We’re delighted to announce the full programme for ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall.
Paines Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd will stage three World Premieres from the phenomenal Daf James, Nathan Byron and Charley Miles. All three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, nabokov Artistic Director and total legend Stef O’Driscoll.
Visiting company productions in ROUNDABOUT will be: ISLANDER, a new musical with a Scottish folk-inspired score about a mysterious stranger from Helen Milne Productions; Tim Cowbury’s absurd and quietly shattering response to stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, THE CLAIM; Dirty Protest’s HOW TO BE BRAVE, Siân Owen’s one-woman love story to Newport, the city that made her; PARAKEET from Brigitte Aphrodite with Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka Productions, a new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, told through song, poetry and electronic sounds – the spirit of punk with empathy; Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Richard Gadd’s chilling story about obsession, delusion, and the terrifying ramifications of a fleeting mistake in BABY REINDEER from Francesca Moody Productions in association with the Bush Theatre; and Middle Child return with THE CANARY AND THE CROW, brand new gig theatre about the journey of a working-class black kid who is accepted to a prestigious grammar school. We’re thrilled that Francesca Moody Productions’ Fringe First winner SQUARE GO penned by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will also return to ROUNDABOUT, following acclaim in 2018, this time featuring GAME OF THRONES star Daniel Portman (Podrick).
James and George said today:
“We’re immensely proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2019, jam-packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.
Our ROUNDABOUT repertory features a company of shapeshifting actors in three extraordinary world premieres from three of the UK’s most exciting writers and we’re welcoming thrilling, trailblazing new writing companies, playwrights and artists to ROUNDABOUT. From the return of our Associate Company Middle Child with an all new gig theatre show to the chilling debut play from Richard Gadd, this is a programme that showcases the very best new talent in British theatre. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to Roundabout @ Summerhall for a sixth consecutive summer at the Fringe.”
A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY ByDaf James
A single Dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth mother. When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences?
A one-off meeting. But three lives will be changed forever. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY is a tender, funny, hopeful play about being a mum when your name is Dad.
Get tickets for ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY here.
A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY By Nathan Bryon
When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries.
A mad-cap adventure story for all the family from one of the writers behind CBeebies hits RASTAMOUSE, APPLE TREE HOUSE and SWASHBUCKLE.
Get tickets for DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY here.
A Middle Child production THE CANARY AND THE CROW By Daniel Ward Music by Prez 96 and James Frewer
The award-winning Middle Child present brand
new gig theatre about the journey of a working-class black kid who is accepted
to a prestigious grammar school.
This lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses grime, hip hop and theatre to tell the story of the struggle between a new environment that doesn’t accept you and an old one that has no opportunity.
Helen Milne Productions present ISLANDER By Amy Draper, Stewart Melton & Finn Anderson
Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever.
Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. The cast live-record and layer their voices to create an ethereal adventure for the ears and imagination. Originally developed in association with Comar. ISLANDER: A NEW MUSICAL is part of the Made in Scotland 2019 showcase.
Tim Cowbury, Mark Maughan in association with James Quaife Productionspresent THE CLAIM By Tim Cowbury Directed by Mark Maughan
A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?
A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, THE CLAIM asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words. Part of the British Council Showcase 2019.
A Dirty Protest production HOW TO BE BRAVE By SiânOwen
Produced by the award-winning Welsh company behind Fringe hit Sugar Baby, this one-woman play is about what we’re made of and learning to be brave when your world’s falling apart.
When Katie was little, she was brave: climbing trees and riding bikes too fast. Now Katie’s a mum, she must be brave in a new way.
Determined her daughter will keep the fierce magic she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission around Newport with the help of a stolen BMX, a policewoman with bad hair, and a pigeon in a bag.
A Boundless Theatre & Boom Shakalaka Productions production PARAKEET By Brigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy
In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and find her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds.
A new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, Parakeet is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, poetry and electronic sounds where empathy is the new punk.
A Francesca Moody Production in association with the Bush Theatre BABY REINDEER Written and performed by Richard Gadd
‘I looked at her,
wanting her to laugh. Wanting her to share in the joke. But she didn’t. She
just stared. I knew then, in that moment – that she had taken it literally…’
Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd has a chilling story to tell about obsession, delusion and the terrifying ramifications of a fleeting mistake. An unmissable debut play directed by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain and produced by 2018’s double Fringe-First winning Francesca Moody Productions in association with The Bush Theatre.
A Francesca Moody Production in association with SEARED SQUARE GO By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair
The unmissable, Fringe First Award-winning show from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. Max spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie. But when Max is called for his first Square Go – a fight by the school gates – it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first.
A raucous play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the challenge to step up or run. Starring Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman and River City’s Gavin Jon Wright and featuring an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit.
We are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for ROUNDABOUT 2019.
Once again we are thrilled to be co-producing three brand new plays with our pals at Theatr Clwyd to premiere in beautiful North Wales before setting off on tour around the UK. And we’re thrilled to introduce the band…
James and George said:
“For our final ROUNDABOUT season we are privileged to premiere three extraordinary new plays by three of Britain’s boldest, wittiest and most distinctive playwrights. This trio of plays will take you on adventures, teeter you on cliffhangers, transport you to other worlds, make you howl with laughter then rip out your heart. Both Charley and Nathan are former recipients of the Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship so we are particularly thrilled to now be premiering their full length plays. Along with Daf we think they are amongst the most entertaining and exciting new writing talent and we can’t wait to share their stories across the country in our beautiful ROUNDABOUT.”
“Working in partnership with Paines Plough and particularly with James and George during their brilliant tenure has been a joy. Together our two companies have created theatre that has thrilled audiences at our home in Wales and across the nation. This year’s three extraordinary new plays yet again prove the incredible strength of new writing talent that Wales and the wider UK has to offer.”
ROUNDABOUT 2019 Director Stef O’Driscoll said:
“ It is an honour to be back with Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd directing this year’s ROUNDABOUT season. I believe completely in the grass roots mission of theatre for all and the need to deliver high quality new writing to underserved communities across the UK. The ROUNDABOUT actively breaks down the barriers that exist that prevent people from accessing the arts. It is local, it celebrates what it means to be human, it inspires hope and it brings communities together. I can’t wait to share these gifts of plays made by this almighty team with audiences across the UK and to see how each community we go into responds to these stories, making the ROUNDABOUT their local” .
Charlotte trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her credits include:
For TV: THE WITCHER, NETFLIX Originals
For Theatre: ISLAND TOWN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, STICKS AND STONES, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll; UNDER MILK WOOD, The Watermill Theatre, Brendan O’Hea; HUSH, Paines Plough, Hannah Bannister; THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Eleanor Rhode; DYING FOR IT, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Dave Bond; THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Caroline Byrne; THREE SISTERS, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Adele Thomas; For Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock
Charlotte’s theatre credits include: Her in BLACKTHORN (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival); Julia in THE RIVALS (The Watermill Theatre); Goneril in KING LEAR (The Orange Tree Theatre); Kehar/ Thethuthinanng in WATERSHIP DOWN (The Watermill Theatre); Friar Laurence in ROMEO AND JULIET (Sheffield Crucible).
Charlotte’s television credits include:
CASUALTY (BBC); THE WHITE HOUSE FARM MURDERS (ITV) and PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS (Channel 4).
Charlotte trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Credits whilst training include: Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT; Millie Crocker-Harris in THE BROWNING VERSION; Young Woman in MACHINAL; Medea in MEDEA; Sonya in UNCLE VANYA; Doris in FLARE PATH; Adrianna in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Toyin Omari-Kinch recently played David Taylor for over a year in WAR HORSE at the National Theatre and during a national tour of the production. He and the production received fantastic reviews.
Toyin played the role of Eric the Archer in the RSC and National Theatre of Scotland’s US tour of DUNSINANE. The show was adapted by David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert and went to North Carolina, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also appeared in numerous productions for the Birmingham Rep. On the small screen, he has featured in DOCTORS for the BBC.
Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she directed the ROUNDABOUT 2018 rep: ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman, STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel and HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou. Also for Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. Other director credits include LAST NIGHT (nabokov/Roundhouse); STORYTELLING ARMY (nabokov/Brighton Festival); SLUG (nabokov/Latitude); BOX CLEVER (Bunker); YARD GAL (Ovalhouse); THE UNMASTER, A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT (& Bestival), FINDING HOME (Roundhouse); A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX, WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM [co-director] (Lyric, Hammersmith). As associate director, theatre includes: MOGADISHU (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester). As assistant director, theatre includes: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn); BLASTED (Lyric, Hammersmith). Upcoming projects include: A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Royal Court Theatre), LIT (Nottingham Playhouse & High Tide).
Janisè Sadik is an Emerging Theatre maker and Director. She’s apart of the Young Vic Directors program and completed her Boris Karloff Foundation in 2017. She has been a co-workshop leader at Park Theatre leading the Creative Learning Programme since 2015 directing the end of term showcase. She’s facilitated in various creative buildings such as Hoxton Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Oval House and Wimbledon Arts College. In 2018 she set up a Youth Theatre company at We Are Spotlight working with young actors that don’t have access to training. She has worked internationally in rural parts of South India to run creative theatre projects with young children to empower and build their confidence.
She enjoys work that is experimental, devised and bringing new writing to life. Her Directorial credits include MILK & OREOS co-written by Janisè Sadik & Seraphina Beh (Melanin Box Festival/ Winner of the Pandora Award 2015); SHE (Short Film) written by Andrè James; BREAKING THE INTERNET (Oval House Summer school 2017); BLURRED LINES (Etcetera Theatre); US written by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi (Camden People’s Theatre); HYDRAULIC written by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Wimbledon Arts College).
Nathan Bryon is a writer and actor, who grew up eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in SOME GIRLS and BENIDORM’s sunniest holiday maker, Joey Ellis. Nathan has written for critically acclaimed CBeebies’ animation RASTAMOUSE, BAFTA award winning SWASHBUCKLE and on all three series of BAFTA nominated APPLE TREE HOUSE (CBeebies) alongside BAFTA winning GIGGLEBIZ. Last Year Nathan’s one-man show MIXED BRAIN a show about his mixed heritage premiered in Roundabout at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Nathan has secured a 3 picture book deal with Penguin Random House. His first book LOOK UP! will hit shelves in the US and UK in June 2019.
In addition, Nathan has recently co-written a Sky Arts short NEW BLOOD starring Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks, this can be found to watch on NOW TV and Sky On Demand. NEW BLOOD is currently being developed by Sky One. One of Nathan’s passions is creating his own work about his black British experience. He created REALITY, a comedic social commentary ethnology series, which has had two solo premiers at the BFI in NFT1. REALITY has also screened and won various awards around the world at film festivals. Nathan is currently writing series 3.0. Nathan has various TV projects in development with Roughcut, Three Stones Media, and a feature film in development with Damian Jones and Adam Rolston.
Daf James is an award-winning writer,
composer and performer working across theatre, radio television and film in
English and Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London
International School of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in
Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. His first full-length
play LLWYTH[Tribe] was described in Contemporary
Welsh Plays as ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of Welsh
language theatre forever.’
Other past work includes: REPUTATIONS
(BBC Studios); NURSERYLAND REVOLUTION (Let’s Play/National Theatre); MY MOTHER
TAUGHT ME HOW TO SING (Radio 4); TIGER BAY (WMC/Capetown Opera); CITY OF THE
UNEXPECTED (National Theatre Wales); ALL THAT I AM (Richard Burton Theatre
Company/Gate); WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble/NTW); MOTHER COURAGE (NTW); YURI (August
012); CRACKANORY (Tiger Aspect/Dave); PSYCHOBITCHES (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts,
Rose d’Or Award Winner); HERITAGE (NT Connections); SUE: THE SECOND COMING
(Soho Theatre and UK tour); TERRACE (Radio 3); GWAITH/CARTREF (10
episodes, Fiction Factory); THE VILLAGE SOCIAL (NTW); DEFFRO’R GWANWYN (Theatr
Genedlaethol) and MY NAME IS SUE (Total Theatre Award Winner).
Current work includes: EXODUS(Triongl/S4C);
GANOL GAEAF NOETHLWM (Cwmni Da/S4C); MARGARET & CLIVE (Fiction Factory);
THE DIANA CHRONICLES (Royal Court, Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and
TYLWYTH (Theatr Genedlaethol/Sherman Cymru).
His TV pilot BEAST(Scott
Free/Channel 4) was on the 2018 Brit List and he is currently on the 2019 BBC
TV Drama Writers’ Programme.
Charley is a playwright from rural North Yorkshire. She has written plays for the Royal Court, Leeds Playhouse, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has been attached to Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow in 2018 and Leeds Playhouse as their Channel 4 Playwright in Residence in 2017. Her debut play, BLACKTHORN, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize in New York in 2017. Her new play, THERE ARE NO BEGINNINGS, will premiere at Leeds Playhouse in Autumn 2019. She has original television dramas in development with Buccaneer Media, Mam Tor Productions and Entertainment One.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
ANNIE-LUNNETTE DEAKIN-FOSTER (Movement Direction)
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre
choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award
winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre.
Recent theatre credits include: GRIMM TALES,Phillip
Pullman’s collection adapted by Philip Wilsondirected by Kirsty Housley at the Unicorn Theatre; JERICHO’S ROSE
by Althea Theatre at The Hope & Anchor; POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan and
directed by James Grieve (Barry Jackson and Paines Plough national tour); THE
COURT MUST HAVE A QUEEN by Ade Solanke directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay (Hampton
Court Palace); THESE BRIDGES by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (WCYT as part of National
Theatre Connections at The Bush); THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES
by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice (Presented on tour 2017-2018 at Bristol Old Vic,
Theatr Clwyd, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House,
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and the Shakespeare’s Globe); THE DARK ROOM by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS
OF MY WORLD by Natalie Ibu(Latitude
Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Lincoln Drill Hall,
Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre,
Recent dance credits include: FORCE(Abbey Road Studios, Imagine
Festival Watford, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, &
Netherlands) SHHH! (Dance City, MAC Birmingham, Norwich Playhouse, The
Woodville Gravesend, CircoMedia Bristol, Winchester Theatre Royal) THE VAN MAN
(Watch This Space at The National, St Albans Festival, Freedom Festival Hull,
The Albany Outdoors)
PETER SMALL (Lighting)
an Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated lighting designer working
across theatre, dance and opera. He regularly collaborates with Paines Plough,
including lighting productions in their pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT.
lighting design for theatre includes:
2018 SEASON (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONES and ISLAND TOWN) (Paines
Plough and Theatr Clwyd); SQUARE GO (Francesca Moody Productions); OUT OF LOVE,
BLACK MOUNTAIN (Offie nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Roundabout 2017); PLASTIC
(Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion); OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse); A GIRL IN
SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated)
(New Diorama); FOX (Old Red Lion); MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour); SHE CALLED ME
MOTHER (Pitch Lake Productions, UK Tour); THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre,
MTA Academy); EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and tour); A
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, FREE ASSOCIATION and CRAZY LADY (Forum Alpbach,
Austria); RICHARD III and BARD ON BOARD 2 (Royal Court, Queen Mary 2 Ocean
design for opera and musical theatre includes:
OF LUCRETIA (Stratford Circus); ALL OR NOTHING (West End and tour); CINDERELLA
(Loughborough Theatre); TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt); THE VENUS
FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre). Peter was also a revival lighting designer on KISS
ME KATE for Oper Graz.
projects include taking AD LIBIDO and SQUARE GO on tour.
DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound and Original Music)
Kennedy is a sound designer and music producer for performance and live events,
he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music
at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal
Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in
collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition
and installation practices. His work often fuses found
sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.
Recent design credits include: RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre); AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox); I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood); BOX CLEVER (nabokov); SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre); ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre); GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer); BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough); ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre); WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough and Latitude Festival); THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough, national tour); THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey); RUN (Engineer) and ONO (Jamie Wood).
TOM DAVIS (Lighting Programmer)
undertook his training at Rose Bruford College, and graduated with a first
Creative Lighting Control. His recent lighting programming credits include:
LES MISÉRABLES(Imperial Theatre, Toyko), MARVEL
SUPERHEROES UNITED, (Disneyland Paris), AMELIE(Werk7, Munich), BAT OUT OF HELL, (North America Tour), SATURDAY NIGHT
FEVER,(UK Tour), ALL OR NOTHING (Ambassadors
Theatre, London), ROUNDABOUT 2018
SEASON(UK Tour), THIS IS ELVIS(UKTour), ALICE’S
ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (London & Shanghai), PYGMALION (UK Tour), GREASE(Curve), KING LEAR(The Old Vic, London), MADE IN
DAGENHAM (Queens Theatre, London), CRIME AND PUNISHMENT(Theatre of Musical, Moscow), HAIRSPRAY (UK Tour), BEAUTIFUL THING
(UK Tour), LOS MISÉRABLES (Spain Tour).
RACHEL GRAHAM (Stage Management)
Rachel is a
freelance stage manager based in London. She graduated in 2016 with a 1st
Class BA (Hons) Stage Management from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and
Theatre Credits include: RAGS (Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre), CRAZY FOR YOU (Mountview at Pleasance), ROBIN HOOD (Qdos Productions), THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK (Edinburgh and London, W14 Productions),BLACKTHORN (InSite, Roundabout @ Edinburgh),LONELY PLANET (Trafalgar Studios), NOT TALKING (defibrillator, Arcola Theatre), A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS (Aria Entertainment), ALADDIN (Qdos Productions), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum), 31 HOURS (W14 Productions, Bunker Theatre), SOME LOVERS (Aria Entertainment, The Other Palace), JAM (W14 Productions, Finborough Theatre), POSH (Can’t Think Theatre Company, Pleasance Theatre), THE PAJAMA GAME (Urdang Academy at Pleasance Theatre), CINDERELLA (First Family Entertainment), SWEENEY TODD (Royal Academy of Music, TRSE), SISTER ACT (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum)
Are you a producer, artist or company ready to take your show on tour?
We set up our Small Scale Touring Network (SSTN) in 2018 – a network of 30 venues across the UK to which we tour a production every year. Last year we toured Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC, and in 2019 we will be taking Zia Ahmed’s I WANNA BE YOURS on tour cross-country.
In the interest of strengthening and broadening this network, we are looking to share our experience with companies committed to touring, with an aim to introduce them to our network venues across the UK.
We will be holding three FREE masterclasses on small-scale touring. How do you make work to tour? How do you write a tour pack? How do you book a tour? How do you avoid touring pitfalls? Come armed with questions and wanderlust.
13 June – Square Chapel, Halifax
13 August – ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall (Edinburgh)
October (exact date TBC) – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
To apply for a place on one of these three sessions, please email email@example.com with your preferred location and 200 words on how the masterclass would benefit you and/or your company. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 03 May.
announce Programme 2019: a must-see celebration of the most striking and
original playwriting talent in 10 thrilling productions out on tour to every
nook and cranny of the UK and beyond.
#PP2019 features our pick of the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre with brand new plays by Zia Ahmed, Nathan Bryon, Ifeyinwa Frederick, Daf James, Anna Jordan, Sarah McDonald-Hughes, Charley Miles and Sam Steiner. You can catch their words on tour across the length and breadth of the UK in city centres, seaside towns and village halls.
ROUNDABOUT once again hosts a jam-packed Edinburgh
Festival Fringe programme and brings mini-festivals to each stop on its
nationwide tour. We’ll broadcast Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC live and celebrate 10 years of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM with special live events and our COME TO WHERE
I’M FROM app featuring more than 180 short audio plays available to download
free from the App Store and GooglePlay. We will once again be holding OPEN AUDITIONS as part of our pledge to actors. Our new
series of podcasts, INSIGHTS, offers a view into the writer’s experience of
life inside the rehearsal room.
ever, we’ll be announcing a host of exciting new stuff to add to the mix as we
go through the year.
you are, a Paines Plough show is touring to you soon.
James and George said:
“This programme epitomises what Paines Plough has always been about for us: urgent new plays from original new voices featuring top new talent on wide-ranging tours the length and breadth of the UK. We’re hugely proud to be presenting the best of a new generation of British playwrights. We’re celebrating 10 years of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM and another three years of ROUNDABOUT funding. Graduates of our Playwright Fellowship and Trainee Director Bursary headline the programme. Loyal venue partners reaffirm their commitment to the importance of new plays. Our newly launched podcast series INSIGHTS aims to make us ever more open and accessible, joining existing initiatives like OPEN AUDITIONS, our Casting Pledge and our UNSOLICITED SCRIPT policy. It’s everything we think a national theatre of new plays should be.”
Introducing our playwrights for 2019…
has written one of the most exciting debut plays we’ve come across in years. In
partnership with Tamasha, we’re hitting the road on a national tour with the
tender and lyrical love story I WANNA BE YOURS, a co-production with Tamasha, directed by our former Trainee Director Anna Himali Howard.
Zia is from North West London. He is a London
Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London
2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. Zia was Paines
Plough’s Channel 4 Playwright in Residence 2016/2017. In 2016 he was one of the
commissioned writers for the London leg of Paines Plough’s ongoing COME TO
WHERE I’M FROM series.
Bryon is writing one of this year’s Roundabout rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. Nathan was our
Playwright Fellow in 2016 and we co-produced his one-man show MIXED BRAIN with tiata fahodzi in 2017. We’re thrilled
he’s back at PP writing a brand new show for all ages for this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep.
Nathan is a writer and actor, who grew up
eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He
is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in SOME GIRLS
and BENIDORM’s sunniest holiday maker, Joey Ellis. Nathan has written for critically
acclaimed CBeebies’ animation RASTAMOUSE, BAFTA award winning SWASHBUCKLE and
on all three series of BAFTA nominated APPLE TREE HOUSE (CBeebies) alongside
BAFTA winning GIGGLEBIZ. Last Year Nathan’s one-man show MIXED BRAIN a show about his mixed heritage premiered in Roundabout at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nathan has secured a 3 picture book deal with
Penguin Random House. His first book LOOK UP! will hit shelves in the US and UK
in June 2019.
Daf James is writing one of this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. We are long time admirers of Daf’s sharp and potent writing and we’re excited to welcome him to PP with a brand new play for ROUNDABOUT audiences everywhere.
Daf is an award-winning writer, composer and
performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and
Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School
of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in Theatre Studies from the
University of Warwick. His first full-length play LLWYTH[Tribe]
was described in Contemporary
Welsh Plays as ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of
Welsh language theatre forever.’
Miles is writing the third of this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. Charley is our current
Playwright Fellow. We fell in love with her debut play BLACKTHORN as it wowed
audiences in Edinburgh last summer and we can’t wait for her new ROUNDABOUT
play as part of this year’s rep.
Charley Miles is a
playwright from rural North Yorkshire. She is currently the Paines Plough Playwright
Fellow. Her debut play, BLACKTHORN, was produced in 2016 and went on to become
a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award in New York in 2017. She was the
Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in
2017, and has recently written plays for the Royal Welsh College of Music and
Drama, the Royal Court, and Leeds Playhouse. Her original television drama, IN
MEMORIAM, is in development with Buccaneer Media.
With Soho Theatre we have co-commissioned a new play from Ifeyinwa Frederick, one of the 2019 Soho Six, a yearlong attachment programme for artists at Soho Theatre. Ifeyinwa’s debut THE HOES announced a major new talent, and we’re pumped to be producing her new play.
Ifeyinwa is a writer and entrepreneur, using both
writing and business as creative outlets. Writing alongside her full-time job
as co-founder of Chuku’s – the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant – she
has been featured in Forbes’ list of 100 Women Founders in Europe. She began
writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. Supported by the programme,
she wrote her debut play THE HOES which received a full production at Hampstead
Theatre in 2018. The play was shortlisted for the 2017 Tony Craze Award and
Character 7 Award and longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. Fuelled by
a childlike curiosity and fascination with people, her stories explore the
intricacies of people and the dichotomy between how we really are and how
society or we portray ourselves to be.
Our Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production of Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC returns for live dates and a live broadcast following
an acclaimed national tour in 2018. Turbo charged by non-stop pop hits from the
past 30 years of chart toppers, POP MUSIC is a euphoric, nostalgic, poptastic
theatre party for anyone who’s ever been a dick on the dancefloor.
Anna won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
for Yen (Royal Court) after having been twice
longlisted for her plays MARIANNE and CHICKEN SHOP. YEN has had
productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as
well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. Her current projects include
THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly / Theatre Royal Plymouth) and a new
adaptation of MOTHER COURAGE (Royal Exchange / Headlong). She is also under commission
to the Royal Court Theatre.
We’re teaming up once again with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Gate Theatre to showcase the world premiere of Sarah McDonald-Hughes’s electrifying TURBINES, directed by former Trainee Director Emily Ling Williams. Sarah returns to Paines Plough following her award-winning play for young people HOW TO BE A KID.
Sarah is an actor and writer from
Manchester. Plays include: SHERBET (Octagon Bolton), HOW TO BE A
KID (Paines Plough); BLACKOUT (Dukes Lancaster) THE MANCHESTER PROJECT
(Monkeywood Theatre/HOME/National Theatre), TRIAL, MULTI STORY (Octagon
Bolton/Monkeywood), WONDROUS PLACE (Northern Spirit/Liverpool Unity/Sheffield
Crucible/Northern Stage/Royal Exchange), FLESH (Monkeywood Theatre/Royal Exchange),
BY FAR THE GREATEST TEAM, ONCE IN A HOUSE ON FIRE, MAINE ROAD (Monkeywood
Theatre), THE TREE, NIGHT TRAIN (Action Transport Theatre), OUR PALS and THE
NORTH (Royal Exchange Studio).
YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is the World Premiere of an urgent new play by
rising star Sam Steiner (LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS; KANYE THE
FIRST), directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve. In a
call centre for Brightline helpline, four volunteers spend a few hours every
Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be
ok. A hopeful play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos
of a collapsing world. The
production marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between
Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows the success of LOVE LOVE LOVE andTHE ANGRY BRIGADE.
Sam was our
inaugural Playwright Fellow in 2015. YOU STUPID DARKNESS! runs at Theatre Royal
Plymouth 7 – 23 February with an Opening Night on 12 February. Check out our
brand new trailer below:
Thank you to our brilliant season launch creative team:
Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for
ways to demystify the way we go about commissioning, producing and touring new
plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their
careers through a programme called Insights.
As part of Insights we offer a flexible programme
of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and
drama school courses at MA or BA level with practical work experience of a busy
touring theatre company. Please see below for information on how to apply for
our Autumn 2019 placement period.
“The passions for
new writing and fostering new talent was there every single day … and it made
the whole experience completely brilliant.”
Production Placement, Spring 2018
Timeline The Autumn placement period will run for 12 weeks
from 09 September to 06 December 2019.
You will be at PPHQ three days per week, although
this can be flexible depending on the placement and your personal study
requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.
During the autumn period we will require the
marketing placement to support Team PP with inputting feedback forms that are
crucial to our strategic projects ROUNDABOUT and our Small Scale Touring show I
WANNA BE YOURS . The Marketing Placement will also support the Marketing and
Audience Development Officer with planning our 2020 season announcement (under
new artistic leadership).
Expenses We cover travel expenses within London, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities if required on the road.
As our Marketing Placement you will attain
experience in: data entry, proof reading, copy writing, content generation, audience
development, targeting audiences, using MailChimp,
editing a website, briefing designers, creating a marketing pack and social
As well as the work experience and training
specific to your placement (see below), there will be opportunities to
participate in company-wide training. Previously Placements have received
skills and time management
Previous placements at Paines Plough have gone on to work for companies
such as: Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre of Scotland, Lyric Hammersmith, Les
Enfants Terribles and Young Vic.
“I learnt a lot specifically about how
Paines Plough goes about the marketing process for its shows in Edinburgh –
from the admin side of things through to interviewing the playwrights,
merchandising and social media. It was really interesting to see how PP goes
about targeting different audiences for new writing, and how it not only
markets the shows themselves but how they can work together, along with the image
of PP’s Roundabout which is already a well-known Edinburgh venue, and how
playing on the space itself can attract new audiences to the space and to the
Standing Too Close on Our Own in the Dark is a gig-theatre event which is as vibrant and hopeful as it is melancholic – a romantic tragedy which sees its performer labour over a journal of original poetry and comedic monologue with encouragement from a live band. Part-gig, part-spoken word ramble, part-stand up set, Standing Too Close effervesces with the endearing awkwardness of early-20s social discomfort, delivering an abundance of pop-philosophy with live music, understated wit and a charming poet who waxes lyrical about the cosmos, bike locks and ex-girlfriends’ dads.
“There’s no bullshit with
Violet. She’ll say something blunt like, ‘life can be lonely’ and I’ll be like,
‘yeah it can’ and that’s it. Then we just crack on. It’s nice”
From new playwright Bebe Sanders and award-winning company Poor Michelle, Violet is a new play about human connection and inter-generational friendships. It quietly explores themes of mental health, dementia, and loneliness without forgetting the often funny and absurd moments of ordinary life.
Join us, The Wardrobe Ensemble, for ONE NIGHT ONLY as we bring to you… The Wardrobe EnsembWheel of Fortune! A night combining all your favourite gameshows and an actual real-life three-dimensional wheel of fortune.
Part pub quiz, part
performance, with live music, highly desirable prizes and an original theme
tune. Would be nice to see you, to see you…
Soft, sensual and fresh from their extended sell-out run of SEX SEX MEN MEN at The Yard Theatre, the one and only Pecs bois are making their Edinburgh debut, bringing you some new feels straight from their aching hearts.
Get ready for some serious softness
and sensitivity this summer.
“It’s a space to be silly.
It’s empowering. It’s liberating. It’s f***ing sexy.” Evening Standard
We are delighted to announce that our Big Room Playwright Fellow 2019 / 2020 is Frankie Meredith.
THE BIG ROOM Playwright Fellowship is awarded annually to a writer of exceptional promise at the very start of their career. The Fellowship invites the writer to spend nine months on attachment to Paines Plough, and we design a bespoke programme for each individual to tailor the support they receive to their specific needs, ambitions and circumstances. The Fellow receives a bursary, a desk at PPHQ and mentorship from our Artistic Directors and wider team.
Frankie started out at the Lyric Hammersmith on their Young Writers Program and followed this with the Soho Theatre Writers Lab. She then wrote many shorts which were performed at various theatres around London including Southwark Playhouse and Old Red Lion. Her debut play Turkey performed a sell out run at the Hope Theatre. She is currently under commission with LB Productions and has recently worked with MiddleChild up in Hull. She has just started her own company BoysClub in the midlands and is currently developing new work, one of which Petticoat Council is being supported by Warwick Arts Centre. Her play 17, which was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, had its first run at Vaults this January and will soon be seen throughout the rest of the UK.
James and George said:
“Frankie is a writer of great flair and ingenuity. Her work is joyously witty and full of heart. We think she is a major talent in the making and we are thrilled to be able to support the next stage of her career with the Paines Plough Fellowship. We are truly grateful to the anonymous donors who fund the fellowship and provide life-changing support for writers at the start of their careers. Our Programme 2019 features plays by three former Fellows – Charley Miles, Sam Steiner and Nathan Bryon – proving the efficacy of the Fellowship in launching the brightest new writing talent. We can’t wait to welcome Frankie to Paines Plough as our Fellow for 2019/20.“
“I’m thrilled to have received Paines Plough’s fellowship this year and can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful company. The opportunities they’re giving me are incredible and I’m so grateful for this time and support.”
Charley Miles and Nathan Bryon are both previous recipients of the Big Room Fellowship, and now make up 2/3 of the ROUNDABOUT 2019 season with DAUGHTERHOOD and DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY. Catch them at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour.
Everyone knows that Stage Managers make the world
go round. They are the all-knowing, indefatigable, unflappable superheroes
without a cape that make everything feel alright.
We love stage managers and work with some of the
very best in the business, but we’d love to discover some new people for our
most recent opportunity. In partnership with Tamasha we are hitting the
road with I WANNA BE YOURS by Zia Ahmed.
You would need to be available from 16
September 2019 – 18 January 2020.
If you are able to drive a van, have a good
amount of touring experience up your sleeve and think you could juggle being an
ASM, DSM and CSM all in one go then we’d love to hear from you!
How to Apply?
You can access the job description and person specification here.
All applications must be made through this online form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience in reference to the job description.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is 12pm on 08 July 2019.
If you have any questions about the application process please
contact Nicky Thirugnanam, our Trainee Producer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7240
Team PP is packing up and moving to Edinburgh for
the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre
lovers to help us deliver a packed programme of shows in our beautiful pop-up
theatre ROUNDABOUT. Once again this August ROUNDABOUT will be in the courtyard
of Edinburgh’s Summerhall, housing a season of extraordinary work in a
thrilling 360-degree setting.
ROUNDABOUT will host more than 200 performances over 23 days. There are 4,000 tickets available for 250 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. ROUNDABOUT is the place to be at EdFringe 2019. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are seeking people who are
engaged, open and fans of new writing to join our Festival Team and work across
two roles for the duration of the festival. These are:
Working in the Festival Team is
flexible so would suit students living in Edinburgh or anyone who might be
working on their own shows at the Fringe – whatever brings you to the festival
we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage all team members to see as much
as possible whilst at the festival, and offer shifts at varying times to allow
“ROUNDABOUT is a truly special part of the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe and you feel this throughout your time on the Festival Team. You get to
see some amazing, electric pieces of theatre, meet some lovely people and get a
few plays thrown in as well – what’s not to love? Anyone wanting to take on
some flexible, friendly shifts at the Fringe this year… Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT
is the one for you!” Ellie, Festival Team member 2018
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The venue is open to the public 31
July – 25 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 3 and 5 hours, and
will be available between 9:30am and 12am each day, depending on your position
and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during
this period as dictated by our rota. Full training from Paines Plough and
Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team will be provided so you are
able to perform your role to the best of your ability.
You will be paid an hourly rate of £8.21
(National Living Wage).
Benefits of working as part of Paines
Plough’s Festival Team include:
Free entry to all 11 shows in ROUNDABOUT.
A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out.
Free Paines Plough ROUNDABOUT 2019 playtexts.
An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.
“It’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.”The Stage
“Paines Plough’s travelling ROUNDABOUT
Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” The List
“Summerhall has effectively
rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work
at the festival.”The Stage
WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?
Welcoming audience members into ROUNDABOUT,
including assisting any patrons with access needs
Taking tickets and seating audience
Assisting with the set up for
Updating any signage and maintaining
the appearance of the site
Troubleshooting and being the point
of contact in the event of an evacuation
Being an enthusiastic ambassador for ROUNDABOUT
and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform
Watching all the ROUNDABOUT shows so you can
confidently promote them
Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain
Talking to the public about the shows
Sticking up and stapling reviews on posters and
Watching all the ROUNDABOUT shows so you can
confidently promote them
Being an enthusiastic ambassador for ROUNDABOUT and
the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform
Experience in a customer services
An ability to work independently with
the stamina to keep going at the world’s most vibrant arts festival
Extremely friendly, enthusiastic and
comfortable with talking to anyone
An interest in and passion for
theatre, performance and visual arts
Natural ability to think on your feet
and use initiative
Front of House experience
Street Team experience
An understanding of Fringe audiences
and how the festival operates, even if you have not previously attended
“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people…my Edinburgh experience was a lot of fun, largely due to everyone I met working with Paines Plough. It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.”
Rory, Festival Team member 2016-17
To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or access requirements just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Eman an email on email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May, 10am.
Recruitment Day in London for
shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 11 June, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
If you are unable to travel to London
for the Recruitment Day, we will be holding Skype interviews on Monday 10 June.
Please indicate this in your application.
If you are successful, you must be
able to attend our training day in Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to
meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be
on Tuesday 30 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.
In order to apply we require all
applicants to have a UK bank account and the right to work within the UK.
Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.
Although we would prefer team members
to have flexible availability for the duration of the festival, we will still consider
applications from those with partial availability.
Paines Plough is committed to being
an equal opportunities employer.
We’ve climbed the endless staircase to the Fourth Floor for the last time. Never again will a famous playwright get stuck in that lift. Never again will we be able to say ‘back to ours’ after a few too many at The Nell. Never again will we direct lost and confused actors to the ‘brown door next to the sign that says VERY GOOD COFFEE.’
Do you have any fond (or otherwise) memories to share about 43 Aldwych? Comment below and we’ll add them to our list of Fourth Floor Folklore.
43 Aldwych has housed many auspicious occupants. It used to be Binkie Beaumont’s office back in the day. Sarah Kane’s office is now our meeting room.
Simon Stephens is amongst the many unfortunates to have been stuck in the rickety lift which dates from 1905 and is affectionately known as “the coffin” due to its cosy dimensions.
The toilet used to be in the kitchen.
The dirty blue carpet in our rehearsal room has soaked up many things from sloshed mulled wine at legendary Christmas parties to the sweat of innumerable extraordinary actors who have rehearsed there. If it could only speak to tell its secrets.
OUR NEW HOME:
You can now find us on the Second Floor, 10 Leake Street, SE1 7NN (very trendy).
from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza.
House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.
I’m falling in love with you.”
and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to
more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the
A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got, I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from London Laureate and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed. I WANNA BE YOURS is a co-production with Tamasha, and is directed by former Paines Plough trainee director Anna Himali Howard.
Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. Zia was Paines Plough’s Channel 4 Playwright in Residence 2016/2017.
About Anna Himali-Howard:
a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016.
She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the
Birmingham REP Foundry.
Her work as a Director includes A SMALL PLACE by
Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines
Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham
REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT). As a
theatremaker work includes MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina
Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New
Diorama, National tour 2016). Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant
Director on OTHELLO, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and IN
THE NIGHT TIME (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate
I WANNA BE YOURS was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.