Her hope is that the ornate, marble interior becomes home to a year-round programme. Our invitation, we hope, is already in the post.

This hunger to create made for animated workshops. Points of discussion began with the practical – such as fundraising, or where the best writing spots in the city are – and moved onto the logistics of progressing your own work. And even though the focus was on this forward motion, what we kept on coming back to was the simple fact that making the best art possible is the key to success, no matter how bullish you may be.

Which was evident in the Come to Where I’m From part of the schedule too. This time round the four pieces were shared by Fin Kennedy, Kefi Chadwick, Sue MacLaine and Judy Upton. So very different to the tone of last week’s visit to Chipping Norton, this leg of the tour reflected the true nature of how a Brightonian thinks, feels and then speaks.

No one can pretend that two days is enough to fully ‘get’ a city, but we’d challenge anyone to listen to the podcasts and not appreciate the spirit that emerges from the writers’ words. Yes, Brighton is a party town, but on its own terms and when it chooses to be so. There are pulsating hearts joyous to be there that give the city its unique beat, but which when knocked too hard skip like any other. The city is happy to house those who want to be there, no matter the length of their stay. And yet, it takes time for a place to become your own. It’s just like our writers told us – no amount of sun-drenched fun can guarantee a picture perfect home.

We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and hope everyone involved did too. Let us know your thoughts here, on facebook, on twitter, or next time we see you.

The podcasts should be available next week, just keep checking the blog. Our next Come to Where I’m From will be on the Isle of Wight, on the 18th August. Hope to see you on the ferry over! 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Podcast 4

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tour continued this week at the magical Live Theatre, Newcastle, before heading to The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, where it opens tonight.

Here’s the fourth in our weekly series of LLL PODCASTS featuring a chat behind the scenes for all you budding Stage Mangers. Introducing the AMAZING Sarah Castleton-Smith…

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PODCAST No.4

We’ll be bringing you interviews, discussions and audience feedback from across the UK as we bring LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to you, with a new podcast every week.

At each venue we’ll be taking a bit of the 60s out into the towns and cities we’re visiting. See if you can spot the LLL-LP on its journey through the UK – here it is with a Mr.James Barrett and a certain Tyne Bridge hiding behind it!

We’d love some suggestions for where LLL-LP should visit on our other tour dates.

See you in a town near you soon.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Podcast 3

The dynamic Curve Theatre, Leicester

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tour continues this week at the dynamic Leicester Curve.

If you’re keen for a little snippet of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, here’s the third in our weekly series of LLL PODCASTS featuring a discussion with Lisa Jackon in the Cafe at the Curve Theatre.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PODCAST No.3

We’ll be bringing you interviews, discussions and audience feedback from across the UK as we bring LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to you, with a new podcast every week.

At each venue we’ll be taking a bit of the 60s out into the towns and cities we’re visiting. See if you can spot the LLL-LP on its journey through the UK – here it is nessling up to the iron gate of Leicester Market.

We’d love some suggestions for where LLL-LP should visit on our other tour dates.

See you in a town near you soon.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Podcast 2

The beautiful Watford Palace Theatre

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tour continued this week at the lovely Watford Palace Theatre with packed houses in the 600 capacity theatre.

If you’re keen for a little snippet of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, here’s the second in our series of LLL PODCASTS featuring the post-show discussion at Watford Palace Theatre with writer Mike Barlett.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PODCAST No.2

We’ll be bringing you interviews, discussions and audience feedback from across the UK as we bring LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to you, with a new podcast every week.

On top of all this, at each venue we’ll be taking a bit of the 60s out into the towns and cities we’re visiting. See if you can spot the LLL-LP on its journey through the UK – here it is with Mr Simon Darwen at Watford football ground.

Mr.Darwen perhaps unsubtley wearing his Luton tour football strip – Watford’s arch enemies apparently!

We’d love some suggestions for where LLL-LP should visit on our other tour dates.

See you in a town near you soon.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Podcast 1

"The ultra lively Salisbury Playhouse" - Observer

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tour opened this week at the lovely Salisbury Playhouse. The show is going down a storm with our largest audiences so far packing out the 500 capacity theatre.

If you’re keen for a little snippet of what LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is all about, here’s the first in our series of LLL PODCASTS featuring director James Grieve and cast members Ben Addis and Lisa Jackson.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PODCAST No.1

We’ll be bringing you interviews, discussions and audience feedback from across the UK as we bring LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to you, with a new podcast every week.

On top of all this, at each venue we’ll be taking a bit of the 60’s out into the towns and cities we’re visiting.

See if you can spot the LLL-LP on its journey through the UK – here it is visiting Salisbury’s famous cathedral.

We learnt (from a cabbie, so source not entirely verified) that Salisbury Cathedral is famous for having the tallest spire of any cathedral in the UK, and for being the only cathedral to carry a woman’s name – St Mary’s. So there you go.

We’d love some suggestions for where LLL-LP should visit on our other tour dates.

See you in a town near you soon.

CTWIF Mumbai plays now online

Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, we podcasted a collection of short plays about a particular area of the UK, written and read by playwrights. Collectively, the plays form Come To Where I’m From, a theatrical tapestry that asks whether home is truly where the heart is.

There’s an article on the Guardian website about the project by our artistic directors here.

Today, we’re taken across land and sea to Mumbai where we’re shown around by Akash Mohimen, Dwijal Mehta and Siddharth Kumar. We co-commissioned Akash, Dwijal and Siddharth with our good friends from QTP and we first presented the plays at Prithvi Theatre.

You can read about Akash, Dwijal and Siddharth and listen to all three plays here – LISTEN NOW TO COME TO WHERE I’M FROM – MUMBAI.

A guide to our favourite places – by Akash Mohimen, Dwijal Mehta and Siddharth Kumar

Marine Drive, Mumbai. Thats where I spent the three of my most memorable and carefree years in Mumbai. Going on long walks during the rains, playing kiddish games and just watching the sun set beyond the horizon, they were just some of the activities we conducted on the city’s iconic landmark. And if given a chance, I would love relive them, again and again and again.[am]

Crystals, Mumbai. It is my favourite eatery in the city. Not too expensive and not too spicy and not too oily. It is the closest one can come to having typical Indian home made food. [am]

Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai I don’t visit here as often as I like to, but whenever I do, I walk away with something extra with a feeling of upliftment. It rejuvenates me as a person and an artist. And hence, I realize why Prithvi is one of the most beloved places for theater artists. [am]

Launching Come To Where I’m From online podcasts

Come To Where I'm From

Come To Where I'm From

At the heart of our 2010 programme of work has been one of Paines Plough’s most ambitious projects to date. Come To Where I’m From set out to map the UK through the eyes, experience and lives of writers, by asking 61 playwrights to write about where they come from.

Audiences across the nation have been overwhelmed by the social, political and emotional insight the resulting short plays have offered up – a complex and surprising theatrical tapestry of our green and pleasant land made up of stories from Liverpool, Sheffield, Ipswich, Newcastle, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Watford, Bristol, Coventry, Nottingham, Oxford and Manchester.

We are delighted then to announce that every day between today and Christmas, we’ll be podcasting recordings of the playwrights reading their own plays – one geographical collection at a time.

To celebrate the launch of these plays as online podcasts, we asked the writers to tell us about their favourite places in their home town, city or village. With each set of podcasts will come a ‘rough guide’ to the place that inspired them here on this blog, in the order we hosted the events.

There’s an article on the Guardian website about the project by our artistic directors here.

For more information about the project and the writers’ involved, click here.

To listen to the podcasts click here.

And to read the daily ‘rough guides’ keep checking back to this blog.