Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner appointed as joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough

Following news that James Grieve and George Perrin are stepping down after ten years at the helm of PP, we are delighted to announce that Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner will take over as Joint Artistic Directors in August this year.

Chair of the Board Kim Grant said:

‘We are really excited about this next new phase in the company’s life. Charlotte and Katie are the perfect duo to pick up the mantle from James and George and to maintain Paines Plough’s long held position at the forefront of touring the very best new writing and creative talents to every inch of the UK. We were especially impressed by their ideas for the future and their desire to continue collaborative leadership through originality, fairness and innovation. On behalf of the board and the whole team at Paines Plough we very much look forward to welcoming them during our ROUNDABOUT Edinburgh season ahead of an extensive autumn tour.’

Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner said:

It is a great honour to be appointed as the next Artistic Directors of Paines Plough. We are both long admirers of the company and its commitment to making exceptional new plays which reach all the corners of the UK and beyond. We are inspired by all leaders of this company since it started in 1974; incredible role models who have left a great legacy that we are excited to embrace as we begin this next chapter. We have been artistic mentors to one another and been fierce supporters of each other’s work for the past ten years. Inspired by collaborative leadership and in particular the excellent example set by George and James, we wanted to apply to run this company together to fuse our passions for new writing and touring and our shared mission to make great new plays which champion the unheard and reach the overlooked.

Charlotte Bennett:

Charlotte is currently Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she leads the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Soho she has directed new work by Jack Rooke, curated a six-month off-site arts festival in Waltham Forest and led playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project; an artists’ collective she founded. For Forward Theatre Project she made and directed new plays which toured nationally inspired by working in partnership with different communities around the UK and at venues including National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, Live Theatre and The Lowry. As a freelance director she has worked extensively for Open Clasp Theatre Company, creating new plays inspired by marginalised women in the North-East. Charlotte also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.

Katie Posner:

Katie is an award-winning director currently working freelance. Prior to this she was the Associate Director for Pilot Theatre where she directed a rich and varied amount of new plays which toured regionally, nationally and internationally including working in co-production with Northern Stage, The Tron, The Belgrade and Tamasha. Katie has also directed extensively for York Theatre Royal on a number of productions including several large-scale community shows. As a freelance director she has directed plays for Mercury Colchester, Storyhouse Chester, National Youth Theatre, New Perspectives, Live Theatre and is due to direct My Mother Said I Never Should for Theatre by the Lake this May. As a champion of new writing and discovering new voices, Katie has also established talent development programmes and most recently a large female empowerment project for Jackson’s Lane. She will be directing two new large-scale community productions this Autumn for the Kiln and Theatr Clwyd.

ROUNDABOUT 2019 Open Casting Call

Exciting times at PP! We’re casting for ROUNDABOUT 2019.

As part of our pledge to actors, we publish breakdowns on our website for every part we’re casting, and anyone can submit themselves for consideration. We’ll consider everyone, for every part.

Here are breakdowns of all the roles we’re currently casting for Programme 2019. If you think you’re right for any of them, you can submit your CV for consideration using the form below. We will be in touch if we would like to invite you to audition.


The ROUNDABOUT season comprises world premieres of three new plays:

DAUGHTERHOOD by Charley Miles, DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY by Nathan Bryon and ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY by Daf James. The plays will be rehearsed, performed and toured in rep by an ensemble of three actors, directed by Stef O’Driscoll.

This year we are casting two female actors and one male actor, casting breakdowns are as follows:

1.         Male, black, playing age mid 20s to early 30s              

2.         Female, any ethnicity, playing age mid 30s   

3.         Female, Welsh, playing age mid 20s       

Sound like you? Submit your CV here.         

Deadline for applications is 04 April 2019 at 2pm.

Recruitment: ROUNDABOUT Company Stage Manager on book

Wanted: ROUNDABOUT Company Stage Manager on book

Paines Plough are on the look out for a Company Stage Manager on book for our 2019 ROUNDABOUT tour. The CSM on book will support the Director and manage the ROUNDABOUT company during rehearsals and on tour, ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and overseeing the well-being of the company. The CSM on book will operate all Paines Plough shows. They will support the Producer and act as joint venue manager alongside the Technical Stage Managers for ROUNDABOUT on tour, ensuring that a safe, tidy and welcoming environment is provided for all audiences.

Who are we looking for?

This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about new plays and looking to gain experience in a senior, multifaceted Stage Management role. The ROUNDABOUT CSM on book will work across multiple departments with core staff, the creative team, FOH personnel, ROUNDABOUT’s Technical Stage Managers and venue technical teams whilst developing venue management skills in tandem. The role will play a crucial part in the smooth delivery of ROUNDABOUT with the CSM on book working at the heart of Paines Plough.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.


ROUNDABOUT is Paines Plough’s pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168 -seats wrapped around the stage, state -of-the- art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

In 2019 we received three-years funding from the Arts Council where we will host three brand new plays co-produced by Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd, previewing at Theatr Clwyd and premiering at the Edinburgh Festival before heading out on a five week UK tour funded by Art Council England where we will present a mini festival every weekend between September-October in Salford, Ramsgate, Doncaster, Poole and Lincoln followed by a 3-5 week run in London.

In it we present a rep of three brand new Paines Plough plays, one specifically for young
people, performed by a company of three actors. In partnership with our hosts we
programme a wider festival of local theatre, music, comedy and a range of activities in the space.

The aim is to use the ROUNDABOUT space as a resource for local communities to engage with its possibilities, with the ultimate aim to increase footfall from a wider audience and encourage theatre going.

Now in 2019, we’re preparing for another epic tour and we’d love you to join.

How to Apply

This Application Pack contains further detail including the full job description and person specification.

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 10am on 01 April 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like the application pack in a different format please contact Eman Bhatti, our Trainee Administrator on or 020 7240 4533.

Good luck!