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Love, Love, Love Podcast 7

The old & the new at the Royal & Derngate

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tour continues this week at the beautiful Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Here’s the seventh in our  series of LLL PODCASTS featuring a chat with the whole cast of LOVE,LOVE,LOVE about touring and some thoughts about their time in Northampton.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PODCAST No.7

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 by the silent and still memorial for the victims of the First World War.

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 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.

Day one of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE rehearsals

Great excitement at PP HQ this morning as LOVE, LOVE, LOVE goes back into rehearsals prior to its Spring Tour.

We’re welcoming two new faces to the cast – Ben Addis will play Kenneth and Lisa Jackson will play Sandra.

Lisa Jackson and Ben Addis

And we’re welcoming back James Barrett, Simon Darwen and Rosie Wyatt who are reprising the roles of Jamie, Henry and Rose.

Simon Darwen, Rosie Wyatt and James Barrett

The company are at PP HQ for the next three weeks before travelling to Salisbury where the show opens on 8 March, before embarking on the biggest tour in Paines Plough history taking in 12 theatres over 14 weeks with 28,359 available seats.

Full details of the production and tour schedule can be found here.

Stay tuned for regular updates from the rehearsal room.

Linda McLean’s THE UNCERTAINTY FILES opened to rave reviews this week at Oran Mor.

‎****The Scotsman for Linda McLean’s THE UNCERTAINTY FILES:

Charlotte Gwinner’s production has a severe and brilliant quiet choreography, controlled down to the minutest gesture; and the performances are riveting, mature, eloquent, beautiful, and not only real, but true.

Whilst the company of Marie Jones’ FLY ME TO THE MOON pioneered the first leg of the tour at Live Theatre Newcastle. I went up there to see the first show and brought back a little souvenir for everyone in the office:

We're loving Newcastle Live A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT Beer Mat

Judging from the show report received today from Stage Manager, Kara Jackson, the Newcastle audience are enjoying it so much that the running time has increased by two minutes due to laughter.

Back at PP HQ LOVE, LOVE, LOVE culminates its second week of rehearsals.  They have it up on its feet after the detailed table work last week and rehearsal props are flying into the room.  The character of Sandra seems to enjoy quite a few cigarettes!

We also had all three of the Creative Team in today to watch rehearsals.  Hartley  (Lighting Designer), recovered from Edinburgh where he runs C venues, and Lucy Osborne (Designer), currently opening THE ALIENS at the Bush Theatre, have a good catch up on the sofa that is on for rehearsal furniture.

Lucy Osborne and Hartkey T A Kemp deep in thought - or are they on facebook?

We, in the office, are very much looking forward to catching a run through next week and we’ll be able to show you some photos soon as Graham Michael is coming in on Friday to take some rehearsal shots.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend – we’re off to see Bryony Lavery’s BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT on Sunday at the Barbican.

My First Day As An Intern!

Hello! My name is Mimi Findlay, today I started an internship with Paines Plough. A little about my first day:

As I settled into a grey swivel chair in the Paines Plough office, I contemplated what the last few months of 2010 would bring for me. I didn’t expect to be starting my first task in the Artistic Directors’ office(!), listening to Tara, Hanna, Sophie and Jo belting out their favourite tunes from their favourite musicals. Had I lost my way amongst the mass of commuters that I’d perchance stumbled upon a madhouse rather than the ever-expanding Paines Plough office that I thought I had already visited earlier this year?

Despite every member of the team being slightly insane (=D) and eating all my KP Honey Roasted Peanuts for lunch and almost breaking the coffee machine (whoops!) it’s been an incredibly interesting (yet I get the idea this is a normal day) and plethoric day. I spent a portion of my lunch break chatting to the cast of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE up on the roof (James Barrett, Simon Darwen, Daniela Denby-Ashe, John Heffernan and Rosie Wyatt), and later gazed worryingly upon the budding plant in the office as Tara and Hanna explained to me that if I didn’t assume responsibility for the plant’s life it may not live for very much longer.

I wonder if they know I don’t have green fingers? More worringly, I hope the coffee machine really isn’t broken!

Travelling back in time…

So having been a hive of activity for the past 3 and a half days, the rehearsal room at PP HQ now lies empty as James and his cast have headed off on a research trip…

Through a link with Assistant Director Jack Lowe, the company have taken the afternoon off rehearsals to meet with Mike Liddel-Taylor down on King’s Road. The amazing Mike has had an equally amazing career including writing, model managing, working as a publicist, AND hanging out with The Beatles down on King’s Road in the swinging sixties. All this makes him the perfect person to inform the cast of what it was like to live during the psychedelic summers of love…

But whilst the cats are away, the mice can play and the cast-trip gives us in the office a chance to sneak into the rehearsal room to have a look at what they’ve been up to. We’ve been checking out the research up on the walls and photos of the model box (designed by Lucy Osborne) which has given us a flavour of what’s to come. Keep an eye on the blog for photos…

And we’re not the only ones getting excited about the show. Check out this piece in The Telegraph and this piece on Whatsonstage.com giving more details about the show and the cast!