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

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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.

 

 

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.

 

Roundabout @ Summerhall 2018

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Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

We’re delighted to announce the full programme for Roundabout @ Summerhall.

Our Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin said today:

“We’re proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2018, packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our Roundabout rep features three world premieres:  Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire STICKS AND STONES, Simon Longman’s beautiful, elegiac ISLAND TOWN and Georgia Christou’s rip-roaring adventure through space HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

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.”

Tickets are on sale now from EdFringe and Summerhall.

Keep scrolling to read about the whole programme:

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
By Georgia Christou

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What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Get tickets for HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN here.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
By Vinay Patel

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“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Get tickets for STICKS AND STONES here.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
By Simon Longman

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Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right?

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG; Royal Court, MILKED; Pentabus Theatre Company).

Get tickets for ISLAND TOWN here.

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A Middle Child production
ONE LIFE STAND
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood

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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.

Get tickets for ONE LIFE STAND here.

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An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse
BLACKTHORN
By Charley Miles

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‘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.

Get tickets for BLACKTHORN here.

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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

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‘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.

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A Francesca Moody production
SQUARE GO
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair

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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.

Get tickets for SQUARE GO here.

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A Sherman Theatre production
TREMOR
By Brad Birch

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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.

Get tickets for TREMOR here.

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A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production
DRIP
Words by Tom Wells
Music by Matthew Robins

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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).

Get tickets for DRIP here.

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A Dirty Protest production
SUGAR BABY
By Alan Harris

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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.

‘The packed audience loves it’ ★★★★ (Scotsman).

‘Theatrical tour de force’ ★★★★ (Times).

Get tickets for SUGAR BABY here.

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A Middle Child production
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING
By Luke Barnes
Music by James Frewer

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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).

Get tickets for ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING here.

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Roundabout 2018: Meet the team

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Team Roundabout. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

We’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Roundabout 2018. Here’s what James and George had to say:

“We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up ROUNDABOUT.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Here’s what Roundabout 2018 Director Stef said:

“It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Keeping scrolling to meet the team working on Roundabout. You can find tickets for our run in Wales here.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale throughout the year, keep an eye on the venue’s websites for details.

TOUR

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry

13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

19-22 September Margate

26-29 September Lighthouse Poole

04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite

18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

 

THE ACTORS:

CHARLOTTE O’LEARY 

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Charlotte O’Leary. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Charlotte Trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas.

Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

KATHERINE PEARCE

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Katherine Pearce. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Katherine trained at The Royal Welsh College.

Katherine’s theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith).

Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC).

Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

JACK WILKINSON

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Jack Wilkinson. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Jack trained at Drama Centre London.

Theatre includes: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre.

TV: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect).

Film: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

Radio: CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR (BBC).

THE DIRECTORS:

STEF O’DRISCOLL 

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Stef O’Driscoll. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith.

For Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest.

For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude).

For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

BALISHA KARRA 

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Balisha Karra. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts).

Trainee Assistant Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation).

Assistant Director: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Nowël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme).

Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).

THE WRITERS:

GEORGIA CHRISTOU

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Georgia Christou. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

SIMON LONGMAN 

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Simon Longman. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Simon from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us last year. You can listen to Simon’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

VINAY PATEL 

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Vinay Patel. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Vinay from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us in 2016. You can listen to Vinay’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End Awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the  BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

CREATIVE TEAM: 

We’re delighted to be able to reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Carroll-Jones.

PETER SMALL (Lighting)

Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Website: www.pslightingdesign.com

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound Design)

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).

Website: www.sounddesigndom.com

JENNIFER JACKSON (Movement)

Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of BRIGHTON ROCK.

Website: www.jenniferjackson.net

SIMON CARROLL-JONES (Movement Associate)

Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle).

Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School.

As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath
Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House.

Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre.

Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Website: www.simonjonestheatremaker.com

STAGE MANAGEMENT:

Two Roundabout stalwarts return to us this year. Caitlin O’Reilly will be our CSM after working on Roundabout in 2016 and Wesley Hughes will be our TSM after being part of the crew that builds and maintains Roundabout for the last few years.

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You can keep up with Roundabout by following #RoundaboutPP on Twitter.

I WANNA BE YOURS: Meet the team

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Zia Ahmed, Anna Himali Howard, Emily Stott and Assad Zaman. Photo: Helen Murray.

We’re delighted to announce the cast of Zia Ahmed’s debut play I WANNA BE YOURS.

Meet Emily Stott and Assad Zaman! Emily will play Ella – an actress from Yorkshire while Assad will play Haseeb – a poet from London.

I WANNA BE YOURS is co-produced with Tamasha and will tour North Yorkshire with Rural Arts on the CREATE Tour. Full dates here.

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Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

Meet in the middle. Meet the parents. Meet the friends. Meet the aunties. They say opposites attract, but can they stay together?

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from slam poetry champion Zia Ahmed.

I WANNA BE YOURS was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

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Writer: Zia Ahmed. Photo: Helen Murray.

I WANNA BE YOURS is written by Zia Ahmed.

We first worked with Zia in 2016 when, alongside Tamasha, we commissioned him to write a short play about where he calls home, North West London, for our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series. The short play which was performed at Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre) in summer that year. It moved us in such a way that we knew we had to work with Zia again.

Zia joined us on attachment through the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme in 2017. During this time he developed his first full length play – I WANNA BE YOURS.

You can listen to Zia perform his short audio play LAH-DI-DAH here. It’s also available on our free app alongside 160 other short audio plays about home. Download here.

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion.

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Director: Anna Himali Howard. Photo: Helen Murray.

I WANNA BE YOURS is directed by Anna Himali Howard.

PP fans will know Anna for her work on I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas, GROWTH by Luke Norris and LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris in 2016. Anna was our Trainee Director that year and worked as Assistant Director on all three shows.

This year she directed our collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn. ALBATROSS played in Cardiff and transferred to The Gate for a sold out run.

Anna is also a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. Her work includes:

Director: ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).

Theatremaker: MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016)

Associate Director: FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour).

Assistant Director: OTHELLO, dir. Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe), IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) by Nina Segal, dir. Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

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Ella: Emily Stott. Photo: Helen Murray.

Emily trained at The Oxford School of Drama.

Credits include: GLITTER PUNCH (VAULT Festival); THE KITCHEN SINK (Oldham Coliseum); INSIDE PUSSY RIOT (Saatchi Gallery/Les Enfants Terribles); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Watermill Theatre); PANCAKE DAY (PLAY Theatre Company/The Bunker Theatre); EARLY DOORS; ELECTRIC EDEN (Not Too Tame/UK Tour); THE SUBTERRANEAN SEASON (PLAY Theatre Company/VAULT Festival) and THE SELFISH GIANT (Arcola).

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Haseeb: Assad Zaman. Photo: Helen Murray.

Assad trained at the Manchester School of Theatre.

Theatre credits include: CORIOLANUS (RSC/Barbican); SALOME (RSC); ARMS AND THE MAN (Watford Palace); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT¹S DREAM (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich); EAST IS EAST National Tour (Jamie Lloyd Productions/ATG); BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS (National Theatre, London); BEATS NORTH (Northern Stage/Curious Monkey); TYNE (Live Theatre and Theatre Royal Newcastle); GRIM TALES (Northern Stage).

Television credits include: APPLE TREE YARD (Kudos for BBC1); CUCUMBER (Red Productions for Channel 4).

Assad can also be heard voicing Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed book, “The Boy With The Topknot”.

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We’re delighted to be joined by Jennifer Jackson and Kieran Lucas who work on Movement and Sound Design respectively.

Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: Brighton Rock (Pilot Theatre), Parliament Square (The Bush & Royal Exchange), Our Town (Royal Exchange), The Mountaintop (The Young Vic), Out of Love/ Black Mountain/ How to be a Kid (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), Kika’s Birthday (Orange Tree Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate), The Ugly One (The Park 90), Phone Home (Shoreditch Town Hall), Why The Whales Came (Southbank Centre), Stone Face (Finborough Theatre), Debris (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), Macbeth (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Silent Planet (Finborough), Pericles (Berwaldhallen), The Future (The Yard/ Company Three), Other-Please Specify, Atoms (Company Three).

Check her work out here.

Kieran is a London based sound designer and theatre-maker and founding member of Barrel Organ. Kieran has worked with various theatre companies and venues including the Young Vic, the RSC, the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and The Yard as a sound designer, musician, composer, technician, stage-manager and performer as well as creating and devising his own work.

Check his work out here.

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You can catch I WANNA BE YOURS on a tour of North Yorkshire next week. Full dates here.

Open Auditions: London & Mold

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Wednesday 09 May, 10.30am – 5.30pm @ The Actors Centre, London, WC2H 9NP 

Wednesday 13 June, 10.30am – 5.30pm @ Theatr Clwyd, Mold, CH7 1YA

We’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writingYou can apply from now until 10am on 13 April. 

We will be seeing 180 actors in London, with the 90 slots being filled randomly from the pool of applicants. For auditions at Theatr Clwyd we will be seeing 60 actors (in 30 slots) and preference will first be given to those living within 50 miles of Mold, with any remaining slots being allocated at random. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

  • Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs. Make sure you only apply once as any duplicates (even if it’s with different partners) will be automatically excluded.
  • Register by filling in this form by 10am on Friday 13 April. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance.
  • If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Monday 16 April with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
  • If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
  • Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
  • On the day, all you need is your Spotlight or CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

  • If you have auditioned for Paines Plough before (either at an Open Audition or as part of casting for a specific show), unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
  • To give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, we only accept applications from actors so, if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
  • Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
  • If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
  • We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
  • Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
  • We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions.
  • Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at office@painesplough.com if you’re not sure about anything.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs