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.
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.”
Paines Plough presents
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.
A Paines Plough production
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
A Paines Plough and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production
by Elinor Cook
Elinor Cook’s electrifying new play about the Alpha course transfers to The Gate in Notting Hill following its Cardiff premiere.
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.
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.