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Broken Biscuits: #nowplaying Plymouth


Broken Biscuits at Live Theatre (cred. Richard Kenworthy)

This week BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells is in Devon at Theatre Royal Plymouth (in an aptly named space – The Drum) so we’ve decided this week we’ll be listening to bands and artists who started out in Devon. Here’s our list:

MUSE – Teignmouth

The Grammy Award winning stadium rockers started out life at Teignmouth Community College where they all played in different bands. Much like our gang in BROKEN BISCUITS they struggled to settle on a name going through the following: Carnage Mayhem, Gothic Plague, Fixed Penalty and Rocket Baby Dolls before settling on MUSE. Twenty million album sales later and we’d say they’ve done pretty well.

Chris Martin from Coldplay – Whitestone

That’s right. Not only is Devon home to MUSE but also Chris Martin who with Coldplay has sold over 80 million records world-wide. This makes them one of the biggest selling artists of all time. All that thanks to a boy from Whitestone.

Ben Howard – Bantham

The Brit Award winning boy from Bantham started writing songs when he was eleven and things are going pretty well for him. In addition to international fame and recognition his face was chosen to be on the Totnes 10 pound note  in 2014. Hopefully our Ben from BROKEN BISCUITS can get his face on a tenner too.


Broken Biscuits: Reviews Round-up


After playing for three weeks at co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle, Tom WellsBROKEN BISCUITS hits the road. We thought we’d do a quick round up of all the brilliant feedback our young rockers have received so far.

“A sweet meditation on the fierce, fragile alliances formed on the cusp of adulthood… incredibly endearing.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Wonderful, funny and original ★★★★ The i Newspaper

“Funny, confessional and well-crafted… Matthew Robins’ music and Wells’ lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.” The Stage

“Quirky, warm and hugely entertaining.” ★★★★ The Chronicle

“It’s funny. It’s engaging, even heart-warming.” British Theatre Guide

“Great atmosphere.” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“A funny script and rocking soundtrack… filled with warmth.” Narc Magazine

“A brilliant script… may well be the most uplifting thing you’ll see all year.” ★★★★★ Once Upon a Tyne

“Charming and recognisable… provided laughs along the way in its feel good message about growing up.” North East Theatre Guide

“A new play by Tom Wells is always a welcome event.” The Northern Echo

We’re touring until December visiting all of the following places. Are we coming to you?

25-29 October
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
01752 267222

01-05 November
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638

08-12 November
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
01723 370541

15-19 November
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres
0114 249 6000

25-26 November
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
0117 902 0344

29 November – 03 December
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
0121 236 4455


Broken Biscuits: The Trailer

It’s one week until BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells opens with our co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and we’re very excited to give you a glimpse of Megan’s shed where our musical heroes are tuning up.

We hope to see you at one of our tour dates:

05-22 October
Live Theatre, Newcastle
0191 232 1232

25-29 October
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
01752 267222

01-05 November
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638

08-12 November
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
01723 370541

15-19 November
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres
0114 249 6000

25-26 November
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
0117 902 0344

29 November – 03 December
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
0121 236 4455

The brilliant trailer was created by Rory Gibson. You can check out his work here.




We’re excited to announce the latest leg of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series.

Since 2010, more than 100 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 have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

But COME TO WHERE I’M FROM has never been done in London, until now…

In June and July we’re partnering with Tamasha on a series of London COME TO WHERE I’M FROM events across the city which will see some well known names alongside some of the most exciting new voices from the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

We’ve got a series of events across the Capital with writers from North, South, East and West performing in their local theatres over the course of six summer days in June and July.

Here are the details…

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam Brace

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

In advance of our London series we’re launching the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app so you can listen to 100 short plays for free wherever you are!

Simulator Screen Shot 17 May 2016, 12.27.58

The app features audio recordings of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM plays read by the playwrights themselves. It’s available for free from the App Store – just search COME TO WHERE I’M FROM or click this link.

Search the map for plays by location or find your favourite playwright in the plays index. You’ll discover a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading tales of their 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.

Let us know what you make of the app by tweeting us using #CTWIF. Happy listening.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

We’re off to… Plymouth.

Team PP are on the road again with EVERY BRILLIANT THING, and this time we’re heading on down to Plymouth! So with the help of our friends at the Theatre Royal, here’s a quick guide to the best bits:

Where to stay

St Elizabeth’s House: For class, luxury and to rub shoulders with the Kaiser Chiefs when they are in town.
The Holiday Inn: For great views of the sea

Where to eat

Positano: For the best authentic Italian – old skool
Captain Jaspers: for the ultimate Plymouth fast food on The Barbican – try the Yard Long Hot Dog
The Treby Arms: For some Michelin starred feasts

Where to drink

Refectory Cocktail Lounge at the Plymouth Gin Distillery: For THE best cocktails
The Dolphin Hotel: For a unique rough and ready pint with the locals
Le Vignoble: For some sassy wine tasting.
The Stable Cider House: Jonny and Alicia have already pitched up here…cider, cider, cider! 


Where to get coffee

The little round coffee hut by the Civic Centre: for alfresco latte
The Theatre Royal Plymouth Café: For smiley service and lush cakes

Hang out at

The Barbican Pubs: Especially on a Sunday Bank Holiday – it’s quite a (scary) spectacle
The Hoe: Great for catching rays, picnics and people watching
Any one of the many gorgeous beaches nearby – Whistands, Bigbury or Bantham: For Class A westcountry beaches
Plymouth Arts Centre: For arts exhibitions and indy cinema, serving delicious snacks, coffee and wine

Must see

Mount Edgcumbe: Take the passenger ferry to Mount Edgcumbe, walk along the coast path to Cawsands, have lunch, take the passenger ferry to Plymouth Barbican
Royal William Yard: Lunch and drinks by the sea, watching warships sale past to and from the dockyard
Dartmoor: Striking, atmospheric and beautiful.


EVERY BRILLIANT THING is now on tour across the UK. To find out where and snap up some tickets, have a look here.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE production shots

Now that THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham has officially kicked off at Theatre Royal Plymouth, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s in store with some production snaps from last week.

All images by Richard Davenport

View the full set of photos on our Flickr page.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE currently plays at Theatre Royal Plymouth until 4 October 2014, then heads out on tour to:

Oxford Playhouse: 8 – 11 October

Warwick Arts Centre: 14 – 17 October

Watford Palace Theatre: 21 – 25 October


★★★★ The Guardian – “James Graham has a gimlet eye for newsworthy subjects… what emerges is a world with chilling similarities to our own.”

★★★★ The Times – “Enthrals… Graham’s witty play deserves a London run.”


Join the conversation online: #TheAngryBrigade @painesplough @TRPlymouth

THE ANGRY BRIGADE rehearsal shots

Things are heating up in Plymouth as we dive into the final week of rehearsals for James Graham’s turbo-charged new thriller, THE ANGRY BRIGADE, our latest co-production with our old pals at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Check out some snaps from rehearsals below.

Photo credit: Richard Lakos

For the full set, visit our Flickr page.

The play premieres at Theatre Royal Plymouth, playing from 18 September – 4 October 2014, before making its way to Oxford Playhouse from 8 – 11 OctoberWarwick Arts Centre from 14 – 17 October and Watford Palace Theatre from 21 – 25 October.

#TheAngryBrigade @painesplough @TRPlymouth

The LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rehearsal Room – Week 2

So we’re now in our new home – the beautiful bricked, windowed and bright rehearsal rooms of the Menier Chocolate Factory. Although we can now see the world outside of our rehearsal room, small battles continue – it can be slightly freezing at times and a few, ineffectual gas heaters are wheeled to-and-fro to huddle around. Sarah (SM) and I currently hog a whole one to ourselves. A rehearsal photographer visited this week which resulted in us all pulling ‘intelligent thinking’ faces at every opportunity. Ben, James and Claire were invited to record a pod-cast with Literary Manager Chris Campbell – look out for that on the Royal Court Website.

This week we have almost all our furniture and props to play with (including skateboards, board-games, golf clubs and herbal cigarettes to keep the cast occupied in tea breaks). We’re still moving along at a great pace. The company has already successfully stumbled/limped/hopped through the entire play on its feet. And what a feat it is. Emotional, funny, moving and distressing – line by line the play is a litany of complexities, which makes it all the more wonderful to watch. Borough Market is a delightful Thursday and Friday lunch treat and today we had cake for Victoria’s birthday (in-keeping with the venue, it was chocolate of course) and wished everyone a Happy Easter and a long weekend off.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE at The Royal Court

We’re delighted to announce that LOVE, LOVE, LOVE will open in London next year in a new co-production with The Royal Court, and in association with The Drum Theatre, Plymouth.

Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play has already been seen in 18 towns and cities nationwide, and now comes to the capital – after picking up the gong for Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK last week.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE will open at The Royal Court on 27 April 2012 and run until 2 June.

Young people, our age. We’re the moment. Henry’s just that bit too old he can’t understand.

1967. Kenneth and Sandra meet, and it’s a whole new world.

A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60s, and charred by today’s brutal realities. From passion to paranoia, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble.

Our Artistic Directors James and George said today: “Following a hugely successful 20-week national tour, we are thrilled to be working with the Royal Court to produce Mike Bartlett’s outstanding play in London. Mike’s viciously funny and affectionately tender portrait of the lives and loves of a single family spans 40 years, and paints a vivid picture of our rapidly changing society. It’s a dazzling and important play, and the Royal Court is the perfect home for it.”

You’ve contacted us in your droves to ask if the play will be seen in London, so we’re delighted to oblige. We hope to see you at The Royal Court next year…

By Mike Bartlett
Directed by James Grieve
Friday 27 April – Saturday 2 June 2012
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square SW1W 8AS
Monday-Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday Matinees 2.30pm (from 5 May)
Thursday Matinees 2.30pm (from 24 May)
There will be no performance on the May Day Bank Holiday
Press Night Thursday 3 May 7pm
Post-show Talk Thursday 17 May
Captioned performance Tuesday 22 May
Audio Described Performance Saturday 2 June
Age Guidance 14+
Tickets £28, £20, £12
Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters and on the day of the performance from 9am online, 10am in person)
Concessions £5 off top two prices* (available in advance for all performances until
Saturday 5 May inclusive and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
25s and under £8* (available on £20 and £12 tickets)
School and HE Groups of 8+ 50% off top two prices (available Tuesday-Friday)
Groups of 6+ £5 off top price (available Tuesday-Friday)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts are subject to availability

Tickets for LOVE, LOVE, LOVE go on sale at 9am on Monday 14 November 2011. You can book tickets in person at the Royal Court Box Office, by calling 020 7565 5000 or online here.

First Time Blogger

We’ve just had a very productive marketing meeting in the PP office (minus George whilst he’s up in Edinburgh), so I thought I’d give this blogging malarkey a go…

Today we met with Simon Stokes, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, Bob Holmes, Production Manager, and Lucy Osborne, Designer, to have a peak at the model box set for Mike Bartlett’s LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Tres exciting! Especially after seeing Mike’s new play EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON at the National Theatre on Tuesday. Very intriguing to see how Lucy is covering 1967 to the present day with one set and the challenge of touring.

This afternoon, while Tara and James continue with castings for LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, and Sophie is busy working on our TINY VOLCANOES Autumn tour, Jo and I are busy with all things finance. Kept going by the fact that there are pastries in the office and I have my eye on the last pain au chocolat. Oh yes, and it is Prosecco Thursday on the Paines Plough roof to toast Mike Bartlett as our new Associate Playwright, and to congratulate him on a fantastic press night last night. Pictures to follow…