COME TO WHERE I’M FROM 10th Anniversary Gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To download:

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

Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS! Transfers to Southwark Playhouse

We are delighted to announce that Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS! will transfer to Southwark Playhouse in the new year, and will run from 16 January – 22 February 2020.

This production will once again be directed by former Paines Plough co-Artistic Director James Grieve.

YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is in co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, where it premiered in February 2019.

‘Sam Steiner makes us beam as the world burns… When everything is falling apart, in the world or in our own private apocalypses, this hilariously bleak show suggests it might just be alright, so long as there’s someone there to listen.’
★★★★
The Guardian

“I just think it’s, you know, important to look at the good things that are happening as well.”

Everything’s been falling apart for a while now. In a cramped, crumbling office four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. As the outside world disintegrates around them, Frances, Joey, Angie and Jon teeter on the edge of their own personal catastrophes. Their hopes and fears become entangled as they try, desperately, to connect with the callers and with each other.

YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is an urgent play from Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world.

Tickets from £14 – book here.

#YOUSTUPIDDARKNESS!

2019 trailer for YOU STUPID DARKNESS! by Sam Steiner, Video by goldcovideo.com

About SAM STEINER:

Sam is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester. His debut play, the award-wining LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS, was first produced by Walrus Theatre (a company he co-founded), and has subsequently been performed all over the world, in eight different languages. Since then Sam’s work on stage has included KANYE THE FIRST (HighTide) and most recently A TABLE TENNIS PLAY (Walrus Theatre) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Other pieces of Sam’s work have been showcased at the Royal Exchange, Soho, Southwark Playhouse, Sala Beckett in Barcelona, and the Cannes and London Film Festivals. He completed an attachment at Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow and holds an MA in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School. Sam is currently under commission at Paines Plough, and developing television and film projects with Euston North and Sunny March.

About JAMES GRIEVE:

James Grieve was Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough 2010-2019. He was formerly co-founder and Artistic Director of nabokov, and Associate Director of The Bush Theatre.

His forthcoming work includes GOD’S DICE by David Baddiel starring Alan Davies at Soho Theatre and a new production of CABARET for Gothenburg Opera in Sweden.

James’ directing credits for Paines Plough include YOU STUPID DARKNESS! by Sam Steiner, POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan, OUT OF LOVE by Elinor Cook, BLACK MOUNTAIN by Brad Birch, HOW TO BE A KID by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham, BROKEN BISCUITS and JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest, AN INTERVENTION and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by Mike Bartlett, FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones, TINY VOLCANOES by Laurence Wilson, YOU CANNOT GO FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW by David Watson, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN by Penelope Skinner and HAPPINESS by Nick Payne for BBC Radio 3. 

Further credits include the new musical THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd – Winner Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards 2018), a new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden, TRANSLATIONS (Sheffield Theatres / ETT / Rose – Winner Best Production, UK Theatre Awards 2014), 66 BOOKS: A NOBODY by Laura Dockrill, THE WHISKY TASTER by James Graham, ST PETERSBURG by Declan Feenan and PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY by Lucy Kirkwood (The Bush), ARTEFACTS by Mike Bartlett (nabokov/The Bush, National Tour & Off-Broadway); KITCHEN, BEDTIME FOR BASTARDS and NIKOLINA by Van Badham (nabokov), and the world premieres of OLD STREET by Patrick Marber (nabokov Arts Club) and THE LIST by David Eldridge (Arcola).

Cast and full creative team yet to be announced.

David Carlyle, Theatre Royal Plymouth, February 2019, Matt Austin

Open Auditions – Stratford East

Monday 21 October 2019, 9.00am – 7.00pm @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

No, you’re not having déjà vu – we’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing, this time in East London and the surrounding area. You can apply from now until midnight on Wednesday 02 October.

We will be seeing approximately 40 pairs of actors and preference will first be given to those living within 10 miles of Stratford East, 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.

You would be meeting Charlotte Bennett (Co-Artistic Director) and another member of the Paines Plough team, Bella Rodrigues (Senior Producer) from Theatre Royal Stratford East, and casting director Francesca Bradley from Priscilla John Casting.

Sound good? This is how to apply…

  • Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs. Make sure one person applies on behalf of the pair as any duplicates (even if it’s with different partners) will be automatically excluded.
  • Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 02 October. 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 Tuesday 08 October with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 11 October we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waiting list.
  • Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may 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.

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. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.
  • If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing emanpreet@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 emanpreet@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

Open Auditions Autumn 2019: Doncaster

Friday 04 October 2019, 3.00pm – 9.00pm @ Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.

We’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing, this time in Doncaster and the surrounding area. You can apply from now until midnight on Wednesday 18 September.

We will be seeing approximately 30 actors and preference will first be given to those living within 30 miles of Cast, 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…

Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 18 September. 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 Tuesday 24 September with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 27 September we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waitlist.

Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may 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 monologue from a play written in the last 15 years.

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. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.

If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing emanpreet@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 emanpreet@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

We are looking for a Marketing Placement

Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers through a programme called Insights.

As part of Insights we offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school courses at MA or BA level with practical work experience of a busy touring theatre company. Please see below for information on how to apply for our Autumn 2019 placement period.

“The passions for new writing and fostering new talent was there every single day … and it made the whole experience completely brilliant.”

Alice Rush, Production Placement, Spring 2018

OVERVIEW

Timeline
The Autumn placement period will run for 12 weeks from 09 September to 06 December 2019.

You will be at PPHQ three days per week, although this can be flexible depending on the placement and your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

During the autumn period we will require the marketing placement to support Team PP with inputting feedback forms that are crucial to our strategic projects ROUNDABOUT and our Small Scale Touring show I WANNA BE YOURS . The Marketing Placement will also support the Marketing and Audience Development Officer with planning our 2020 season announcement (under new artistic leadership).

Expenses
We cover travel expenses within London, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities if required on the road.

Content

As our Marketing Placement you will attain experience in: data entry, proof reading, copy writing, content generation, audience development, targeting audiences, using MailChimp, editing a website, briefing designers, creating a marketing pack and social media marketing.

As well as the work experience and training specific to your placement (see below), there will be opportunities to participate in company-wide training. Previously Placements have received training in:

  • Office skills and time management
  • Consultative selling
  • Data management
  • Tone and style
  • Budgets and accounting
  • Tour-booking
  • Networking
  • Public Speaking
  • Captioning
  • Creating design briefs

Previous placements at Paines Plough have gone on to work for companies such as: Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre of Scotland, Lyric Hammersmith, Les Enfants Terribles and Young Vic.

“I learnt a lot specifically about how Paines Plough goes about the marketing process for its shows in Edinburgh – from the admin side of things through to interviewing the playwrights, merchandising and social media. It was really interesting to see how PP goes about targeting different audiences for new writing, and how it not only markets the shows themselves but how they can work together, along with the image of PP’s Roundabout which is already a well-known Edinburgh venue, and how playing on the space itself can attract new audiences to the space and to the work.”

Anushka Chakravarti, Marketing Placement, Summer 2017

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to adam@painesplough.com

Application deadline:                   

19 August at 10am

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

Marketing Placement application pack

LATER programme 2019

Our Fringe 2019 culminates in a week-long festival of LATERs – one-off late-night shows from companies whose work we’re really into. They are: Just Club, Poor Michelle, Dirty Protest, The Wardrobe Ensemble and Pecs Drag Kings! Come on down – and yes, you can bring a pint in. All tickets are just £5 and available here: https://festival19.summerhall.co.uk/events/later/

MONDAY 19: Just Club: STANDING TOO CLOSE ON OUR OWN IN THE DARK

Standing Too Close on Our Own in the Dark is a gig-theatre event which is as vibrant and hopeful as it is melancholic – a romantic tragedy which sees its performer labour over a journal of original poetry and comedic monologue with encouragement from a live band. Part-gig, part-spoken word ramble, part-stand up set, Standing Too Close effervesces with the endearing awkwardness of early-20s social discomfort, delivering an abundance of pop-philosophy with live music, understated wit and a charming poet who waxes lyrical about the cosmos, bike locks and ex-girlfriends’ dads.

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 19 August

@JustClubTheatre

WEDNESDAY 21: Poor Michelle: VIOLET by Bebe Sanders

“There’s no bullshit with Violet. She’ll say something blunt like, ‘life can be lonely’ and I’ll be like, ‘yeah it can’ and that’s it. Then we just crack on. It’s nice”

From new playwright Bebe Sanders and award-winning company Poor Michelle, Violet is a new play about human connection and inter-generational friendships. It quietly explores themes of mental health, dementia, and loneliness without forgetting the often funny and absurd moments of ordinary life.

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date:  21 August

@poormichelle_

THURSDAY 22: Dirty Protest: IF THAT MAKES ME A BITCH, OK.

Six of Wales’ most exciting writers. Six short plays. One late night extravaganza.

Come join the Dirty Protest gang for a night of plays in response to Madonna’s famous 1992 quote about being a strong and ambitious woman.

Join us to see what this means to us in 2019. Grab your beer, sit back and let us entertain you.

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 14+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 22 August

@DirtyProtest

FRIDAY 23: The Wardrobe Ensemble: THE WARDROBE ENSEMB-WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Join us, The Wardrobe Ensemble, for ONE NIGHT ONLY as we bring to you… The Wardrobe EnsembWheel of Fortune! A night combining all your favourite gameshows and an actual real-life three-dimensional wheel of fortune.

Part pub quiz, part performance, with live music, highly desirable prizes and an original theme tune. Would be nice to see you, to see you…

All proceeds donated to charity.

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 23 August

@WardrobEnsemble

SATURDAY 24: PECS DRAG KINGS: PECS: SOFT BOIS

Soft, sensual and fresh from their extended sell-out run of SEX SEX MEN MEN at The Yard Theatre, the one and only Pecs bois are making their Edinburgh debut, bringing you some new feels straight from their aching hearts.

Get ready for some serious softness and sensitivity this summer.

“It’s a space to be silly. It’s empowering. It’s liberating. It’s f***ing sexy.” Evening Standard

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 18+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 24 August

@pecsdrag

Introducing Paines Plough’s Big Room Playwright Fellow 2019/2020: Frankie Meredith

We are delighted to announce that our Big Room Playwright Fellow 2019 / 2020 is Frankie Meredith.

THE BIG ROOM Playwright Fellowship is awarded annually to a writer of exceptional promise at the very start of their career. The Fellowship invites the writer to spend nine months on attachment to Paines Plough, and we design a bespoke programme for each individual to tailor the support they receive to their specific needs, ambitions and circumstances. The Fellow receives a bursary, a desk at PPHQ and mentorship from our Artistic Directors and wider team.

Frankie started out at the Lyric Hammersmith on their Young Writers Program and followed this with the Soho Theatre Writers Lab. She then wrote many shorts which were performed at various theatres around London including Southwark Playhouse and Old Red Lion. Her debut play Turkey performed a sell out run at the Hope Theatre. She is currently under commission with LB Productions and has recently worked with MiddleChild up in Hull. She has just started her own company BoysClub in the midlands and is currently developing new work, one of which Petticoat Council is being supported by Warwick Arts Centre. Her play 17, which was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, had its first run at Vaults this January and will soon be seen throughout the rest of the UK.

James and George said:

Frankie is a writer of great flair and ingenuity. Her work is joyously witty and full of heart. We think she is a major talent in the making and we are thrilled to be able to support the next stage of her career with the Paines Plough Fellowship. We are truly grateful to the anonymous donors who fund the fellowship and provide life-changing support for writers at the start of their careers. Our Programme 2019 features plays by three former Fellows – Charley Miles, Sam Steiner and Nathan Bryon – proving the efficacy of the Fellowship in launching the brightest new writing talent. We can’t wait to welcome Frankie to Paines Plough as our Fellow for 2019/20.

Frankie said:

I’m thrilled to have received Paines Plough’s fellowship this year and can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful company. The opportunities they’re giving me are incredible and I’m so grateful for this time and support.

Charley Miles and Nathan Bryon are both previous recipients of the Big Room Fellowship, and now make up 2/3 of the ROUNDABOUT 2019 season with DAUGHTERHOOD and DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY. Catch them at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour.

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for I WANNA BE YOURS

Who are we looking for?

Everyone knows that Stage Managers make the world go round. They are the all-knowing, indefatigable, unflappable superheroes without a cape that make everything feel alright. 

We love stage managers and work with some of the very best in the business, but we’d love to discover some new people for our most recent opportunity. In partnership with Tamasha we are hitting the road with I WANNA BE YOURS by Zia Ahmed.

You would need to be available from 16 September 2019 – 18 January 2020.

If you are able to drive a van, have a good amount of touring experience up your sleeve and think you could juggle being an ASM, DSM and CSM all in one go then we’d love to hear from you!

How to Apply?

You can access the job description and person specification here.

All applications must be made through this online form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience in reference to the job description.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 08 July 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Nicky Thirugnanam, our Trainee Producer on nicky@painesplough.com or 020 7240 4533.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Team PP x

Recruitment: Festival Team

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Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

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

ROUNDABOUT will host more than 200 performances over 23 days. There are 4,000 tickets available for 250 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. ROUNDABOUT is the place to be at EdFringe 2019. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

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

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

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

“ROUNDABOUT is a truly special part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and you feel this throughout your time on the Festival Team. You get to see some amazing, electric pieces of theatre, meet some lovely people and get a few plays thrown in as well – what’s not to love? Anyone wanting to take on some flexible, friendly shifts at the Fringe this year… Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT is the one for you!” 
Ellie, Festival Team member 2018

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The venue is open to the public 31 July – 25 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 3 and 5 hours, and will be available between 9:30am and 12am each day, depending on your position and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during this period as dictated by our rota. Full training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team will be provided so you are able to perform your role to the best of your ability.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £8.21 (National Living Wage).

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

  • Free entry to all 11 shows in ROUNDABOUT.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out.
  • Free Paines Plough ROUNDABOUT 2019 playtexts.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“It’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.” The Stage

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

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

WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?

Visitor Services

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

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine)
  • Talking to the public about the shows
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews on posters and flyers
  • Watching all the ROUNDABOUT shows so you can confidently promote them
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for ROUNDABOUT and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

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

Desirable

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

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

Rory, Festival Team member 2016-17

TO APPLY

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment Day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 11 June, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

If you are unable to travel to London for the Recruitment Day, we will be holding Skype interviews on Monday 10 June. Please indicate this in your application.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day in Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be on Tuesday 30 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

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

Although we would prefer team members to have flexible availability for the duration of the festival, we will still consider applications from those with partial availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.


ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2019

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

Paines Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd will stage three World Premieres from the phenomenal Daf James, Nathan Byron and Charley Miles. All three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, nabokov Artistic Director and total legend Stef O’Driscoll.

Visiting company productions in ROUNDABOUT will be: ISLANDER, a new musical with a Scottish folk-inspired score about a mysterious stranger from Helen Milne Productions; Tim Cowbury’s absurd and quietly shattering response to stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, THE CLAIM; Dirty Protest’s HOW TO BE BRAVE, Siân Owen’s one-woman love story to Newport, the city that made her; PARAKEET from Brigitte Aphrodite with Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka Productions, a new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, told through song, poetry and electronic sounds – the spirit of punk with empathy; Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Richard Gadd’s chilling story about obsession, delusion, and the terrifying ramifications of a fleeting mistake in BABY REINDEER from Francesca Moody Productions in association with the Bush Theatre; and Middle Child return with THE CANARY AND THE CROW, brand new gig theatre about the journey of a working-class black kid who is accepted to a prestigious grammar school. We’re thrilled that Francesca Moody Productions’ Fringe First winner SQUARE GO penned by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will also return to ROUNDABOUT, following acclaim in 2018, this time featuring GAME OF THRONES star Daniel Portman (Podrick).

James and George said today:

We’re immensely proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2019, jam-packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our ROUNDABOUT repertory features a company of shapeshifting actors in three extraordinary world premieres from three of the UK’s most exciting writers and we’re welcoming thrilling, trailblazing new writing companies, playwrights and artists to ROUNDABOUT. From the return of our Associate Company Middle Child with an all new gig theatre show to the chilling debut play from Richard Gadd, this is a programme that showcases the very best new talent in British theatre. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to Roundabout @ Summerhall for a sixth consecutive summer at the Fringe.”

Tickets are on sale now from EdFringe and Summerhall.

Keep scrolling to read about the whole programme:

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
DAUGHTERHOOD
By
Charley Miles

One sister stayed at home to care for Dad. The other set out to ‘make a difference’.

Reunited under their childhood roof, Pauline and Rachel unearth more than the 10 years between them.

It’s a huge gap. Almost insurmountable. And each is determined to let the other know exactly who has done things right.

DAUGHTERHOOD is a beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us, and how we sometimes need to break them.

Get tickets for DAUGHTERHOOD here.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY
By
Daf James

A single Dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth mother. When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences?

A one-off meeting. But three lives will be changed forever. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY is a tender, funny, hopeful play about being a mum when your name is Dad.

Get tickets for ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY here.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY
By Nathan Bryon

When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries.

A mad-cap adventure story for all the family from one of the writers behind CBeebies hits RASTAMOUSE, APPLE TREE HOUSE and SWASHBUCKLE.

Get tickets for DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY here.

A Middle Child production
THE CANARY AND THE CROW
By Daniel Ward
Music by Prez 96 and James Frewer

The award-winning Middle Child present brand new gig theatre about the journey of a working-class black kid who is accepted to a prestigious grammar school.

This lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses grime, hip hop and theatre to tell the story of the struggle between a new environment that doesn’t accept you and an old one that has no opportunity.

Get tickets for THE CANARY AND THE CROW here.

Helen Milne Productions present
ISLANDER
By Amy Draper, Stewart Melton & Finn Anderson

Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever.

Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. The cast live-record and layer their voices to create an ethereal adventure for the ears and imagination. Originally developed in association with Comar. ISLANDER: A NEW MUSICAL is part of the Made in Scotland 2019 showcase.

Get tickets for ISLANDER here.

Tim Cowbury, Mark Maughan in association with James Quaife Productions present
THE CLAIM
By Tim Cowbury
Directed by Mark Maughan

A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?

A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, THE CLAIM asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words. Part of the British Council Showcase 2019.

Get tickets for THE CLAIM here.

A Dirty Protest production
HOW TO BE BRAVE
By Siân
Owen

Produced by the award-winning Welsh company behind Fringe hit Sugar Baby, this one-woman play is about what we’re made of and learning to be brave when your world’s falling apart.

When Katie was little, she was brave: climbing trees and riding bikes too fast. Now Katie’s a mum, she must be brave in a new way.

Determined her daughter will keep the fierce magic she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission around Newport with the help of a stolen BMX, a policewoman with bad hair, and a pigeon in a bag.

Get tickets for HOW TO BE BRAVE here.

A Boundless Theatre & Boom Shakalaka Productions production
PARAKEET
By Brigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy

In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and find her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds.

A new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, Parakeet is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, poetry and electronic sounds where empathy is the new punk.

Get tickets for PARAKEET here.

A Francesca Moody Production in association with the Bush Theatre
BABY REINDEER
Written and performed by Richard Gadd

‘I looked at her, wanting her to laugh. Wanting her to share in the joke. But she didn’t. She just stared. I knew then, in that moment – that she had taken it literally…’

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd has a chilling story to tell about obsession, delusion and the terrifying ramifications of a fleeting mistake. An unmissable debut play directed by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain and produced by 2018’s double Fringe-First winning Francesca Moody Productions in association with The Bush Theatre.

Get tickets for BABY REINDEER here.

A Francesca Moody Production in association with SEARED
SQUARE GO
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair

The unmissable, Fringe First Award-winning show from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. Max spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie. 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.

A raucous play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the challenge to step up or run. Starring Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman and River City’s Gavin Jon Wright and featuring an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit. 

Get tickets for SQUARE GO here.

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