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Programme 2015: 11 plays in 74 places

Here we go… we’re excited to announce our Programme 2015 in full. Eleven top class productions touring to 74 places from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands.

Here’s a snapshot:

•    This summer’s unmissable pop-up experience: ROUNDABOUT follows its run at The Brighton Festival with a two month residency at The Southbank Centre, a return to the Edinburgh Festival and a national tour.
•    THE HUMAN EAR, a brand new play from Alexandra Wood receives its world premiere in Roundabout in Edinburgh.
•    WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz premieres at the Latitude Festival.
•    EVERY BRILLIANT THING returns to the UK following its acclaimed Off-Broadway run in New York and tours nationwide in addition to performances in Roundabout.
•    OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL continues to thrill young audiences in Roundabout and in theatres on an extensive national tour.
•    LUNGS and THE INITIATE continue in the Roundabout rep.
•    DANIEL KITSON is amongst a thrilling programme of visitors performing in Roundabout.
•    NATHAN BRYON receives the inaugural Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship.

Welcome to Programme 2015.

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Continuing at The Bush Theatre until 13 June…
THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham
A pyrotechnic thriller from the writer of sell-out smash hits THIS HOUSE and PRIVACY.
“Memorably adventurous…a timeless depiction of young people agitating against a world that appears to exclude them.”
★★★★ The Times

The Bush // 30 April – 13 June

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A Paines Plough world premiere at The Latitude Festival…
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz
“I want to be iconic. I want to be beautiful, reckless, feared, hated, ahead of the times. I want to be different, I want to be dangerous…”
London, 2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election.
Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life.
Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation.
London, 2015. Re-wind.

Latitude Festival // 16-17 July

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This summer’s unmissable pop-up theatre experience…
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The Stage Awards ‘Theatre Building of the Year’ pops-up in Brighton, London, Edinburgh and on tour with a repertory of outstanding new plays.

Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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A Paines Plough world premiere…
THE HUMAN EAR by Alexandra Wood
A man turns up at Lucy’s door claiming to be the brother she hasn’t seen in 10 years. But why has he come? Is it really him? And what happens when there’s another knock at the door?  Forced to confront the messy inner workings of sibling love with its petty resentments, casual cruelty, profound betrayals and implicit understanding, can the bond between brother and sister be rebuilt?
An intriguing tale of loss, renewal and knowing who to trust from Fringe First Award winner Alexandra Wood.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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The highly acclaimed and multi-award winning…
LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan
“The most beautiful, quietly shattering play of the year.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Repeated on BBC Radio 3 // 24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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The Scotsman Fringe First Award winner…
THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood
“An intense, original and memorable play for today, with outstanding performances.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July

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Back in the UK following its four month run Off-Broadway…
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Our co-production with Pentabus Theatre Company hits the road for an epic UK tour.
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious… one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”
★★★★ The Guardian

Barrow Street Theatre, New York // 6 December 2014 – 29 March 2015
Machynlleth Comedy Festival // 2-3 May
Unity Theatre, Liverpool // 9 May
The Drum, Plymouth // 12-16 May
The North Wall, Oxford // 18 May
Roundabout @ Brighton Festival // 19, 20, 23, 24 May
Quarterhouse, Folkestone // 21 May
The Spring, Havant // 22 May
The Dukes, Lancaster // 26 May
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans // 28 May
Leintwardine Village Hall // 30 May
Pulse Festival, Ipswich // 2 June
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal // 3 June
Harlow Playhouse // 4 June
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury // 5-6 June
Square Chapel, Halifax // 7 June
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis // 10 June
The Muni, Colne // 11 June
The Lowry, Salford // 12-13 June
South Hill Park, Bracknell // 15 June
The Castle, Wellingborough // 17 June
The Garage, Norwich // 18 June
Key Theatre, Peterborough // 19 June
The Tolmen Centre, Constantine // 21 June
Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury // 23 June
The Phoenix, Bordon // 25 June
Derby Theatre, Derby // 26-27 June
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre // 7-11 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 6-30 August
The Civic, Stourport // 9 September
Roundabout @ Corn Exchange, Newbury // 10 September
Bridport Arts Centre // 11 September
Mill Arts Centre, Banbury // 16 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 17 September
Isle of Eigg // 21 September
Sunart Centre ,Arainn Shuainert, Strontian // 23 September
Plockton Village Hall, Plockton // 24 September
Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit // 25 September
Lyth Arts Centre, Wick // 26 September
Pier Arts Centre, Orkney // 27 September
Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds // 29 September
Roundabout @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  // 30 September
South Holland Centre  // 1 October
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford // 2-3 October
The Theatre, Chipping Norton // 4 October
Tobacco Factory, Bristol // 6-10 October
Stahl Theatre at Oundle School, Peterborough // 14 October
The Old Market, Brighton // 18-20 October
Shop Front Theatre, Coventry // 21 October
Span Arts, Pembrokeshire // 22 October
Riverfront Theatre, Newport // 23 October
Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe // 24 October
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester // 29 October
The Civic, Barnsley // 31 October

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A colourfully comic show for children 7+ and their accompanying trolls / parents…
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly
“Fun, funny…comic perfection.”
★★★★ The Times
Our co-production with Half Moon Young People’s Theatre continues in Roundabout before embarking on its own national tour.

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October
TakeOff International Children’s Theatre Festival, County Durham // 21-23 October
Arts Centre Washington // 24 October
Old Fire Station, Carlisle // 25 October
Brewhouse, Burton // 27 October
Derby Theatre // 28 October
Lakeside Arts, Nottingham // 29 October
Royal & Derngate, Northampton // 30 October
The Castle, Wellingborough // 31 October
Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, London // 2–5 November
Tarvin Community Centre, Chester // 6 November
Whitby Hall at Trinity Ellesmere Port // 7 November
Z-arts, Manchester // 8 November
South Holland Centre, Spalding // 10 November
The egg, Bath Theatre Royal // 12–14 November
The North Wall, Oxford // 15 November

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Paines Plough and friends present…
EARLIER/LATER
A series of early morning and late night one-off shows: theatre, poetry, comedy, music, rumbles, shenanigans and much more in Roundabout throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Get your fix of fresh new work, exhilarating debates and rip-roaring performances. Kick start your morning and round-up your evening in Roundabout – “the loveliest venue at the fringe” The List, 2014.

We’re excited to announce a storming line-up of VISITING COMPANIES in Roundabout @ Summerhall throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe…

Eastern Angles in association with Unity Theatre present
CHICKEN by Molly Davies

Supporting Wall presents
JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE END IS NIGH

Papermash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre present
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITHOUT YOU by Sonia Jalaly

THEATRE UNCUT
Clara Brennan, Vivienne Franzmann, Kieran Hurley, Dennis Kelly, Neil LaBute, Stef Smith

Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre present
I’M NOT HERE RIGHT NOW by Thomas Eccleshare

Daniel Kitson presents
POLYPHONY by Daniel Kitson

Plus…
The inaugural Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship is awarded to Nathan Bryon. Nathan is 23-years-old and from Shepherd’s Bush. He is one of the most exciting and original new playwriting voices we have come across and we are delighted he will join Paines Plough on attachment until the end of 2015. The Playwright Fellowship is supported by Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and an anonymous playwright. It aims to assist a playwright of exceptional promise at the start of their career by supporting them in the development of their craft. The Fellowship comprises an attachment to Paines Plough, a bursary of £6,000 and a place at the prestigious l’Obrador d’estiu playwriting conference in Barcelona.

We welcome two new members of our team thanks to our partnership with Creative Access. Joining Paines Plough are Trainee Administrator Bhavini Goyate and Trainee Producer Rachel D’Arcy. Former Creative Access intern Natalie Adams is now full-time Administrator.

Joining the Paines Plough Board of Trustees are Andrea Stark, CEO of High House Production Park, Matthew Littleford, Editorial Director for Digital, BBC Worldwide, Anne McMeehan Roberts, Founder Director of Cauldron Consulting and playwright Dennis Kelly.

And we’ll be hosting more Open Auditions, releasing two new Apps, launching a transatlantic radio project, offering lots of exciting opportunities for playwrights through The Big Room, programming one-off events in Roundabout and eating lots of cake in the office.

So there you have it… Programme 2015. We hope to see you there.

Reviews round-up: THE ANGRY BRIGADE

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The Angry Brigade smashed into The Bush last week with fire in their bellies and anger in their minds. Here’s what the critics made of the revolution:

“Memorably adventurous…a timeless depiction of young people agitating against a world that appears to exclude them.”
★★★★ The Times (Paywall)

“Thrilling, exciting, unpredictable… James Graham marches triumphantly onwards.”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“An explosive account of ideological war.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Throbs with exciting theatrical effects… fab soundtrack, vibrating projections and air of anarchy…  like a vinyl rock record, it has the power to blow your mind… a thrilling and highly enjoyable evening.”
★★★★ The Arts Desk

“Thrillingly topical… a marvellous play: as rich in ideas as a pudding in plums, compassionate and serious and dryly funny and fascinating… it’s brilliant.” ★★★★ Libby Purves / Theatre Cat

“Knockout… hits the heart as much as it hits the head.”
★★★★ Londonist

“Exhilarating, politically engaging, funny and exciting.”
★★★★ The Upcoming

“Engaging, tender, witty and – on the eve of an election – troublingly freighted with contemporary resonance.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Exhilarating… James Graham’s riveting, downright raucous and politically fascinating work is bought to life in James Grieve’s fittingly anarchic production that boasts both addictive punk spirit and near flawless direction.”
Official London Theatre

“Heady, intoxicating and very, very angry.
The Huffington Post

“A complete theatrical experience… glorious.”
★★★★ Everything Theatre

“Funny, satirical and clever.”
A Younger Theatre

And someone was really, really angry…

“Anarchist dirge… boring… undigested radical dogma… flashes of hardcore porn… leaden… dull… incomprehensible… even an anarcho-syndicalist, crypto-Trotskyite paranoid conspiracy theorist from a Hackney squat might struggle to make sense of such shenanigans.”
The Daily Mail

We have never been more proud.

For more info and tickets head over this way.

Styling The Angry Brigade

Wardrobe Assistant for THE ANGRY BRIGADE, Claire Wardroper, give us the lowdown on how 70’s style shaped the costume of the cast. 

The 1970s were possibly the most iconic decade of fashion to date. Most people who have first-hand recollection of the era recoil in moments of absolute embarrassment at the thought of some their favourite teenage outfits. Flares and platforms, fringed and belted suede safari jackets, nauseatingly bright patterned polyester shirts with oversized spear point collars – it all sounds pretty much like the worst fancy dress party in the world. Ever. The 1970s were all about excess, the bigger, brighter and bolder the better.

But the truth is, 1970s fashion marked a path for some of the greatest and most long-lasting fashion trends the world has ever witnessed. The polo neck, for instance, was a staple of most men’s wardrobes throughout the 70s and has firmly made a comeback amongst some of London’s hippest twenty-something business bodies; the glorious flare, which year in year out threatens to make a comeback and sort of almost gets there. Effortlessly cool Sienna Miller is a prime advocate for the “hippy chic” style that so many try to emulate. So it wasn’t all cringe and horror.

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The fantastic thing about 70s fashion was that it reached everyone, old and young, working class and upper class – no one was safe from the future fashion police. The overall silhouette of 70’s fashion was in some cases deliciously flattering: the tight, cinched in belted waists, the open-necked collar, the tight-fitted trousers. Men never looked so good. Androgyny was more alive then than ever before, and David Bowie was at the forefront of the andro revolution. Men were embracing their feminine qualities in glittery spandex leggings and platform shoes. And women were stretching their tomboy legs: for the first time they were allowed to wear trousers in offices, as long as they were twinned with a matching jacket, and the Safari suit (the fashion brainchild of Yves Saint Laurent) was incredibly popular. Individualism was key, apart from one strange trend: “couples fashion” dressng in exactly the same clothing as yopur partner. Although now seen very much as a complete no no, in the 70s couples would don matching outfits and walk out with pride, a trend that, perhaps in a more subtle and cool way, made a comeback recently with “The Kooples” campaign. Mod culture also made a comeback towards the end of the century with the return of the Teddy boy, a more clean-cut, smooth, sophisticated look that the zanier trends lacked. Teddy boys either wore tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties and button down collars, or the straight legged trouser with donkey or workers jackets and the popular black “beatle boot” or desert boot underneath. These signature looks defined a generation ready for change: in fashion and in politics.

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So how did this work whilst costuming the play? Whilst I was shopping for the show, trawling London’s finest vintage boutiques, most shop owners admitted that 70s fashion was making a comeback, much to their surprise and delight. After decades of garish nylon shirts being shunted to the back of the rails or left in storeroom boxes, 70s produce was in high demand. Which of course made everything that tiny bit harder for me. With a good 40 years’ worth of hindsight, people find it all too easy to mock the way things were (possibly due to the fact that some 70s kids are trying to forget and pretend it never happened) and as a result it might seem too much for a contemporary audience. Our minimalist, monotone, normcore fashion desires nowadays can’t handle the exuberance of 1970s fashion. With this in mind, I had to tone down the overall image of the show to suit a 21st-century audience. This. was. HARD. I was desperate to throw some disgustingly bright ties on top of hard-to-focus-on shirts, but instead I felt that subtler suggestions would work better. I mainly focused on silhouette and colour, picking out period designs such as high-waisted trousers with elaborate button and pocket detail, wide-lapelled suit jackets, rayon shirts with “kipper” ties, all in the popular shade of the time: brown. Subtle signifiers were enough to place us in the right time and location.

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The actors play members of the Angry Brigade as well as 1970s police officers in the play, so it was important to find a marked difference in costuming the opposing roles, both for them as performers and for us as the audience. As explained above, there was little fashion disparity amongst the different classes and ages during the era, and this made the task of defining the two tricky. I attempted to costume the characters of the Angry Brigade as close to the limited references I could find, although hardly any are available due to the inconspicuous lifestyles they conducted. Of the few images available, we can see some clear fashion choices have been made: for instance, in the image below, Hilary Creek wears the iconic, long floral skirt with belted safari shirt on top, a look I have mimicked as closely as possible in the production. An image purportedly of Jim Greenfield in an oversized military coat and flared cords displays a typical look amongst the anarchic youth of the 70s that we capture in the show.

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Fashion has always been intertwined with youth politics. Clothes have been used as a tool for expression for decades, and whilst the Angry Brigade wished to uphold an image of complete disregard for any social systems in place, they still couldn’t escape the importance of fashion. It helped that when in rare moments they were papped they looked cool and aware of their image. Despite their defiance of the consumerist world they despised, their image worked in their favour to distance themselves from fusty politicians and appeal to the generations to come. Breaking the rules will always be cool and 70s fashion aimed to do that more than any other era.

The Angry Brigade Production Shots

With press night for James Graham’s THE ANGRY BRIGADE just around the corner team PP are ready to move west and take over the Bush Theatre. But before we head off, here’s a sneaky peek of some production shots from the show. Lucky you.

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To view the full set head to our Flickr page. Photo credit Manuel Harlan.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE runs at the Bush Theatre until 30 June. You can snap up your tickets here.

#TheAngryBrigade

 

THE ANGRY BRIGADE in Rehearsals

Things are really heating up Dalston where THE ANGRY BRIGADE company are heading into their final week of rehearsals for James Graham’s explosive, heart-stopping play. Here are some shots of them right in the thick of it.

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For the full set of photos visit our flickr page.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens at The Bush Theatre April 30 and runs until June 13. Grab your tickets here.

Photo credit: Helen Murray

 

 

Whats on THE ANGRY BRIGADE stereo

In a break with tradition we thought we better let you all in on THE ANGRY BRIGADE playlist. Re-wind to the 1970’s and prepare yourself for anarchy…

Is there anything missing? Something we’ve just got to add? Keep the conversation going @painesplough #TheAngryBrigade

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens at The Bush Theatre on 30 April and runs until 13 June. Tickets here

ANGRY BRIGADE transfers to The Bush

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We’re very excited to announce that James Graham’s explosive hit THE ANGRY BRIGADE will transfer to The Bush for a six-week run in Spring 2015.

Our co-production with The Theatre Royal Plymouth opened in Plymouth in September before touring to Oxford Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre and Watford Palace Theatre. It will preview at The Bush from 30 April 2015 with press night on 5 May. It runs until 13 June.

“Its government has declared a vicious class war.
A one-sided war…
We have started to fight back…
…with bombs.”

Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade.

Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens.

A world of order shattered by anarchy; the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.

A bold new play by James Graham, writer of sell-out smash hits THIS HOUSE and PRIVACY.

“A world with chilling similarities to our own.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Enthrals… Graham’s witty play deserves a London run.”
★★★★ The Times

20th September 2014. Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth present The Angry Brigade by James Graham.

We’re thrilled to be returning to The Bush, the scene of last year’s sell-out hit JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS. It’s one of our favourite places to present work, and we go back a long way – PP first presented work at The Bush in the 1970s. The artistic director back then was Simon Stokes, who is now AD of our co-producers on THE ANGRY BRIGADE, Theatre Royal Plymouth. So, y’know, it just feels right.

Our AD James first worked with James Graham on The Bush Theatre hit THE WHISKY TASTER back in 2010, designed by Lucy Osborne. So the team is excited to be reunited for a Bush return.

Snap your tickets up right here, right now.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE final stop: Watford

As we charge into our final week on tour with James Graham’s adrenaline-fuelled  THE ANGRY BRIGADE at Watford Palace Theatre, here’s a sneak peek at what some of the audiences and critics have been saying:

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★★★★ The Times – “James Graham has a gimlet eye for newsworthy subjects… What emerges is a world with chilling similarities to our own. Graham’s witty play deserves a London run”

 ★★★★ The Guardian – “An explosive account of idealogical war”

★★★★ The Oxford Times –  “An exciting, well-crafted play… Excellent”

★★★★ Female Arts – “Quick-fire throughout… The cast are a delight to watch… James Graham once again proves he is a master of text”

@Tom_Goodwin: – Fantastic production. Top production, acting, presence and execution. Theatre the way it should be

@director_beth: #TheAngryBrigade by @JamesGraham @painesplough fizzes with anarchic spirit. If you’re in the South West catch it @TRPlymouth

@christiaharris:  HUGE congrats to all involved in #TheAngryBrigade. Blown away by @PatsyFerran. A thoroughly gripping piece & a stellar cast! GO SEE!

@Minilyzer: #TheAngryBrigade freakin’ stormed it @OxfordPlayhouse! But with writing like that & such a strong cast, we couldn’t expect anything less!

THE ANGRY BRIGADE opens tonight at Watford Palace Theatre and plays until Saturday 25 October 2014.

To find out more and book tickets, click here.

Join the conversation online:

#TheAngryBrigade @painesplough @TRPlymouth

The Stage: An Interview with Harry Melling

As THE ANGRY BRIGADE fires into Watford Palace Theatre this week for the last leg of the tour, The Stage caught up with actor Harry Melling.

Read on for the article below.

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Harry Melling shot to fame playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter film franchise. However, he has since carved out an impressive stage career, which includes taking his self-penned one-man show, Peddling, from HighTide Festival to New York. He is currently appearing in the touring production of James Graham’s The Angry Brigade

Tell me about your role  in The Angry Brigade.

I play lots of different  people, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s something that terrified me because I liked the idea of hanging on to one person and making sure that story is charted throughout. If you’re playing lots of different people, you’re juggling a lot of different balls. Sometimes, I feel that when you watch that style of acting, you see the skill of the actor as opposed to  the character, so in that respect it’s a very interesting challenge to try to make each character as defined as the others.

You’ve also written your own one-man show. Is writing something you’ve always wanted to do?

I just knew that I had to write this story. It wasn’t necessarily that I wanted to be a writer, but I knew I had to try to tell the story of this kid I met when I was very young. But from that experience I’ve got another idea that I want to do, so it’s just a question of finding the time. It’s something that a lot of my actor friends are doing, and it’s a welcome change of pace. Having that power is the crucial thing. It’s completely yours, and you can make the choices you want because you’re the person at the helm. It’s a very different responsibility to acting, which I like.

Coming from an acting family, did it feel inevitable you would do this?

I grew up watching theatre – that was the thing I loved and I knew I wanted to do it. I got into it very young, and because I’d been introduced to it at such an early age, I kind of latched on to it. I’ve been very lucky really in having access to it so young. I’d like to think that had I not been within the same family that I’d still find it, but who knows?

Has doing film work as  a child actor influenced the way you work now?

It influenced me in terms of watching older people be on set. It confirmed it was something I wanted to do, but it must have influenced me in other ways I can’t tell you how or why. But I always felt very comfortable on stage, and when I was at drama school there was a heavy emphasis on stagecraft, which has been really useful for me.

What made you undertake formal training?

I really wanted to bridge that gap between being a child actor and an actor. I’m not saying drama school is always the way to do that, but it made sense for me. I always wanted to be as good as I could be, and I think drama school teaches you how to fall on your arse, which is exactly what I needed.

You can read the full interview on The Stage site here.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch James Graham’s blazing new play, THE ANGRY BRIGADE kicks off at Watford Palace Theatre from tomorrow, Tuesday 21 October until Saturday 25 October 2014.

(£5 tickets for under 25s available here).

 

Join in the conversation online:

#TheAngryBrigade @painesplough @TRPlymouth 

THE ANGRY BRIGADE production shots

Now that THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham has officially kicked off at Theatre Royal Plymouth, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s in store with some production snaps from last week.

All images by Richard Davenport

View the full set of photos on our Flickr page.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE currently plays at Theatre Royal Plymouth until 4 October 2014, then heads out on tour to:

Oxford Playhouse: 8 – 11 October

Warwick Arts Centre: 14 – 17 October

Watford Palace Theatre: 21 – 25 October

 

★★★★ The Guardian – “James Graham has a gimlet eye for newsworthy subjects… what emerges is a world with chilling similarities to our own.”

★★★★ The Times – “Enthrals… Graham’s witty play deserves a London run.”

 

Join the conversation online: #TheAngryBrigade @painesplough @TRPlymouth