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We’re recruiting… university placements

Sadly, we’re coming to the end of a fabulous three months with our current university placements Sonia Martins and Charlotte Young who are back to the text books in the new year.

However, this does mean that we’re on the lookout for some more brilliant students who want to learn about how a theatre company works from the inside to join Team PP’s Production and Administration Departments.

Does that sound like you? Great. Here’s some more info on how to get involved…



You can choose to join either the Administration or Production Department supporting the teams on everything from open auditions and literary submissions to marketing meetings and play text proofing.

Have a look at the sample job descriptions on our website for more of an idea but do bear in mind that these can be flexible depending on your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

“There’s not really a better place to be… They gave me a platform where I could grow as an artist and a theatre-maker, and I wouldn’t be going to New York without them.”

Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement 2015-16
Hugo is now managing the New Works Lab at Playwrights Horizons


– Placements last three months and you will be in PPHQ 3-5 days per week, subject to your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

– We offer £10 per day worked to cover travel expenses, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

– You must be over 18 and in full- or part-time study. We don’t mind what you’re studying as long as you have a love of theatre and an interest in learning about new writing and touring.


Please send a CV and short (no more than one page) covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to

Application deadline 10am on Monday 12 December
Interviews Thursday 15 December
Placement dates Three consecutive months within the period January-July 2017, 3-5 days per week

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

We look forward to hearing from you!

My time at PP HQ

After four months at HQ, our brilliant Admin Placement, Charlotte, rounds up her time with us…

A few weeks ago, I completed my work placement at Paines Plough.

I’ve spent the last few months getting to know PP inside out, working with the wonderful Natalie & Aysha in the Admin department. I came into this placement as a Theatre Production student at the University of West London with a Stage Management background, and very little knowledge of how a theatre company actually runs; and that’s really what I was hoping to learn from this experience.

In my short time at PP HQ, I’ve travelled to a range of places, each completely different to the other but just as brilliant.  From Bordon (to see HOPELESSLY DEVOTED), to Mold (for NOT THE WORST PLACE), and most recently to the tiny village of Whaddon to see EVERY BRILLIANT THING. I’d never heard of writers such as Kate Tempest or Duncan Macmillan before, so being able to see their shows move from rehearsal to being performed in front of a live audience was great.

I will be honest, at the beginning of my placement I did expect to just be photocopying, filing and shredding all day, and I wouldn’t particularly have minded. However, I ended up working on such a broad range of tasks across all departments – there would be way too much to list (photocopying and shredding included, of course). Everything from doing some serious number crunching to booking a multitude of travel for PP’s productions – which little did I know would be the most stressful task out of all of them!

Working with Paines Plough has been such a great opportunity as, I hate to admit it, even as a Theatre student I was seriously lacking in my knowledge of new plays. Throughout my time here I’ve seen 4 new plays and read at least 12 new plays and they definitely won’t be my last. Working at PP has really made me confident that this is the industry that I would like to work in, whether that’s as a Stage Manager or as part of an Admin team; it may well be a huge challenge, but it sure will be fun!

– Charlotte