Recruitment: Technical Stage Manager

We’re recruiting a Technical Stage Manager for ROUNDABOUT.

About Paines Plough

History

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon. Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead.

Current

Over the last two years we’ve produced 22 shows and performed them in 180 places across four continents. We tour to more than 30,000 people a year from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands; in village halls and Off-Broadway, at music festivals and student unions, online and on radio, and in our own pop-up theatre Roundabout.

Our current season consists of new work by Zia Ahmed (I WANNA BE YOURS), Anna Jordan (POP MUSIC) and Isley Lynn (ALBATROSS). As well as these, there will also be some reprised work from Brad Birch (BLACK MOUNTAIN), Elinor Cook (OUT OF LOVE), Sabrina Mahfouz (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK) and Sarah McDonald-Hughes (HOW TO BE A KID). The world premiere plays which will be performed in rep in Roundabout this year will be by Georgia Christou (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN), Simon Longman (ISLAND TOWN) and Vinay Patel (STICKS AND STONES).

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About ROUNDABOUT: The world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre.

We built Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. Many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.

Since its launch in 2014, Roundabout has toured the length and breadth of the UK from Brighton Festival to Edinburgh Festival fringe, to London’s Southbank Centre to the hills of North Wales. In 2016 we received three-year funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to partner with eight national organisations and present a mini festival every weekend between September-October in Margate, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent, Kendal, Poole, Luton, Darlington and Lincoln.

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. And 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 2018, we’re preparing for another epic tour and we’d love you to join us.

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

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Guidance Notes for Applicants

Job Description and Person Specification
The purpose and main duties and responsibilities of the post are set out in the job description and the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for in the successful candidate are listed in the person specification.

Application

To apply send us a CV and covering letter.

CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form should be submitted by email only to charlotte@painesplough.com. 
The covering letter is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant. It is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 12pm

Please address applications to Sofia Stephanou, Producer and clearly mark the email subject: ROUNDABOUT TSM APPLICATION.

If you are unable to submit your CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form by email, please contact Charlotte Walton on 020 7240 4533.

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification.

You will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted or not via email.

Interviews: Friday 20 July 2018

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you by phone to invite you to interview and follow up with an email.

Offers
All offers are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, proof of identity, address and eligibility to work in the UK.

For any more information email charlotte@painesplough.com.

We hope you find the above helpful and good luck with your application.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER

Responsible to: Producer

This is an exciting and varied role with strong prospects for skills development and career progression into the role of a Production Manager.

The Technical Stage Manager is a key member of the team, working closely with the Technical Director, Company Stage Manager and the Producer. The Technical Stage Manager will liaise with the Visiting Companies on tour and plays a crucial role in supporting on technical elements in absence of the Technical Director.

Dates: 03 September – 21 October 2018

w/c 3 September:       Roundabout @ Ordsall
w/c 10 September:     Roundabout @ Grasmere
w/c 17 September:     Roundabout @ Margate
w/c 24 September:     Roundabout @ Bournemouth
w/c 01 October:          Roundabout @ Lincoln
w/c 08 October:          Roundabout @ Stoke
w/c 15 October:          Roundabout @ Luton

The Technical Stage Manager Duties include but are not limited to:

SCHEDULES

  • To write and manage the TSM rota on tour.
  • To manage tech schedule for Paines Plough and Visiting Companies.
  • To deliver the rota to the Producer.
  • To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.

VISITING COMPANIES

  • To send out and administrate technical questionnaires for all Visiting Companies in Roundabout and to report back to the Producer and Technical Director weekly.
  • To ensure that all known technical elements of Visiting Company shows on tour are signed off by the Producer and Technical director.
  • To be the first point of contact for all technical questions from Visiting Companies performing in Roundabout on tour.
  • Supporting Visiting Companies on tour.

HEALTH & SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • To be responsible for safe working methods within the Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure the safety of public in Roundabout at all times in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure that Roundabout complies with regulation fire safety guidelines and is fire safe in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To report any issues which contravene Roundabout’s H&S procedures in a timely manner to the Technical Director and Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Technical team & Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all equipment, set, props, furniture and dressing is accounted for and kept securely at all times.
  • To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.

AUDITORIUM

  • To take joint responsibility with the Company Stage Manager on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road, including sole responsibility of all technical elements of the Roundabout Auditorium.
  • To support the Technical Director with fit-up and strike of Roundabout including lifting and crew work.
  • To be jointly responsible with the Company Stage Manager for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.

ACCESS

  • To communicate with Front of House daily on any audience access requirements.
  • To ensure the venue is accessible by restoring wheelchair spaces in a timely manner and supporting Front of House staff in quick turnarounds between shows.
  • To assist in setting up ROUNDABOUT captioning units for any captioned performances

ON TOUR

  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • Supervising local crew and local Technical Managers and train individuals in the use of Roundabout
  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Company Stage Manager take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
  • Support the Company Stage Manager in the management of Venue Front of House as necessary

MAINTENANCE

  • To complete day to day maintenance-work as required and report any maintenance issues to the Producer and Technical Director.
  • To ensure that tools and all fit-up equipment is kept in a tidy, complete, adequately stocked and secure state at all times and to replace any consumable items within budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.

BUDGET

  • To manage a petty cash budget within the parameters set out by the Producer and Technical Director.

OTHER

  • To send out a daily Roundabout Venue Report.
  • In the absence of the Company Stage Manager, cover the running and/or operating of all three Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
  • To provide tours of Roundabout to industry and members of the public as requested by the Producer
  • To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
  • To attend production meetings
  • To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.

Person Specification

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Technical Stage Manager role:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • Minimum of 4 years professional mid to large-scale touring experience, preferably with temporary, demountable structures.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
  • Demonstrable experience of supervising crew during get ins and get outs.
  • Working knowledge of lighting control especially with regards to LED technology and pixel mapping
  • An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
  • Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
  • Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
  • A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
  • Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice.
  • Experience of and ability to operate QLab
  • Good team player
  • Bright, proactive and energetic, with an evident record in the delivery of productions at the highest technical level.
  • Good working knowledge of industry H&S regulations Experienced in monitoring and enforcing H&S regulations and ideally H&S trained (IOSH certified)
  • Rigging qualification
  • Able to demonstrate a recognisable level of credibility within the industry.
  • IT and AutoCAD literate.
  • Degree in technical theatre practice or equivalent qualification.
  • First Aid trained

Terms and Conditions

Salary:                         Buyout of £550 p/w plus subsidence of £297p/w on tour, in line with ITC minimum rates of pay.

Contract:                     Fixed Term.

Pension:                      3% employer contribution and 2% employee contribution to the pension scheme that you are enrolled in.

Holiday:                       Holiday paid at ITC rate.

Paines Plough strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Registered charity: 267523.

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Download the application pack: Technical Stage Manager Application Pack

Download the Equal Opportunities form: Equal Opportunities Form 2018

Pop Music: Meet the team

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Team Pop Music. Photo: Orlando James.

We’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team working on Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC alongside tour dates throughout autumn and winter.

POP MUSIC will have integrated British Sign Language (BSL) and captioning.

Anna Jordan talks about the origin of the show:

“Pop Music is a celebration of my love of – well – pop music! For years I felt the need to hide just how low brow some of my music choices were, covertly dancing in the kitchen to Kiss FM for hours on end and lingering longer in shops to scribble down lyrics of songs so I could find out what they were. But no more!

Pop has been a huge part of my life, and part of my work too. I’ve become fascinated by the role music plays throughout our lives and how that role changes as we get older, and I became particularly interested in exploring the statement “Pop music makes promises it can’t keep”.

I’m hugely excited that we get to tour Pop Music around the country and I’m thrilled to be working with Paines Plough and Birmingham Rep. I’m especially pleased that James is directing after admiring his work for many years.”

Our Joint Artistic Director James Grieve will direct:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Anna’s work for many years and I am thrilled to be taking her joyous, riotous pop party to audiences the length and breadth of the UK. I am excited to be working with the remarkable actor Ciaran Stewart Alexander to put BSL at the heart of the production, and with Backlight Productions on creative captioning. With a hilarious, heart-string tugging story and a soundtrack of cast iron pop classics, this is theatre you can dance in the aisles to.”

POP MUSIC is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Latitude Festival. You can see POP MUSIC at Latitude on 13 & 15 July at 5pm and at Birmingham Repertory Theatre 12 – 22 September.

We’ll then tour England as follows:

30 Oct Unity Theatre, Liverpool [On sale soon]
31 Oct Key Theatre, Peterborough [On sale here]
01 Nov South Hill Park, Bracknell [On sale soon]
02 Nov The Old Market, Brighton [On sale here]
03 Nov Trestle Arts Base, St Albans [On sale soon]
06 Nov The Garage, Norwich [On sale soon]
07 Nov CAST, Doncaster [On sale here]
08 Nov The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant [On sale soon]
09 Nov The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester [On sale soon]
10 Nov Derby Theatre, Derby [On sale here]
13 Nov Selby Town Hall, Selby [On sale here]
14 Nov The Continental, Preston [On sale soon]
15 Nov Arts Centre Washington, Washington [On sale soon]
16 Nov Lincoln Performing Arts Centre in association with Home, Lincoln [On sale soon]
17 Nov East Riding Theatre, Beverly [On sale soon]
22 Nov Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury [On sale soon]
23 Nov Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury [On sale soon]
24 Nov Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon [On sale soon]
27 Nov Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis [On sale soon]
28 Nov Electric Theatre, Guildford [On sale soon]
29 Nov Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax [On sale soon]
30 Nov Mill Arts Centre, Banbury [On sale soon]
01 Dec Studio 3 Arts, Barking [On sale soon]
04 Dec Norden Farm, Maidenhead [On sale soon]
05 Dec Artrix, Bromsgrove [On sale soon]
07 Dec The Maltings Theatre, Berwick Upon Tweed [On sale here]
08 Dec Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven [On sale soon]

THE WRITER:

ANNA JORDAN

Anna Jordan
Anna Jordan. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Anna Jordan is a writer, director and acting coach.

As a writer her current projects include THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly / Theatre Royal Plymouth) and a new adaptation of MOTHER COURAGE (Royal Exchange / Headlong). She is also under commission to the Royal Court Theatre. Anna won the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 for her play YEN, which has had productions at The Royal Exchange, Royal Court Theatre and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016.

Other theatre includes WE ANCHOR IN HOPE (Royal Court – Beyond the Court), A SERIOUS CASE OF THE FUCKITS (Central School of Speech and Drama) CHICKEN SHOP (Park Theatre) and FREAK (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios). She was recently part of the writers room on HBO’s new series SUCCESSION, created by Jesse Armstrong, and has written episode 4. Film includes THE IVORY YEAR (LAMDA).

Anna has taught / directed at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Central and Italia Conti. She runs her own company, Without a Paddle Theatre and recently started a support network for recent drama school graduates called The Long Game. Anna co-founded Hackney Showroom Young Actors with Sam Curtis Lindsay, a free weekly acting training for young people based in Hackney. She is also the vocal coach for ALT Actor Training, a free training programme for actors in London led by Toby Clarke.

THE ACTORS:

RAKESH BOURY

Rakesh Boury
Rakesh Boury. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Rakesh is originally from Hull and trained at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama.

Previous experience includes: WE WILL ROCK YOU (Dominion Theatre); BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Phoenix Theatre); ROCK OF AGES (Original UK Tour); WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Original Cast); DJ LOVELY, BRITAINS GOT BHANGRA (Original UK Cast) and most recently THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd).

Rakesh also runs one of the UKs most successful Surprise Entertainment Companies – Secret Singers (www.secretsingers.com) as well as managing and performing in two vocal group The Brit Tones (www.thebrittones.com) and MODI-5 (www.modi-5.com) who recently appeared on SKY1 Sing:Ultimate A Cappella.

Rakesh will be playing G.

KATHERINE KOTZ

Katherine Kotz
Katherine Kotz. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Katherine trained at East 15 Acting School.

Theatre credits include HAPPY TO HELP (Park Theatre), directed by Roxy Cook, A PROGRESS (Beggars Belief/Yard Theatre), directed by Carl Heap, TWELFTH NIGHT (RBL Theatre Company), directed by Hal Chambers, VESTA (Figuetta), devised by the company, PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Otherplace Productions) directed by Lauren Jones, CABARET BRECHT (Otherplace Productions), directed by Alex Brown.

Katherine will be playing Kayla.

CIARAN ALEXANDER STEWART

Ciaran Alexander Stewart
Ciaran Alexander Stewart. Photo: Orlando James.

Theatre includes: TRIBES (Sheffield Theatres), JUNKYARD (Headlong/Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre), DR JOHNSON GOES TO SCOTLAND (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre), DREAM ON! (BBC Arts), TALES FROM THE CROFT (Solar Bear).

Film includes: ARABESQUE, A LOVE DIVIDED, UN MALENTUNDUE, and STARGAZER.

Work whilst training includes: LAST WOMAN LEFT, AFTER PARTY, LOVE & INFORMATION, SCAVENGERS, PERFUME.

Ciaran will be playing Remix and integrating British Sign Language into the production.

THE DIRECTORS:

JAMES GRIEVE (Director)

James Grieve
James Grieve. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

James is our Joint Artistic Director.

For PP he has directed OUT OF LOVE by Elinor Cook, BLACK MOUNTAIN by Brad Birch, HOW TO BE A KID by Sarah McDonald Hughes, BROKEN BISCUITS and JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells, HAPPINESS by Nick Payne (BBC Radio 3), THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham, AN INTERVENTION and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by Mike Bartlett, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN by Penelope Skinner, YOU CANNOT GO FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW by David Watson, TINY VOLCANOES by Laurence Wilson and FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones.

His freelance work includes the new musical THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS for Theatr Clywd, a new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Sweden and Brian Friel’s TRANSLATIONS which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2014. James was formerly founder and Joint Artistic Director of nabokov with George Perrin, and Associate Director at the Bush Theatre.

ELIN SCHOFIELD (Assistant Director)

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Elin Schofield. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Elin is a director, movement director and facilitator. She is also the director of northern company Footprint Theatre. Her work includes:

Director: SIGNALS by Footprint Theatre (New Diorama, HOME, Pleasance), LOSING IT by Sheffield Theatres’ Young Company (Sheffield Theatres), DANIEL by Footprint Theatre (New Diorama, Royal Exchange, Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen).

Assistant Director: A DREAM by Chris Bush (Sheffield Theatres).

Movement Director: THE CHANGING ROOM by Chris Bush (Sheffield Theatres), THE SNOW QUEEN by Paperfinch Theatre (Theatr Clwyd), THE NUTCRACKER by Paperfinch Theatre (Theatr Clwyd).

CREATIVE TEAM: 

TANYA STEPHENSON (Lighting)

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Tanya Stephenson.

Tanya is a Theatre Maker, Designer, Art Director, Production Manager and Lighting Designer with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from RCSSD (2013) and a BA in Performance Design from the University of Leeds (2010).

She won the Francis Reid Lighting Design award in 2010 and has since worked on national and international tours with companies such as Fuel, Theatre Rites, Gecko, BBC, Punchdrunk, Little Bulb, Wardrobe Ensemble, The Invisible Dot, Spymonkey, Polka Theatre and Stomp.

Her solo work also extends outside of TV and theatre – from designing installations at the British Library and at festivals, to artistic workshops with ex-offenders and prisoners to working alongside fashion photographers and VM designers, such as Rhea Thierstein.

Check out Tanya’s work here.

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound)

Dominic Kennedy is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Check out Dominic’s work here.

ANNIE-LUNNETTE DEAKIN-FOSTER (Movement)

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Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre.

Recent Theatre Credits Include: These Bridges by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (WCYT as part of National Theatre Connections at The Bush) The Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice (Presented on tour 2017-2018 at Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Malvern Theatres and the Shakespeares Globe); The Dark Room by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); Trumps Women by Lily Bevan (RADA); i know all the secrets of my world by Natalie Ibu (Latitude Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, The Porter Theatre, Pegasus Theatre Oxford, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, The Albany).

Recent Dance Credits Include: Force (Abbey Road Studios, Imagine Festival Watford, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Dalsfen, Zwolle & Oldenzaal Netherlands) Shhh! (Dance City, MAC Birmingham, New Wolsey Ipswich, Norwich Playhouse, The Woodville Gravesend, CircoMedia Bristol, Winchester Theatre Royal) The Van Man (Watch This Space at The National, St Albans Festival, Freedom Festival Hull, The Albany Outdoors)

Annie-Lunnette is currently working with Clean Break on Artichokes’ Processions 2018 project, as well as working on play The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke to be presented in The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace throughout the summer season.

Check out Annie’s work here.

BEN SMITH (Associate Sound)

Ben Smith
Ben Smith. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Ben recently finished training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Theatre Sound. Sound Design Work includes: WHY EVEN BOTHER (Edinburgh Fringe); HOW TO MAKE ME HAPPY (Old Vic Workrooms); TOMORROW I’LL BE TWENTY FOR COMPLICITE (West Yorkshire Tour, Pleasance Theatre); THE EMPRESS (CSSD); FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT (CSSD); RICHARD III (CSSD); INTO THE WOODS; SPRING AWAKENING (Jellicoe Theatre).

Check out Ben’s work here.

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For a taste of what’s to come here’s the POP MUSIC Spotify playlist.

You can keep up with POP MUSIC by following #PopMusic on Twitter.

A Room of One’s Own

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Cliveden National Trust. Photo: Chris Lacey.

We’ve partnered with the National Trust to bring you A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, a brand new audio experience in the Grade 1 listed gardens of Cliveden.

Meet Elizabeth Villiers, Princess Augusta, Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Nancy Astor, the first female MP. Four inspirational women who found a room of one’s own at Cliveden, a National Trust property with a rich and fascinating history.

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an audio experience in the historic grounds of Cliveden. The stories of these misrepresented women are brought to life in four audio plays written by four of the UK’s finest playwrights – April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni and Alexandra Wood.

Follow a trail through the enchanting gardens listening to Nancy Carroll as Elizabeth Villiers, Vivienne Gibbs as Princess Augusta, Victoria Hamilton as Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Linda Broughton as Nancy Astor. Walk in their footsteps as they reclaim their reputations.

The audio experience will take the listener on a path through the impressive formal gardens soundtracked by the monologues. Visitors will start their audio journey by picking up a headset from the Information Centre at Cliveden, and following the guidance from there.

The installation is part of the National Trust’s 2018 Women and Power series and can be enjoyed from 13 June onwards.

For full details check the National Trust website here.

Read about the writers and actors involved below.

APRIL DE ANGELIS

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April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, 1993; revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (The Old Fire Station Oxford, 1991; revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). Her new adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in Spring 2018. Current work includes commissions for the Royal & Derngate Northampton and BBC Radio 4.

Upcoming work includes THE VILLAGE at Theatre Royal Stratford East in September.

SABRINA MAHFOUZ

Sabrina Mahfouz HIGH RES

Sabrina has recently been called ‘[one of] our most interesting playwrights’ by Lyn Gardner in the Guardian and ‘theatrical dynamite’ by the Independent. Her theatre work includes CHEF, a play about an inmate of a woman’s prison who is also a haute cuisine chef, which won a Fringe First Award and was nominated for multiple international awards; DRY ICE, her first play based on her time working in stripclubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. CLEAN, a play about three women who work in the criminal underworld, which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred from Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to Off-Broadway in 2015; WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, a gig theatre piece with a live UK Garage score about a young woman’s coming of age in 2001, which has been performed across the UK, including at the National Theatre and the Roundhouse and will be the first ever radio drama on BBC 1xtra.

Eight of her plays are published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Her poetry collection about sex work, How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press), was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Reads. She is currently writing her first feature film, about the legendary UK producer and rapper Wiley, for Pulse Films.

Sabrina is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), a Guardian Book of the Year and is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound), exploring her mixed racial heritage through the lens of British fashion. She received a 2017 Society of Authors Award to complete her first novel and has won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.

Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry; Creative in Residence at The Hospital Club; Poet in Residence at Cape Farewell; Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre. She has facilitated writing workshops in prisons, schools and charities for the Royal Court, the National Theatre, The Poetry Society, the World Economic Forum, Clean Break and many others.

ZODWA NYONI

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Zodwa is a playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).

She was part of the Manchester Royal Exchange’s New Stages writing initiative and participated in the 2015 iWrite Regional New Writing Initiative with Creative England.  She is currently under commission at London’s Kiln Theatre.

Work includes: ODE TO LEEDS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); WEATHERED ESTATES (City of Culture 2017/Hull University); BORDERLINE (Young Vic ‘5 Plays’ season); SISTER (Ilkley &  Beverley Literature Festivals);  NINE LIVES (Leeds Studio – UK Tour, Oran Mor & West Yorkshire Playhouse); BOI BOI IS DEAD (a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre); A LETTER TO YOU (Manchester Royal Exchange); TANGLED ROOTS (Trinity Arts & DePaul University, Chicago); COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (Paines Plough, Drum Theatre, Plymouth and WYP); THE NIGHT SHIFT (Young Writers’ Scheme, WYP / BBC Writer’s Room) and THE POVO DIE TILL FREEDOM COMES (Square Chapel & The Bush Theatre).

Radio includes: Love Again – Sonnets in the City (read by Maxine Peake – BBC / BBC Philharmonic).

 

 

ALEXANDRA WOOD

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Alexandra is a London-based playwright. An extract from her new musical, MAMMOTH, written with composer Matthew Herbert, will be presented at BEAM2018 in March.

Her new English translation of Manfred Karge’s MAN TO MAN (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe) toured the UK and ended in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2017.

Her plays include THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough); AGES (Old Vic New Voices);  MERIT (Plymouth Drum); THE INITIATE (Paines Plough, winner of a Scotsman Fringe First); THE EMPTY QUARTER (Hampstead); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS (Young Vic/ART); THE CENTRE (Islington Community Theatre); UNBROKEN (Gate); THE LION’S MOUTH (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); THE ELEVENTH CAPITAL (Royal Court) and the radio play TWELVE YEARS (BBC Radio 4).

Short plays include POPE’S GROTTO (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From), MY NAME IS TANIA HEAD (Decade/Headlong) and work for the Royal Court, Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford College, Dry Write, nabokov and curious directive.

Alexandra is a past winner of the George Devine Award and was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough in 2013.

LINDA BROUGHTON (Nancy Astor)

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Linda voices Nancy Astor. The American heiress that becomes the first female MP to take her seat in 1919.

Theatre credits include:

The Abbess, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Shakespeare’s Globe); Kathleen, HOME (Arcola); Grace, PURPLE HEART (Gate Theatre); Mrs Bryant, ROOTS (Mercury Colchester); Marie in A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Nottingham Playhouse); Marie in 2ND MAY 1997 (The Bush);  Avdotya in IVANOV (Wyndham’s Theatre); Third Lady & Nurse in THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse); Clara in SNOWBOUND (Trafalgar Studios, London); Gertrude in HAMLET (The Factory); Jean in I LIKE MINE WITH A KISS (The Bush); Esther in THE SAFARI PARTY (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Mrs Sarti in THE LIFE OF GALILEO, Ann Putnam and Sarah Good in THE CRUCIBLE, Heather in RACING DEMON, Gwenda in ABSENCE OF WAR AND MURMURING JUDGES (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Sylvia in BALLROOM FOR DE LE WARR PAVILLION (Tour); Pam in HOXTON STORY (The Red Room);  Miss Prism in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (Southwark Playhouse); NORTHANGER ABBEY; FORTY YEARS ON (The Northcott Theatre, Exeter); SUGAR DOLLIES (Gate Theatre); MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); ROOKERY NOOK for (Greenwich Theatre); SMALL POPPIES (Young Vic); MACBETH (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Linda has also appeared in repertory seasons at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow; Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Television credits include:  DOCTOR WHO; HOLBY CITY: DOCTORS; WAKING THE DEAD; CASUALTY; PAUL MERTON: DOES CHINA EXIST?; HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES; FIST OF FUN; CHANDLER AND CO.; ROUGHNECKS; KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU AND A DARK ADAPTED EYE (BBC); CARRIE AND BARRY; MEN BEHAVING BADLY (Hartswood Films); WYCLIFFE (H.T.V.); EXPERT WITNESS (L.W.T.); THE BILL (Thames Television); FIRM FRIENDS (Zenith); HOW WE USED TO LIVE (Yorkshire Television).

Linda’s film credits include:

BABEL (GMH Films Ltd); BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Working Title); SLIDING DOORS (Sliding Doors Productions); WATCH THAT MAN (Luna Pictures).

NANCY CARROLL (Elizabeth Villiers)

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Nancy voices Elizabeth Villiers. A key player in William and Mary’s court, childhood friend of the latter and lover of the former. Sent away in disgrace with her reputation in tatters, she is thrust into marriage with George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney and finds a happy equilibrium at Cliveden Estate.

Theatre credits include: YOUNG MARX (Bridge Theatre); WOYZECK (The Old Vic); MODERATE SOPRANO (The Hampstead Theatre); CLOSER; THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Donmar Warehouse); THE MAGISTRATE; AFTER THE DANCE; MAN OF MODE; THE ENCHANTMENT; THE FALSE SERVANT; THE TALKING CURE; THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE (National Theatre); HOUSE OF GAMES; KING LEAR; WASTE (Almeida); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMS (Sheffield Crucible); ARCADIA (Duke of York’s); AS YOU LIKE IT; HENRY IV PARTS I & II; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE WINTER’S TALE; TWELFTH NIGHT (RSC); COWARD, COCKTAILS AND CABARET; THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING (Chichester Festival Theatre); HAMLET (Bristol Old Vic); MAMMALS (Bush Theatre); SEE HOW THEY RUN (Duchess Theatre); STILL LIFE/ASTONISHED HEART (Liverpool Playhouse); YOU NEVER CAN TELL (Garrick Theatre)

Television credits include: FATHER BROWN SERIES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6; CALL THE WIDWIFE; HOLBY CITY; SILENT WITNESS; DOCTORS; DALZIEL AND PASCOE; HOLBY; CAMBRIDGE SPIES (BBC 1); FATHER BROWN SERIES 5 (BBC Birmingham); PRIME SUSPECT 1973; WORDS OF THE TITANIC; LEWIS (ITV); WILL (TNT); THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER (Hat Trick Productions); MIDSOMER MURDERS SERIES VIII & XII (Bentley Productions); THE BILL (Thames)

Film credits include: THE GATHERING STORM (BBC Films); IRIS (Miramax); AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Ideal Film Co.)

VIVIENNE GIBBS (Princess Augusta)

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Vivienne voices Princess Augusta.  The wife of the heir to the throne, and adored by the public as their future queen. One half of a darling couple, beloved by their people.

Theatre: JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough); TREASURE ISLAND (National Theatre Studio); SELLOTAPE SISTERS (CHAPTER 2); BLOOD CARMEN (Moving Theatre and Théâtre Ephémèride); THE LAST CURIOSITY (Young Vic); THE NATURE OF THINGS (Curved Space at The Place); LONG TOOTH (Gilded Balloon); SPLENDOUR (Cobden Club); THIS PROPERTY ID CONDEMNED; THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (Occam’s Razor); ELEPHANT MAN (Sincera, Brazil tour), UBU ROI (BAC); MUD; LA ENTREVISTA (Arcola Theatre); MARTINE MCCUTCHEON NEEDS ME (Soho Theatre). Vivienne is proud to be one of the many arts professionals who volunteer their time and talents to the renowned children’s mentoring theatre charity, Scene and Heard.

TV: MARCELLA (ITV, Netflix); COMEDY LAB (C4).

Radio: HAMLET.

Film: 23 BELMONT PARK; ACT OF GOD; ATONEMENT; RABBIT FEVER.

VICTORIA HAMILTON (Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland)

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Victoria voices Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland. The Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria and an ardent campaigner for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights.

Theatre includes: ALBION (Almeida); LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Royal Court); TWELFTH NIGHT (Donmar Warehouse/Wyndham’s Theatre); ONCE IN A LIFETIME; SUMMERFOLK; MONEY (National Theatre); SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Donmar Warehouse/UK Tour); SWEET PANIC (West End); A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Roundabout Theatre, New York/West End); HOME & BEAUTY (West End); THE COUNTRY WIFE; AS YOU LIKE IT (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); KING LEAR; THE PROVOKED WIFE; THE SEAGULL (Old Vic); TROILUS AND CRESSIDA; AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC); THE MASTER BUILDER (West End); RETREAT; MEMORANDUM (Orange Tree Theatre).

Television includes: THE CROWN; DOCTOR WIFE; OUR EX-WIFE; THE CIRCUIT; CALL THE MIDWIFE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL; THE GAME; WHAT REMAINS; TOAST; LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD; TIME OF YOUR LIFE; TRIAL & RETRIBUTION; WIDE SARGASSO SEA; THE SHELL SEEKERS; A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY; JERICHO; SPINE CHILLERS; TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; THE BRONTES; GOODBYE MR CHIPS; BABY FATHER – I & II; VICTORIA & ALBERT; THE SAVAGES; KING LEAR; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; PERSUASION; PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Film includes: FRENCH; SCOOP; BEFORE YOU GO; MANSFIELD PARK.

 

 

Recruitment: Trainee Administrator

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We’re recruiting! Are you passionate about theatre and new writing? Looking to put your expert organisational skills to work? Come and join Team PP! 

In collaboration with the brilliant Creative Access, we’re looking to find a bright and talented Trainee Administrator to support day to day administration of the company.

You’ll be joining PP from July for 9 months and will have the chance to work across projects such as Roundabout in Edinburgh and on tour, small-scale touring and lots of other bespoke projects.

You can find the full job description and application information on the Creative Access website.

Learn more about PP here.

You can find out more about Creative Access here.

The application deadline is 17 June with a start date of 02 July.

Please note, this traineeship is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background.

SEA WALL is back

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Andrew Scott. Photo: Kevin Cummins.

We’re delighted to announce the return of our landmark production SEA WALL by Simon Stephens starring Andrew Scott.

SEA WALL is directed by our Joint Artistic Director George and stars one of the world’s great stage actors Andrew Scott, fresh from his lauded Hamlet in the West End.

SEA WALL was last seen at the National Theatre in 2013, and Dublin International Festival in 2015. It returns for just 14 performances at The Old Vic from 18 – 30 June. Tickets are on sale here.

We’re delighted to be part of the Old Vic’s 200th birthday celebrations and can’t wait to share SEA WALL with the world again. Here’s what the press had to say last time out:

George said: “It’s an honour to bring Simon’s exquisite play and Andrew’s virtuosic performance to the Old Vic – the first London stage I directed on. I’m thrilled that with the Old Vic, Paines Plough is able to make new writing of this quality accessible to so many people.”

Andrew Scott said: “I’m so excited to return to The Old Vic. Sea Wall, to my mind, is a stunning piece of writing, and the idea of performing Simon’s beautiful play in this most magical of theatres makes me really happy. Thanks Matthew for having us. I hope The Old Vic audiences will love the play as much as I do.”

Simon Stephens said: “This news has just about made my summer. The collaboration with George Perrin and Andrew Scott on Sea Wall is as special as any collaboration in my working life. The idea that we can bring our work to a theatre as magical and magnificent as The Old Vic quite fills my heart and blows my mind.” 

Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic Artistic Director, said: “I’m so delighted that Andrew is joining us in this very special Bicentenary Season. There are just 14 performances for audiences to catch one of the world’s most mesmeric actors in this stunning short play by the great Simon Stephens.”

Keep scrolling to read about the SEA WALL team.

Andrew Scott’s theatre credits include Hamlet (Almeida & West End); The Dazzle (Found111); Cock; A Girl in a Car with a Man (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Birdland, Dying City, Crave, Playing The Victim (Royal Court); 50 Years on Stage, Emperor, Galilean and Aristocrats (National Theatre); Design for Living, Dublin Carol (The Old Vic); The Vertical Hour (Broadway); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre/Traverse Theatre/National Theatre); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Spirit of Life Award Winner) (Gate Theatre); Six Characters in search of an Author; A Woman of No Importance; The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey Theatre Dublin).

Film credits include Spectre; Jimmy’s Hall; Victor Frankenstein; Locke; Pride (BIFA Best Supporting Actor); Denial; Swallows and Amazons; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Stag; Handsome Devil; Steel Country; Saving Private Ryan; The Duel; Korea; Nora; Dead Bodies (IFTA Best Actor in a Lead Role).

Television credits include Sherlock (BAFTA Best Supporting Actor; IFTA Best Supporting TV Actor), The Hollow Crown, The Town, The Hour, John Adams, Band of Brothers, My Life in Film, Longitude, Lennon Naked and Legacy.

Andrew has twice won the BBC Audio Drama award for his work on radio.

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright.

Theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Fatherland (Manchester International Festival 2017 / Lyric & LIFT Festival 2018); Heisenberg (West End); Obsession (Barbican/Toneelgroep Amsterdam); The Seagull, Herons, Morning, Three Kingdoms, A Thousand Stars that Explode in the Sky and Punk Rock – winner 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production (Lyric Hammersmith); The Cherry Orchard, I Am The Wind (Young Vic); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Almeida Theatre); Nuclear War, Birdland, Wastwater – winner 2011 Theater Heute’s Award, Motortown – winner 2007 Theater Heute’s Award, Country Music, Herons, Bluebird (Royal Court); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Winner Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play (National Theatre /Apollo /Gielgud /Barrymore Theatre, Broadway); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke Of York’s); Pornography – winner 2008 Theater Heute’s Award (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre); Sea Wall (Bush); Harper Regan, Port – winner 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play (Royal Exchange/National Theatre) and On The Shore Of The Wide World ­- winner 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play (Royal Exchange).

Film and television credits include: Dive, Pornography and Cargese. Radio credits include: Five Letters Home to Elizabeth and Digging. Simon is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court.

George Perrin is the Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough and was formerly Joint Artistic Director of nabokov. His previous directing credits for Paines Plough include Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris, Growth by Luke Norris, I Got Superpowers for my Birthday by Katie Douglas (Roundabout / Edinburgh Festival Fringe / National Tour), Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe (National and International Tour / Barrow Street Theater, New York / HBO), Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, The Human Ear and The Initiate by Alexandra Wood, Our Teacher’s a Troll by Dennis Kelly (Roundabout / Edinburgh Festival Fringe / National Tour), Not the Worst Place by Sam Burns (Sherman Cymru / Theatr Clwyd), Sea Wall by Simon Stephens (Bush Theatre / Dublin Theatre Festival / National Theatre Shed), Good with People by David Harrower (59East59 Theatres New York / Traverse Theatre / Oran Mor), London by Simon Stephens (National Tour), Sixty Five Miles by Matt Hartley (Hull Truck), The 8th by Che Walker and Paul Heaton (Latitude Festival/ Barbican / Manchester International Festival / National Tour), Dig by Katie Douglas (Oran Mor / National Tour) and Juicy Fruits by Leo Butler (Oran Mor / National Tour), House of Agnes by Levi David Addai, The Dirt Under the Carpet by Rona Munro, Crazy Love by Che Walker, My Little Heart Dropped in Coffee by Duncan Macmillan and Babies by Katie Douglas.

Playwright Fellow: Charley Miles

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We’re delighted to announce our Playwright Fellow for 2018 is Charley Miles. Charley will spend a year on attachment at PPHQ.

Our Artistic Directors James and George said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Charley to Paines Plough as this year’s Playwright Fellow. We were wowed by Charley’s extraordinary debut play BLACKTHORN which immediately confirmed her as a writer of thrilling imagination, astonishing insight and rare dramatic instinct. It is our great privilege to have the opportunity to work with the very best British playwrights at the start of their careers through the playwright Fellowship, and following in the footsteps of Nathan Bryon and Sam Steiner, we are truly excited about Charley as a major voice of the future.

We’d like to thank Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and an Anonymous Paines Plough alumnus playwright for their financial support of the Fellowship. Without them it would not be possible. In straightened financial times for theatre, the foresight and generosity of passionate people in supporting the future of British playwriting is absolutely vital, and we are hugely grateful for it.”

Charley added:

“I’m so excited to be joining Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow this year. As a playwright that was born, raised and still living in an isolated area, companies that make work to tour rurally, reaching those often overlooked communities, hold a very dear place in my heart. I have always found Paines Plough, their work, and their gorgeous Roundabout space to be so inspiring, and hope the attachment will bring ever more inspiration.”

Full biography:

Charley Miles is a playwright from North Yorkshire.

Her debut play, BLACKTHORN, was produced in 2016 and went on to become a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award in New York in 2017. She was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2017, and has recently written plays for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Royal Court, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Her original television drama, IN MEMORIUM, is in development with Buccaneer Media.

The Playwright Fellowship programme is part of our writer development programme The Big Room. You can read more about that here.

 

Recruitment: Festival Team

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Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

Team PP is packing up and moving to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre lovers to help us deliver a packed programme of shows in our beautiful pop-up theatre Roundabout. Once again this August Roundabout will be in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall housing a season of extraordinary work in a thrilling 360-degree setting.

Roundabout will host more than 200 performances over 26 days with over 30,000 available tickets for 300 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. Roundabout is the place to be at EdFringe 2018. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to join our Festival Team and work across two roles for the duration of the festival. These are:

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

Working in the Festival Team is flexible so would suit students living in Edinburgh, anyone who might be working on their own shows at the fringe – whatever brings you to the festival we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage all team members to see as much as possible whilst at the festival, and offer shifts at varying times to allow this.

“You really are the loveliest venue at the fringe. You enhanced my fringe experience, my shifts were good and being given different timed shifts made it great to see all shows over the month…You just create a really relaxed and friendly environment, which is so productive in enhancing an audiences experience. I’d recommend you to anyone wanting to work for a company at fringe next year.”  Natasha Ravenscroft, Festival Team member 2017

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Hasan Dixon performs Black Mountain by Brad Birch. Photo: The Other Richard.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The venue is open to the public 1-26 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 4 and 5 hours, and will be available between 10:30am and 1am each day, depending on your position and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during this period as dictated by our rota.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £7.83.

Additional benefits of working as part of Paines Plough’s Festival Team include:

  • Training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 140 shows.
  • Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“Summerhall’s 2017 programme was as eclectic and invigorating as we’ve come to expect over the past few years, and nowhere more so than in the Paines Plough Roundabout; it’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.” The Stage

“Paines Plough’s travelling Roundabout Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” The List

“Summerhall has effectively rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work at the festival.” The Stage

Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.
Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.

WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?

Visitor Services

  • Welcoming audience members into Roundabout, including assisting any patrons with access needs.
  • Taking tickets and seating audience members.
  • Assisting with the set up for accessible performances.
  • Managing latecomers.
  • Selling merchandise.
  • Updating any signage and maintaining the appearance of the site.
  • Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
  • Talking to the public about the shows.
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews.
  • Watching the Roundabout productions so you can confidently promote the shows when flyering.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Experience in a customer services role.
  • An ability to work independently with the stamina to keep going at the world’s most vibrant arts festival.
  • Extremely friendly, enthusiastic and comfortable with talking to anyone.
  • An interest in and passion for theatre, performance and visual arts.
  • Natural ability to think on your feet and use initiative.

Desirable

  • Front of House experience.
  • Street Team experience.
  • An understanding of Fringe audiences and how the festival operates, even if you have not previously attended.

“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people…my Edinburgh experience was a lot of fun, largely due to everyone I met working with Paines Plough. It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.” Rory Horne, Festival Team member 2016-17

 

TO APPLY

To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or problems just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Charlotte an email on charlotte@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 12 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be Tuesday 31 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

In order to apply we require all applicants to have a UK bank account and required visas to work within the UK. Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.