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


Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton.

His plays 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. 

In 2013, 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.

Stepping Into Movement with Polly Bennett: March workshop

Calling all movers and shakers

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 career. 

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.

So guys, our next STEPPING INTO MOVEMENT workshop will be on Thursday 28 March, 10.30am – 5.00pm at The Mono Box Studio in London.

Movement Directors are becoming an increasing part of the theatre-making process, but how do you become one?

One of 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.

This is 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.

Expect to move, work with text and meet potential collaborators.


Please apply here. We ask for a copy of your CV and a short paragraph about why you would like to take part in the workshop.

Deadline 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. 



Polly 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.

Theatre 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.)

Film: Bohemian Rhapsody (Movement Coach),The Little Stranger (Choreographer),Stan and Ollie (as Assistant Choreographer.)

TV:The Crown Series 3 (Netflix), Killing Eve (BBC America), Urban Myths (Sky Arts) and Gareth Malone’s Best of British (BBC)

Other 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.

Polly is co-founder of The Mono Box.


Today we 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.

And as ever, we’ll be announcing a host of exciting new stuff to add to the mix as we go through the year.

Wherever 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…

Zia Ahmed 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.

Nathan 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.’

Charley 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 and THE 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:

And that’s Programme 2019. Let us know what you think.

@painesplough on Twitter or comment below.


George Perrin and James Grieve announce that they are stepping down as Artistic Directors of Paines Plough

James Grieve and George Perrin

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.

James Grieve and George Perrin, 2010 . Credit Geraint Lewis

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.

Inside ROUNDABOUT 2016

George 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:

YOU STUPID DARKNESS! opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 07 February. You can book tickets here.

Welcome Gemma and Christabel

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 Grand: Administration and Finance Manager

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 Holmes: Assistant Producer

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.


Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

We are delighted to announce our cast and crew for Sam Steiner’s YOU STUPID DARKNESS!, a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth.

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.

Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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.’


Sam Steiner
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

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
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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 Theatre.


Freddie Crossley
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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.



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
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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
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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
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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.


We are very excited to announce the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 15 January at Theatre Royal Bath.

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 Bath to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.



Matt is a writer and director working in both theatre and film. He was the winner of the Papatango Prize 2016 for his debut play ORCA, which was produced at Southwark Playhouse in November 2016. The play is published by Nick Hern Books. His second play THE DOG AND THE ELEPHANT ran at the Bristol Old Vic Studio and Vault Fest, produced in conjunction with Ferment. Matt is currently one of the Open Session Writers on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic. His short films include SMALL TALK, JESSIE and THE PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER. Matt is also the artistic director of Red Rope Theatre Company, which he formed in 2012 with actor-producer Rebecca Robson. Matt is currently working on a new commission with Papatango.


Melanie Delargy HeadshotMelanie Delargy is part of a writer’s group based at the Theatre Royal Bath. Most recently her full- length play TOSSERS was produced at the egg as part of a festival of new writing organised by the Theatre Royal’s Engage programme. Her short plays MANNERS and A LIGHT have received rehearsed readings at the Rondo theatre in Bath. In 2012 her short play MR REHMAN was chosen to be part of a one-act play festival which was also organised by the Theatre Royal’s Engage programme.


Samuel-Taylor-Headshot.jpgSamuel is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers programme. Work for theatre includes solo[solo] (Bristol Old Vic), All Songs are Love Songs (Bunker Theatre/Play Theatre Co), PLAY 29 (Vault Festival). His first feature film, Benbecula, is in development with Wellington Films.  He is currently studying towards a practice based PhD funded by the Institute for Education in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic exploring participatory and live art practices in deprived coastal communities. He is a founding member of performance collective Huge if True.


Hattie Taylor HeadshotHattie is a writer and theatre maker based in Bath. She trained on the MA Theatre For Young Audiences at Bath Spa University and has worked on a number of shows for and with young people since. Her previous writing work includes WENT THE DAY WELL? (Theatre Royal Bath) and OPEN MIC (Apricity Theatre). She is an associate artist of Apricity Theatre.

To book tickets call the box office on: 01225 823409

Or visit Theatre Royal Bath’s website.

160 previous COME TO WHERE I’M FROM plays are available in audio form, for free, on the App Store or Google Play. Just click here.


In other exciting news, our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: NORTHAMPTON writers can now all be found on the app. Listen to DC MOORE, SUBIKA ANWAR, ROBIN SOANS and LOUISE BREALEY here.

ROUNDABOUT 2019-2021

We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England is continuing to support ROUNDABOUT until 2021.

‘For Roundabout’ by The Poetry Takeaway, Video by TEA Films

Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT has transformed the possibilities of national touring, taking new plays to the heart of local communities. The ROUNDABOUT Auditorium – a pop-up, plug and play in-the-round theatre – provides an environment with a festival feel, open and accessible, and has enjoyed successful seasons in urban and rural environments across the UK since its launch in 2014.

James Grieve and George Perrin said:

“ROUNDABOUT is the nation’s local theatre, popping up in local communities, inviting people to pop in and see a show, take part themselves and experience something new. For five years now we have seen audiences grow as local people have taken ownership of ROUNDABOUT with ever more community generated events and activities alongside Paines Plough productions of outstanding new plays. This is touring at its most grassroots, a theatre for local people run by local people. We are thrilled and grateful Arts Council England has recognised the impact and value of ROUNDABOUT with a significant investment that secures the project for another three years.”

ROUNDABOUT has had a significant impact on attracting audiences from areas of least engagement, particularly amongst young people. Early indications from the Audience Agency are that the proportion of ROUNDABOUT’s audience that come from the least engaged segments has more than doubled since the project began.

From 2019, we will continue to work closely with our partners to grow audiences and participants for ROUNDABOUT in places like Mold, Salford, Lincoln, Poole, Stoke-on-Trent and Stratford.

We are looking forward to continuing to work with the communities that have made ROUNDABOUT such a success so far.

Here’s to the next three years!

Recruitment: Assistant Producer

Wanted: New member of Team PP

Exciting times at PPHQ. We’re on the search for a talented new Assistant Producer to join Team PP. We’re looking for someone with excellent administrative skills to support the Producer and Executive Producer to deliver Paines Plough’s programme of work. Someone who is highly motivated and passionate about new plays and touring.

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

Who are we looking for?

The Assistant Producer will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team. They will have a passion for new plays and touring and experience of working in a busy production office. The Assistant Producer will be on the road with our Roundabout and Small-Scale productions for around four or five months of the year taking the best new plays out and around the UK. This will fall around July – December in 2019.

Guidance Notes for Applicants

Application Pack: Job Description and Person Specification

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

Completing the Application Form

The Application Form is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant. It is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role.
Please do not attach any additional information to your application form. CVs will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 12pm

Applications should be submitted by email to
Please address applications to and clearly mark the email subject: ASSISTANT PRODUCER APPLICATION.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like the application pack in a different format please contact Charlotte Walton, Administrator on or 020 7240 4533.


ASSISTANT PRODUCER 2018 Application Pack

Paines Plough Application Form