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More exclusive EARLIER/LATERs announced

We’re got three cracking new additions to our #EARLIERLATER programme to announce…

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Tonight virtuosic cellist Brent Arnold plays an exclusive LATER solo gig in the comfy confines of Roundabout. Brent stars in GHOST QUARTET and has played with loads of amazing bands like Death in Vegas and Sleater-Kinney and is a properly extraordinary musician and also a really nice man. So you should come along. For this special show tonight he promises to takes the cello into new realms, incorporating electronics and virtuosic instrumental technique to create vivid sonic worlds. 10:30pm. Bring a beer. Or whisky.

Get a ticket here. Do it now.

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Then as revealed yesterday, on Saturday 20 August our new Associate Company Middle Child and ace playwright Luke Barnes are putting together a very special new show for LATER invitingly titled SOME TINY PLAYS ABOUT HOW FUCKED WE ALL ARE. The show uses verbatim text from the internet – arguments about how many days in a week to Donald Trump poetry and 1D Fan Fiction – to explore whether modern life really is rubbish after all. It’s part-Mock The Week, part-Buzzfeed and part-piss up. Come along for a few drinks, a few laughs and a game of The Great British Bingo Off (complete with terrible prizes). We think it’s going to be fucking brilliant.

Tickets, you say? Here.

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And in our 10am EARLIER slot on Thursday 25 August we’re excited to welcome Manchester-based political theatre collective, Take Back, founded by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer.

Take Back Togetherness is script-in-hand rapid responses to the EU referendum result. From the meltdown in party politics to increases in racially motivated attacks, and divisions in class and age brought into sharp relief, Take Back Togetherness is a call to the creative community, to begin a discussion about how we move forward, positively, together. A 45-minute selection of original work performed at the Royal Exchange – writers include Furquan Akhtar, Alan Harris, Anders Lustgarten and Chris Thorpe.

Which is a helluva line-up. So get a ticket to that one here.

We’ve got a moouthwatering line-up of exclusive one-off EARLIER/LATER gigs throughout August, check out the full line-up here.

And also check out our free workshop programme.

See you at Roundabout.

Open Auditions: Stephens and Kelly are your faves

Huge thanks to everyone who came to our Open Auditions yesterday. We had a ball meeting you all. It never ceases to amaze us how much talent and passion there is out there. It was a really inspiring day.

To everyone who came along, please stay in touch. Keep us informed about your work and let us know whenever you’re in something we can come and see – we’ll do our best to make it along. And of course, if we liked what you did yesterday, we’ll keep you in mind for future castings.

We loved seeing extracts of plays ranging from those we know well to some we’d never heard of. One of the joys of Open Auditions days is being reminded of plays we’d not seen or read for years, or compiling reading lists of plays we’d not come across before. So we went scampering off to re-read Pyranees, and hit Amazon for a fix of Morris Panych.

The usual suspects were popular – David Greig, Mike Bartlett, Penelope Skinner, Moira Buffini, Simon Stephens, Mark Ravenhill, Nina Raine – and it was also great to hear some extracts we’d not seen before at Open Auditions from Anthony Weigh and Ella Hickson, amongst many others.

During the day we conducted a completely unscientific and completely subjective straw poll… “Who’s your favourite playwright”? It was hotly contested, partisan and impressively diverse.

But we can reveal… drum roll, speeches at the ready… that your joint favourite playwrights on total votes cast are… Simon Stephens and Dennis Kelly.

Closely on their coat tails were Caryl Churchill, Jez Butterworth, Mike Bartlett, sarah Kane, Philip Ridley, Abi Morgan, Laura Wade, David Eldridge, Moira Buffini, Lee Hall, Martin McDonagh, Alecky Blythe, Mark Ravenhill, David Greig and Lucy Prebble – all carding multiple votes.

And in the interests of sharing, all these great writers got a nod too: Dawn King, Tim Crouch, Anthony Minghella, Ché Walker, Joel Horwood, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Stephen Sondheim, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Nicola McCartney, Ella Hickson, Anya Reiss, Michael Wynne, Nick Payne, Joanna Murray-Smith, April De Angelis, Marina Carr, Duncan Macmillan, Luke Barnes, Jacob Richmond, Martin Lynch, Alice Birch, David Mamet, Shelagh Stephenson, Leo Butler, Peter Moffatt, Steve Thompson, Nick Dear, Robert Holman, Anthony Weigh, Bruce Norris, Steven Bloomer, Mikhail Bulgakov, Hayley Squires, Cat Jones and Neil LaBute.

EdFringe Roundup No. 1

Ah Edinburgh. How we love thee. Purveyor of a smorgasboard of artistic delicacies served up in hot little rooms populated by loads of lovely people we know, and new people to meet. Home to a unique and bafflingly changeable micro-climate. Posessor of a dizzying array of single malt whisky.

Team PP hit the Fringe last week with gusto, opening our show GOOD WITH PEOPLE at The Traverse – Assistant Director Mark has been blogging about rehearsals and his next blog will cover our tech, preview and opening – and pounding the cobbles in search of new plays.

Here’s a super quick round-up of the shows we’ve seen so far. We’ll blog more as we see more, with members of Team PP heading up to the ‘Burgh throughout the festival.

At The Traverse we caught nabokov and Soho Theatre’s BLINK by Phil Porter, The Lyric Hammersmith’s MORNING by Simon Stephens, Ontoroend Goed’s ALL THAT IS WRONG, Blindhorse’s ANGELS by Ronan O’Donnell and THEATRE UNCUT featuring plays by Kieran Hurley, Lena Kitsopoulou and Neil La Bute.

The Pleasance proved its usual treasure trove with Curious Directive’s AFTER THE RAINFALL (directed by our former trainee director Jack), Hightide’s BOTTLENECK by Luke Barnes, Joel Horwood’s I HEART PETERBOROUGH for Eastern Angles, Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna’s DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY, Joe Bone in BANE, MAYDAY MAYDAY by Kneehigh’s Tristan Sturrock and PP alumni Kefi Chadwick and Leo Butler writing plays for PEEP in it’s own little peep show hut.

Over at The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall Reuben Johnson, who is on attachment with us and Channel Four, has two shows – THE PROPOSAL, which started life as a 10 minute response to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, and his brand new play WRECKED.

We headed to Underbelly for Dirty Stop Out’s A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX, Old Vic New Voices winner B*TCH BOXER and our friend John Osborne performing JOHN PEEL’S SHED.

At C nova we caught Chris Bush and Ian McClusky’s THE LOVES I HAVEN’T KNOWN, we were at Spotlites @ Merchant Hall for SUPERBARD directed by Ant Stones, and at Assembly Roxy for EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENED.

And we’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s a whole heap more shows we’re desperate to see, and we want your top tips too. Let us know what we musn’t miss (new plays only please, that’s our schtick) by posting a comment or tweeting us @painesplough.

Now, we’ll have a dram of your finest single malt please barman.