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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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Come To Where I’m From: London plays added to the app

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We’re very excited that the plays we commissioned with partners Tamasha for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON have now been added to the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app.

Added to the app today are:

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla WilliamsZia AhmedMediah AhmedChé Walker

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena ProcopiuAmman Singh BrarKathryn GoldingAlexandra Wood

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya SachdevaSally WoodcockSatinder Chohan

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy SheenAfsana BegumLizzy DijehIn-Sook ChappellArinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra TownsendVinay PatelMiran HadzicMorgan Lloyd MalcolmAdam Brace

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad AliIsley LynnCheryl WalkerStephen JeffreysMonsay Whitney

You can listen to all 31 of the plays on the app for free alongside the 100 plays already available. You can download the app from the App Store here.

Be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter @painesplough #CTWIF

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The COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app was developed by Milk Bar Studios. Check them out here.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: The Yard

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM heads East but only to East London, as far as The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. Presenting work tonight we have Lucy Sheen an actor, writer and filmmaker, Afsana Begum founder of Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company, In-Sook Chappell writer of PYONGYANG about North Korea as well as numerous radio dramas, Lizzy Dijeh published poet and playwright and finally the prolific Arinze Kene who you may recognise from EASTENDERS but he’s been busy since then writing hard hitting and insightful plays (and there are some films in the pipeline too!).

You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7.30pm.

We’ll certainly to be heading to Crate Brewery after the show for a pizza and a beer. Pizza, beer and a five new plays. Lovely.

You can read their full credits here:

Lucy Sheen
Lucy is an actor, writer, filmmaker and playwright who has written for Nimble Fish Arts and the Royal Court Theatre. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM was her fourth commission. Her acting credits include PING PONG, JULIUS CAESAR (Bristol Old Vic), DRINK THE MERCURY (TMA nomination, 1990) and HUNGRY GHOSTS (OFFIE award nomination, 1990).

Afsana Begum
Afsana is an emerging BAME Artistic Producer and founder of the Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company (Mulberry ATC) with over 6 years’ experience in arts education. She was Company Manager on three Fin Kennedy plays for the school at the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which won a Scotsman Fringe First. Mulberry ATC has since collaborated with Royal Court Theatre and Afsana has participated in their Introduction to Playwriting scheme.

In-Sook Chappell
In-Sook Chappell was the winner of the Verity Bargate award in 2007 for her play THIS ISN’T ROMANCE. Her previous playwriting credits have included PYONGYANG (Finborough Theatre), THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (Soho Theatre) and DOWNTOWN DOLLHOUSE. In-Sook’s radio credits include HONG KONG MIDNIGHT (BBC Radio 3) and THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (BBC Radio 4).

Lizzy Dijeh
Lizzy Dijeh is a playwright and poet. Her plays include HIGH LIFE (Hampstead Theatre – runner up of Alfred Fagon Award 2007) and MESSAGE FROM A FAR COUNTRY (Tiata Delights Festival). Her poetry has been published in RED: CONTEMPORARY BLACK BRITISH POETRY (People Tree Press, 2010), OUT OF BOUNDS (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) and WASAFIRI (International Arts Journal).

Arinze Kene
Arinze Kene was born and raised in London to Nigerian parents. Alongside his writing he also works as an actor. Arinze’s original feature film, SEEKERS, is on the Brit List and in development with Strays Film. He has another original feature film, CURE, in development with Sixteen Films. Arinze wrote his new play GOOD DOG on attachment to the National Theatre Studio. He is developing MISTY with the Bush Theatre following RADAR last year and was on attachment at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2012 as a recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Bursary. His stage play GOD’S PROPERTY ran at Soho Theatre in 2013, co-produced with Talawa. LITTLE BABY JESUS, directed by Che Walker, ran in May 2011 at the Ovalhouse Theatre, where his play ESTATE WALLS ran in 2010. Arinze was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards for ESTATE WALLS in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play. WILD CHILD was performed in 2011 as part of the Rough Cuts season at The Royal Court. Arinze wrote a wrap-around piece to the play FISHBONE called US & THEM for Nabokov at the Bush Theatre in 2010 and wrote a short play, SUFFOCATION, as part of Ovalhouse Theatre’s annual 33% Festival. Arinze was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme and Writers’ Super Group at the Royal Court Theatre. He was also part of Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Group and was chosen as one of their Hub Writers. Arinze was shortlisted for Off West End’s 2010’s ‘Adopt a Playwright Award’ and the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award. Arinze was involved in the storylining and development of the second series of Big Talk’s YOUNGERS for E4, in which he played Ashley. He wrote an episode of the third series of E20 on BBC3 and was subsequently part of an EASTENDERS trial scheme. Arinze was named as a Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow in 2013 and was invited to take part in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course in 2012.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM FROM London : The Gate

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Tonight, much like the Pet Shop Boys, we Go West. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London heads to The Gate where TEN WEEKS by Elinor Cook played earlier this year. Tonight will see short plays from acclaimed playwright Omar El-Khairy (who also has a PhD in Sociology!), Tamasha regular Satinder Chohan, playwright and Horseshoe Theatre Company founder Sally Woodcook, the prolific April De Angelis who has written for stage, screen and radio, and Divya Sachdeva who works in animation, CTWIF will be her first commission, good luck Divya!

You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7pm.

You can read their full credits here:

Omar El-Khairy

Omar is a writer for stage and screen. He was part of the Young Writers Programmes at both the Royal Court Theatre and Soho Theatre and a former Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. His plays include BURST, SOUR LIPS, THE KEEPERS OF INFINITE SPACE and THE CHAPLAIN: OR, A SHORT TALE OF HOW WE LEARNED TO LOVE GOOD MUSLIMS WHILST TORTURING BAD ONES. His last play HOMEGROWN was originally commissioned as part of the National Youth Theatre’s 2015 season. It will be published by Oberon later this year. Omar is also a founding member of Paper Tiger, a collective of theatre and filmmakers, working collaboratively and autonomously. His first short film NO EXIT received its world premiere at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival and screened both nationally and internationally. He is currently working on his first feature-length screenplay. He is in the process of developing two television projects, including a mixed form documentary with Playground Entertainment. Omar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Divya Sachdeva

Divya Sachdeva was born and raised in Greater London and currently works in animation for a television company. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is her first commission as writer and performer.

Satinder Chohan

Satinder is the 2013 Adopt a Playwright Award winner to develop MOTHER INDIA, a play about East-West surrogacy set in Gujarat, in partnership with Tamasha Theatre Company for a 2017 national tour. She is also Writer-In-Residence at the Centre for Family Research (CFR) as part of the NEW FAMILIES collaboration between Tamasha, CFR and Generation Arts. Her previous work includes ZAMEEN (Kali Theatre) and KABBADIKABBADIKABADDI (Tamasha Theatre Company).

Sally Woodcock

Sally Woodcock founded Horseshoe Theatre Company for schools in Cambridge with Toby Parsons. Her first full length play FANTA ORANGE was developed at NT Studio and premiered at Finborough. Previous works include PINK GIN (Salisbury Playhouse), THE TROUSER DEPARTMENT (Bridewell, Gilded Balloon), WEDDING BELLES (Gilded Balloon, 78th St Theatre Lab, NYC), MAKING UP (Jermyn St), OXYMORONIC (RADA Foyer) and U BEND (RADA Foyer).

April De Angelis

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). She’s currently under commission to the Rose Theatre, Kingston, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and the National Theatre. April has also written the libretto for FLIGHT music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and THE SILENT TWINS libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen, Almeida Theatre, 2007. April’s work for radio includes an adaptation of LIFE IN THE TOMB for BBC Radio 3 in 2014, a serialisation of PEYTON PLACE, VISITANTS for BBC Radio 4, and THE OUTLANDER for Radio 5, which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. TV work includes a BFI / Channel 4 commission, ARISTOPHANES.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London : Omnibus, Clapham

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London continues at Omnibus in Clapham in South West London.

This evening will see performances from playwright Amman Paul Singh Brar, writer for stage and screen Kathryn Golding, comedian and actress Elena Procopiu, Paines Plough writer Alexandra Wood and former Tamasha Artistic Director and 2010 First Women Award winner Sudha Bhuchar.

So why not head down souf and take in some new writing.

You can still get tickets here or on the door.

You can read their full credits here:

Amman Paul Singh Brar
Amman is an MA Creative Writing graduate from the University of East Anglia. One of the inaugural winners of the BBC Writersroom 10 award with Tamasha Theatre, where he was also Artist in Residence, his credits include: STILL ALIVE (West Yorkshire Playhouse), SOMETHING MISSING (Contact Theatre), TEARS AT TERMINAL VELOCITY (Tamasha, Mulberry School, Soho Theatre) and NO MORE POUNDSHOP WARS (BBC, Live Theatre).
@AmmanPaulSBrar

Kathryn Golding

Kathryn is a recognised emerging writing talent with a unique voice, who is passionate about diversity and adept across TV and theatre. Graduate of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices Programme and supported by the Edinburgh International Television Festival, she is currently working on projects for both stage and television. Recent credits include BEING SUZY WONG (Royal Court’s Live Lunch programme) and PLAY 13 (Vault Festival).
@littlemissmandu 

Elena Procopiu

Elena is an Anglo-Romanian actress and writer. Having trained as an actor, she has performed stand-up throughout the UK, Europe and in New York and is a multi-lingual voice-over artist in English, Romanian and French. She also presented a piece she co-wrote on The One Show on BBC 1 attempting to dispel myths about Romanians taking all your jobs. Last year, she was commissioned to write a one-woman show for Tamasha Theatre Company.
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Alexandra Wood

Alex is a graduate of the MPhil in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme. In 2007 she won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her plays include: THE ELEVENTH CAPITAL (Royal Court); THE LION’S MOUTH (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); UNBROKEN (Gate Theatre); DECADE (co-writer/Headlong); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS (Young Vic/American Repertory Theater); and THE CENTRE (Islington Community Theatre). Short plays include: MILES TO GO (Nabokov/Latitude Festival); THIRTY TWO YEARS IS NOTHING and EXPECTING (BAC/Rose Bruford); MY NAME IS JOHN ALAN ASHLEY (Soho/Oxford School of Drama); and PIIGS (Royal Court).Her most recent play, THE EMPTY QUARTER, played at Hampstead Downstairs in 2013. Work for radio: TWELVE YEARS (BBC Radio 4). In 2010 she was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough.

Sudha Bhuchar

Sudha is a playwright and actor.

Writing credits for Tamasha include BALTI KINGS (co-written with Shaheen Khan), FOURTEEN SONGS, TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, STRICTLY DANDIA, A FINE BALANCE (all co- written with Kristine Landon-Smith), her first children’s play CHILD OF THE DIVIDE (Polka Theatre, Best Kids’ Show of 2006 – Time Out) and most recently the critically acclaimed MY NAME IS… which Sudha also adapted for Radio 4 where it was ‘pick of the week’. Sudha’s adaptaion of Lorca’s THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA – THE HOUSE OF BILQUIS BIBI was recently remounted by Mulberry School’s Alumni company. Other writing credits include SMALL FISH BIG CHEESE for the Unicorn Theatre and extensive credits on Radio 4 including three series of GIRLIES (co written with Shaheen Khan). Sudha jointly won, with Kristine Landon-Smith, the 2005 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture and the 2010 First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure category. Sudha’s extensive acting credits include most recently three series of STELLA for Sky TV and Gurpreet Bhatti’s play KHANDAN for Birmingham Rep/Royal Court theatre in 2014. Sudha is currently filming a guest role on CORONATION STREET.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: Tricycle Theatre

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London opens at Tricycle theatre in North West London also known as North Weezy to those in the know. This evening will see performances from poet Zia Ahmed, writer for stage and screen Karla Williams, poet with a PhD in Biophysics Mediah Ahmed, playwright and director Ché Walker and self confessed writer/actor/director/comedian/hypocrite Gabriel Bisset-Smith (he’s also been nominated for a BAFTA).

Grab yourself a drink and come and explore what home means with us. It’s going to be special.

You can still get tickets here or on the door.

You can read their full credits here:

Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed is from and based in North West London. He is currently a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He was 2014/15 poet-in-residence for Cape Farewell looking at the cultural response to climate change. He won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2011. @ziasighs

Karla Williams

Karla Williams won the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 for her short film PRETTY BITCH (based upon the stage play of the same name). With the stage play touring across the UK, the film has been screened internationally at the BFI in London, Denmark, Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver and Turkey. Her full length play BUT I DON’T LIKE GIRLS was selected for the Talawa Firsts Festival 2014 and long listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014 and Bruntwood Prize 2015. @KarlawithaK82

Mediah Ahmed

Mediah Ahmed was born and bred in North West London. With a PhD in Biophysics, her love of theatre was sparked while participating in the Unheard Voices writing workshops at Royal Court. Her first piece, REPENTANCE, ran for two weeks as part of ANGLE at the Bush. She also has poetry published in the SALIDAA and Keats House Poets’ anthologies. Her last play, GRAVE, featured in the Tamasha Scratch Night at Soho Theatre. @mudda28

Ché Walker

Ché Walker is a playwright and director. His previous work with Paines Plough includes Crazy Love.

Walker’s work in theatre includes Been So Long (musical – Young Vic/ETT),Been So Long (stageplay – Royal Court, Runner-up in the 31st John Whiting Award), The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Iphigenia (Southwark Playhouse), Flesh Wound (Royal Court – winner of the George Devine Award), Car Thieves (National Studio), Extended Family (Chichester Festival Theatre – winner of Playwrights’ Slam), Dance For Me (Stratford East Theatre) and Rootz Spectacular (Belgrade Theatre). His one man show, Lovesong which he wrote and directed, staring Omar toured the UK last year, produced by ETT following its successful run at the Edinburgh Festival. Walker is currently writing a new musical version of Carmen for the Open Air Theatre as well as writing his own musical adaptation of The Bacchaewith Arthur Darvill for ETT. This year Walker will direct the feature film adaptation of his original musical Been So Long from his own screenplay for Greenacre Films/UKFC and is also developing an original television series with the BBC. He recently directed Estate Walls, a new play by Arinze Kene at The Oval House Theatre and will direct his next play Little Baby Jesus there in May this year.

Gabriel Bisset-Smith:

Gabriel Bisset-Smith is a BAFTA nominated writer/actor/director/comedian from London.

He’s had plays produced at the Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal and for BBC Radio Four. He’s been on attachment at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court and a regular story contributor on the Channel Four series Skins. His short film THRUSH won the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival Tenderpixel audience choice award, the 2010 Vimeo Best Narrative award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Disposable Film Festival. He was named one of Dazed & Confused magazines Dazed Visionaries and they commissioned him, alongside the likes of James Franco and Bjork, to make his latest film TOILETS, which has also won numerous awards.

He’s also directed lots of music videos and is one half of comedy double act GUILT & SHAME. Who have played sold out shows at the Soho Theatre, Underbelly, Bestival, Latitude and tour the country regularly.  He has also been nominated for the Off West End Most Promising Playwright award and has three feature films in development. Gabriel has just directed and co created the BBC’s groundbreaking multi platform murder mystery THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K which earned him a BAFTA nomination in digital creativity. The show was also nominated for a Prix Italia, best visual experience at SXSW Interactive and won a Gold and Audience award at the LOVIES. He is currently previewing his second solo comedy show.

Good news for South East London

We’ve got some COME TO WHERE I’M FROM news for you. Roy Williams will now perform his COME TO WHERE I’M FROM at Ovalhouse (04 July) rather than The Gate (29 June) as previously advertised. While Roy was born in West London he has lived in South East London for some time now.

It looks like West London’s loss is South East London’s gain. We look forward to seeing you there.

The full line up is listed below including our most recent edition Gabriel Bisset-Smith at Tricycle Theatre.

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: more writers announced

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We’re excited to announce four more stellar playwrights will join the line-up for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London, totalling in 30 writers over six venues between 27 June – 6 July.

Three have been added to the bill at The Gate on 29 June, including award-winning playwright and OBE Roy Williams, Omar El-Khairy and April De Angelis.

At Clapham Omnibus on 28 June, we are also joined by Sudha Bhuchar, former Artistic Director and founder of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London partner Tamasha.

We’ve also added Gabriel Bisset-Smith to the line-up at Tricycle Theatre on 27 June.

Tickets are on sale and limited at each venue. Click on the venue name below to take you through to the event page where you can buy yours.

Here’s the full list of writers:

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London


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We’re excited to announce the latest leg of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series.

Since 2010, more than 100 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 have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

But COME TO WHERE I’M FROM has never been done in London, until now…

In June and July we’re partnering with Tamasha on a series of London COME TO WHERE I’M FROM events across the city which will see some well known names alongside some of the most exciting new voices from the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

We’ve got a series of events across the Capital with writers from North, South, East and West performing in their local theatres over the course of six summer days in June and July.

Here are the details…

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam Brace

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

In advance of our London series we’re launching the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app so you can listen to 100 short plays for free wherever you are!

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The app features audio recordings of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM plays read by the playwrights themselves. It’s available for free from the App Store – just search COME TO WHERE I’M FROM or click this link.

Search the map for plays by location or find your favourite playwright in the plays index. You’ll discover a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading tales of their 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.

Let us know what you make of the app by tweeting us using #CTWIF. Happy listening.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Come To Where I’m From: Otley

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We can’t tell you how disappointed we were when the weather foiled our rather brilliant plans to take COME TO WHERE I’M FROM to Otley earlier in the year, but now that spring has sprung, we’re delighted to announce our rescheduled date and get back on the road.

Join us on 9th APRIL at the Otley Courthouse where we’ll be welcoming the wonderful EMMA ADAMS, SHAZIA ASHRAF, JOHN HOLLINGWORTH and BOFF WHALLEY.

Our playwrights will be performing pieces penned especially for the event for the first time – we’ve had a sneak peek at some of the drafts and you’re in for a treat! We really hope that you’ll be able to make it along for what promises to be an exciting evening of new writing.

Check out Emma talking about the event on BBC Radio Leeds here. She’s on at around the 1 hour 30 minute mark.

Doors will open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.

Tickets: £6-£9

To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01943 467466 or you can grab some online.

See you there? Brilliant.

-Team PP x