LATER programme 2019

Our Fringe 2019 culminates in a week-long festival of LATERs – one-off late-night shows from companies whose work we’re really into. They are: Just Club, Poor Michelle, Dirty Protest, The Wardrobe Ensemble and Pecs Drag Kings! Come on down – and yes, you can bring a pint in. All tickets are just £5 and available here:


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.

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 19 August


WEDNESDAY 21: Poor Michelle: VIOLET by Bebe Sanders

“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.

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date:  21 August



Six of Wales’ most exciting writers. Six short plays. One late night extravaganza.

Come join the Dirty Protest gang for a night of plays in response to Madonna’s famous 1992 quote about being a strong and ambitious woman.

Join us to see what this means to us in 2019. Grab your beer, sit back and let us entertain you.

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 14+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 22 August



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…

All proceeds donated to charity.

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 23 August



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

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 18+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 24 August


Introducing Paines Plough’s Big Room Playwright Fellow 2019/2020: Frankie Meredith

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.

Frankie said:

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.