We are delighted to annouce Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner‘s inaugural programme for Paines Plough…

Programme 2020: LIVE OUT LOUD. Video by TEA Films.

The Live Out Loud Season celebrates some of the most exciting, distinctive, observant and entertaining voices in British theatre.

This season focuses on platforming ground-breaking playwrights and empowering them to take up space with the stories they want to tell. It’s about embracing and celebrating a plethora of voices from around the country, giving playwrights the space to develop their big ideas and tell bold stories that encourage people to live out loud.

Charlotte and Katie said: “We are honoured to be working with such a wealth of talent and experience in our first season. We are also delighted to be working with partners across the country including Sheffield Theatres, Oldham Coliseum, York Theatre Royal, Soho Theatre, Ellie Keel Productions and LAMDA and also celebrating an existing partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. These are stories that celebrate what it is to live life out loud, own who you are and speak your truth. And they are ready to be heard.”  


In February 2020 Paines Plough will co-produce a new play by Chloë Moss with Soho Theatre and Sheffield Theatres. RUN SISTER RUN will run at Sheffield Theatres studio 27 February – 21 March, and then at Soho Theatre from 25 March – 2 May.

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RUN SISTER RUN explores the lives of two sisters and the different directions life takes them in as they desperately hold onto their unbreakable bond.

From award-winning playwright Chloë Moss, this story of family, love and dependence asks who gets it right?

Chloë is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. Her celebrated play THIS WIDE NIGHT 2008/2009 (Clean Break, Soho) won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize and was subsequently produced off Broadway. Chloe has written numerous other shows including THE GATEKEEPER 2012 (Royal Exchange Theatre), FATAL LIGHT 2010/2011 (Soho Theatre), CHRISTMAS IS MILES AWAY 2005/2006 (Bush theatre and off Broadway), and HOW LOVE IS SPELT 2002 (Bush Theatre & New York’s Summer Play Festival).

She is currently under commission to the Royal Court and Headlong Theatre.

Chloë has also written extensively for television. She is currently working on an original teen drama for CBBC. She is also under commission to BBC Radio 4.


Once again PP will partner with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to showcase the world premiere of Charlotte Josephine’s new play. MOON LICKS will open at in Cardiff on 17 March, followed by a run in London at the start of April.

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‘She looked at me and said, I want you to remember you came from the sky. Said you’re made of stardust. Said you deserve to be here.

Then the rains came, and all fucking hell broke loose.’

Stuck to shiny slick screens, pretending to be people, our animal instincts spill out sideways with catastrophic consequences. Animal humans or human animals, did we forget mother nature’s in charge? A generation let down by those who should have known better, have one chance to put things right, tonight.

Charlotte Josephine is an award-winning playwright and actor. In 2012 BITCH BOXER won the Soho Theatre Young Writers Award, the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012, the Clonmel Junction Best Theatre Award 2013, the Holden Street Theatre’s Award 2013 and the Adelaide Fringe Award 2014.  In 2017 Charlotte won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award, and was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist. BLUSH is currently being adapted into a television drama and BITCH BOXER into a feature film. Charlotte is one of this year’s Old Vic 12 writers and is currently under commission at Boundless Theatre, Audible and Theatre Centre. Their new play POPS premiered at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


For the first time ROUNDABOUT will host a musical, with Chinonyerem Odimba’s new work exploring  love and relationships with musuc by Ben and Max Ringham, will play in rep with Chris Bush’s new play investigating food and our dysfunctional relationships with our bodies and Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s new family show about a girl who loses her voice and has a madcap adventure to find it again – AND, in another first, a brand new trailblazer short commission from Charlotte Keatley!

The season will be co-produced with Oldham Coliseum and in association with York Theatre Royal. 

ROUNDABOUT will once again return to Summerhall, Edinburgh and bring mini-festivals to each stop on its nationwide tour.


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“Show me your fridge and I’ll show you what you’re worth.”

We are what we eat, and Bex eats shit. It’s not like she has any choice though – when times are tough the last thing you think about is your five-a-day. Today is different though. Today the table groans, and the best china is out. Today things will change.

HUNGRY is a new play about food, class and grief in a world where there’s little left to savour.

CHRIS BUSH is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. Her past work includes PERICLES (National Theatre), THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd), STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE, STEEL (both Sheffield Theatres) and THE CHANGING ROOM (NT Connections). Upcoming work includes FAUSTUS: THAT DAMNED WOMAN (Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith/Birmingham Rep), THE LAST NOEL (Attic Theatre) and a new musical adaptation of THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (National Theatre).


With Music by Ben and Max Ringham

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BLACK LOVE is brand new musical about love. Chinonyerem’s latest work explores romantic relationships between black people, and in particular of how this is portrayed, or more often than not, isn’t portrayed in theatre and on stage.

Chinonyerem is a Nigeria-born, Bristol based playwright, director and poet. Her work for theatre includes JOANNE and AMOMNGST THE REEDS for Clean Break, London /The Yard, a modern retelling of TWIST for Theatre Centre, MEDEA at Bristol Old Vic, and WE TOO, ARE GIANTS for Kiln Theatre. More recently, a new play PRINCESS AND THE HUSTLER toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/HullTruck. She was the Writer-in-Residence at Live Theatre/Northumbria University and is now an Associate Artist at Live. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award, Alfred Fagon Award, and the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is the joint winner for the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award for a new play HOW TO WALK ON THE MOON written for C4/Talawa Theatre. Currently Chinonyerem has the world premiere of a community play THE SEVEN AGES OF PATIENCE opening at Kiln Theatre, a new play UNKNOW RIVERS at Hampstead Theatre this October, and an adaptation of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER for Watermill Theatre Christmas season. She also writes for radio and TV, with a new 30-minute drama for Channel 4 scheduled to be broadcast in 2020.


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Phoebe’s new play for families is about living loudly

Ten year old Charli is always being told to sit down and be quiet, so much so that one morning she wakes up and – nothing – her voice is gone. Her Mum is worried, her older brother thinks it’s hilarious, everyone keeps offering her a lozenge. But Charli knows this is big – she needs to find it before it’s too late.

Phoebe is a writer from South East London. In 2015 her debut play WINK received rave reviews and four Off West End Nominations including ‘Most Promising New Playwright’. Her play FURY was runner up for the Verity Bargate Award 2015, and subsequently won the Soho Young Writer’s Award and received an Offie nomination for ‘Best New Play’. For 2016-17 Phoebe was the resident playwright at Soho Theatre through the Channel 4 Playwright scheme. In 2018 Phoebe’s play THESE BRIDGES was part of the National Theatre Connections Festival. Prior to this Phoebe completed the Channel 4 Screenwriting course. She was also on the Soho Writers’ Lab for 2014/15. Phoebe was a previous member of the RCYW and the Royal Court invited group under Alice Birch. Phoebe has completed the BBC writersroom drama programme with Sid Gentle Films, and took part in Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s YA incubator at their company Stolen Picture. Phoebe has written for award winning Channel 4 Continuing Drama Hollyoaks. She is also under commission from Fremantle Australia, and Newcastle Live theatre, and adapting a graphic novel with Twelve Town.


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How many versions of yourself are you wearing today? Just those three? Do they really fit you? Bee doesn’t fit hers. So she’s opened a shop, where the changing room actually does change you. The Inconvenience Store offers what is needed by those who aren’t Mr Normal- whoever he is. 

Charlotte’s MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD is the most widely produced play ever written by a woman, now translated into 31 languages, named as one of the National Theatre Significant Plays of the 20th Century, and a GCSE text. Other plays include: OUR FATHER  AND ALL THE DAUGHTERS OF WAR for the RSC. Charlotte has written for film, television, radio and won an EMMY for filming in children’s prisons for a C4 documentary. Charlotte also teaches creative writing anywhere in the world on request.


In 2019 Paines Plough co-commissioned a new play by Ifeyinwa Frederick, one of the 2019 Soho Six, in a year-long attachment programme for artists run by Soho Theatre.  As part of their 2020 season Paines Plough together with Soho Theatre present the result! The production will open at Soho Theatre in Autumn 2020 as part of a 30-date small-scale tour. This will be the final production in a three-year partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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Exploring the complexity of depression and therapy, SESSIONS asks what happens when your last resort doesn’t work. The play follows the life of Tunde – a 30-year-old loveable rogue – as we try to understand how such a seemingly happy young man has ended up here and how does he get out?

Ifeyinwa is a fervent believer in the power of storytelling and human connection, which fuels her work as a writer and entrepreneur. She began writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. Supported by the programme, she wrote her debut play THE HOES which received a full production at Hampstead Theatre in 2018. The play was shortlisted for the 2017 Tony Craze Award and Character 7 Award and longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. Writing alongside her full-time job as co-founder of Chuku’s – the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant – she’s a Young British Foodie award winner and has been featured in Forbes’ list of 100 Female Founders in Europe.


Live Lab is a new partnership with LAMDA exploring new ways of working in ROUNDABOUT by experimenting with early-career playwrights, actors and technicians alongside some of the most exciting, pioneering female playwrights from the last 30 years.

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For 2020 the first co-commission built in Live Lab will be a brand new play by Jade Anouka.

Jade Anouka most recently appeared on our screens in ITV’s CLEANING UP alongside Sheridan Smith, Idris Elba’s Netflix comedy TURN UP CHARLIE and feel good feature film FISHERMAN’S FRIEND’S. 

In theatre Jade most recently played the title roles in Hampstead’s Olivier nominated THE PHLEBOTOMIST and QUEEN MARGARET at The Royal Exchange. A seasoned Shakespeare performer, she starred in the Donmar Warehouse all-female Shakespeare Trilogy hit directed by Phyllida Lloyd where she played ‘Mark Antony’ in JULIUS CAESAR, ‘Hotspur’ in HENRY IV and ‘Ariel’ in THE TEMPEST. Other cherry-picked theatre credits include, Old Vic two-hander COVER MY TRACKS opposite musician Charlie Fink, Ophelia and Juliet in the Globe Theatre’s production of HAMLET and ROMEO AND JULIET respectfully and MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL at the National.

As a poet Jade has performed regularly around London including The Southbank Centre, Richmix and The Roundhouse. Her first collection of poems was published by Poetry Space and titled EGGS ON TOAST.

Her first play, HEART combined her love of writing and acting when she performed it at the Vault festival in the spring. Last year Jade did a TED talk: ‘Being Black, Being a Woman, Being ‘Other’.


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We have teamed up with the brilliant EKP to launch The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, which will support exceptional UK and Ireland-based playwrights. The winning playwright will receive £12,000 in respect of an exclusive option for EKP and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play. The founding sponsor of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is PER. 

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is designed to celebrate and raise the profile of these playwrights by providing them with a national platform. Any person of 16 years or older who is resident in the UK or Ireland and who identifies as female can enter. The prize is for a full-length play (defined as over 60 minutes in length), written in English. Musicals and pantomimes are not eligible. Submissions will open on Monday 11 November and close on Monday 2nd March.

The judging panel for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 is chaired by senior literary agent Mel Kenyon, and further comprises: playwright Tanika Gupta, Sarah Frankcom, playwright Ella Hickson; theatre producer and former Executive Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Kate Pakenham. actress and writer Monica Dolan, actress Maxine Peake and Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham.

Full details of the Prize, including full eligibility criteria and details of second and third prizes, will be available on Monday 11 November, from which date submissions will also be open. Please visit for further details.

Thank you to our brilliant season launch creative team:

And that’s Programme 2020. Let us know what you think.

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