Following news that James Grieve and George Perrin are stepping down after ten years at the helm of PP, we are delighted to announce that Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner will take over as Joint Artistic Directors in August this year.
Chair of the Board Kim Grant said:
‘We are really excited about this next new phase in the company’s life. Charlotte and Katie are the perfect duo to pick up the mantle from James and George and to maintain Paines Plough’s long held position at the forefront of touring the very best new writing and creative talents to every inch of the UK. We were especially impressed by their ideas for the future and their desire to continue collaborative leadership through originality, fairness and innovation. On behalf of the board and the whole team at Paines Plough we very much look forward to welcoming them during our ROUNDABOUT Edinburgh season ahead of an extensive autumn tour.’
Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner said:
‘It is a great honour to be appointed as the next Artistic Directors of Paines Plough. We are both long admirers of the company and its commitment to making exceptional new plays which reach all the corners of the UK and beyond. We are inspired by all leaders of this company since it started in 1974; incredible role models who have left a great legacy that we are excited to embrace as we begin this next chapter. We have been artistic mentors to one another and been fierce supporters of each other’s work for the past ten years. Inspired by collaborative leadership and in particular the excellent example set by George and James, we wanted to apply to run this company together to fuse our passions for new writing and touring and our shared mission to make great new plays which champion the unheard and reach the overlooked.’
Charlotte is currently Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she leads the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Soho she has directed new work by Jack Rooke, curated a six-month off-site arts festival in Waltham Forest and led playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project; an artists’ collective she founded. For Forward Theatre Project she made and directed new plays which toured nationally inspired by working in partnership with different communities around the UK and at venues including National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, Live Theatre and The Lowry. As a freelance director she has worked extensively for Open Clasp Theatre Company, creating new plays inspired by marginalised women in the North-East. Charlotte also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.
Katie is an award-winning director currently working freelance. Prior to this she was the Associate Director for Pilot Theatre where she directed a rich and varied amount of new plays which toured regionally, nationally and internationally including working in co-production with Northern Stage, The Tron, The Belgrade and Tamasha. Katie has also directed extensively for York Theatre Royal on a number of productions including several large-scale community shows. As a freelance director she has directed plays for Mercury Colchester, Storyhouse Chester, National Youth Theatre, New Perspectives, Live Theatre and is due to direct My Mother Said I Never Should for Theatre by the Lake this May. As a champion of new writing and discovering new voices, Katie has also established talent development programmes and most recently a large female empowerment project for Jackson’s Lane. She will be directing two new large-scale community productions this Autumn for the Kiln and Theatr Clwyd.
Exciting times at PP! We’re casting for ROUNDABOUT 2019.
As part of our pledge to actors, we publish breakdowns on our website for every part we’re casting, and anyone can submit themselves for consideration. We’ll consider everyone, for every part.
Here are breakdowns of all the roles we’re
currently casting for Programme 2019. If you think you’re right for any of
them, you can submit your CV for consideration using the form below. We will be
in touch if we would like to invite you to audition.
ROUNDABOUT 2019 ENSEMBLE
The ROUNDABOUT season comprises world premieres of three new plays:
Paines Plough are on the look out for a Company Stage Manager on book for our 2019 ROUNDABOUT tour. The CSM on book will support the Director and manage the ROUNDABOUT company during rehearsals and on tour, ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and overseeing the well-being of the company. The CSM on book will operate all Paines Plough shows. They will support the Producer and act as joint venue manager alongside the Technical Stage Managers for ROUNDABOUT on tour, ensuring that a safe, tidy and welcoming environment is provided for all audiences.
Who are we looking for?
This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about new plays and looking to gain experience in a senior, multifaceted Stage Management role. The ROUNDABOUT CSM on book will work across multiple departments with core staff, the creative team, FOH personnel, ROUNDABOUT’s Technical Stage Managers and venue technical teams whilst developing venue management skills in tandem. The role will play a crucial part in the smooth delivery of ROUNDABOUT with the CSM on book working at the heart of Paines Plough.
Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.
ROUNDABOUT is Paines Plough’s pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168 -seats wrapped around the stage, state -of-the- art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.
In 2019 we received three-years funding from the Arts Council where we will host three brand new plays co-produced by Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd, previewing at Theatr Clwyd and premiering at the Edinburgh Festival before heading out on a five week UK tour funded by Art Council England where we will present a mini festival every weekend between September-October in Salford, Ramsgate, Doncaster, Poole and Lincoln followed by a 3-5 week run in London.
In it we present a rep of three brand new Paines Plough plays, one specifically for young people, performed by a company of three actors. In partnership with our hosts we programme a wider festival of local theatre, music, comedy and a range of activities in the space.
The aim is to use the ROUNDABOUT space as a resource for local communities to engage with its possibilities, with the ultimate aim to increase footfall from a wider audience and encourage theatre going.
Now in 2019, we’re preparing for another epic tour and we’d love you to join.
How to Apply
This Application Pack contains further detail including the full job description and person specification.
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 10am on 01 April 2019.
If you have any questions about the application process or would like the application pack in a different format please contact Eman Bhatti, our Trainee Administrator on Emanpreet@painesplough.com or 020 7240 4533.
Meet the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 20 February at Salisbury Playhouse.
Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.
Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Salisbury to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.
Hannah is a writer, director and composer and is currently a writer on Graeae Theatre Company’s Write to Play Scheme. Hannah has worked with a range of theatres including Wiltshire Creative, Lighthouse Poole, Diverse City, Wyldwood Arts, The Bunker Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, HighTide Festival Theatre and is currently assistant director on PEELING with Taking Flight Theatre. In 2017 Hannah was resident director at Wiltshire Creative through the Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme 3 month placements. Since then Hannah has worked with Wiltshire Creative on a number of projects and productions, including adapting and directing a modern version of ALI BABA with youth theatre Stage 65 in the Salberg last summer, integrating live audio description, BSL and captioning into the piece. @hannahtreadaway
Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the
touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton.
include: NIGHTFALL (The Bridge Theatre); WHILE WE’RE HERE (Up in Arms at the
Bush and on tour); ECHO’S END (Salisbury Playhouse); EVENTIDE (Up In Arms,
Arcola and on tour); THE ACCLAIMED VISITORS (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour –
Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated
for an Evening Standard Award). His short plays include: EVERY YOU EVERY ME
(Salisbury Playhouse and on tour); FEAR OF MUSIC (Up in Arms and Out of Joint);
and AT FIRST SIGHT (Up in Arms at Latitude Festival and on tour).
His novels TURNING FOR HOME and the bestselling FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN are published by Transworld, his non-fiction books THE WELLSPRING: CONVERSATIONS WITH DAVID OWEN NORRIS and TO BODIES GONE: THE THEATRE OF PETER GILL are published by Seren. He is a Martin Esslin playwright in residence at Keble College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Of Indian and Irish heritage, Veronica was born and raised in England by adoptive parents, Frances from Dublin and Syd from Suffolk. Her first play, SHE IS NOT HERSELF, drawing on her experience of reunion with her birth mother, was a Kali Theatre Company production. Directed by Helena Bell, it received a rehearsed reading at The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse as part of Theatre Fest West 2015, and was a Kali Workshop production at Tristan Bates Theatre in 2016. Work-in-progress includes BUSTARD which began life at Paula B. Stanic’s Writing for Multicultural Voices at Salisbury Arts Centre. BUSTARD was workshopped and given a rehearsed reading, directed by Hannah Treadaway, at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) Laboratory in 2017.
Veronica moved to Salisbury from the Isle of Wight, developing her playwriting
skills with mentor Angela Street, and as a student of the Salisbury
Playhouse/Out of Joint Writers’ Academy led by Samantha Potter and Barney
Norris. In 2018, Veronica joined the new writers’ programme launched by NST in
partnership with Up in Arms Theatre Company.
Harry is a composer, sound designer and writer. His musical THOR AND LOKI premiered at Edinburgh Fringe, HighTide and The Lowry last year. He is currently adapting ETA Hoffman’s THE SANDMAN for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company at Southwark Playhouse. Harry is one half of award-winning comedy cabaret duo HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL.
Composition credits include: CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (The Rose, Kingston and national tour); WILD EAST (Young Vic); PARADISE, THE GLASS SUPPER (Hampstead); HER NAKED SKIN, NIGHT MUST FALL, HEDDA GABLER, BIKE (Salisbury Playhouse); THE MARCH ON RUSSIA (Orange Tree); ODE TO LEEDS, RUDOLF (West Yorkshire Playhouse); BLUSH (Soho Theatre and tour); SEPTIMUS BEAN, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, THE SNOW CHILD (Unicorn); MEGABALL (National Theatre Let’s Play); RAPUNZEL (Cambridge Junction); THE SECRET SEVEN, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA (Storyhouse Chester); THE GRADUATE (Leicester Curve and tour); MANGA SISTER, RHINEGOLD (The Yard); THE ISLAND NATION (Arcola); CASA VALENTINA (Southwark Playhouse); P’yongyang (Finborough); TO DREAM AGAIN (Theatr Clwyd). In 2017, Harry was appointed Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Last year we held our
very first STEPPING INTO MOVEMENT workshop with the legendary Polly Bennett to
give aspiring movement directors an insight into the art, craft and
Here at PP we want to expand our network of movement directors and Polly wants
to meet movement directors at the start of their careers with a view to
offering mentorship. So we teamed up, and our first workshop was such a success
we’re going again.
Directors are becoming an increasing part of the theatre-making process, but
how do you become one?
Movement Director Polly Bennett’s first solo jobs was at Paines Plough, where
working with small companies, getting quick results and engaging actors from
all backgrounds is the name of the game. With a view to meet movement directors
at the beginning of their careers and offer mentorship, Polly Bennett invites
you to come and share practice and rehearsal room ideas in this session.
Working with text, space (and lack of space) she will create a dialogue around
establishing and acknowledging your own movement practice and how to take your
first steps into production work.
an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences of movement practice and to
learn more about the work Paines Plough are doing to support emerging
creatives. If you have an inclination for movement and want to explore the next
steps this is a session for you.
to move, work with text and meet potential collaborators.
apply here. We ask for a copy
of your CV and a short paragraph about why you would like to take part in the
for applications is Friday 8 March, and you can expect to hear
from us by Monday 18 March.
We particularly welcome applications
from disabled and BAME candidates as disabled and BAME people are currently
under-represented in movement direction. We also welcome applications from, LGB
and Trans and non-binary candidates.
Bennett is a Movement Director and Choreographer working nationally and
internationally. She holds an MA in Movement from the Royal Central School of
Speech and Drama and is Associate Movement Practitioner at the RSC.
includes: The Village (Stratford East Theatre), The Lehman
Trilogy (National Theatre), As You Like It (Regents Park
Open Air Theatre), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, West
End and Broadway), The Great Wave (National Theatre), Circle
Mirror Transformation (Home), People, Places &
Things (National Theatre; also West End, UK Tour and
off-Broadway); Touch (Soho), Don Juan in Soho (Wyndhams), Blush (Soho), Salome (RSC), Woyzeck (Old
Vic), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic), How My Light Is
Spent (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Streetcar Named
Desire (Manchester Royal Exchange), My Country; a work in
progress, (National Theatre and UK Tour), The Deep Blue Sea (National
Theatre),Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), Pomona (National
Theatre, Royal Exchange and Orange Tree), Henry V (Shanghai
Dramatic Centre of Performing Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The
Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), Doctor Faustus (Duke
of York’s), The Maids (Trafalgar Studios), Yen (Royal
Court), Plaques and Tangles(Royal Court) hang(Royal
Court), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham
Rep), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West Yorkshire
Playhouse), A Mad World My Masters (RSC and UK Tour), The
Angry Brigade (Bush), Dunsinane (National Theatre
Scotland, US, Asia and UK tours), The King’s Speech (Chichester,
Birmingham Rep and on UK tour), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s
Park Open Air Theatre), nut (National Theatre.)
Rhapsody (Movement Coach),The Little Stranger (Choreographer),Stan
and Ollie (as Assistant Choreographer.)
Crown Series 3 (Netflix), Killing Eve (BBC America), Urban
Myths (Sky Arts) and Gareth Malone’s Best of British (BBC)
work includes: Assistant Movement Director on the London 2012 Olympics Opening
Ceremony, Mass Cast Choreographer on the London 2012 Paralympic Opening
Ceremony and Mass Cast Choreographer on Sochi Winter Olympics Opening and
Paralympic Ceremonies 2014.
announce Programme 2019: a must-see celebration of the most striking and
original playwriting talent in 10 thrilling productions out on tour to every
nook and cranny of the UK and beyond.
#PP2019 features our pick of the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre with brand new plays by Zia Ahmed, Nathan Bryon, Ifeyinwa Frederick, Daf James, Anna Jordan, Sarah McDonald-Hughes, Charley Miles and Sam Steiner. You can catch their words on tour across the length and breadth of the UK in city centres, seaside towns and village halls.
ROUNDABOUT once again hosts a jam-packed Edinburgh
Festival Fringe programme and brings mini-festivals to each stop on its
nationwide tour. We’ll broadcast Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC live and celebrate 10 years of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM with special live events and our COME TO WHERE
I’M FROM app featuring more than 180 short audio plays available to download
free from the App Store and GooglePlay. We will once again be holding OPEN AUDITIONS as part of our pledge to actors. Our new
series of podcasts, INSIGHTS, offers a view into the writer’s experience of
life inside the rehearsal room.
ever, we’ll be announcing a host of exciting new stuff to add to the mix as we
go through the year.
you are, a Paines Plough show is touring to you soon.
James and George said:
“This programme epitomises what Paines Plough has always been about for us: urgent new plays from original new voices featuring top new talent on wide-ranging tours the length and breadth of the UK. We’re hugely proud to be presenting the best of a new generation of British playwrights. We’re celebrating 10 years of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM and another three years of ROUNDABOUT funding. Graduates of our Playwright Fellowship and Trainee Director Bursary headline the programme. Loyal venue partners reaffirm their commitment to the importance of new plays. Our newly launched podcast series INSIGHTS aims to make us ever more open and accessible, joining existing initiatives like OPEN AUDITIONS, our Casting Pledge and our UNSOLICITED SCRIPT policy. It’s everything we think a national theatre of new plays should be.”
Introducing our playwrights for 2019…
has written one of the most exciting debut plays we’ve come across in years. In
partnership with Tamasha, we’re hitting the road on a national tour with the
tender and lyrical love story I WANNA BE YOURS, a co-production with Tamasha, directed by our former Trainee Director Anna Himali Howard.
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. Zia was Paines
Plough’s Channel 4 Playwright in Residence 2016/2017. In 2016 he was one of the
commissioned writers for the London leg of Paines Plough’s ongoing COME TO
WHERE I’M FROM series.
Bryon is writing one of this year’s Roundabout rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. Nathan was our
Playwright Fellow in 2016 and we co-produced his one-man show MIXED BRAIN with tiata fahodzi in 2017. We’re thrilled
he’s back at PP writing a brand new show for all ages for this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep.
Nathan is a writer and actor, who grew up
eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He
is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in SOME GIRLS
and BENIDORM’s sunniest holiday maker, Joey Ellis. Nathan has written for critically
acclaimed CBeebies’ animation RASTAMOUSE, BAFTA award winning SWASHBUCKLE and
on all three series of BAFTA nominated APPLE TREE HOUSE (CBeebies) alongside
BAFTA winning GIGGLEBIZ. Last Year Nathan’s one-man show MIXED BRAIN a show about his mixed heritage premiered in Roundabout at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nathan has secured a 3 picture book deal with
Penguin Random House. His first book LOOK UP! will hit shelves in the US and UK
in June 2019.
Daf James is writing one of this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. We are long time admirers of Daf’s sharp and potent writing and we’re excited to welcome him to PP with a brand new play for ROUNDABOUT audiences everywhere.
Daf is an award-winning writer, composer and
performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and
Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School
of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in Theatre Studies from the
University of Warwick. His first full-length play LLWYTH[Tribe]
was described in Contemporary
Welsh Plays as ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of
Welsh language theatre forever.’
Miles is writing the third of this year’s ROUNDABOUT rep plays in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. Charley is our current
Playwright Fellow. We fell in love with her debut play BLACKTHORN as it wowed
audiences in Edinburgh last summer and we can’t wait for her new ROUNDABOUT
play as part of this year’s rep.
Charley Miles is a
playwright from rural North Yorkshire. She is currently the Paines Plough Playwright
Fellow. 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 Leeds Playhouse. Her original television drama, IN
MEMORIAM, is in development with Buccaneer Media.
With Soho Theatre we have co-commissioned a new play from Ifeyinwa Frederick, one of the 2019 Soho Six, a yearlong attachment programme for artists at Soho Theatre. Ifeyinwa’s debut THE HOES announced a major new talent, and we’re pumped to be producing her new play.
Ifeyinwa is a writer and entrepreneur, using both
writing and business as creative outlets. Writing alongside her full-time job
as co-founder of Chuku’s – the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant – she
has been featured in Forbes’ list of 100 Women Founders in Europe. She began
writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. Supported by the programme,
she wrote her debut play THE HOES which received a full production at Hampstead
Theatre in 2018. The play was shortlisted for the 2017 Tony Craze Award and
Character 7 Award and longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. Fuelled by
a childlike curiosity and fascination with people, her stories explore the
intricacies of people and the dichotomy between how we really are and how
society or we portray ourselves to be.
Our Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production of Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC returns for live dates and a live broadcast following
an acclaimed national tour in 2018. Turbo charged by non-stop pop hits from the
past 30 years of chart toppers, POP MUSIC is a euphoric, nostalgic, poptastic
theatre party for anyone who’s ever been a dick on the dancefloor.
Anna won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
for Yen (Royal Court) after having been twice
longlisted for her plays MARIANNE and CHICKEN SHOP. YEN has had
productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as
well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. Her current projects include
THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly / Theatre Royal Plymouth) and a new
adaptation of MOTHER COURAGE (Royal Exchange / Headlong). She is also under commission
to the Royal Court Theatre.
We’re teaming up once again with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Gate Theatre to showcase the world premiere of Sarah McDonald-Hughes’s electrifying TURBINES, directed by former Trainee Director Emily Ling Williams. Sarah returns to Paines Plough following her award-winning play for young people HOW TO BE A KID.
Sarah is an actor and writer from
Manchester. Plays include: SHERBET (Octagon Bolton), HOW TO BE A
KID (Paines Plough); BLACKOUT (Dukes Lancaster) THE MANCHESTER PROJECT
(Monkeywood Theatre/HOME/National Theatre), TRIAL, MULTI STORY (Octagon
Bolton/Monkeywood), WONDROUS PLACE (Northern Spirit/Liverpool Unity/Sheffield
Crucible/Northern Stage/Royal Exchange), FLESH (Monkeywood Theatre/Royal Exchange),
BY FAR THE GREATEST TEAM, ONCE IN A HOUSE ON FIRE, MAINE ROAD (Monkeywood
Theatre), THE TREE, NIGHT TRAIN (Action Transport Theatre), OUR PALS and THE
NORTH (Royal Exchange Studio).
YOU STUPID DARKNESS! is the World Premiere of an urgent new play by
rising star Sam Steiner (LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS, LEMONS; KANYE THE
FIRST), directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve. In a
call centre for Brightline helpline, four volunteers spend a few hours every
Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be
ok. A hopeful play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos
of a collapsing world. The
production marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between
Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows the success of LOVE LOVE LOVE andTHE ANGRY BRIGADE.
Sam was our
inaugural Playwright Fellow in 2015. YOU STUPID DARKNESS! runs at Theatre Royal
Plymouth 7 – 23 February with an Opening Night on 12 February. Check out our
brand new trailer below:
Thank you to our brilliant season launch creative team:
Ahead of announcing their 10th annual programme of new plays on tour, George Perrin and James Grieve have announced that they are stepping down as Artistic Directors of Paines Plough.
George and James took over from
Roxana Silbert in 2010, and have since produced 45 World Premieres by writers such
as Mike Bartlett, Penelope Skinner, James Graham, Sabrina Mahfouz and Vinay
Patel, touring them to hundreds of villages, towns and cities across the UK and
around the world.
Their playwright development initiative THE BIG ROOM has launched the careers of a whole new generation of playwrights over the last decade.
They have revitalised small-scale touring whilst at PP, and have launched celebrated initiatives such as Open Auditions, ensuring that we meet actors from all backgrounds across the whole of the UK.
They also launched COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, a national project that invites playwrights to write and perform mini plays about their home towns. Since 2010 more than 160 playwrights from across the UK have written plays about the places that shaped them, making up a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwrights’ guide to Great Britain. All of the audio plays are available to listen to on our free app.
In 2014, Perrin and Grieve built their own pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT for Paines Plough to reach those communities least engaged with the arts. ROUNDABOUT is now recognised as a fixture of touring theatre across the country and a deliverable and radical touring model for British theatre.
and James said:
“We are honoured to have
been the custodians of this essential organisation for nearly a decade of our
lives. We were lucky enough to inherit from Roxana Silbert a company in rude
health and are proud to now pass it on to a new generation of artists and
producers in an even better place that we found it. It’s been a joy to travel
the country and traverse the globe bringing the best new British plays to the
doorsteps of our audiences. We’ve only been able to achieve what we have with
Paines Plough because of the committed partners with whom we have co-produced
every production; the hunger and bravery of the venues that have programmed our
work; the trust of all our funders; the belief of our board and Chairs; the
dedication of our team; and the faith of the playwrights and audiences we’ve
been so inspired to serve – our deepest thanks to you all. We’ll leave as we
arrived: die-hard fans of the best new writing touring company in the world.”
Kim Grant, Chair of the Paines Plough Board of Trustees, said:
“George and James have led Paines Plough through nine years of outstanding achievement, unrelenting progress and unforgettable theatre experiences for audiences across the UK. Throughout their stewardship the company has remained true to its roots as the leading national touring theatre company for new plays and with ROUNDABOUT now firmly established as a unique and sophisticated flexible pop-up theatre space, they leave us and their successors a wonderful legacy.”
Our Programme 2019 will be announced later this week. James and George will leave PP in the summer to pursue new projects, and our board will begin their search for new artistic leadership in February.
Here is the full list of productions that were produced during James and George’s leadership of PP…
Introducing Paines Plough: Insights – a new series of podcasts live from the Paines Plough Rehearsal Room, where our director and playwright reflect on the week’s progress, featuring a different guest each week.
We are currently in the midst of rehearsals for Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS!, a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth.
This first series – YOU STUPID PODCAST! – follows the rehearsal process from the writer’s perspective. James Grieve interviews Sam and other members of the cast and creative team during their Friday lunch break each week.
You can listen to the first two episodes by following the link below:
We are delighted to announce the two newest members of Team PP. Gemma Grand will be taking over as our Administration and Finance Manager as of Monday, and Christabel Holmes will be taking over as Assistant Producer. We can’t wait to start working with them.
Gemma joins Paines Plough from Frantic Assembly. As their Finance and Office Administrator she has worked on a wide variety of projects including productions THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, FATHERLAND and THE UNRETURNING as well as their flagship participation programme Ignition. She graduated from De Montfort University in 2014 with a first class BA(Hons) in Drama Studies. After university Gemma spent three years in the Construction industry working as a Quantity Surveyor and gained an HNC in Construction at London South Bank University. As a Quantity Surveyor she worked across numerous projects which includes new build luxury apartments, social housing maintenance and the rebuild of Walford (Eastenders) at BBC Elstree Centre. In her spare time she is an advocate and often marketing advisor to theatre company Phosphoros Theatre who work with a company of actors who came to the UK as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.
Christabel joins PP after having worked as Production Assistant at Playful Productions. She has worked at Fiery Angel across numerous touring and West End productions including LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and spent six months working at Seabright Productions as part of the Stage One Trainee Producer scheme. As a freelancer, she was Assistant Producer for Making Room, working on BLUSH by Snuff Box Theatre (Soho Theatre/UK tour). In 2016, she was the inaugural recipient of the Clive Wolfe Bursary at the Orange Tree Theatre and was selected for the Edinburgh Fringe Emerging Producers Development Programme. Christabel worked with LUNG Theatre as Assistant Producer on a number of productions including CHILCOT (The Lowry/Battersea Arts Centre), THE 56 (UK tour), E15 (Summerhall) and DOLLY WANTS TO DIE (Barnsley Civic/Underbelly). She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 with a First Class Honours in English Literature and Theatre Studies – spending a year studying at the Université de Nantes in France. She is still trying to learn French.
The new play, set in a call centre for Brightline helpline, looks at the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world. The production marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows the success of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and THE ANGRY BRIGADE.
Director James Grieve says:
‘I am honoured and thrilled to be working with Sam on this extraordinary new play. At an epochal moment when our world feels so unsettled, confusing, oppositional and angry, Sam has written a beautiful, funny, humane play that celebrates kindness, compassion and the indomitable human spirit in the face of uncertainty and fear. It is wonderfully witty, wise, joyful and deeply moving writing that adds up to an unerringly prescient, utterly compelling, vitally important new play about staring at a world we no longer recognise, and which sometimes scares us half to death. Sam Steiner was the recipient of our Playwright Fellowship 2016 in acknowledgement of his rare brilliance as an emerging playwright and this play confirms him an electrifying new voice in British Theatre. I am hugely excited to continue Paines Plough’s 40 year relationship with Theatre Royal Plymouth to present another World Premiere by a major writer following in the footsteps of many previous co-productions like Philip Ridley’s MERCURY FUR, Rona Munro’s LONG TIME DEAD, Mike Bartlett’s LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and James Graham’s THE ANGRY BRIGADE.’
THE WRITER: SAM STEINER
Sam is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester. Sam’s debut play, the award-winning LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS, was produced by Walrus Theatre (a company he cofounded). It has had three sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured nationally. The play has since been produced all over the world in seven different languages. Sam’s second play, KANYE THE FIRST, was commissioned and produced by Hightide and premiered at the festival in September 2017. Other pieces of Sam’s work have been showcased at the Royal Exchange, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sala Beckett in Barcelona and the Cannes and London Film Festivals. He completed an attachment at Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellowship and holds an MA in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School. Sam is currently developing television projects with Drama Republic and Euston North.
DAVID CARLYLE as JON
Theatre credits include: THE TELL TALE HEART (National Theatre); THE OUTSIDER (L’ETRANGER) (The Print Room); ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Birmingham Rep and Tour); TO KILL A MOCKINGBORD (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, UK Tour, Barbican Theatre); VICTORIA (Dundee Rep); SOMERSAULTS (Finborough Theatre); YELLOW MOON (National Theatre of Scotland); HANSEL AND GRETEL (Citizens Theatre); DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC (Liverpool Everyman); THE MONSTER IN THE HALL (Glasgow Citizens / Traverse Theatre); CALEDONIA (National Theatre of Scotland); THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA (Unicorn Theatre); THE WHITE DEVIL (Shakespeare’s Globe – Sam Wanamaker Festival). Television includes: BODYGUARD (BBC); LIP SERVICE (Kudos). Radio includes: KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (BBC Radio 4); BEHIND HER EYES (Sweet Talk / BBC Radio); THE STROMA SESSIONS (BBC Radio 3); CHERNOBYL (Sweet Talk / BBC)
ANDREW FINNIGAN as JOEY
Andrew trained with The Customs House, South Shields. His theatre credits include: THE FIFTEEN STREETS (The Customs House, South Shields); BROKEN BISCUITS (Live Theatre/Paines Plough and UK tour); WORMTOWN (The Customs House, South Shields); MY UNCLE FREDDIE (The Customs House, South Shields) and most recently DRIP (Boundless Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, UK Tour and the Bush).
BECCI GEMMELL as FRANCES
Theatre includes: EYAM; THE WINTER’S TALE; COMEDY OF ERRORS; TAMING OF THE SHREW (Globe Theatre), THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW; FOREVER HOUSE (Plymouth Drum), NOISES OFF (Nottingham Playhouse/Northern Stage/Nuffield), WALKING THE TIGHTROPE (Offstage), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Manchester Royal Exchange), 65 MILES (Paines Plough/Hull Truck), ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIGAN (Hull Truck), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Sprite), SIXTY-SIX BOOKS (Bush Theatre), FOXFINDER (Papatango/Finborough), EURYDICE (ATC/Young Vic), LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD (Kenwright), ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (Theatre 503), AS YOU LIKE IT (Dash Arts/Curve Theatre), FUCKED (Tangram Theatre/Old Red Lion/Assembly Rooms), IS EVERYONE OK? (Nabokov/Watford Palace/Plymouth Drum), HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND (Southwark Playhouse), MAD, FUNNY, JUST (Creased/Old Vic New Voices/Theatre 503), UNCERTAINTY (Sincera Productions/Latitude Festival), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Oxford Shakespeare Company), AIR GUITAR (Bristol Old Vic Studio), ANNIVERSARY (Old Vic New Voices – 24 Hour Plays), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Guildford Shakespeare Company), VOLPONE (Present Moment). TV & Film includes: DOCTORS; CALL THE MIDWIFE; CASUALTY; CODE OF A KILLER; LAND GIRLS; RED LIGHTS; HOME TIME; ANGEL OF DEATH.
LYDIA LARSON as ANGIE
Theatre includes: FINDING FASSBENDER (Pleasance Courtyard); ELECTRA (The Bunker); BRUTAL CESSATION (Theatre 503); SKIN A CAT (The Bunker) – Offie shortlisted Best Actress; TRAVESTY (Fight in the Dog Ltd.); A SUPER HAPPY STORY (Silent Uproar); SKIN A CAT (Vault Festival); WE HAVE FALLEN (InSite Performance (Underbelly)); THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE (Orange Tree); SPRINGS ETERNAL (Orange Tree); EVERYBODY’S DOING IT (Arcola (Miniaturists)); PERSUASION (Salisbury Playhouse); BOOMERANG (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays); PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Theatre Royal Bath and Number One Tour); ARCADIA (Sonia Friedman Productions). Television includes: DOCTORS (BBC); THREE MINUTE WONDERS: ROUTES (Channel 4); KIDNAPPED (Prospect Pictures). Rehearsed Readings: DAD’S DEAD; MURDER OF CROWS; LITTLE LIGHT (New Britannia); CORRESPONDENCE (Central School of Speech and Drama). Commercials: TWININGS (Blink); LIBRESE (T&T); SAMSUNG WAVE (RSA Films); ORANGE MOBILE (Mitra Films)/ Short Film includes: THE REUNION (NFTS); LAURA (5.0 Films); EXCUSE ME (Euro RSCG)
JAMES GRIEVE – DIRECTOR
James is Joint Artistic Director of Paines
Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays. For Paines Plough he has
directed 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, BROKEN BISCUITS and JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells,
HAPPINESS by Nick Payne (BBC Radio 3), THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham, AN
INTERVENTION and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by Mike Bartlett, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and
WASTED by Kate Tempest, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN by Penelope Skinner, YOU CANNOT
GO FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW by David Watson, TINY VOLCANOES by
Laurence Wilson and FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones. His freelance
work includes the new musical THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS for Theatr
Clywd, a new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Sweden and
Brian Friel’s TRANSLATIONS which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards
2014. James was formerly founder and Joint Artistic
Director of nabokov with George Perrin, and Associate Director at the Bush
FREDDIE CROSSLEY – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Freddie is Resident Assistant Director at TRP. A director, performer, writer and musician, recent assistant directing work includes THE KNEEBONE CADILLAC (TRP) and QUIZ(Chichester Festival Theatre). Other stage credits include THE HAPLESS CHILD (MAPU, Italy); SUNSET VISINGØ (University of Cambridge); GIANT; THE GIRL WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON (ZooCo); PROMETHEUS BOUND AND THE FROGS; A COMEDY OF ERRORS; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Cambridge Arts Theatre). Further work with THE UNRETURNING(Frantic Assembly) and Handspring Puppet Company, Cape Town. Also a painter and potter, he has previously exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, Cass Sculpture Foundation and The North Wall.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
AMY COOK – DESIGN
Amy is a set and costume designer working in theatre and performance. She was the winner of Best Design at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017. Theatre includes: JELLYFISH (The Bush); NOT TALKING (Arcola); LAVA (Nottingham Playhouse); OUR BLUE HEAVEN (New Wolsey Theatre); THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR (Southwark Playhouse); THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, ST NICHOLAS (Theatr Clwyd); INSIGNIFICANCE (Theatre Clwyd/Langham Place, New York); UP N UNDER (UK Tour); THE 8TH (Barbican); Mydidaea (Soho Theatre/Trafalgar Studios); 66 BOOKS (Bush/Westminster Abbey); MUDLARKS (Bush/HighTide Festival); MEDEA (Gate Theatre); 65 MILES, ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIGAN (Hull Truck); HAMLET (Young Vic/Maria Theatre); THE WATER ENGINE (Old Vic Tunnels); GLORY DAZED (Soho Theatre); THE MOBILE PHONE SHOW (Lyric Hammersmith); ALMOST MAINE (Park Theatre); THE SEPARATION (Project Arts Centre, Dublin/Theatre503); WHERE THE MANGROVE GROWS (Theatre503); TO DREAM AGAIN (Clwyd/Polka); THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH (Trafalgar Studio/Derby Live/Polka) THUMBELINA’S GREAT ADVENTURE (Cambridge Arts Centre); I (HEART) PETERBOROUGH (Pleasance/Tour).
ANNIE LUNNETTE DEAKIN-FOSTER – MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre. Recent Theatre Credits Include: GRIMM TALES, directed by Kirsty Housley at the Unicorn Theatre; JERICHO’S ROSE by Althea Theatre at The Hope & Anchor; POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan and directed by James Grieve, Barry Jackson and Paines Plough national tour; THE COURT MUST HAVE A QUEEN by Ade Solanke directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay at Hampton Court Palace; THESE BRIDGES by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (WCYT as part of National Theatre Connections at The Bush); THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice (Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Voc and National Tour); THE DARK ROOM by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS OF MY WORLD by Natalie Ibu (Tiata Fahodzi, National Tour). Recent Dance Credits Include: FORCE(Abbey Road Studios, Imagine Festival Watford, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, & Netherlands) SHHH! (Dance City, MAC Birmingham, Norwich Playhouse, The Woodville Gravesend, CircoMedia Bristol, Winchester Theatre Royal) THE VAN MAN (Watch This Space at The National, St Albans Festival, Freedom Festival Hull, The Albany Outdoors).
DOMINIC KENNEDY – SOUND
Dominic Kennedy is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis. Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).
PETER SMALL – LIGHTING
Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. He has recently been nominated for two Offie Best Lighting Awards forBLACK MOUNTAIN (Paines Plough) at The Orange Tree Theatre and A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS IN TO A BAR) at the New Diorama, as well as the Theatre & Technology Creative Innovation in Lighting Award, also for A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM. Recent lighting designs for theatre include three of the 2018 Paines Plough Roundabout tour shows, HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONESandISLAND TOWN, also SQUARE GO, OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN and HOW TO BE A KID (2017); PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion); OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse); A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (New Diorama); FOX (Old Red Lion); MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour); SHE CALLED ME MOTHER(Pitch Lake Productions, UK Tour); THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre, MTA Academy); EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and tour); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, FREE ASSOCIATION and CRAZY LADY (Forum Alpbach, Austria) and RICHARD IIIand BARD ON BOARD 2(Royal Court, Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner). Lighting designs for Opera and Musical Theatre include THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Stratford Circus), ALL OR NOTHING (West End and tour), CINDERELLA (Loughborough Theatre), TOM & JERRY(EventBox Theatre, Egypt), THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre). Peter was also a Revival Lighting Designer on KISS ME KATEfor Oper Graz. Upcoming projects include SORELLA MIAat The Place, as well as taking AD LIBIDOand SQUARE GOon UK tours.