Hello Jo, Goodbye Jack!

JH (compressed)
Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.

Sad times at PPHQ as we bid farewell to our Marketing & Audience Development Manager Jack who is leaving Team PP after two and a half years to join the National Theatre.

If you read our newsletters and social feeds, that’s Jack. If you’ve been to see any of our shows, Jack will have had something to do with enticing you there. Pretty much anything we put out into the world, Jack will have had a big hand in, as well as spearheading our strategic audience development projects nationwide. He has been an integral and invaluable member of Team PP. He’s also made some decent Taste Tuesdays and been magnanimous in heavy defeat in the PP Fantasy Football League, so we will miss him very much.

We’re thrilled, though, that he’s off to the NT to work on their Theatre Nation Partnerships project. All best wishes Jack. You can follow Jack on his new adventure on Twitter @JackHeat_On.

And as if by magic, hello to our new Marketing & Audience Development Officer Jo.

Jo Langdon headshot

Jo joins PP having worked as PR Assistant for Mobius Industries at the Edinburgh Fringe and at Leicester Square Theatre as Marketing and Administrative Assistant.

Jo is a member of the Poor Michelle creative team, and recently led as creative producer on their first community project, DECADE. She also produced THICK SKIN, which was performed as a Paines Plough LATER at Roundabout, Summerhall in 2017. Prior to this she acted as Production Assistant on The 42nd Theatre Company’s FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR.

Jo graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (European) in 2016, having spent a year in Berlin, where she acted as Assistant Director for an international community theatre project. She regularly volunteers for Touretteshero, and has worked as a CSA in both House Management and in the Learning Department at the National Theatre.

Jo writes, is a keen cyclist and is trying her hand at intermediate-level vegetarian cooking (we look forward to her Taste Tuesday debut). She is also a self-professed Instagram addict.

You can keep up with Jo on @Jo_Langdon on Twitter.

Recruitment: Production Placement

Production Placement Application Pack

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.

“There’s not really a better place to be… [It] allowed me to develop both my creative, logistical, and administrative skills. I read and read and read, and being surrounded by new work and the people and processes making it has helped me in astronomical ways.”
Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement, Spring 2016


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 pay for travel expenses within London, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.


As our Production Placement you will gain experience in: tour logistics, casting/rehearsal administration, audience development and day to day running of the office and productions we have on the road. This placement is suited to anyone looking to work in a producing role.

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 training in:

  • Office skills and time management
  • Consultative selling
  • Data management
  • Tone and style
  • Budgets and accounting
  • Tour-booking
  • Networking
  • Public Speaking
  • Captioning

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.

“The passion for new writing and fostering new talent was there every single day  …  and it made the whole experience completely brilliant.”
Alice Rush, Production Placement, Spring 2018


Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement, as well as which placement period you wish to be considered for, to charlotte@painesplough.com.

Application deadline                                  12noon on Wednesday 29 August
Interviews                                                      Tuesday 04 September
Placement dates                                           10 September – 07 December

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

We want to meet Stage Managers

Roundabout - Design

Open call for brilliant stage managers

Stage managers make the world go round. Everyone knows that. They are the all-knowledgeable, indefatigable, unflappable superheroes that make everything alright. 

We love stage managers. We work with some of the very best in the business like Caitlin and Wes and Carrie and Ben. And we’re always on the look out for more superheroes to join our team and help us tour new plays the length and breadth of the UK, everywhere from the Old Vic to the Isle of Eigg. 

As we’re sharing Edinburgh with half of the population of stage managers for the month of August, we thought we’d take the opportunity to meet some new people. 

If you’re here at the Fringe and you share our passion for new plays and touring, we’d love to say hello and hopefully find a way of working with you in the future. 

Whether you’re an ASM, CSM, DSM, TSM or all of the above, send your CV and a quick note to our Producer Sofia sofia@painesplough.com with the subject line STAGE MANAGER CALL OUT, and we’ll try to find time for a cup of tea.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Roundabout @ Summerhall: LATER

Today we announce the first batch of LATER shows happening at 23.15 throughout August. We’ve got four cracking shows for you and they’re all £5.

LATER is a series of one-off shows from the hottest companies and artists on the Fringe. Round off your day in Roundabout with exclusive new theatre, comedy, music, spoken word and more.

Come on down. And yes, you can bring drinks in.

All tickets £5.

More shows to be announced soon. Watch this space.

Browse the full programme here.

4 Aug @ 23.15 – ITCH + SCRATCH : BIG NIGHT OUT


After sell-out shows at Hackney Showroom and The Old Red Lion, Itch + Scratch are hitting the ‘Burgh for an almighty celebration.

 We’ve chosen 4 of our fave short plays from our back catalogue to bring to the Fringe in this ONE OFF show to, in the words of P!NK, get the party started.

Expect big laughs, tears, dancing, bucket hats, confetti, gunfire, Freddos, snogging, and people off the telly. 

Plays by: Luke Barnes, Aaron Gordon, Lucy May Rothwell + Jessica Burgess, David Hendon.

Cast: Sope Dirisu, Grace Chilton, Simon Lennon, Anna Spearpoint. 

Get tickets here.


9 Aug @ 23.15 – GOOD GIRL by Naomi Sheldon 


Growing up in the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. But there’s a problem. Living feels too extreme. To be one of the good girls, GG learns to make herself numb. But at what cost? Bold and provocative, Good Girl tells a darkly comic coming of age tale about learning to live un-apologetically.

Naomi Sheldon’s award-winning debut storytelling show returns to Edinburgh.  Chortle called it ‘an outstanding performance (of) the pressure young women are under to please other people and the vulnerabilities that exposes’.

This is for the people who burst at the seams.’

Good Girl is a winner of Funny Women’s Best Show and Voice’s Pick of the Fringe Award.

Get tickets here.


10 & 11 Aug @ 23.15 – NORTHERN SOULS by Toria Garbutt (presented by Not Too Tame)

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Award Winning Not Too Tame, deliver a raucous and raw night of lyricism, laughs and live music in the world premiere of NORTHERN SOULS.

NTT’s first one woman show performed by Louise Haggerty takes the autobiographical work of performance poet, Toria Garbutt (currently touring with Dr John Cooper Clarke) and blends it with the comedy, pathos and electrifying style of an NTT production. Big tunes, big heart and the true story of a voice that rattles with excitement and demands to be heard; beautiful and bold! Ladies & gents, lads and lasses, NTT are back so charge your glasses!

Get tickets here.



Dirty Protest_On Heat Shorts Night

Fancy getting dirty later?  Three Welsh writers. Three Scottish writers. Six short plays. One dirty late night extravaganza.

Come join the Dirty Protest gang as we shake up the theatre world with six new short plays from six of Wales and Scotland’s most exciting writing talent. Grab your beer, sit back and let us entertain you.  

Since 2007 Dirty Protest has been the company to follow to see the next big stars in writing and acting. Breaking down theatre barriers by performing in yurts, kebab shops, pubs and clubs they kickstarted a new writing theatre revolution in Wales.

Tickets on sale soon.


More shows to be announced soon. Watch this space.