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PP Alumni- curious directive

Next week sees the opening of curious directive’s hit Edinburgh show YOUR LAST BREATH at the Pleasance in London. This makes everyone at Paines Plough feel quite warm and fuzzy inside because the curious directive team is headed by two PP alumni- Jack Lowe and Sophie Larsmon. Jack and Sophie met whilst studying at Birkbeck and then both gained placements to work here at 43 Aldwych as Trainee Director and Trainee Producer respectively and thus their collaboration on YOUR LAST BREATH was born.

curious directive's YOUR LAST BREATH at Pleasance, Islington

1876 – Christopher leaves his young family behind to work in Norway. He will map the uncharted mountains for the very first time.

1999 – Anna’s body freezes after an extreme-skiing accident and her heart stops. But doctors gradually warm her until it miraculously starts beating again.

2011 – Freija, a successful business woman, has just lost her father. She travels to scatter his ashes in Norway.

2034 – Nicholas explains a medical breakthrough which saved his life as a baby, whereby the human body can be ‘suspended in animation.’

Spanning 150 years, curious directive fuse movement, live piano score and video to unravel the landscapes of the heart and our own personal geographies.

Have a gander at the YOUR LAST BREATH trailer here

And here’s the latest video blog from the curious directive team on tour.

After winning the SCOTSMAN 2011 FRINGE FIRST at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer the show was re-mounted for a 23 date UK tour and is now arriving at the Pleasance, Islington next week.

The whole PP gang will be heading that way next week to catch up on the fruits of Jack and Sophie’s post PP collaboration so see you there!

The reviews are in…

…well, one or two of them. Our production of DIG, the first of our three A Play, A Pie and A Pint shows, opened at Òran Mór on Monday after a busy morning of technical work and dress rehearsal. In people filed, collected their pint, chose their pie, and sat down – knives and forks at the ready – to see what we had made for them.

Dig in performance. Terrible photo...'small masterpiece' of a play.

It’s a funny feeling, watching a play you’ve seen develop from words on a page, to slightly different words on a page, to words coming out of actors’ mouths, to a fully fleshed-out, captivating and moving story. And it’s a very gratifying feeling to watch people around you, encountering it for the first time ever, laughing, gasping and even crying as the lives of the people they’re watching unfold before them.

And then the wait for what the all-important critics think… well, today, we got our first review in from Joyce McMillan of the Scotsman – and she loved it, giving it four stars and calling it ‘a small masterpiece’. That’s what we like to hear! See the full review here:

And as we await the verdicts of our audience-at-large, who can file their reports at in order to win a bottle of malt whisky (can I enter?), we’ve also spotted reviews like this one coming in. Funnily enough I spotted the lady in the video  in the audience this lunchtime – she was wearing a very nice dress – so it’s brilliant to see a response like this so quickly and vividly. Keep em coming!