COME TO WHERE I’M FROM 10th Anniversary Gala

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is 10 years old – so we’re having a party!

PP and The Criterion are hosting a special one-off event to celebrate 10 years of Paines Plough’s flagship nationwide project, COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, starring some of the nation’s leading playwrights performing their own short plays about the places they call home.

Join us at the Criterion Theatre on 18 November for an evening of short plays, and help raise funds to support the next generation of exceptional playwrights. You will see new work written and performed by long-established, award-winning playwrights including Simon Stephens, April De Angelis and Dennis Kelly, along with work from exciting new voices like Zia Ahmed, in a celebration of Paines Plough’s history of discovering and developing talented writers from across the country.

The full programme of writers performing on the night includes: James Graham, Dennis Kelly, Roy Williams, April De Angelis, Simon Stephens, Zia Ahmed and Chloë Moss.

Tickets will range from just £10 to £250 – you can book your tickets here.

Along with celebrating the success of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, Paines Plough is aiming to raise £25,000 to help playwrights of the future flourish. So join us for an evening of performances, food and drink, and that humble staple of fundraising – a raffle. You can also support the project by donating to the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM campaign.

A little bit about the writers performing at the Come to Where I’m From 10th Anniversary Gala:

James Graham is from Mansfield and is an Olivier and Tony Award nominated writer. Credits include THIS HOUSE, INK and THE ANGRY BRIGADE, as well as the book of the Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND and numerous film and TV projects including BREXIT: THE UNCIVIL WAR starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Dennis Kelly grew up in Barnet and is an internationally celebrated playwright. He is the author of MATILDA THE MUSICAL, ORPHANS, UTOPIA and most recently GIRLS & BOYS starring Carey Mulligan at the Royal Court Theatre.

Roy Williams OBE grew up in Notting Hill, London, and is an Olivier and BAFTA award-winning playwright. His most decorated plays include LIFT OFF, CLUBLAND, OFFSIDE and most recently SUCKER PUNCH. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 and sits on the board of trustees for Theatre Centre. In 2018, he was a made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

April De Angelis is a West London writer of Sicilian descent whose 30-year career highlights include JUMPY, WILD EAST and PLAYHOUSE CREATURES as well as an upcoming adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at the National Theatre.

Simon Stephens hails from Stockport and is the renowned author of over 15 major plays, including THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME, HEISENBERG and SEA WALL, most recently performed at the Old Vic Theatre starring Andrew Scott.

Zia Ahmed is a poet from North West London and is a London Laureate and former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. His debut play I WANNA BE YOURS was first produced by Paines Plough in 2018, and will be going on a national tour in autumn 2019, finishing with a five-week run at the Bush Theatre.

Chloë Moss is a Liverpudlian playwright whose work includes HOW LOVE IS SPELT, THE GATEKEEPER and THIS WIDE NIGHT which transferred to New York with actress Edie Falco and for which she was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Playwriting Prize.

Immerse yourself in over 160 short plays on our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM mobile app.

The COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app is a digital version of the project. In 2010 we asked a group of writers to return to their home towns to pen short plays about the placed that shaped them. Since then we’ve commissioned over 160 writers from Olivier Award winners to first time writers. We’ve recorded each playwright performing their own play and created a smartphone app to house all the recordings.

To download:

  • For iOS users click here.
  • For Android users click here.

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