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A little reminder… We’re looking for a new housemate

As you may know, PP HQ is based on the 4th floor of 43 Aldwych in the heart of theatre land and in the rafters of the Aldwych Theatre.

We currently have two housemates on the 4th floor, Improbable and Kate Morley PR. Excitingly Improbable have found a bigger home in Kennington so we’re looking for another company or individual to join us.

The office that we have available is around 10ft x 15ft and has space for four or five people to work comfortably in there at the same time. Kitchen and toilet facilities are shared with and maintained by Paines Plough and tenants can also use the bright rehearsal room on the 4th floor at a discounted rate.

Of course we think Aldwych is the place to spend your working week but don’t just take our word for it- check out this article from the Evening Standard:

“‘Aldwych is the new Shoreditch’… the small crescent road in WC2 is driving a resurgence of cool in Covent Garden”

If you’d like to hear more about the office space including rates and terms and conditions, please contact office@painesplough.com for more information.

We’re looking for a new housemate

As you may know, PP HQ is based on the 4th floor of 43 Aldwych in the heart of theatre land and in the rafters of the Aldwych Theatre.

We currently have two housemates on the 4th floor, Improbable and Kate Morley PR. Excitingly Improbable have found a bigger home in Kennington so we’re looking for another company or individual to join us.

The office that we have available is around 10ft x 15ft and has space for four or five people to work comfortably in there at the same time. Kitchen and toilet facilities are shared with and maintained by Paines Plough and tenants can also use the bright rehearsal room on the 4th floor at a discounted rate.

Of course we think Aldwych is the place to spend your working week but don’t just take our word for it- check out this article from the Evening Standard:

“‘Aldwych is the new Shoreditch’… the small crescent road in WC2 is driving a resurgence of cool in Covent Garden”

If you’d like to hear more about the office space including rates and terms and conditions, please contact office@painesplough.com for more information.

Good With People rehearsal diary – Days 6&7

Is London good with people? If the figures are to go by, the largest urban zone in Europe has its charm. More than eight million of us live here, and another million more are set to join by 2020. So, what’s the draw? Boris’ dulcet tones remind us about the Olympics on tannoys across the TFL system this summer, a lot of people think the jobs worth having solely exist within the M25 motorway, and on occasions it even rains art. The answers are endless.

There was, however, not a cloud in the sky for the London stint of Good with People rehearsals. And whilst a lot of the team grew up elsewhere and can identify the more unsavoury aspects of our city of residence, the appearance of the sun on the London skyline has cast some welcome rays into the rehearsal room over the past two days.

Which is where things have been heating up too. After a three week break, everyone in the creative team has had time to digest what was explored during the week in Glasgow and allow their thoughts to develop. This was obvious during the read-through for the whole office, as was it when we discussed the ‘homework’ that had been set.

Decisions have been made to take the piece in a different direction to last time it was produced by Paines Plough. For that reason, we also spent time considering the model box, practicalities of the space and what the costumes might look like. Another feature is the music, which we talked and sung through as a cast.

When the table was pushed against wall and the chairs cleared from the room, the piece had a completely different feel. Already, some of the choices that had been made during the first week, or at home, or on the phone, made themselves manifest. Though we will continue to experiment with physicality and the space itself over the next two weeks, something really quite exciting started happening on the fourth floor on the Aldwych.

The rest of the week is going to be spent sketching the outline of each scene, to incorporate some of the illusions that are going to be created, and to best make the language that we’ll use onstage for the month at The Traverse. Then comes the detail of each scene. But all in good time.

Maybe London is not so bad after all.

PP Around the UK in 81 days

As we are in rehearsals for 4 plays, with two set to tech and open next week, plus a 5th play to start rehearsals and a 6th to join in four weeks time – it can be difficult to keep track of who is where!

Enter the joy that is the EXCEL spreadsheet.  This paired with our brilliant intern, Amy, results in the glorious schedule below.

Take a peak to see who is rehearsing what, where and when…

Colour coded and everything!

Of course there is also Claire, Hanna and Amy who are our rocks at number 43 Aldwych during these busy periods.

Welcome to HQ

Paines Plough HQ is a bright and welcoming place to visit now that all of our refurbishment work is compete. The final finishing touches were put in place by the very talented designer Amy Cook, who made these lovely perspex signs for us.

No reason to get lost on the 4th floor again

The colourful signs indicate what happens in each room on the 4th floor, 43 Aldwych and their design is based on the shape of road signs, to reflect the many miles of the UK that Paines Plough travels each year touring our productions. We hope that after a treacherous climb up the many stairs to get here, visitors will at least know where to go while they catch their breath (and where to get a cup of tea).