Recruitment: Producer

We are looking for a Producer to form a key part of the Paines Plough team as we embark on an exciting new phase for the organisation under new leadership. You will lead on and support in delivering Paines Plough’s annual programme of work; specifically lead producing ROUNDABOUT, line-producing the mid-scale production and additional projects as required. The Producer is key to supporting the creation of exceptional theatre that reaches as wide an audience as possible.

We’re looking for someone who will encapsulate the company’s ethos – being open to
opportunity, collaborative and inclusive – and who can support the delivery of our
ambitions. You will be willing to travel across the country to represent Paines Plough and ensure we support our intention to be ‘local’, getting to know the communities we’re
collaborating with.

Person Specification

Below is a list of the experience, skills and attributes we’re looking for but we know that not everyone can meet all of them. If you don’t think you have everything on the list but believe you could make a real difference to Paines Plough then we encourage you to make an application.

Essential

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of producing, in a variety of settings, and on a variety of scales;
  • Experience of developing partnerships across the theatre ecology;
  • Excellent budgetary and financial management skills and ability to deliver on financial targets;
  • Experience of fundraising and delivering on funding requirements;
  • An enthusiasm for theatre and, in particular, new writing.

Desirable:

  • An understanding and experience of the national touring ecosystem;
  • Experience of marketing and audience development;
  • Experience of supporting the generation of income, particularly through fundraising;
  • Experience of delivering to Arts Council England’s funding agreements;
  • A knowledge of and enthusiasm for Paines Plough and its work.

Person attributes and skills

  • A demonstrable commitment to equality and inclusivity;
  • Excellent people management with the ability to inspire and motivate;
  • Warm, friendly and approachable in order to effectively build collaborations;
  • The ability to take initiative and recommend ways to develop Paines Plough;
  • The confidence to work independently but also as part of a team.

Paines Plough strives to be an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to
working towards a more diverse and inclusive theatre industry.

We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and walks of life, particularly disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within our team.

How to apply:

Once you have read the Producer Application pack, please complete and send

this application form

and

this equal opportunities form

to recruitment@painesplough.com.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 20 March 2020. *

** Now pushed back to Sunday 22 March, given the extreme circumstances.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 30 March 2020. Please notify us of any availability issues in your email.

Good luck!

Team PP x

Farewell Sofia!

Producer Sofia Stephanou will be leaving us in April to pursue her new role as Line Producer at The Boulevard Theatre. We are sad to see her go, but we are very proud of everything she has achieved at Paines Plough, and excited to see what the future holds for her at The Boulevard and beyond. Thank you Sofia, you’re a PP legend x

Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear

Sofia said:

‘The past four years at Paines Plough have been some of the best experiences of my life. I have been inspired every day by the incredible people who form this company and have the deepest gratitude that I was able to be part of such a special organisation for such a long time. I am eternally grateful to James Grieve, George Perrin and Hanna Streeter for giving me a phenomenal opportunity to work on some of the most inspiring plays and projects and although I will miss PP greatly, I am extremley excited to be joining the Boulevard theatre as their Line Producer in April. I will forever be a fan of Paines Plough and look forward to catching a show in ROUNDABOUT very soon.’

RUN SISTER RUN: MEET THE TEAM

Chloë Moss, Charlotte Bennett, Lucy Ellinson, Silas Carson, Lucas Button, Helena Lymbery and Patch the dog.
Photo be Rebecca Need-Menear
Arun Ghosh, Charlotte Bennett, Sarah Dickenson, Silas Carson, Rachel Head, Jackie Orton, Zoe Spurr, Laura Cubitt, Lucy McCann, Lucy Ellinson, Helena Lymbery and Patch, Lucas Button, Chloë Moss. Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear

‘You can’t pick your family but if you could I’d still pick you.’

Sisters Connie and Ursula were once everything to each other. Years on they’re almost strangers. When a family bombshell is dropped, Connie is forced to retrace forty years of sisterhood and confront a web of painful secrets and conflicting loyalties.  Spanning four decades, nurture competes with nature as the pair navigate their unbreakable bond, united by the same beginning but headed in different directions.

Award-winning playwright Chloë Moss’ new play  is a witty and heartfelt story of family, class and dependence, asking what does it really mean to belong to someone?  Directed by Charlotte Bennett, Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough.

Video by Unbrella Rooms

THE WRITER

Chloë Moss is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. Her celebrated play THIS WIDE NIGHT (Clean Break, Soho Theatre, 2008) won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize and was subsequently produced off-Broadway, starring Edie Falco. She has written numerous other plays including THE GATEKEEPER (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2012), FATAL LIGHT (for Clean Break at Soho Theatre, 2010 and 2011), CATCH (Royal Court Theatre, 2006), and HOW LOVE IS SPELT (Bush Theatre, 2004, and New York’s Summer Play Festival, 2005). She has also written extensively for television, including SIX WIVES (BBC One) and DICKENSIAN (Red Planet Pictures), and written episodes for NEW TRICKS (BBC One), THE SMOKE (Kudos), and PRISONER’S WIVES and THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL (Tiger Aspect). She has also written CARE, a single drama for Warp Films and Sky Arts, and an original series SWITCH, co-written with Tim Price, for Touchpaper / ITV2.

THE DIRECTOR

Charlotte Bennett will direct RUN SISTER RUN, which is the first play of the PP 2020 season. She is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. Previously she was Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she led the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Soho she has directed WHITEWASH by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, HAPPY HOUR 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. She also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.

THE CAST

CONNIE: Lucy Ellinson

Lucy Ellinson’s theatre credits include: MACBETH (Royal Exchange Theatre); TOP GIRLS (National Theatre); JUBILEE (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange Theatre); KINGDOM COME, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: PLAY FOR THE NATION (RSC); THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Donmar Warehouse); GROUNDED, THE CHRISTIANS, TROJAN WOMEN, TENET (The Gate); WORLD FACTORY (Metis Arts/Young Vic/New Wolsey); MAD MAN (Chris Goode/Theatre Royal Plymouth); Television includes: BRITANNIA; NEW TRICKS.

URSULA: Helena Lymbery

Helena Lymbery’s theatre credits includes: MR GUM AND THE DANCING BEAR; TREASURE ISLAND; THIS HOUSE; THE CAT IN THE HAT; …SOME TRACE OF HER; WOMEN OF TROY; ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE; IPHIGENIA AT AULIS; HIS DARK MATERIALS; WICKED YAAR; HENRY V(National Theatre); DEAR ELIZABETH (Gate Theatre); QUEEN MARGARET (Royal Exchange Theatre); PITY; ROUGH CUTS: GOD BLESS THE CHILD; THE LAWS OF WAR (Royal Court); THE WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (Pentabus); HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (West End); WE WANT YOU TO WATCH (RashDash/National Theatre)THE SECRET AGENT (Young Vic/Theatre O); AFTER DIDO (Young Vic/ENO); SLEEPING BEAUTY(Young Vic); COASTING (Bristol Old Vic).Television includes: DOCTOR FOSTER, FATHER BROWN, OLIVER TWIST, ALASTAIR MCGOWAN’S BIGIMPRESSION, THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES, THE BILL, NIETTA’S FARM, ORANGES AND LEMONS.Film includes: LONDON ROAD.

ADRIAN: Silas Carson

Silas Carson’s recent theatre credits include: THE CAPTIVE QUEEN (Shakespeare’s Globe); OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD; DRAWING THE LINE (Hampstead Theatre); HALF LIFE (Theatre Royal Bath); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Royal & Derngate Northampton); THE PROPHET (Gate Theatre); THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (National Theatre); RUINED; MACBETH (Almeida Theatre); ARABIAN NIGHTS (RSC) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Recent film credits include: THE CORRUPTED; POSTCARDS FROM LONDON; MISS YOU ALREADY. Recent television includes: THE ACCIDENT; SICK OF IT; SILENT WITNESS; TRUST; EASTENDERS; UNFORGOTTEN; INDIAN SUMMERS; THE CASUAL VACANCY; THE ‘C’ WORD; GLUE

JACK: Lucas Button

Lucas Button’s stage credits include WAR HORSE(UK Tour & National Theatre), THE BUTTERFLY LION (Chichester Festival Theatre), KES(Leeds Playhouse), ALAN, WE THINK YOU SHOULD GET A DOG (New Diorama Theatre), THE WINTERS TALE (English National Opera), PINOCCHIO and A TENDER THING(The Dukes Theatre), THE LOST PALACE (Fuel Theatre and Uninvited Guests) His short film credits include BILLY AND JAKE (Andrew Jonathan Smith). 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

DESIGN : Rosie Elnie

Theatre includes: [BLANK] Donmar (Warehouse); OUR TOWN (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS; UNKNOWN ISLAND; THE CONVERT (Gate); THE AMERICAN CLOCK (Old Vic); THE WOLVES (Theatre Royal Stratford East); THE MYSTERIES; THREE SISTERS (Royal Exchange, Manchester); ABANDON (Lyric Hammersmith); RETURNING TO HAIFA (Finborough Theatre); GOATS (Royal Court); PRIME TIME (Royal Court Schools Tour); BIG GUNS (Yard)

LIGHTING: Zoe Spurr

Zoe trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent theatre includes: WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Royal Exchange); AN EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS CAROL (Lyceum Edinburgh); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (National Youth Theatre, Criterion Theatre); THE SEVEN AGES OF PATIENCE (Kiln Theatre); HEDDA TESMAN (Headlong & Chichester Festival Theatre); ONEGIN, GEORGIANA, and LUCIO PAPIRIO DITTATORE for Buxton International Festival (Buxton Opera House); A MAN WITHOUT A PAST (New Perspectives/UK tour); EMILIA (Vaudeville Theatre); THE PHLEBOTOMIST (Hampstead Theatre); THE MAIDS (HOME, Manchester); CAT IN THE HAT (Leicester Curve/UK tour); THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly/UK tour); SILENCE (Mercury Theatre/UK tour); TOAST (The Other Palace/ Traverse 1); MEEK (Headlong/UK tour); ABIGAIL’S PARTY; ABI (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch/UK tour); POLSTEAD (Eastern Angles/UK tour); STICKY; INFINITE JOY; CONFIDENCE; NATIVES; COLLECTIVE RAGE (Southwark Playhouse); TINY DYNAMITE (Old Red Lion); NOT TALKING (Arcola); GROTTY (Bunker); PHOENIX RISING; LOOSE LIPS (Big House Theatre Company, Site Specific); THE BEGINNERS (Unicorn Theatre); ELEPHANT (Birmingham REP), THE MAGIC FLUTE (Soho Theatre/UK tour). For portfolio, please see zoespurrlighting.co.uk

COMPOSITION & SOUND: Arun Ghosh

Twice awarded ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Ghosh leads his own ensembles, touring nationally and internationally. He has released four albums on camoci records: Northern Namaste, Primal Odyssey, A South Asian Suite, and but where are you really from? As a composer for theatre, Ghosh has contributed scores and sound design to a wide array of productions since his debut in 2002; Storm by Lemn Sissay at contact, Manchester. Recent theatre composition includes: THE WOLF, THE DUCK AND THE MOUSE (Unicorn/New Perspectives); A DOLL’S HOUSE (Lyric Hammersmith); BYSTANDERS (Cardboard Citizens); HOBSON’S CHOICE (Royal Exchange, Manchester); NOUGHTS & CROSSES (Pilot Theatre/Derby Theatre); APPROACHING EMPTY (Tamasha/Kiln Theatre); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Watford Palace Theatre); LIONS AND TIGERS (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre). Arun Ghosh is a Creative Associate at Watford Palace Theatre, and an Associate Artist of Z-arts, Manchester.

MOVEMENT: Laura Cubitt

Laura is a Movement & Puppetry Director and Performer. Theatre includes:  As Movement Director: ANNA (National Theatre, Associate Movement Director); OPPENHEIMER (RSC/West End); War Horse (National Theatre, Associate Movement Director); 2012 Olympics Opening (Associate Movement Director). As Puppetry Director: THE BOY IN THE DRESS (RSC); DON QUIXOTE (RSC, Puppetry Co-director); A MONSTER CALLS (The Old Vic & Bristol Old Vic); SMALL ISLAN; COMMON (National Theatre); DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE (UK & US tour); RUDOLPH (Birmingham Mac); THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME (National Theatre/West End, Puppetry Consultant); BRILLIANT ( Fevered Sleep, Puppetry Consultant); RUNNING WILD (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour, Associate Puppetry Director); GOODNIGHT MR TOM (West End/UK tour, Associate Puppetry Director). As a Performer: PETER PAN; ELEPHANTOM; WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN (National Theatre), War Horse (National Theatre/West End); THE LORAX (The Old Vic); RUNNING WILD (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); GOODNIGHT MR TOM (Chichester Festival Theatre); FAERIES (Royal Opera House).

DRAMATURGY: Sarah Dickenson

Sarah is a freelance dramaturg and associate dramaturg for LAMDA and Paines Plough.  Her roles have included: Associate Dramaturg for the RSC, Production Dramaturg for the Globe, Senior Reader at Soho Theatre, Literary Manager for Theatre503, New Writing Associate at The Red Room and founder of the South West New Writing Network. She has worked on performance projects and artist development nationally and internationally for a wide range of organisations and theatre makers including: Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Theatre Centre, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Bristol, Old Vic New Voices, Liverpool Everyman, Champloo, Theatre Royal Bath, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Tamasha, Apples and Snakes, Almeida Theatre, Hall for Cornwall, The Fence and Churchill Theatre.

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS:

Matilda Ibini

Matilda Ibini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter (and occasional dramaturg) from London. She was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting. She was part of the Royal Court Writers Program and was a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group.  She has had residencies at Soho Theatre, BBC Writersroom, Graeae Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. Her play MUSCOVADO was produced by BurntOut Theatre and toured the UK in 2015. MUSCOVADO subsequently co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award. Her radio play THE GRAPE THAT ROLLED UNDER THE FRIDGE was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her Offie-nominated play LITTLE MISS BURDEN premiered at the Bunker Theatre in 2019. Her work has been staged at the Old Vic Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, National Theatre Shed, St. James Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Birmingham REP, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Hackney Showroom and VAULT Festival.

Lucy McCann

Lucy Grace McCann is a theatre director from London. She is currently part of the Resident Director pool at the Almeida Theatre. Directing Credits include Karaoke Play by Annie Jenkins (Bunker Theatre, 2019) and A Tinder Trilogy by Annie Jenkins (Theatre503, 2019, and Hens and Chickens Theatre, 2018). Lucy was previously Director in Residence at the Oxford Playhouse, Magdalen College School and Surbiton High School. Lucy holds an MA (Distinction) in Shakespeare and the British Tradition and a First Class BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick.

STAGE MANAGER: Rachael Head

Rachael is a Stage Manager with a background in Production. She first became interested in Theatre during her Literature degree and started her own theatre company in 2015. After two years Rachael moved into Stage Management and her SM credits include: Taming of the Shrew (The Globe Theatre) Whitewash (Soho Theatre), Square Go and cover on Baby Reindeer & Do Our Best (Francesca Moody Productions), and The Artist (Circo Aereo).

Lucy Ellinson, Silas Carson, Lucas Button, Helena Lymery and Patch the dog.
Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear

Introducing our incoming Executive Producer Holly Gladwell

Holly Gladwell. Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.

We are delighted to announce today that we have appointed Holly Gladwell as our new Executive Producer. Holly joins Paines Plough from Rifco Theatre Company where she was General Manager, and will form an integral part of the company, newly led by our Joint Artistic Directors Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner.

Holly has worked in theatre for over 15 years, recently focussed in arts management as General Manager for Rifco Theatre Company, producing Mushy: Lyrically Speaking and Laila The Musical and managing its Artist Development Scheme for unheard British Asian voices. Before Rifco, Holly was Administrator at the Royal Court Theatre where she worked on some of its most celebrated productions including JerusalemClybourne ParkPosh and Constellations

She trained as a Stage Manager at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and subsequently stage managed productions in London, on tour in the UK and internationally for a whole variety of companies including The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Nabokov, Propellor, The Old Vic and the BBC.

Holly said:

“I am both thrilled and humbled to be joining Charlotte and Katie at Paines Plough at the start of their first season packed full of new stories and exciting voices. I am passionate about new writing and hugely inspired by their collaborative vision that champions and empowers writers to create truthful plays. I bring with me a commitment to contributing to this vision to build a truly inclusive theatre that celebrates unheard voices and invites audiences from every corner to experience the best in new British theatre.”

Charlotte and Katie said:

“We are so delighted to be welcoming Holly to the Paines Plough team at the start of our tenure. We believe that with her dedication to new work, particularly with a focus on inclusivity, she will be an invaluable asset to the company. She is clearly passionate and motivated, with a wealth of experience, and with her support we are excited to drive the organisation forward into a new phase.”

Ellie Keel: ‘I wanted to inspire and empower as many women as possible to write plays.’

Ellie Keel at the launch of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting

Unsurprisingly, one of the questions I’m most often asked about founding The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is ‘what did you hope to achieve by setting it up?’

The simple answer to this question is that I wanted to inspire and empower as many women as possible to write plays. I wanted to bring these plays to the public’s attention by creating an organisation dedicated to promoting women’s writing for the stage. I wanted to do this because I had seen big, impressive plays by women on national stages – Red Velvet, Chimerica, The Writer, The Effect, Home, I’m Darling – but I hadn’t seen enough of them. I knew I hadn’t because when I came to tell people about these plays, I would run out of examples too quickly. And yet on any given night I could walk out into the West End and take my pick of Frayn, Stoppard, Greig, Hare, Ravenhill, and all the rest – and I could see a different play by a man every night of the week. Furthermore, my own research and that of Victoria Sadler showed the true bleakness of the full picture: only 26% of new main-stage productions in 2018 were written by women.

The inequality of this situation struck me as both unfair and unnecessary. I knew that lots of women were writing good plays, because as an independent producer I was receiving them all the time. I’d also produced a new writing competition called Heretic Voices which was entered by almost as many women as men (47%), but what was striking were the different ways that they talked about their work. Men’s covering emails would read along the lines of ‘I’ve written a deeply interesting and hilarious monologue that you’re going to love’, but women’s covering emails were frequently more tentative. They sometimes spoke about their work apologetically: ‘I’m sorry, it might be a bit long/weird/need more work’. Often (but not always), the more ambitious the play, the more apologetic the covering email. I felt that the reason for these apologetic overtones was the fact that women’s writing had, for too long, been relegated to second place in many national theatre organisations.

So the purpose of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is to end the apologies and start the celebration. We know that women can write big, impressive, epic plays, and we know that we have big, impressive, epic stages in our major theatre organisations to put them on. Our job is now to unite the two, and achieve proper parity between the number of plays by women and men on our major stages. Huge numbers of plays are being written by women already but so many of them are not being produced – and so we are setting up the prize to give theatres no excuse but to stage them. The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is a joint contribution from me and Paines Plough (and our publishing partner Samuel French) towards making this happen: to celebrate and promote the great plays already being written by women in the UK and Ireland, and inspire more of the same.

Ellie Keel, Founder and Executive Producer of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Submissions for the Women’s Prize for Plawriting close at 5pm on Monday 2 March 2020. More info here: http://womensprizeforplaywriting.co.uk/

Casting announcement for RUN SISTER RUN by Chloë Moss

We are delighted to announce casting for RUN SISTER RUN, a co-production between Paines Plough, Sheffield Theatres and Soho Theatre, by award-winning playwright Chloë Moss.

RUN SISTER RUN will be directed by our Joint Artistic Director Charlotte Bennett and the cast includes: Lucy Ellinson; Helena Lymbery; Lucas Button; Silas Carson.

RUN SISTER RUN opens at Sheffield Theatres on 27 February and will transfer to Soho Theatre from 25 March until 2 May.

LUCY ELLINSON

LUCY ELLINSON

Lucy Ellinson’s theatre credits include: MACBETH (Royal Exchange Theatre); TOP GIRLS (National Theatre); JUBILEE (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange Theatre); KINGDOM COME, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: PLAY FOR THE NATION (RSC); THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Donmar Warehouse); GROUNDED, THE CHRISTIANS, TROJAN WOMEN, TENET (The Gate); WORLD FACTORY (Metis Arts/Young Vic/New Wolsey); MAD MAN (Chris Goode/Theatre Royal Plymouth); Television includes: BRITANNIA; NEW TRICKS.

HELENA LYMBERY

HELENA LYMBERY

Helena Lymbery’s theatre credits includes: MR GUM AND THE DANCING BEAR; TREASURE ISLAND; THIS HOUSE; THE CAT IN THE HAT; …SOME TRACE OF HER; WOMEN OF TROY; ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE; IPHIGENIA AT AULIS; HIS DARK MATERIALS; WICKED YAAR; HENRY V (National Theatre); DEAR ELIZABETH (Gate Theatre); QUEEN MARGARET (Royal Exchange Theatre); PITY; ROUGH CUTS: GOD BLESS THE CHILD; THE LAWS OF WAR (Royal Court); THE WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (Pentabus); HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (West End); WE WANT YOU TO WATCH (RashDash/National Theatre); THE SECRET AGENT (Young Vic/Theatre O); AFTER DIDO (Young Vic/ENO); SLEEPING BEAUTY(Young Vic); COASTING (Bristol Old Vic).Television includes: DOCTOR FOSTER, FATHER BROWN, OLIVER TWIST, ALASTAIR MCGOWAN’S BIGIMPRESSION, THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES, THE BILL, NIETTA’S FARM, ORANGES AND LEMONS.Film includes: LONDON ROAD.

LUCAS BUTTON

LUCAS BUTTON

Lucas Button’s stage credits include WAR HORSE(UK Tour & National Theatre), THE BUTTERFLY LION (Chichester Festival Theatre), KES(Leeds Playhouse), ALAN, WE THINK YOU SHOULD GET A DOG (New Diorama Theatre), THE WINTERS TALE (English National Opera), PINOCCHIO and A TENDER THING(The Dukes Theatre), THE LOST PALACE (Fuel Theatre and Uninvited Guests) His short film credits include BILLY AND JAKE (Andrew Jonathan Smith). 

SILAS CARSON

SILAS CARSON

Silas Carson’s recent theatre credits include: THE CAPTIVE QUEEN (Shakespeare’s Globe); OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD; DRAWING THE LINE (Hampstead Theatre); HALF LIFE (Theatre Royal Bath); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Royal & Derngate Northampton); THE PROPHET (Gate Theatre); THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (National Theatre); RUINED; MACBETH (Almeida Theatre); ARABIAN NIGHTS (RSC) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Recent film credits include: THE CORRUPTED; POSTCARDS FROM LONDON; MISS YOU ALREADY. Recent television includes: THE ACCIDENT; SICK OF IT; SILENT WITNESS; TRUST; EASTENDERS; UNFORGOTTEN; INDIAN SUMMERS; THE CASUAL VACANCY; THE ‘C’ WORD; GLUE.

Chloë Moss is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. Her celebrated play THIS WIDE NIGHT (Clean Break, Soho Theatre, 2008) won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize and was subsequently produced off-Broadway, starring Edie Falco. She has written numerous other plays including THE GATEKEEPER (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2012), FATAL LIGHT (for Clean Break at Soho Theatre, 2010 and 2011), CATCH (Royal Court Theatre, 2006), and HOW LOVE IS SPELT (Bush Theatre, 2004, and New York’s Summer Play Festival, 2005). She has also written extensively for television, including SIX WIVES (BBC One) and DICKENSIAN (Red Planet Pictures), and written episodes for NEW TRICKS (BBC One), THE SMOKE (Kudos), and PRISONER’S WIVES and THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL (Tiger Aspect). She has also written CARE, a single drama for Warp Films and Sky Arts, and an original series SWITCH, co-written with Tim Price, for Touchpaper / ITV2.

Charlotte Bennett will direct RUN SISTER RUN, which is the first play of the PP 2020 season. She is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. Previously she was Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she led the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Soho she has directed WHITEWASH by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, HAPPY HOUR 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. She also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.

I WANNA BE YOURS: PP chats to Ragevan Vasan (HASEEB)

RAGEVAN VASAN as HASEEB in I WANNA BE YOURS
Photo by The Other Richard

What is I WANNA BE YOURS about?

Ella and Haseeb. They recount their relationship and personal experiences with the help of Rachael (and sometimes to her). 

 How did you get into theatre?

 My parents forced me into elocution classes as a kid (their experience as immigrants made them think that speaking well could give you confidence and a better chance in life). I’m not sure if it’s still a thing but it was quite popular in the British Sri-Lankan community during the late 90s-early 00s.

But actually, those classes taught me how to read and introduced me to drama, which became my favourite subject at school. I wasn’t a popular kid but when it came to Drama, people would tackle me to the floor to shotgun pairing up with me. Fights would break out, the teacher wouldn’t know what to do. It was havoc, but I was low-key gassed (with bruised ribs).

I didn’t know much about theatre until I was 15. My art teacher gave me a free ticket to see a play which an ex-student of hers was in. It was Danny Mays and the play was upstairs at the Royal Court; they had transformed the space into a dingy hotel room. My mind was blown, I was like ‘rah wow this is a thing? Look at how real it all is. People actually do this for a job? I’m in!’

Saying that, I resisted the theatre for a bit, I thought it was risky. I came back round though cos it made me feel good.

 What attracted you to the role of HASEEB?

When I read race specific parts, a lot of the time I come away thinking, ‘yeah that didn’t make me feel good about being brown’. But Haseeb is the most emotionally complex character I’ve had the chance to play. He gets to fall in love and the love is reciprocated (also refreshing), and he experiences all the nuance that comes with being in love. It’s also so honest about how we experience race. I remember reading it thinking ‘er this Zia is a brave brother, can you really say this? Have they actually given you the green light on this one?’

What has working alongside Rachael been like?

It’s the first time I’ve been involved in integrated BSL and it’s been flippin wicked. Rachael’s mesmerising to watch. She was there from the start of rehearsals. It was challenging at first because we could see the potential. We weren’t interested in her sole purpose being interpreting, it felt detached from us. We wanted to all tell this story together and once we truly surrendered to that, we found flo. 

We were also lead by Anna Himali Howard (our director) who is a brilliant collaborator; she understands actors and we created a working language very quickly. It was a very open room where we could communicate any difficulties about the BSL process with ease. I hope all actors get an opportunity to work with BSL because so much of drama is about the difficulty of communicating one’s truth. Having Rachael there makes it so much richer (and easier; she does half my job for me). I’ve probably forgotten how to act without it.

Do you have a favourite moment in the play?

 Nah, too hard to pick. 

What was touring I WANNA BE YOURS like for you?

A blur. But a great blur. Performing in a different city everyday for 6 weeks isn’t as tough as I thought it would be (but a lot of that is down to Alice; big up our company manager). The venues were welcoming and excited to have us.

We rehearsed and opened in London and I was nervous about going to cities around the country which were predominately white and saying some of the things my character says. ​To be made aware of your race, to be called ‘white’- it can be quite confronting if you haven’t experienced that before. 

A lot of the play speaks directly to the audience and I don’t buy it when people say ‘you never know what the audiences are thinking’. When you look at someone directly in the eye, you can tell whether they’re vibe-ing you or not, and it can completely shift your energy in how you tell that story. And that can feel problematic. Sometimes there would be an underlying feeling of ‘ok, maybe I have to explain myself here’ but that instinctively felt wrong. Like, why am I apologising through these lines? Why am I feeling like I have to re-interpret this text? Ok, there’s one person here who gets it so I’m gravitating towards you but now I’m feeling like I’m not sharing the story. I don’t want to be a spokesperson and the play doesn’t want me to do that either so why am I suddenly feeling that now I’m in an environment which feels a bit detached?

Anna really helped me with that and it always came back to the character’s truth. Getting to make direct connections with audience members is a massive gift. That’s why this show has never once felt the same, which keeps me sane and constantly inspired. 

I also learnt a lot from conversations we would have with people after the show. Something which came up a lot (and continues to) is how refreshing it is to see the play tackling race and discrimination without anger and with subtlety, tenderness (those kind of words). I sort of get it and I’d think ‘ok, let’s not challenge that because that is your experience’ but ultimately, I think it reveals more about the person and how they want race to be portrayed. Like it is only palatable when communicated in a certain way? What does that say about the way we choose to listen to and interpret ideas surrounding race? 

I will admit I absolutely loved being out of London for a bit though. It was calm. I think I might need to move by the sea or into the woods.

Did you have a favourite venue on tour?

Remember that blur I told you about…We did perform in a record-shop-by-day-theatre-by-night in Ventor, Isle of Wight. That place was sick. The audience were sitting on sofas and arm-chairs; it kind of blended into our set seamlessly. It felt very communal. 

How does it feel to be bringing the play to the Bush?

For me, it feels like a homecoming. A lot of this play speaks about London and living in this city so if you know, you know (however, I’ve discovered that north-south wars exist in all cities. People are fierce over their territories. We are animals). The Bush studio is very intimate and we’re in thrust; I can see everyone in most directions, there’s no hiding, but that’s completely right for this story. The play feels very clear in this space. 

  Sam’s or Morley’s?

Sam’s. Morley’s lack spice. Come at me. 

I WANNA BE YOURS is playing at the Bush Theatre until 18 January 2020.

Tickets available here.

Recruitment: Executive Producer

We’re hiring!

We are looking for an Executive Producer to work with the Artistic Directors, team and Board to lead Paines Plough into a new phase.

You will support in driving forward the strategic direction of the organisation, overseeing all of Paines Plough’s shows and finances, and ensuring a dynamic and effective team. We’re looking for someone who will encapsulate the company’s ethos – being open to opportunity, collaborative and inclusive – and who can drive delivery of our ambitions. You will be willing to travel across the country to represent Paines Plough and ensure we support our intention to be ‘local’, getting to know the communities we’re collaborating with.

Reporting to: Artistic Directors

Responsible for: Producer, Administration and Finance Manager (to be reviewed following probation).

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Producer will work closely with the Artistic Directors to set the strategic direction and be responsible for leading the team to ensure its implementation.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy

Together with the Artistic Directors develop and implement the strategic direction of Paines Plough, creating a business plan to reflect and support this.

Lead on the continued development of the business model to ensure the strategic direction and aims are achievable.

Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships across the wider sector, ensuring Paines Plough continues to be a key player in the national landscape.

Discover and nurture the best national playwriting talent and support the strategy which underpins how these playwrights are discovered, developed and produced.

Programming and Producing

Support the Artistic Directors in the creation and delivery of an exceptional programme of new theatre, leading on producing mid and large-scale projects and manage the Producer, overseeing the whole programme.

Work with the Artistic Directors to initiate and secure effective co-producing partnerships, national and international tours and transfers that will expand the reach and potential for commercial exploitation of Paines Plough’s work.

Together with the Producer, ensure the theatre programme is financially viable and successfully delivered.

Marketing and Communications

Oversee the management of Paines Plough’s brand, ensuring the vision, voice and values of the organisation are effectively communicated.

Work with the Artistic Directors to ensure Paines Plough’s work has as wide a reach as possible, maintaining and building on Paines Plough’s national audience base and profile.

Oversee campaigns for productions, festivals and local activity to ensure audience and financial targets are met.

Oversee creation and delivery of the social media strategy, with the aim of increasing Paines Plough’s online presence and reach.

Oversee the relationship with external PR, ensuring clear plans are set that secure the greatest exposure for Paines Plough and its work.

Initiate and manage new partnerships that will support in delivering a bold and exciting programme that is experienced by and connects with more people.

Development

Lead on the creation and delivery of a fundraising strategy in order to meet financial targets, cultivating and managing funder/patron relationships, and ensuring reporting deadlines are met.

Identify new income opportunities, write funding applications, and support the delivery of fundraising events.

Finance

With the Artistic Directors, create the annual budget and oversee the preparation of the management accounts, ensuring targets are appropriate and met.

Oversee the effective financial management of Paines Plough ensuring financial procedures are upheld, that statutory requirements and the completion of comprehensive financial reporting for dissemination within the team and Board are all upheld.

Seek out new business opportunities and identify ways to improve efficiency that will support Paines Plough’s financial resilience and sustainability.

HR and Governance

Work with the Board to ensure effective organisational governance.

For more information including person specification, please head to: https://www.painesplough.com/pp/get-involved

Application:

In order to apply, please send:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role in line with the key
  • responsibilities and person specification;
  • And a completed equal opportunities form

To recruitment@painesplough.com with the subject line: Executive Producer Application.

by 10am, Monday 13 January 2020.

Interviews:

  • First round: Monday 20th January 2020;
  • Second round: Thursday 23rd January 2020.
  • Please notify us of any availability issues in your email.

Good Luck!

Team PP

Recruitment: Administrator

We are looking for an Administrator to join our team here at Paines Plough. The Administrator is vital to holding all of Paines Plough together and supporting our busy programme. Do you like organising things, numbers and spreadsheets all whilst being part of a creative environment? Excellent. Please take a read of the full pack below, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Overview
The Administrator is key to supporting the running of Paines Plough. You will work across all company activities, providing vital administrative and financial support. You will work especially closely with the Administration & Finance Manager to ensure the day-to-day running of Paines Plough’s financial, administrative and HR processes. We hope the successful candidate will have a passion for new plays and touring. Training and support will be provided for the right candidate if necessary.

Applications

  • You can find the Administrator Job Pack here.
  • And the Administrator Application form here.

Please submit your application form via email with subject line: ‘Administrator Application’ to recruitment@painesplough.com. Please do not attach additional information to your application form or send us a CV.

Deadline: Monday 09 December (10am)

InterviewsFriday 13 December (please indicate availability issues in your email)
 

Guidance
If you have questions about the application process, specific requirements or want to talk to us about the role, please contact Svetlana Karadimova: svetlana@painesplough.com / 020 7240 4533. 

If you would find it easier to complete this application in another format please get in touch. 

Don’t worry if you don’t meet all of the criteria in the job pack – tell us what skills you do have that would make you good for the job.

Paines Plough strives to be an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to working towards a more diverse and inclusive theatre industry. We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and walks of life. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as staff from these groups are currently under-represented within our team.

Good luck!

Team PP

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Q&A with Zia Ahmed

We asked playwright Zia Ahmed a few questions about I WANNA BE YOURS – currently touring nationwide and coming to the Bush Theatre 04 December – 18 January.

1. How did the commission of I Wanna Be Yours come about?

hello – so in 2016 i saw an open call out for paines plough’s come to where i’m from which tamasha was working with them on for the london leg

you had to write a monologue about where you’re from + read it yourself no actors

this felt like doing a spoken word piece so thought why not apply?

i got picked for the north-west london event at the kiln [ then tricycle ]

read on a cool line up with writers gabriel bisset smith che walker karla williams

+ my sister too mediah ahmed

paines plough kept in touch with me after + applied for the channel 4 playwright scheme

which we got + i spent 2017 with them + this was the play i started writing as part of it

tamasha came in looking for a play for a week long rural arts tour in 2018 around various schools + village halls in north yorkshire which they co-produced with paines plough + off the back of that tour we ended up with the current tour + bush run

2. Tell us what I Wanna Be Yours is about

I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed Directed by Anna Himali Howard Cast Ragevan Vasan Emily Stott Rachel Merry ©The Other Richard

i wanna be yours is about haseeb + ella going through their relationship from first meeting to the present. they tell the story to and with rachael who follows their story with them + all the people + spaces they have to navigate together + apart

3. Now tell us what it’s really about! Is it a love story or a political play or both? If both how do you achieve that balance?

it’s about haseeb + ella navigating through the world as a couple + by themselves

it’s about what home means to both of them

it’s about the things they experience on their own they bring into their relationship

+ the things they experience as a couple impact them as individuals

everything is everything

love does not exist in a vacuum

love is affected by the real world 

your race your class your gender your region your faith your work

these inform how you love how you loved how you’ve been loved how you want love how you want to love

+ love includes it all 

a love story can’t be apolitical

for me balance comes having everything as one 

overlapping connected + not separated into 

this part is love 

this part is political 

this part is + so on

I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed Directed by Anna Himali Howard Cast Ragevan Vasan Emily Stott Rachel Merry ©The Other Richard

5. How did you decide to become a poet and playwright? And which came first?

poetry is probably the path that got me to this play 

but theatre led me to that path in the first place

i was part of youth theatre groups 

heat&light at hampstead [ got closed down ]

then oval house drama company 

at royal court i met sabrina mahfouz [ sabrinamahfouz.com ] at a writer’s group 

she invited us to come to a uk slam

that was my first experience of performance poetry 

saw my mate sean mahoney [ seanysense.com ] perform as part of roundhouse poetry collective

[ which is still going + open for anyone under 25 to apply to ]

off the back of seeing sean i applied for the next year

ended up going to theatre less + spoken word nights more 

watching + writing + performing

i love[d] the form of it writing + performing your own work

+ the immediacy + intimacy + variety of voices within it all

then the come to where i’m from call out came

it feels like i’ve come full circle 

but this time round both poems + plays are drawing at the same time

I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed Directed by Anna Himali Howard Cast Ragevan Vasan Emily Stott Rachel Merry ©The Other Richard

6. How does your background as a poet feed into your playwriting? You’re also a Poetry Slam champion – how does being a performer inform the way you write characters?

being part of the roundhouse poetry collective 

one of the first pieces of advice from steven camden aka polarbear [ bearstories.org ] was

‘write for the sound of your own mouth’

[ maybe paraphrased but it’s how i remember it now ] 

he made clear to us from the start he wasn’t trying to tell us how to write A Good Poem

but for us to write poems which were in our voice for our voice

it was always about us saying what we want to say

i’ve tried to keep that in mind when i write anything

so while this play has characters who don’t speak like i do

it will say things i want to be talked about 

there are bits with are obviously rhythmic

but there’s not much punctuation in the script 

cos i wanted the director + the actors work out rhythms

a rhythm that is more for themselves

+ it feels more fun that way

seeing the choices they make

I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed Directed by Anna Himali Howard Cast Ragevan Vasan Emily Stott Rachel Merry ©The Other Richard

8. How much of your own experience mirrors Haseeb’s?

haseeb is a british pakistani poet from north west london 

the character is me + the character is fictionalised

experiences i’ve had are fed into haseeb’s story

also experiences i’ve imagined + experiences i didn’t have

so no matter how much or how little is actual happenings

it’s all things i’ve wanted to talk about + dissect

it’s all based on real feelings + impulses for conversations

which i hope can be had with people who watch the play

9. What else are you working on right now?

working on a commission for hopefully a second play

+ i am also on tour with sarathy korwar at the moment

two poems i wrote are part of tracks he’s made 

which i’m performing at his shows

he’s an amazing musican + v excited i get to be part of it

I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed Directed by Anna Himali Howard Cast Ragevan Vasan Emily Stott Rachel Merry ©The Other Richard

You can read more about I WANNA BE YOURS here. Are we touring near you?