General Management Workshop: December 2018

Here at Paines Plough we’re always looking for ways we can demystify the processes behind touring new plays and provide support for theatre makers throughout their careers. We started our General Management workshop series in 2016 with an aim to introduce more people to the world of Arts Administration, and the huge variety of roles within in.

For the past three years we’ve met lots of people with an interest in taking their first step into Arts Administration. This year, we are focusing on those people who may have already secured their first job within the industry, but are curious about transitioning into the role of GM – either from a current administration role, or from another department. The workshop will look at what the role of a General Manager actually entails, and how our panel of current GMs got to where they are now.

So far we have confirmed panellists from The Bush Theatre, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Old Vic and Siobhan Davies Dance, with more due to be announced soon. Team Paines Plough will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The evening will consist of a discussion, Q & As and plenty of time to network before and after the event over drinks.

The workshop will take place on Monday 10 December 6.30-8.30pm, with registration from 6pm in the Paines Plough Rehearsal Room. We are located on 4th Floor, 43 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DN.

If you would like to register for a place, apply here by 10am Wednesday 28 November.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Paines Plough Team

Desert Island Disc-o: Tanya Stephenson, Ben Pavey, Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster

 

This week’s cast-aways are POP MUSIC’s Lighting Designer Tanya Stephenson, Production Manager Ben Pavey and Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. We’ve asked each of them to choose their three Desert Island POP tracks. The accompanying Spotify Desert Island Disc-o playlist is growing at an alarming rate – find it at the bottom of this page. We’re open to new suggestions! Get in touch.

 

Tanya Stephenson:

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Because it still hasn’t got old for me and it reminds me that I can do things for myself.

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Reminds me of being young, school dramas, breaking up, and I can sing every word.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

Think I would need this on an island, it would uplift and encourage me to be strong and to dance like nobody’s watching.

 

Ben Pavey:

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

If I was pushed to name one band that summed up my transition from barely listening to terrible pop music on drive time radio to actively going out and buying my own CD’s, it would have to be the Foo Fighters. They had just enough street cred to be considered cool by the grungers and metalers throughout the early 00’s but still radio friendly enough to convince Mum to play it in the car (she would later go on to come with me and my brothers to see the Foo’s in concert several times).

Teardrops on the Dancefloor – Womack & Womack

I remember first hearing Rebecca Ferguson sing this song on the X Factor (to date the only performance on that show that stopped me in my tracks). Truly, has there ever been a more perfect pop song? It’s good to dance to, its good to cry to, if it comes on the iPod it’s simply unskippable.

Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye

I remember discovering this song when I was at university. This was in the late 00’s when literally the only song that was being played at any party was Sex is on Fire by the Kings of Leon and various different Dub-Step tracks (possibly the most undancable music of all time). I used to take great pride in putting this on at parties, and boogieing away to the first 30 seconds of the song before abruptly having it interrupted again by Sex is on Fire…

 

Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster:

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares

Because it reminds me of all things happy, joyful and good! It’s almost 80% likely to be played at any Wedding and it’s 100% likely to get me up on the dance floor.

Bright Side of The Road – Van Morrison

I absolutely love Van Morrison, and this would be the perfect accompaniment to beached isolation. It’s happy go lucky & full of fun.

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

This song reminds me of extreme dancing nights out, great times with friends, and reminds me of my ethos of how to live life! Banging tune!

 

Spotify Playlist here:

 

Next week’s cast-aways are the team holding up the fort at the PPHQ London office – Senior Producer Hanna Streeter, Producer Sofia Stephanou and Production Assistant Phillippe Cato.

Desert Island Disc-o: Anna Jordan, James Grieve, Harriet Bolwell

As POP MUSIC has just kicked off its nationwide tour, we asked members of our POP MUSIC creative team to each come up with their three Desert Island Pop Discs. Their answers have been trickling in – talk about buried treasure! We’ve even created our own Spotify Playlist to keep spirits popping in the tour-mobile.

This week we have writer Anna Jordan, Director James Grieve and Assistant Producer Harriet Bolwell.

 

Anna Jordan:

All About Tonight – Pixie Lott

The ultimate feel-good floor filler with hedonism at its heart. Contains the iconic lyric “Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter When You’re Moving Your Feet”. Which means waking up face down in a kebab is fine.

Africa – Toto

A genuine thing of beauty. The eighties rock classic that keeps on giving.

U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer 

What can I say? The riff, the trousers, the dance… Sadly I didn’t master the “Running Man” until I was 27 and by that point no one cared.

 

James Grieve:

 Losing My Religion – REM

The soundtrack to car journeys as a kid, turned up loud on the car stereo or blasted through those terrible old foam headphones from my Sony Walkman. It is impossible not to sing along to this song.

This Is The One – The Stone Roses

They may be a fusion of punk and rave cultures but the Stone Roses wrote belting pop tunes, and no more so than this blissful, soaring, ecstatic hymn to living life to the absolute max. Always the last song I played before going out as a teenager. Immerse me in your splendour.

All That She Wants – Ace of Base

I had to have a guilty pleasure, and this is as good as Euro Pop can ever get.

 

Harriet Bolwell:

Modern Love – David Bowie

Can’t listen to this song enough.

Believe – Cher

The love this song receives every time it’s played know no limits.

Time After Time – Cindy Lauper

Full dance routines accompany this song.

 

Spotify Playlist here:

 

We’ll be back next week with choice tunes from our lighting designer Tanya Stephenson, Production Manager Ben Pavey and Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster.