Open Auditions: London & Mold

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Wednesday 09 May, 10.30am – 5.30pm @ The Actors Centre, London, WC2H 9NP 

Wednesday 13 June, 10.30am – 5.30pm @ Theatr Clwyd, Mold, CH7 1YA

We’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writingYou can apply from now until 10am on 13 April. 

We will be seeing 180 actors in London, with the 90 slots being filled randomly from the pool of applicants. For auditions at Theatr Clwyd we will be seeing 60 actors (in 30 slots) and preference will first be given to those living within 50 miles of Mold, with any remaining slots being allocated at random. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

  • Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs. Make sure you only apply once as any duplicates (even if it’s with different partners) will be automatically excluded.
  • Register by filling in this form by 10am on Friday 13 April. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance.
  • If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Monday 16 April with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
  • If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
  • Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
  • On the day, all you need is your Spotlight or CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

  • If you have auditioned for Paines Plough before (either at an Open Audition or as part of casting for a specific show), unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
  • To give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, we only accept applications from actors so, if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
  • Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
  • If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
  • We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
  • Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
  • We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions.
  • Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at office@painesplough.com if you’re not sure about anything.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs

Roundabout in Wales

Roundabout Wales II

We’re off to Wales again! Last summer we partnered with Theatr Clwyd to present Roundabout on the rolling hills of North Wales. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re going back.

From June we’ll be on the lawn outside Theatr Clwyd in another co-production. Roundabout will host performances of our co-productions HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONES and ISLAND TOWN. You can read more about them below.

Plus we’ll be joined by our friends from the Sherman Theatre who are transferring their production of Brad Birch’s TREMOR. We can’t wait to see what’s next from the BLACK MOUNTAIN writer.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
By Georgia Christou

HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN Landscape

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12-year-old Jelly and her cousin JonJo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full length play, YOUS TWO, was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot in 2018. YOUS TWO played to critical acclaim at the Hampstead Theatre in 2018.

Get tickets for HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN at Theatr Clwyd here.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
By Vinay Patel

STICKS AND STONES Landscape

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. And sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey into the night, looking for answers. In an age when language is ever-shifting and technology multiplies every little mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

Written by BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel, STICKS AND STONES is a side-splitting satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world.

Vinay’s debut play TRUE BRITS premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and transferred to the Bush’s RADAR Festival and VAULT Festival.  His second, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama as well as being nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay.

Get tickets for STICKS AND STONES at Theatr Clwyd here.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
By Simon Longman

ISLAND TOWN Lanscape

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right? 

ISLAND TOWN is a new play about friendship, hope and trying to make an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG premiered at the Royal Court. He won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2018. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Get tickets for ISLAND TOWN at Theatr Clwyd here.

Recruitment: Placement Students

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 Summer/Autumn 2018 programmes.

We’re looking for placements to join Team PP for either the Summer or Autumn:

  • The Summer placement period will run for 11 weeks from 15 May to 27 July.
  • The Autumn period will run for 12 weeks from 10 September to 07 December.

You will be in PPHQ 3 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.

We have three placements on offer:

  • Production Placement
  • Administration Placement
  • Marketing Placement

You can apply for as many roles as you feel you are qualified for.

Please detail the following in your cover letter:

  • Your experience
  • Why you are interested in Paines Plough
  • What you hope to gain from the placement
  • Which role or roles you are applying for
  • Which period (Summer or Autumn) you are applying for

The deadline for applications is 10am 9 April.

You can download application packs for all three roles here:

Production Placement Application Pack

Administration Placement Application Pack

Marketing Placement Application Pack

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on BBC Radio 1xtra

We’re delighted to announce that Sabrina Mahfouz’s lyrical masterpiece WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra on Monday 02 April at 7pm.

Alongside Yolanda Mercy’s QUARTER LIFE CRISIS this will be the first time a play has been broadcast on 1xtra.

We asked Sabrina what the play being broadcast on 1xtra means to her:

“When 1xtra launched it seemed surreal but brilliant that the music we loved was being taken seriously enough to be given its own BBC radio channel. It marked a shifting moment for what is culturally valued in this country and I feel that WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK being the first drama they air on there, the shift progresses even further towards a place of space making and inclusive, representational cultural documentation and valuing.

I’m so proud the show, and the team that made it, gets to be a part of 1xtra’s celebration of 20 years of garage and especially happy to get a young woman’s perspective being told on such a huge platform.”

Director, Stef O’Driscoll feels the same way:

“I am so hyped for this story and for this celebration of UK Garage to be broadcast on the radio so it can be experienced by more people. It’s so exciting that companies like Paines Plough and BBC 1xtra are supporting new and innovative ways to celebrate an important part of UK culture and storytelling.

When myself and Sabrina embarked on this project our dreams were for our mates and fellow ravers to experience a story that they could relate to. To create an experience where they could celebrate the summers of love spent on the dancefloor and their coming of age to a London UK Garage soundtrack, a celebration of youth. Now we don’t even have to get our mates into the theatre. You don’t need pay £20 entry you can just tune in or listen on playback whist jamming on the bus, in your house, ANYWHERE.”

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK had its first outing with co-producer Latitude Festival in the summer of 2015.

Since then the show has been on an incredible journey. It toured nationally in Spring 2016 culminating in a sold out run in the Sackler Space at the Roundhouse as part of Last Word Festival. In 2016 the production had people raving outside the National Theatre as it headlined Latitude’s takeover of the River Stage. Last year we were invited back to Last Word Festival to headline the festival. This saw over 1,000 people raving the night away as our cast were joined on stage by DJ Luck and MC Neat themselves to close the night.

Join WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on the next leg of its journey by tuning into BBC Radio 1xtra on Monday 02 April at 7pm.