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Announcing Programme 2017

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Welcome to Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Our Artistic Directors, James and George, unveiled #PP2017 today:

“We’re thrilled to present some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world in Paines Plough’s Programme 2017.

Our pop-up Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and the Orange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald-Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.

We are renewing our partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to again showcase new talent with the world premiere of Newcastle playwright Alison Carr’s HUSH, directed by Hannah Banister who was previously at Paines Plough as assistant director on THE ANGRY BRIGADE in 2014.

Nathan Bryon was awarded our inaugural Playwright Fellowship in 2015 and we’re delighted to be partnering with tiata fahodzi to present the world premiere of his debut play MIXED BRAIN. Future Paines Plough programmes will feature the work of this year’s Fellowship writer Sam Steiner, and Zia Ahmed who joins us supported by the Channel Four Playwrights Scheme.  

We are ceaselessly overwhelmed by the reaction to EVERY BRILLIANT THING as it tours the globe. In Programme 2017 we welcome our new brilliant thing James Rowland to perform the show on a second tour to Australia and New Zealand before returning home to the UK, while Jonny Donahoe continues in the role in North America. Sabrina Mahfouz’s euphoric UK Garage musical WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns for one very special night in the Roundhouse main space and Luke Norris’ Fringe First winner GROWTH takes off on a UK Tour. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM continues to celebrate locality with playwrights performing plays about their home towns in Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Gloucester. We’ll also be taking COME TO WHERE I’M FROM to Hull and we’re really excited to hear the stories from the city whilst in its inspiring year as City of Culture. You can continue to listen to plays from across the UK on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. 

It’s our mission to take the best new theatre everywhere and with our productions appearing in all four corners of the UK, across the Atlantic, down under and on your smartphone there is something for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2017.”

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

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The worldwide smash hit is back. After touring USA and Canada in January and February, EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues to Australia and New Zealand with James Rowland at the helm. Then we’re off on a 30-date UK and Ireland tour throughout May, June and July. Stay tuned for more international announcements throughout the year.

 

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

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“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

Winner of a Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour through September and October.

“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”  ★★★★★ Financial Times

 

A Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Gate Theatre production
HUSH
By Alison Carr

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A 999 call sets the wheels in motion. Nothing stays a secret forever. Especially in this town.

Sadie returns to the place she hates. Natalie tries to do the right thing. Josh can only hope. Three stories linked by guilt, secrets and a missing boy.

A dark, funny and often tender new play by rising star Alison Carr, writer of “bruising yet touching” (The Stage) Iris at Live Theatre.

HUSH will premiere at The Bute Theatre, Cardiff and Gate Theatre in London.

 

A Paines Plough and tiata fahodzi production
MIXED BRAIN
By Nathan Bryon

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“One day we were playing football. One kid shouts ‘let’s do black v white’. My heart starts beating hoping someone dusts this dumb idea off. All the white kids go to one side, all the black kids go to the other, I try slip off. Another kid yells: ‘Nathan what team will you be on? You’re mixed…”

Star of Benidorm, writer for Rastamouse, 50% Jamaican, 50% British, 100% reppin’ Shepherd’s Bush. Nathan Bryon is many things. Mixed.

Welcome to his world. Part story, part stand-up, a show fusing Afro-Caribbean flair and British awkwardness in a searing, searching exploration of what it means to be mixed-race and mixed-experience today.

If you live in the middle does anywhere feel like home? Get in the mix. Learn a little, live a little, laugh a lot.

You’ll be able to catch MIXED BRAIN at festivals this summer. Stay tuned for details.

 

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

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It’s 2001. Garage is the anthem. Nadia feels like it’s her time to shine.

A hot summer’s night of love promises endless possibilities. Swept up in drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… Nadia will make decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Underscored by your favourite UK Garage bangers. This is theatre you can rave to.

Award-winning writer and poet Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation in a “generous, joyous and lyrical collision of gig and theatre” (★★★★ The Stage).

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns to Roundhouse for one night only. Headlining the Last Word Festival you’ll also be able to see DJ Luck & MC Neat and Mighty Moe in an old school UK Garage night on Friday 9 June.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

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Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

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Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a collection of mini plays written by playwrights about the places they call home.

Since 2010, writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now you can listen to this amazing collection of over 130 short plays through the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. Available for free here. Search the map for plays near you or find your favourite playwright in the plays index.

You’ll find a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading their own plays about home towns stretching from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight.

A theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

In 2017 we will be hosting CTWIF events in the following places:

Middlesbrough Theatre on 16 March
Hull Truck Theatre on 24 May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 25 May
Fountain Inn, Gloucester on on 6 July

“A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all.” The Guardian

“Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match” Exeunt

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So there you have it. Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Let us know what you think on #PP2017

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As a bumper August in Edinburgh creeps ever closer we’ve been busy programming even more theatre for you. That’s right, on top of our eight shows a day we’ll also have a bespoke series of performances for early mornings (10am, don’t worry) and late nights (10.30pm, don’t worry). Welcome back Earlier / Later!

We’re very pleased that we can announce our Earlier / Later schedule today. Read on, friends.

06 Aug // Later // Write It:Mic It by Poleroid Theatre

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After four years at Vault, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel, Wilderness Festival & Standon Calling, Poleroid Theatre’s acclaimed open ‘write’ platform returns for it’s second year at the Roundabout!

Triple Off-West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre bring together the UKs most exciting emerging artists offering audiences a sneak peak into new work at the first stage of it’s development and snippets of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Artists include KATIE BONNA (Dirty Great Love Story/Soho Theatre), LUKE COURTIER (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2015), MIXED DOUBLES (Dave Comedy Shorts Winners), TOM GILL (Kate Tempest Award Winner), PHOEBE ECLAIR-POWELL (Soho Theatre/Verity Bargate Award Finalist) and LAUGHING STOCK (Sketchfest Audience Choice Winners).

Tickets here.

07 Aug // Later // Maliza Productions presents SPLIT/MIXED in association with Tamasha

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A gripping and funny coming-of-age story… in a civil war.

Dancing in a nightclub, Eddy finds himself being asked “where are you from?” This eternal question resounds with many others “Were you there then…?” “Which ‘side’ did you belong to?” and, always quietly present, “Are you a victim or a killer?”

Eddy was born in Europe and returned to Rwanda with his family as a young child. Should he answer the country of his heritage? – Or dodge the issue by answering the place of his birth?

Split/Mixed recalls a childhood much like many others – attending school, listening to music, playing football… until Eddy’s world is turned upside down and everything is ripped apart…

Tickets here.

08 Aug // Earlier // Producers Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring. Sharing their invaluable experience and insight on touring theatre, Hanna and Francesca will tell you what it takes, how it works, their top tips and the odd “The van broke down on the motorway” story…

Tickets here.

08 Aug // Later // Split/Mixed by Tamasha

Another chance to catch Split/Mixed by Ery Nzaramba.

Tickets here.

10 Aug // Earlier // General Managers Workshop [Free]

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

We are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about creating new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Tickets here.

10 Aug // Later // Get Yourself Together by Josh Coates

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One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. A show about being ill and being fit for work. A show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

Tickets here.

11 Aug // Earlier // Acting & Directing Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Tickets here.

12 Aug // Earlier // Casting Workshop [Free]

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Casting Director Nadine Rennie, of Soho Theatre, joins us in Roundabout for a morning Q&A . Having worked with Writers from Dennis Kelly to Shelagh Stevenson, and Directors from Max Stafford Clark to Roxanna Silbert, Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Whether you’re a budding young Casting Director, or an actor looking to find out more about the process and get advice, come along and join us for a morning of insight into casting.

Tickets here.

13 Aug // Later // PLAY: Edinburgh by Play Theatre Co.

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Hold on to your hats, it’s PLAYtime! Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration. We’ve brought together some of the industries’ brightest and best actors, writers and directors to share a PLAYroom. Starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create four brand new PLAYs.

Tickets here.

14 Aug // Later // Declaration by Art With Heart

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Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Dr thought it was sugar. Her current Dr thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?

Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in. With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on vibrant and daring adventure.

Tickets here.

15 Aug // Earlier // General Managers Workshop [Free]

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

We are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about creating new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Tickets here.

15 Aug // Later // Obviously We Only Want The Best For Our Daughter by Joe Harbot

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Here we are, look, sitting here
We made it in against all the odds
We’ve dragged ourselves up out of the gutter to be here

You’re sitting down to eat when there’s a knock at the door. A couple introduce themselves. They make their way inside. They seem at home here. You seem to have a lot in common. In fact, there’s something vaguely familiar about them.

The first showing of a new play by Joe Harbot (The Boy On The Swing, Arcola). Directed by Kay Michael (Pelican’s Daughters, Shakespeare in Shoreditch, RIFT).

Tickets here.

17 Aug // Later // Nothing by Barrel Organ

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“Nothing ever happens to me. In fact I’d go further than that – I’d say Nothing has ever happened to me. I can’t think of a single significant thing that has ever happened to me”

Barrel Organ’s award winning debut production returns to Edinburgh after selling out in 2014. Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things – cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.

“This young company are the future” – Lyn Gardner.

Tickets here.

18 Aug // Earlier // Producers Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring. Sharing their invaluable experience and insight on touring theatre, Hanna and Francesca will tell you what it takes, how it works, their top tips and the odd “The van broke down on the motorway” story…

Tickets here.

19 Aug // Later // We Need To Talk (Work in Progress) by Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe

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Josie and Jonny are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber. They see themselves as optimists who want to make things better. That’s what they think their politics is.

If you think lefties are naïve and immature, or you don’t agree with how they see the world, come along, let’s talk.

Let’s try and be kinder to each other.
Let’s argue, but without being dicks about it.

This is a show about politics and identity and by the end of it; maybe, we will have sorted everything out and can just have a singalong.

Tickets here.

21 Aug // Earlier // Hansel and Gretel by Tap Tap

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Rucksack? Check.
Binoculars? Check.
Blind faith and unfathomable courage? Check.
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Sense of direction? Well…
Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest. Climb into the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find?

A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart. From the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales, Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+.

Tickets here.

21 Aug // Later // Tongue Fu

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The UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman).

Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown – XFM; Pick Of The Week – BBC R4), it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. With special guests from across the fringe.

“Poetry, but not as you know it…amazing” Guardian
“the most remarkable spoken word event going” ★★★★★ Informed Edinburgh
“A strange kind of alchemy” ★★★★ Scotsman

Tickets here.

22 Aug // Earlier // Theatre Uncut: Refugee

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Fringe First winners Theatre Uncut return with 6 brand new international short plays, responding to the refugee crisis, by British, Turkish & Danish writers including award winning Sabrina Mahfouz & Atiha Sen Gupta. These plays were created in collaboration with Danish Teater GROB for the Copenhagen STAGE Festival.

Tickets here.

22 Aug // Later // Tuck Shop by Not Too Tame

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Tuck Shop is a pick of new work from some of NTT’s favourite writers and a mix of our trademark electrifying energy, blended to create a new writing night with a twist. A night that’s not too well behaved, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. So satisfy your sweet tooth, come get your fill and tuck into a night of fun, excitement and guaranteed good company!

“The company’s stated intention is to engage audiences who don’t feel they belong in “tame, polite theatre”, and they do this with great charm and energy” The Telegraph

Tickets here.

24 Aug // Earlier // Acting & Directing Workshop [Free]

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Tickets here.

24 Aug // Later // Bang Said the Gun

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Bang Said The Gun is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Voted the best poetry night in the UK by the Times, Bang Said The Gun has made poetry cool again. A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. Normal rules do not apply here. Featuring a rich mix of the best and freshest talent, they will grab you by the collar and drag you into another world.

As recommended by Kate Tempest, ‘It’s like mud wrestling with words’, or as ex poet laureate, Andrew Motion puts it ‘BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm’.

‘Like all the best things in life, Bang Said The Gun is done with commitment, belief and passion.’ Phil Jupitus

“Bang Said The Gun is the best poetry night in the country. The combination of excitement, enthusiasm and deep, deep concentration on the poems is a wonder to behold.” Ian McMillan, BBC Radio

Tickets here.

26 Aug // Later // The Sleep Show by Rob Auton

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This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’s The Sky Show, 2014’s The Face Show, 2015’s The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016’s The Sleep Show.

‘Entirely compelling to watch’ Daniel Kitson
‘Just sad’ Vanessa Feltz
‘We need him’ Scotsman
‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’ Guardian
‘Like watching a kid caught in the stage lights of his first Nativity’ Venue.co.uk

Tickets here.

 

More announcements coming soon via @painesplough on Twitter.

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Latitude: We’re coming for you

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We can’t quite believe it but apparently it’s that time of year again. It’s time for Latitude. We’re enormously pleased WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz is returning to the site of its debut last year.

This year you can catch us at the Film and Music Arena on Friday 15 July at 8:25pm. We’ll be grooving out to some old school garage and hope you can join us. Full info is here.

As usual there’s loads of other incredible acts on at Latitude including some great theatre here.

Can’t make it to Latitude this year? Don’t worry we’ve got another WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK performance for you. We’re part of a fantastic weekend Latitude are curating outside National Theatre on the South Bank. From 5 -7 August Latitude take over River Stage outside NT. You can wander over anytime but if you want to catch us we’re headlining Saturday night at 9:25pm. We’re going to close the evening with the garage rave it deserves.

Check out all the other amazing River Stage acts here.

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Eat | Sleep | Rave | Repeat (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on tour)

Seroca Davis in With A Little Bit of Luck (cred. James White)

Seroca Davis in With A Little Bit of Luck (cred. James White)

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK has been on tour since 13 April and we’re 24 venues in our 29 date tour so Eat Sleep Rave Repeat has become a daily routine for us out on the road. We wanted to share some of the tour highlights with you. First up The Spring in Havant who went all out and programmed a full evening of entertainment.

On Saturday night the audience were treated to a gig from Music Fusion at 8pm, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK from 9pm, Beats & Swing at 10pm and then DJ Luck & MC Neat from 11pm. Now that’s a night out.

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With A Little Bit of Luck at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

This is what WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK is all about. Part gig. Part theatre. The audience were up and dancing from 8pm to midnight. It was a brilliant night and we can’t thank The Spring enough for putting together such an exciting programme.

MC Neat at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

MC Neat at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

A few weeks earlier at Studio 3 Arts in Barking we were warmed up by New Movementz, a talented crew of street dancers, who’d created bespoke routines to garage classics. As if that wasn’t enough, after Seroca, Martyna and Gabriel had strutted their stuff in WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK UKG legend Kele le Roc performed in a post-show PA.

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Kele le Roc at Studio 3 Arts (cred. Rosie Ross)

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New Movementz perform pre-show at Studio 3 Arts (cred. Josh Pearce)

It’s not all about late nights and late starts though. Our wonderful Associate Director, and director of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, Stef O’Driscoll has been running workshops at a number of venues across the tour. Pictured below are the crew from Looping The Loop learning about gig-theatre in the historic Theatre Royal Margate. Who says you can’t rave under a proscenium arch?

Stef O'Discroll runs a gig-theatre workshop at the Theatre Royal Margate (cred. Dik Ng)

Stef O’Discroll runs a gig-theatre workshop at the Theatre Royal Margate (cred. Dik Ng)

You’ve still got a few more chances to catch WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK before it finishes touring including the ever brilliant Brighton Fringe and a week at Roundhouse. Full tour dates list here.

Meet the WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK cast: Seroca Davis

We caught up with our leading lady and raver on the road, Seroca Davis. She’s currently careering across the country bringing the rave to Manchester, Margate and loads of our favourite places in between. Today she is in Canterbury, where better to have a chat and find out how she’s finding life on the road with WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK.

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Hey, Seroca! What can or should an audience expect from WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK?

A good story, great music and to feel like you want to rave after the show! It is a mix of one of my favourite genres of music and fabulous writing. I’m loving raving on stage with audiences and getting them involved too!

And what made you want to get involved in the show?        

I loved the fact that it was a play which included old school garage! It’s one of my favourite genres of music and very nostalgic for me. It takes me back to secondary school when I used to listen to Heartless Crew and Pay as u go radio sets on my walkman! Also, I really admire Sabrina’s writing so was great to be able to work with her and help bring her work to life.

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What was your first professional, paid gig? And where was it? 

My first professional role was when I was 10 years old and I did a training video for the London Transport Museum. Very good fun!

Do you have a connection to any of the locations on the tour? 

I had been to Edinburgh before we took the show to the Roxy as I did a play at the Fringe festival in 2012. I also performed at the Crucible in Sheffield back in 2010. And I used to go to the seaside at Margate as a child!

I’ve lived all over North London in Tottenham, Wood Green and Edmonton so I’m really looking forward to the shows at the ROUNDHOUSE in June.

Did a particular person inspire you to want to become a performer/musician? Who was it and how did they encourage you?

Not a specific person, but my mum was very encouraging and she always taught me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. She always made me feel like it was possible for me to be an actress and is still my biggest fan! Actresses like Helen Mirren, Viola Davis and Angela Bassett inspire me now though.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK touches down in Canterbury tonight at the Marlowe Theatre for two nights of mellifluous melodies and music making, before hitting Barking, Fareham, Nottingham, Wellingborough and Lancaster. Check out where else we’re heading here.

Rehearsal Room Diary: Misheard Lyrics

PPHQ has been treated to the sound of UK Garage classics reverberating down the corridor from WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK rehearsals, as we gear up to take the show out on the road next week. It’s sounding incredible. 

Assistant Director, Nadia, fills us in on what’s been happening behind closed doors, and what all those Garage lyrics we’ve been getting oh so wrong actually are, as we try to sing along…

We’ve been creating our own little rave in the Paines Plough rehearsal room for the past two weeks and apart from the sick beats and sweet melodies one thing has certainly kept us guessing – the lyrics. I test anyone right now to tell me what the heck DJ Luck and MC Neat are talking about.

Or what about Kelly G/Tina Moore’s stonker ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’? We all know the line we simultaneously mumble on, one slight variation…‘never gonna let you go, coz you’re my baby, means more then a penis would’.

Who knew that UK Garage could be such an enigma?

My personal favourite misheard garage lyric goes to our Stage Manager’s rendition of Craig David ft. Artful Dodger’s Re-Rewind – ‘when the crowd so bo selecta’, which was misheard as ‘I got to post a letter’. He assures me that it was his 6 year old cousin who made the boo boo, but I’m not so sure.

Garage queen director Stef O’Driscoll had to be told that the lyrics to Over Here by M Dubs ft. Shy Cookie are in fact ‘listen to what the danman saying’, due to vocals from Richie Dan, after having sung ‘ listen to what the badman saying’ for the past 10 years. A fairly common error, to which Stef doesn’t back down, stating – ‘I’m sticking with badman’. She does her own thing.

But I think the crowning glory has to go to an anonymous contributor who by all standards smashed the misheard lyric game with his rendition of the classic namesake to Sabrina Mahfouz’s play. Our personal favourite WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK misheard lyric has to come from this guy. I mean we are still not sure what DJ Luck and MC Neat are saying… we’ve gone with with ‘holler with the rinsin’ sound, holler with the rinsin’ sound’, but an anonymous Garage extraordinaire upped his game when he thought the lyrics were ‘Ali Ali wets himself, Ali Ali wets himself’ – which I think we can all agree is a banger.

For anyone called Ali – we’re sorry, but forever in our minds you’ll be the guy who wet himself.

– Nadia

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK kicks off its UK-wide tour at the Garage, Norwich on 13 April and you can get tickets here. See you there? Excellent. 

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.

#PP2016

Get set to rave at The Roundhouse

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KLAXON! Big news to announce today ravers. WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will play five very special gigs at The Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival in June.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s UK Garage musical heads out on a 29 date national tour in April before bringing the party to London from 14-18 June. Put your hands in the air – this is theatre you can rave to.

Shows on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 will be nominally seated though you’re positively encouraged to get out of your seats for a dance. Friday 15 and Saturday 16 will be standing shows for all out rave vibes.

Tickets are £12.50 to Roundhouse Members only today and on general sale at midday tomorrow Thursday 3 March from www.roundhouse.org.uk. Get in there quick, they’re gonna go.

Here’s a little taster of the show:

We’re hyped to be back at one of our favourite venues where previously we’ve presented WASTED and HOPELESSLY DEVOTED. And we’re excited to be part of another incredible Last Word Festival line-up. We hope to see you there.

And meantime let us know when you’ve got your tickets using #WithALittleBitOfLuck.

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

#TenWeeks


 

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

 

With a little bit of Latitude

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Elated, inspired and a little bleary-eyed we’re back from magical Henham Park and another mind-expanding, heart-lifting Latitude Festival.

Our Latitude co-production WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by wizard wordsmith Sabrina Mahfouz packed out the Theatre Tent on Thursday and Friday nights and had audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles to Gabriel Benn’s piano riffs and Martyna Baker’s honeyed vocals as Seroca Davis led a merry charge through one wild night at the height of the UK Garage era.

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To all of you who came and watched and listened and cheered and whistled and raved – both inside the tent and on the big screen outside – a heartfelt thank you from all of us. You were the most incredible audience and you created an atmosphere we’ll remember and savour for a long time.

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Here’s a round-up of some of the lovely responses from the critics and the Twittersphere…

“Fist-pumping euphoria… one of the highlights of Latitude’s sun-stroked 10th anniversary festival… crackle[s] with a rare and unexpected life.”
The Stage

“Highlights of the myriad events on offer included Sabrina Mahfouz’s With A Little Bit Of Luck… the crowd dancing, singing and cheering the whole show.”
Whatsonstage.com

“The same fizzing energy of the best club nights… marks Mahfouz out as a unique theatrical voice.”
The Public Reviews

“A dark and joyful swirl of garage music and South London rhythms.”
@SarahLooseleaf

“Danced happily & proudly whilst watching #WithALittleBitOfLuck @LatitudeFest My youth came rushing back to me…..”
@therealcginge

“Our theme tune for a magical #Latitude15? “With A Little Bit of Luck”. What a tune, what an evening. That tent was ALIVE!”
@oldtrunktheatre

“Absolutely loved @painesplough #WithALittleBitOfLuck at @LatitudeFest – undeniably one of my festival highlights!”
@avpegrum

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Top photographer Richard Davenport was in amongst the action to capture the scene. You can check out his gallery of photos over on our Flickr Stream.

So what next? Well, with a little bit of luck the show might just be back in 2016…

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