Exciting times at PPHQ. We’re on the search for a talented new Administration and Finance Manager to join Team PP within a new core team structure from January 2019. We’re looking for someone with excellent administrative and financial skills to support our busy programme of work. Someone who is highly motivated and passionate about new plays and touring.
You’ll be joining Team PP in our London office and will occasionally find yourself on trains up and down the UK seeing our work on tour.
Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.
Who are we looking for?
The Administration and Finance Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Paines Plough’s financial, administrative and HR processes. They provide vital administrative and financial support across the programme of work, whilst leading on all financial reporting, reconciliation and systems.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of employees based in London. They will have a passion for new plays and touring and experience of working in an administrative and finance role. Training and support will be provided for the right candidate if required.
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We are very excited to announce the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 27 September at Royal & Derngate Northampton!
Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.
Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Northampton to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.
Come To Where I’m From is supported by Generate: Royal & Derngate’s Artist Development.
Subika is an Actor and Playwright. Subika studied Creative Writing and English Language. She has developed scripts with various theatre companies including Tamasha, The Roundhouse, Curve Theatre, Royal and Derngate and Paines Plough. Her play STATELESS was produced by Kali Theatre and her play PRINCESS SUFFRAGETTE was produced by London Grey and Green Theatre. Subika has also written and performed a solo show DIVIDED at the Camden People’s Theatre which received Arts Council Funding and went on a local tour.
Subika is currently performing at The National Theatre in JULIE and has previously worked with Soul City Arts, Phizzical Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre and New Perspectives Theatre.
Louise works as an actor and journalist. She is an alumnus of the Royal Court Playwriting course. Her first play, POPE JOAN, was commissioned and produced by the NYT in August 2013. She cowrote and produced The Charles Dickens Show, a children’s history chat-show for the BBC. Her work as an actor includes Molly Hooper in SHERLOCK, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, CLIQUE, BACK, GOMORRAH, RIPPER STREET and BLEAK HOUSE. On stage she has appeared in CONSTELLATIONS (West End), HUSBANDS AND SONS (National Theatre), UNCLE VANYA (Sir Peter Hall for ETT), MISS JULIE (Citizens Theatre), THE HERD (Bush), TROJAN WOMEN (Gate) and ARCADIA (Bristol Old Vic).
DC Moore is a Northampton-born writer who wrote the 2015 BAFTA award winning comedy drama series, NOT SAFE FOR WORK (Channel 4 / Clerkenwell Films). He is currently working on an original series called CROMWELL for ITV (Playground Entertainment) and an adaptation of J.G.Ballard’s novel SUPER CANNES (Bonafide Films). He also recently worked on the second series of KILLING EVE (Sid Gentle/BBC America). In 2016 he won the Best Long Form Drama award at the Writers’ Guild Awards, and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Writer for Not Safe For Work. He has also been nominated in the Breakthrough Talent category at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2016. For Theatre, DC MOORE was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011 for THE EMPIRE for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Royal Court) and won the TMA Award for Best Touring Production for the same play. ANOTHER PLACE was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards. His plays include include ALASKA (Royal Court), THE EMPIRE (Royal Court and Drum Theatre, Plymouth), TOWN (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), HONEST (Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre), THE SWAN (as part of Double Feature – National Theatre, Paintframe), STRAIGHT (Sheffield Theatres and Bush Theatre), ANOTHER PLACE (Drum Theatre, Plymouth) and COMMON (National Theatre).
Robin Soans is an actor, and a playwright specialising in verbatim and documentary plays and radio drama. These works include FROM A GREAT HEIGHT (2018); ONE TURBULENT AMBASSADOR (2012); ACROSS THE DIVIDE (2007); A STATE AFFAIR (2000) which looked at life on a Bradford estate, produced by Out of Joint theatre company; THE ARAB ISRAELI COOKBOOK (Gate Theatre 2004); TALKING TO TERRORISTS (Out of Joint theatre company and Royal Court Theatre); LIFE AFTER SCANDAL (Hampstead Theatre); and CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE (Out of Joint theatre company, National Theatre Wales, Arcola Theatre, and Sherman Cymru). Other plays include BET NOIR (Young Vic 1986); SINNERS AND SAINTS (The Croydon Warehouse) and WILL AND TESTAMENT (The Oval House).
Sad times at PPHQ as we bid farewell to our Marketing & Audience Development Manager Jack who is leaving Team PP after two and a half years to join the National Theatre.
If you read our newsletters and social feeds, that’s Jack. If you’ve been to see any of our shows, Jack will have had something to do with enticing you there. Pretty much anything we put out into the world, Jack will have had a big hand in, as well as spearheading our strategic audience development projects nationwide. He has been an integral and invaluable member of Team PP. He’s also made some decent Taste Tuesdays and been magnanimous in heavy defeat in the PP Fantasy Football League, so we will miss him very much.
We’re thrilled, though, that he’s off to the NT to work on their Theatre Nation Partnerships project. All best wishes Jack. You can follow Jack on his new adventure on Twitter @JackHeat_On.
And as if by magic, hello to our new Marketing & Audience Development Officer Jo.
Jo joins PP having worked as PR Assistant for Mobius Industries at the Edinburgh Fringe and at Leicester Square Theatre as Marketing and Administrative Assistant.
Jo is a member of the Poor Michelle creative team, and recently led as creative producer on their first community project, DECADE. She also produced THICK SKIN, which was performed as a Paines Plough LATER at Roundabout, Summerhall in 2017. Prior to this she acted as Production Assistant on The 42nd Theatre Company’s FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR.
Jo graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (European) in 2016, having spent a year in Berlin, where she acted as Assistant Director for an international community theatre project. She regularly volunteers for Touretteshero, and has worked as a CSA in both House Management and in the Learning Department at the National Theatre.
Jo writes, is a keen cyclist and is trying her hand at intermediate-level vegetarian cooking (we look forward to her Taste Tuesday debut). She is also a self-professed Instagram addict.
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 experiencewill 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
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 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 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 iWriteRegional 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 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)
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)
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)
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).
Film: 23 BELMONT PARK; ACT OF GOD; ATONEMENT; RABBIT FEVER.
VICTORIA HAMILTON (Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland)
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.
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.”
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 includeSpectre; 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 includeSherlock (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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
We’re also welcoming some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new writing companies and playwrights to Roundabout. Our Associate Company Middle Child return with an all new theatre gig ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol, Boundless Theatre present musical comedy DRIP by Tom Wells, Olivier Award winning Sherman Theatre present Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. Ed Edwards’ THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic of the 80s with great anger and wit, and we’re thrilled that Fringe First winners Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will join forces for SQUARE GO, a raucous story of playground violence deconstructing myths of masculinity.
Also in our programme we’re thrilled to welcome our newly announced Playwright Fellow for 2018 Charley Miles with her Susan Smith Blackburn nominated debut play BLACKTHORN. Written on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse, BLACKTHORN is a touching exploration of growing up in a North Yorkshire village.
We’ll be welcoming back old friends Dirty Protest as Alan Harris’ SUGAR BABY returns with tales of Cardiff drug dealer Marc and Billy the Seal. After last year’s sell-out run and numerous awards Middle Child’s ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes returns for one week only.
Our LATER programme returns with an eclectic mix of electric new work from the very best companies, comedians, musicians and more throughout the Fringe so keep an eye on our social channels for announcements.”
A Middle Child production ONE LIFE STAND
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood
When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing.
Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse BLACKTHORN By Charley Miles
‘What you think’s a completely different plant on ‘surface – it’s all from the same roots.’
The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite production in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK By Ed Edwards
‘The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’
The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Shot through with home truths about the road to recovery this is an epic love song to a lost generation.
Get tickets for THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK here.
A Francesca Moody production SQUARE GO By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair
Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. This is an unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run.
Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.
Tremor is the world premiere production from the Olivier Award-winning Regional Theatre of the Year. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) explores how society chooses to live in a time riddled with tension, anxiety and division.
A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production DRIP Words by Tom Wells Music by Matthew Robins
A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.
‘Matthew Robins’ music and Wells’ lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).
A Dirty Protest production SUGAR BABY By Alan Harris
Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest.
A Middle Child production ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING By Luke Barnes Music by James Frewer
Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show.
‘Superb gig theatre’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).
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