Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS! Transfers to Southwark Playhouse

We are delighted to announce that Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS! will transfer to Southwark Playhouse in the new year, and will run from 16 January – 22 February 2020.

This production will once again be directed by former Paines Plough co-Artistic Director James Grieve.

YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is in co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, where it premiered in February 2019.

‘Sam Steiner makes us beam as the world burns… When everything is falling apart, in the world or in our own private apocalypses, this hilariously bleak show suggests it might just be alright, so long as there’s someone there to listen.’
★★★★
The Guardian

“I just think it’s, you know, important to look at the good things that are happening as well.”

Everything’s been falling apart for a while now. In a cramped, crumbling office four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. As the outside world disintegrates around them, Frances, Joey, Angie and Jon teeter on the edge of their own personal catastrophes. Their hopes and fears become entangled as they try, desperately, to connect with the callers and with each other.

YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is an urgent play from Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world.

Tickets from £14 – book here.

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2019 trailer for YOU STUPID DARKNESS! by Sam Steiner, Video by goldcovideo.com

About SAM STEINER:

Sam is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester. His debut play, the award-wining LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS, was first produced by Walrus Theatre (a company he co-founded), and has subsequently been performed all over the world, in eight different languages. Since then Sam’s work on stage has included KANYE THE FIRST (HighTide) and most recently A TABLE TENNIS PLAY (Walrus Theatre) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Other pieces of Sam’s work have been showcased at the Royal Exchange, Soho, Southwark Playhouse, Sala Beckett in Barcelona, and the Cannes and London Film Festivals. He completed an attachment at Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow and holds an MA in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School. Sam is currently under commission at Paines Plough, and developing television and film projects with Euston North and Sunny March.

About JAMES GRIEVE:

James Grieve was Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough 2010-2019. He was formerly co-founder and Artistic Director of nabokov, and Associate Director of The Bush Theatre.

His forthcoming work includes GOD’S DICE by David Baddiel starring Alan Davies at Soho Theatre and a new production of CABARET for Gothenburg Opera in Sweden.

James’ directing credits for Paines Plough include YOU STUPID DARKNESS! by Sam Steiner, POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan, OUT OF LOVE by Elinor Cook, BLACK MOUNTAIN by Brad Birch, HOW TO BE A KID by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham, BROKEN BISCUITS and JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest, AN INTERVENTION and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by Mike Bartlett, FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones, TINY VOLCANOES by Laurence Wilson, YOU CANNOT GO FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW by David Watson, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN by Penelope Skinner and HAPPINESS by Nick Payne for BBC Radio 3. 

Further credits include the new musical THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd – Winner Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards 2018), a new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden, TRANSLATIONS (Sheffield Theatres / ETT / Rose – Winner Best Production, UK Theatre Awards 2014), 66 BOOKS: A NOBODY by Laura Dockrill, THE WHISKY TASTER by James Graham, ST PETERSBURG by Declan Feenan and PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY by Lucy Kirkwood (The Bush), ARTEFACTS by Mike Bartlett (nabokov/The Bush, National Tour & Off-Broadway); KITCHEN, BEDTIME FOR BASTARDS and NIKOLINA by Van Badham (nabokov), and the world premieres of OLD STREET by Patrick Marber (nabokov Arts Club) and THE LIST by David Eldridge (Arcola).

Cast and full creative team yet to be announced.

David Carlyle, Theatre Royal Plymouth, February 2019, Matt Austin

Open Auditions – Stratford East

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Monday 21 October 2019, 9.00am – 7.00pm @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

No, you’re not having déjà vu – we’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing, this time in East London and the surrounding area. You can apply from now until midnight on Wednesday 02 October.

We will be seeing approximately 40 pairs of actors and preference will first be given to those living within 10 miles of Stratford East, 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.

You would be meeting Charlotte Bennett (Co-Artistic Director) and another member of the Paines Plough team, Bella Rodrigues (Senior Producer) from Theatre Royal Stratford East, and casting director Francesca Bradley from Priscilla John Casting.

Sound good? This is how to apply…

  • Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs. Make sure one person applies on behalf of the pair as any duplicates (even if it’s with different partners) will be automatically excluded.
  • Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 02 October. 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 Tuesday 08 October with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 11 October we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waiting list.
  • Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may 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.

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. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.
  • If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing emanpreet@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 emanpreet@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

Open Auditions Autumn 2019: Doncaster

Friday 04 October 2019, 3.00pm – 9.00pm @ Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.

We’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing, this time in Doncaster and the surrounding area. You can apply from now until midnight on Wednesday 18 September.

We will be seeing approximately 30 actors and preference will first be given to those living within 30 miles of Cast, 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…

Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 18 September. 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 Tuesday 24 September with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 27 September we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waitlist.

Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may 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 monologue from a play written in the last 15 years.

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. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.

If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing emanpreet@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 emanpreet@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