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Programme 2016

Here we go… the grand unveiling of our Programme 2016 in all its glory. A host of new plays from red hot writers hitting the road to the four corners of our green and pleasant land.

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Here’s a snapshot:

ROUNDABOUT features a new rep of three brand new plays by Katie Douglas, Alan Harris and Luke Norris at Summerhall in Edinburgh and on tour to Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

The world premiere of BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells opens with our co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle prior to a UK Tour.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz tours to 29 venues nationwide.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is back on home soil by popular demand following an international tour.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM comes to London with a week of live events across the capital featuring 30 playwrights.

Elinor Cook’s TEN WEEKS opens in London tonight.

Our transatlantic collaboration with legendary New York company Naked Angels sees two new radio plays by Nathan Bryon and Lucy Gillespie released as free to listen downloads.

Here’s what James & George have to say about it all:

“We’re raring to hit the road to the four corners of the UK with this cracking programme of new plays from some of the most exciting writers around. Roundabout will pop-up across the country with comedies from Luke Norris and Alan Harris, a superhero tale for children from Katie Douglas and a host of events from international visiting companies and local community groups, bringing a festival feel to every place it visits. We’re honoured to be working with talents as innovative as Sabrina Mahfouz – whose UK Garage musical is theatre you can rave to – and Tom Wells whose heart-warming new play will delight fans of his previous Paines Plough hit Jumpers For Goalposts. With Every Brilliant Thing returning to the UK after an international tour, London stories in Come To Where I’m From and new plays from Elinor Cook, Nathan Bryon, Lucy Gillespie, there’s a play for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2016.”

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2016 sees the return of Roundabout, our award-winning pop-up theatre. The all new Roundabout programme will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then touring nationwide.

Roundabout will tour nationwide in partnership with The Lowry, Hall For Cornwall, Margate Theatre Royal, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brewery Arts Centre, Barnsley Civic, Appetite Stoke-on-Trent and Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate in Luton.

In rep will be three World Premieres…

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
By Alan Harris

A deliciously quirky comedy from Alan Harris about two teenagers in Merthyr Tydfil who fall in love in Tesco but face a fight to save their parents from self-destruction.

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A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

A very funny new play from Luke Norris about a 20-something who tries to ignore a lump until it’s almost too late.

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A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
By Katie Douglas

An epic superhero quest for ages 7 to 11-year-olds from Katie Douglas.

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PLUS… Roundabout will again host a programme of visiting companies at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour, and see the return of EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more.

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
BROKEN BISCUITS
By Tom Wells

The brand new play from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS writer Tom Wells. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of three teenagers dreaming of rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

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A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
by Sabrina Mahfouz

Our hit UK Garage musical is back in our rehearsal room and getting set to hit the road to 29 venues nationwide. This is theatre you can rave to.

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A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Our worldwide hit show is back on home soil in Edinburgh and on a UK tour this Autumn.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON

Since 2010 more than 100 playwrights have written plays about the place they call home as part of our nationwide project, but never in London… until now…

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A Paines Plough and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production
TEN WEEKS
by Elinor Cook

Elinor Cook’s electrifying new play about the Alpha course transfers to The Gate in Notting Hill following its Cardiff premiere.

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Paines Plough and Naked Angels present
BILAL’S BIRTHDAY by Nathan Bryon
322 DAYS by Lucy Gillespie

Our transatlantic partnership with New York legends Naked Angels has resulted in these two cracking radio plays from rising US star Lucy Gillespie and our very own Playwright Fellow Nathan Bryon.

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Woop. And there’s lots more to come including a mega programme of visiting companies, one-off shows, events, workshops and fun stuff in Roundabout, the return of EARLIER/LATER, festival appearances, more tour dates, and probably other stuff we think up as we go along too.

But for now, welcome to Programme 2016. We hope you like it.

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Programme 2016: Part 1

We’re striding into 2016 with an armful of fantastic new plays alongside some returning favourites touring to destinations from Margate to Melbourne.

There’s a whole lot still to come so keep your eyes peeled for future announcements, but right now we’re ready to unveil a globe-trotting, dancefloor filling, airwaves rocking start to Programme 2016…

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

A year ago our co-production with Pentabus Theatre Company, EVERY BRILLIANT THING was in snowy New York City in the middle of a 16 week run Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre.

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In the ensuing 2015 Jonny Donahoe performed Duncan Macmillan’s extraordinary play 147 times in 63 venues from Machynlleth to Jersey Opera House to Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch Ness.

2016’s adventures begin with a trip Down Under. We’re honoured to have been invited to the Perth International Festival where we kick off an international tour that takes in Melbourne, Wellington and South Carolina.

Click here for details of international dates so far in 2016.

And never fear compatriots, EVERY BRILLIANT THING will be back on home soil soon…

#EveryBrilliantThing


 

TEN WEEKS

Elinor Cook won the prestigious George Devine Award whilst on attachment to PP in 2013 and we’re hugely proud to present her new play in co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama…

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TEN WEEKS
By Elinor Cook
Directed by Kate Wasserberg

First things first, I just want to say to all of you –
Well done.
You’ve shown a lot of courage walking in here tonight.
You have.
Don’t forget that.

Ten weeks, ten commandments, a ten million pound turnover.

It’s Week One of a dizzyingly popular crash course in Christianity. There’s pizza, live music, lively debate and – sometimes – there’s insurrection.

A new play about faith, community and capitalism.

22-25 March Richard Burton Theatre, RWCMD, Cardiff
30 March-1 April The Gate Theatre, London

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WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK

Our UK Garage musical premiered at co-producer Latitude Festival and had them dancing in the aisles all night long. Now you can get your rave on, wherever you are…

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WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
By Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Stef O’Driscoll

I want to be iconic. I want to be beautiful, reckless, feared, hated, ahead of the times. I want to be different, I want to be dangerous…

2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election.

Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation.

2015. Re-wind.

Running Time: 60 minutes (no interval)
Age Guidance: 14+

“Fist-pumping euphoria… crackles with a rare and unexpected life.” The Stage
“Gorgeous genre-melding music and theatre.” Exeunt
“The same fizzing energy of the best club nights… marks Mahfouz out as a unique theatrical voice.” The Public Reviews

#WithALittleBitOfLuck


 

322 DAYS

Today Naked Angels released the first of our brand new podcast plays on Naked Radio. Have a listen to it here or download it on iTunes.

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322 DAYS
By Lucy Gillespie
Directed by Sean Linnen

Gemma and Weston are two young, beating hearts from different places and different worlds. Their relationship fragments over the internet as they try to stay connected in an over-connected world.

Navigating adolescence, they can neither embrace each other or the separate lives they lead and their virtual intimacy hinders them from fully connecting with the everyday world around them.

When a secret is uncovered and reveals a schism at the centre of their relationship, a deep emotional distance threatens to overwhelm their physical distance and put their future plans in jeopardy.

322 Days is a play about being together and being apart.

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Recorded at the Lyric Hammersmith on Friday 4th December 2015, this play was made possible by the kind support of the Lyric Hammersmith.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next episode, BILAL’S BIRTHDAY, by The Big Room Fellow Nathan Bryon, next month.

What an exciting start to 2016 – and with even more to come! We can’t wait to get more shows on the road…

– Team PP x

 

GROWTH: What’s it been like in rehearsals?

With one final performance of  GROWTH at The Gate to go we caught up with Jonny and Ellie from the cast to hear what it’s been like rehearsing Luke Norris’ brilliant new play.

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“Rehearsals for Growth have been a treat. A good balanced mix of competitive, nail biting 6 Square, complete with a friendly leader board and blood, sweat and tears rehearsing, it’s all been a joy. Sean lays out such a relaxed and comfortable environment to work in that the platform for taking risks and experimenting with the text and character has been such an easy process. Every single cast member is amazing to work with. Nina Shenkman, a bundle of joy, high spirits and sheer oddness. Mel Stevens, energy packed, idea driven and an exciting actress to watch. Oliver Morgan-Thomas, genuinely one the nicest guys I know and I honestly think this is one of his best performances. Sam Ward, whose laugh makes anyone laugh based on its volume and sheer brilliance is warm and keen both as two fabulous characters. Ellie Heydon brings so much to rehearsals its infectious and gives such a beautiful performance. Above all, 6 Square will forever been a game I always come second in. Frustrating I know but Hey you win some you lose some.” Jonny

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“The biggest challenge with a play like Growth that is so topically essential is finding a way to express the subject matter sensitively, accurately, and most important in a way that is going to reach out to our audience. It seems bizarre to me that in our 21st century world discussing genital health is still seen as some sort of taboo. So here we are giving it a voice on stage, through the wonderful words of Luke Norris.

For most of us here at RWCMD this is the first time we’ve worked with new writing so to have the writer in the room, still making changes as the words come out our mouths, is electric. There is something so exciting about the collaborative journey and to have Luke in the room gives such an integral perspective.

Our rehearsals began with a week around the table uniting the play, fuelled by a never ending pile of oranges provided by Sean. Here we worked out the changes in gear throughout the scenes in order to help us navigate our way through with clarity and focus in week 2. And so when we jumped up on our feet we were already able to feel the peaks and troughs of the journey of the scene, with nudges in the right(er) direction by Sean.

With the play on its feet and the foundations in place we’ve just been hunting for detail the last few weeks. Every single run seems to reveal something new and I find myself cracking up at moments I hadn’t noticed before, and still giggling at lines I know like the back of my hand. Most of us are playing two characters throughout the play so watching the shift between each scene has also been super cool.

But now the hardest part of rehearsal: keeping on top of the 6-square leader board. We bookend every day squatting over metre squares defending them from the dreaded ball. The tournament has become pretty intense in the last few days. Not sure everyone is going to survive but if that helps cut out the competition you’ve got to make sacrifices sometimes. No clear indication of champion yet but watch this space…” Ellie

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A little place I know…Cardiff

It’s now two whole weeks since our beloved associate director Sean disappeared off to Cardiff to rehearse GROWTH with student at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. So, as Sean kicks off into week three of rehearsals we thought it was about time for a top tip from his time in Cardiff. Welsh adventurers pay attention.

Where: Y Mochyn Du

Actually where:  Sophia Close, Cardiff, CF11 9HW

Why we love it: A proper welsh pub in the centre of Cardiff.

The atmosphere was electric watching the Wales vs. Ireland match here last weekend. Packed in elbow to elbow, pints flowing, a live chorus of Calon Lân on repeat, roars at Leigh Halfpenny’s kicking skills, a man standing on the bar topless shouting ‘Cymru!’ at regular intervals and a girl with a dragon painted on her face vomming in a bin well before half time.

The perfect place to watch the Rugby bar the Millennium Stadium.

Croeso i’r Cymru. Croeso i’r Y Mochyn Du.

Honourable mentions: Chapter Arts Centre,Waterloo Teahouse and Milgi’s Vegetarian Restaurant.

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Introducing the cast of Growth

This week we’re super excited to be kicking off rehearsals for GROWTH by Luke Norris at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, directed by our very own Associate Director Sean Linnen.

GROWTH will run at The Richard Burton Theatre 31 March – 3 April and at The Gate Theatre 7, 9, 10 April.

Aaaaaaand introducing our lovely cast:

Ellie Heydon (Alys and Melanie)

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Theatre includes: LONGING (Richard Burton Theatre Company), A CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE WINTER’S TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE CHILDRENS HOUR (Richard Burton Theatre Company), DYSPHORIA (LAMDA), WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Hurtwood Acting Company). Rehearsed Readings include: KING LEAR (RWCMD), CYMBELINE (LAMDA), THE THREE SISTERS (LAMDA). Site Specific includes: QUIXOTE (Elan Frantoio).

Jonny Holden (Tobes)

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Theatre includes: DOGVILLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MAGIC TOYSHOP (Theatre Yolo) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD), THE WINTER’S TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), SPRING AWAKENING (John Donnelly), THE CHOSEN ROOM (NYMT). Radio includes: UNDER MILK WOOD (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: THE SEAGUL (Richard Burton Theatre Company).

Oliver Morgan-Thomas (Beau and John)

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Theatre includes: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Richard Burton Theatre Company), UNITY 1918 (Richard Burton Theatre Company), STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company),A CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MERCY FUR (Theatre lolo/ Company of Sirens), PATAGONIA THE JOURNEY /Y DEATH (National Youth Theatre of Wales). Short film credits include: THE ORISON WELLS COMPLEX (BBC Wales It’s My Shout Productions), BUDDHA BOY (BBC Wales It’s My Shout Productions). Radio credits include: UNDER MILKWOOD (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: KING LEAR (Rwcmd), VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (rwcmd). Site Specific includes: PASSION IN PORT TALBOT (National Theatre Wales/ Wildworks).

Nina Shenkman (Beth and Frances)

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Theatre includes: MERCHANT OF VENICE (RWCMD), THE BIG NIL (Another Story Theatre), CONTRACTIONS (Parapet Theatre), FADE (DugOut Theatre), COVER (DugOut Theatre), FESTEN (Leeds University Theatre Group), OTHELLO (DugOut Theatre), THE SEAGULL (Igrat Theatre Laboratories).

Melanie Stevens (Ellen and Ruthie)

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Theatre includes: STRANGE ORCHESTRA (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE MIRACLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), THE WINTERS TALE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), COMETS (Undeb Theatre Company). Rehearsed Readings include: BLOOD (Bare Fiction), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD), A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (RWCMD). Film includes: A DANCE WITH DEATH (441 Films), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION (North Bank Entertainment).

Sam Ward (Moff and Stuart)

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Theatre includes: THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMAAN (Richard Burton Theatre Company), UNITY 1918 (Richard Burton Theatre Company), DOGVILLE (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MERCURY FUR (Company of Sirens), CUCKOO IN THE NEST (Richard Burton Theatre Company), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (RWCMD). Short Films include: CATAWAMPUS (DotMOV), FUNDAY (Keri Collins), EDNA’S BENCH (BBC Cymru, It’s My Shout Productions).

Luke Norris premiere kicks off 2015

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Drum roll and crashing cymbals, here’s our first new show for Programme 2015…

We’re once again joining forces with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to premiere a brand new play especially commissioned for their company of graduating actors. And we’ve snared an outstanding  scribe to write it.

GROWTH by Luke Norris will premiere in the beautiful Richard Burton Theatre at RWCMD in Cardiff on 31 March 2015 before transferring to The Gate in London’s Notting Hill.

The show will be directed by our Trainee Artistic Director Sean Linnen, and will star the faces of the future in their final show in training.

We’re thrilled to be working with Luke, whose play GOODBYE TO ALL THAT we loved at The Royal Court in 2012. Luke is also an actor. He’s in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, which is just about the best thing we’ve seen since, well, time.

We’re once again teaming up with RWCMD following the success of last year’s premiere of Laura Lomas’ BLISTER, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. We’ve worked with loads of Royal Welsh graduates over the last few years including Lizzy Watts, Scott Arthur and Rosie Wyatt, so we’re big fans.

What a cracking way to kick off the New Year. There’s lots more to come in Programme 2015, stay tuned.

Catching up with the cast of BLISTER

The talented cast of BLISTER – the electrifying new play Laura Lomas – have been hard at work these past few weeks at RWCMD, with the brilliant Stef O’Driscoll.

As we open the show in Cardiff tomorrow, Tuesday 1 April, we caught up with the cast for a round-up of all things BLISTER. Here’s what they had to share:

Mark Newsome:

I have really enjoyed working on this show – working with new writing has been fantastic and you really have the freedom to do what you want to do. Creating a character that’s never been portrayed before is a great opportunity for an actor and you don’t feel pressure to do something that’s ‘right’.

However it also comes with it’s challenges! We had a re-write quite soon before going into tech, but that’s also quite exciting. You don’t have time to panic, you just have to do it and for me that’s quite exhilarating.

Working with Stef has been fantastic. Because she’s so cool and down to earth, you get along with her very easily and that makes rehearsals much more fun – and you need that as some scenes are quite heavy. She’s really helped me go deep and find detail in everything I do. She’s brilliant. We love her.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Here are some rehearsal snaps from the last few weeks:

 

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