Open Auditions Autumn 2019: Doncaster

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

We’re running Open Auditions again!

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

We will be seeing approximately 30 actors and preference will first be given to those living within 30 miles of Cast, with any remaining slots being allocated at random. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 18 September. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance.

If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Tuesday 24 September with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 27 September we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waitlist.

Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.

Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute monologue from a play written in the last 15 years.

Some things to bear in mind:

If you have auditioned for Paines Plough before (either at an Open Audition or as part of casting for a specific show), unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.

To give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, we only accept applications from actors so, if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.

Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.

If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.

We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.

Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.

We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions.

Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at if you’re not sure about anything.

Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs

We are looking for a Marketing Placement

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

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

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

Alice Rush, Production Placement, Spring 2018


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Anushka Chakravarti, Marketing Placement, Summer 2017


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

Application deadline:                   

19 August at 10am

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

Marketing Placement application pack

LATER programme 2019

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


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

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 19 August


WEDNESDAY 21: Poor Michelle: VIOLET by Bebe Sanders

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

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

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date:  21 August



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

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

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

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 14+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 22 August



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

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

All proceeds donated to charity.

Time: 22.35

Running time: 50 mins

Date: 23 August



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

Get ready for some serious softness and sensitivity this summer.

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

Time: 22.35

Age guidance: 18+

Running time: 50 mins

Dates: 24 August


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

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

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

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

James and George said:

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

Frankie said:

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

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

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for I WANNA BE YOURS

Who are we looking for?

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

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

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

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

How to Apply?

You can access the job description and person specification here.

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

Deadline for applications

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

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

We look forward to hearing from you!

Team PP x

Recruitment: Festival Team

Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

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

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


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

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Visitor Services

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

Street Team

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



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


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

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

Rory, Festival Team member 2016-17


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

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May, 10am.

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

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

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

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

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

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2019

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

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

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

James and George said today:

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

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

Tickets are on sale now from EdFringe and Summerhall.

Keep scrolling to read about the whole programme:

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
Charley Miles

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

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

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

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

Get tickets for DAUGHTERHOOD here.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
Daf James

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

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

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

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
By Nathan Bryon

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

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


A Middle Child production
By Daniel Ward
Music by Prez 96 and James Frewer

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

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

Get tickets for THE CANARY AND THE CROW here.

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

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

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

Get tickets for ISLANDER here.

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

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

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

Get tickets for THE CLAIM here.

A Dirty Protest production
By Siân

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

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

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

Get tickets for HOW TO BE BRAVE here.

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

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

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

Get tickets for PARAKEET here.

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

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

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

Get tickets for BABY REINDEER here.

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

The unmissable, Fringe First Award-winning show from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. Max spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie. But when Max is called for his first Square Go – a fight by the school gates – it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first.

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

Get tickets for SQUARE GO here.


Let us know what you’re most excited for on @painesplough with #RoundaboutPP

Meet the team: ROUNDABOUT 2019

We are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for ROUNDABOUT 2019.

The ROUNDABOUT 2019 Team
Daf James, Nathan Bryon, Charley Miles, Charlotte Bate, Charlotte O’Leary, Annie Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Stef O’Driscoll, Janisè Sadik, Peter Small, Rachel Graham, Tom Davis, Dom Kennedy, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Wesley Hughes
Photo Credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Once again we are thrilled to be co-producing three brand new plays with our pals at Theatr Clwyd to premiere in beautiful North Wales before setting off on tour around the UK. And we’re thrilled to introduce the band…

James and George said:

“For our final ROUNDABOUT season we are privileged to premiere three extraordinary new plays by three of Britain’s boldest, wittiest and most distinctive playwrights. This trio of plays will take you on adventures, teeter you on cliffhangers, transport you to other worlds, make you howl with laughter then rip out your heart. Both Charley and Nathan are former recipients of the Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship so we are particularly thrilled to now be premiering their full length plays. Along with Daf we think they are amongst the most entertaining and exciting new writing talent and we can’t wait to share their stories across the country in our beautiful ROUNDABOUT.”

Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director, said:

“Working in partnership with Paines Plough and particularly with James and George during their brilliant tenure has been a joy. Together our two companies have created theatre that has thrilled audiences at our home in Wales and across the nation. This year’s three extraordinary new plays yet again prove the incredible strength of new writing talent that Wales and the wider UK has to offer.”  

ROUNDABOUT 2019 Director Stef O’Driscoll said:

“ It is an honour to be back with Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd directing this year’s ROUNDABOUT season. I believe completely in the grass roots mission of theatre for all and the need to deliver high quality new writing to underserved communities across the UK. The ROUNDABOUT actively breaks down the barriers that exist that prevent people from accessing the arts. It is local, it celebrates what it means to be human, it inspires hope and it brings communities together. I can’t wait to share these gifts of plays made by this almighty team with audiences across the UK and to see how each community we go into responds to these stories, making the ROUNDABOUT their local” .


31 July – 25 August Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe

05-08 September The Lowry, Salford

12-15 September Creative Civic Change, Ramsgate

19-22 September CAST, Doncaster

26-29 September The Lighthouse, Poole, Bournemouth

03-06 October Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln


Charlotte Bate, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Charlotte O’Leary
Photo Credit: Rebecca Need-Menear


Charlotte O’Leary
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Charlotte trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her credits include:


For Theatre: ISLAND TOWN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, STICKS AND STONES, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll; UNDER MILK WOOD, The Watermill Theatre, Brendan O’Hea; HUSH, Paines Plough, Hannah Bannister; THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Eleanor Rhode; DYING FOR IT, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Dave Bond; THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Caroline Byrne; THREE SISTERS, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Adele Thomas; For Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock


Charlotte Bate
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Charlotte’s theatre credits include: Her in BLACKTHORN (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival); Julia in THE RIVALS (The Watermill Theatre); Goneril in KING LEAR (The Orange Tree Theatre); Kehar/ Thethuthinanng in WATERSHIP DOWN (The Watermill Theatre); Friar Laurence in ROMEO AND JULIET (Sheffield Crucible).

Charlotte’s television credits include:


Charlotte trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Credits whilst training include: Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT; Millie Crocker-Harris in THE BROWNING VERSION; Young Woman in MACHINAL; Medea in MEDEA; Sonya in UNCLE VANYA; Doris in FLARE PATH; Adrianna in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.


Toyin Omari-Kinch
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Toyin Omari-Kinch recently played David Taylor for over a year in WAR HORSE at the National Theatre and during a national tour of the production. He and the production received fantastic reviews.

Toyin played the role of Eric the Archer in the RSC and National Theatre of Scotland’s US tour of DUNSINANE. The show was adapted by David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert and went to North Carolina, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also appeared in numerous productions for the Birmingham Rep. On the small screen, he has featured in DOCTORS for the BBC.



Stef O’Driscoll
Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she directed the ROUNDABOUT 2018 rep: ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman, STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel and HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou. Also for Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. Other director credits include LAST NIGHT (nabokov/Roundhouse); STORYTELLING ARMY (nabokov/Brighton Festival); SLUG (nabokov/Latitude); BOX CLEVER (Bunker); YARD GAL (Ovalhouse); THE UNMASTER, A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT (& Bestival), FINDING HOME (Roundhouse); A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX, WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM [co-director] (Lyric, Hammersmith). As associate director, theatre includes: MOGADISHU (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester). As assistant director, theatre includes: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn); BLASTED (Lyric, Hammersmith). Upcoming projects include: A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Royal Court Theatre), LIT (Nottingham Playhouse & High Tide).


Janisè Sadik
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Janisè Sadik is an Emerging Theatre maker and Director. She’s apart of the Young Vic Directors program and completed her Boris Karloff Foundation in 2017. She has been a co-workshop leader at Park Theatre leading the Creative Learning Programme since 2015 directing the end of term showcase.  She’s facilitated in various creative buildings such as Hoxton Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Oval House and Wimbledon Arts College. In 2018 she set up a Youth Theatre company at We Are Spotlight working with young actors that don’t have access to training. She has worked internationally in rural parts of South India to run creative theatre projects with young children to empower and build their confidence. 

She enjoys work that is experimental, devised and bringing new writing to life. Her Directorial credits include MILK & OREOS co-written by Janisè Sadik & Seraphina Beh (Melanin Box Festival/  Winner of the Pandora Award 2015); SHE (Short Film) written by Andrè James; BREAKING THE INTERNET (Oval House Summer school 2017); BLURRED LINES (Etcetera Theatre); US written by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi (Camden People’s Theatre); HYDRAULIC written by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Wimbledon Arts College).



Nathan Bryon
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Nathan Bryon 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.

In addition, Nathan has recently co-written a Sky Arts short NEW BLOOD starring Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks, this can be found to watch on NOW TV and Sky On Demand. NEW BLOOD is currently being developed by Sky One. One of Nathan’s passions is creating his own work about his black British experience. He created REALITY, a comedic social commentary ethnology series, which has had two solo premiers at the BFI in NFT1. REALITY has also screened and won various awards around the world at film festivals. Nathan is currently writing series 3.0. Nathan has various TV projects in development with Roughcut, Three Stones Media, and a feature film in development with Damian Jones and Adam Rolston.


Daf James
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Daf James 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.’

Other past work includes: REPUTATIONS (BBC Studios); NURSERYLAND REVOLUTION (Let’s Play/National Theatre); MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME HOW TO SING (Radio 4); TIGER BAY (WMC/Capetown Opera); CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED (National Theatre Wales); ALL THAT I AM (Richard Burton Theatre Company/Gate); WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble/NTW); MOTHER COURAGE (NTW); YURI (August 012); CRACKANORY (Tiger Aspect/Dave); PSYCHOBITCHES (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts, Rose d’Or Award Winner); HERITAGE (NT Connections); SUE: THE SECOND COMING (Soho Theatre and UK tour);  TERRACE (Radio 3); GWAITH/CARTREF (10 episodes, Fiction Factory); THE VILLAGE SOCIAL (NTW); DEFFRO’R GWANWYN (Theatr Genedlaethol) and MY NAME IS SUE (Total Theatre Award Winner).

Current work includes: EXODUS(Triongl/S4C); GANOL GAEAF NOETHLWM (Cwmni Da/S4C); MARGARET & CLIVE (Fiction Factory); THE DIANA CHRONICLES (Royal Court, Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and TYLWYTH (Theatr Genedlaethol/Sherman Cymru). 

His TV pilot BEAST(Scott Free/Channel 4) was on the 2018 Brit List and he is currently on the 2019 BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme.


Charley Miles
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Charley is a playwright from rural North Yorkshire. She has written plays for the Royal Court, Leeds Playhouse, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has been attached to Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow in 2018 and Leeds Playhouse as their Channel 4 Playwright in Residence in 2017. Her debut play, BLACKTHORN, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize in New York in 2017. Her new play, THERE ARE NO BEGINNINGS, will premiere at Leeds Playhouse in Autumn 2019. She has original television dramas in development with Buccaneer Media, Mam Tor Productions and Entertainment One.



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,Phillip Pullman’s collection adapted by Philip Wilsondirected 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 (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 (Presented on tour 2017-2018 at Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and the Shakespeare’s Globe); THE DARK ROOM by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS OF MY WORLD by Natalie Ibu(Latitude Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, The Albany)

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)

PETER SMALL (Lighting)

Peter is an Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated lighting designer working across theatre, dance and opera. He regularly collaborates with Paines Plough, including lighting productions in their pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT.

Recent lighting design for theatre includes:

ROUNDABOUT 2018 SEASON (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONES and ISLAND TOWN) (Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd); SQUARE GO (Francesca Moody Productions); OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN (Offie nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Roundabout 2017); PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion); OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse); A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated) (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); RICHARD III and BARD ON BOARD 2 (Royal Court, Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner).

Lighting design for opera and musical theatre includes:

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 KATE for Oper Graz.

Upcoming projects include taking AD LIBIDO and SQUARE GO on tour.

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound and Original Music)

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, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre); GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer); BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough); ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre); WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough and Latitude Festival); THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough, national tour); THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey); RUN (Engineer) and ONO (Jamie Wood).

TOM  DAVIS (Lighting Programmer)

Tom Davis undertook his training at Rose Bruford College, and graduated with a first class

BA(Hons) in Creative Lighting Control. His recent lighting programming credits include:

LES MISÉRABLES(Imperial Theatre, Toyko), MARVEL SUPERHEROES UNITED, (Disneyland Paris), AMELIE(Werk7, Munich), BAT OUT OF HELL, (North America Tour), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER,(UK Tour), ALL OR NOTHING (Ambassadors Theatre, London), ROUNDABOUT 2018 SEASON(UK Tour), THIS IS ELVIS(UK Tour), ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (London & Shanghai), PYGMALION (UK Tour), GREASE(Curve), KING LEAR(The Old Vic, London), MADE IN DAGENHAM (Queens Theatre, London), CRIME AND PUNISHMENT(Theatre of Musical, Moscow), HAIRSPRAY (UK Tour), BEAUTIFUL THING (UK Tour), LOS MISÉRABLES (Spain Tour).

RACHEL GRAHAM (Stage Management)

Rachel is a freelance stage manager based in London. She graduated in 2016 with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Stage Management from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

Theatre Credits include: RAGS (Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre), CRAZY FOR YOU (Mountview at Pleasance), ROBIN HOOD (Qdos Productions), THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK (Edinburgh and London, W14 Productions), BLACKTHORN (InSite, Roundabout @ Edinburgh),  LONELY PLANET (Trafalgar Studios), NOT TALKING (defibrillator, Arcola Theatre), A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS (Aria Entertainment), ALADDIN (Qdos Productions), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum), 31 HOURS (W14 Productions, Bunker Theatre), SOME LOVERS (Aria Entertainment, The Other Palace), JAM (W14 Productions, Finborough Theatre), POSH (Can’t Think Theatre Company, Pleasance Theatre), THE PAJAMA GAME (Urdang Academy at Pleasance Theatre), CINDERELLA (First Family Entertainment), SWEENEY TODD (Royal Academy of Music, TRSE), SISTER ACT (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum)

Farewell 43 Aldwych

We’ve climbed the endless staircase to the Fourth Floor for the last time. Never again will a famous playwright get stuck in that lift. Never again will we be able to say ‘back to ours’ after a few too many at The Nell. Never again will we direct lost and confused actors to the ‘brown door next to the sign that says VERY GOOD COFFEE.’

Do you have any fond (or otherwise) memories to share about 43 Aldwych? Comment below and we’ll add them to our list of Fourth Floor Folklore.

  • 43 Aldwych has housed many auspicious occupants. It used to be Binkie Beaumont’s office back in the day. Sarah Kane’s office is now our meeting room.
  • Simon Stephens is amongst the many unfortunates to have been stuck in the rickety lift which dates from 1905 and is affectionately known as “the coffin” due to its cosy dimensions.
  • The toilet used to be in the kitchen.
  • The dirty blue carpet in our rehearsal room has soaked up many things from sloshed mulled wine at legendary Christmas parties to the sweat of innumerable extraordinary actors who have rehearsed there. If it could only speak to tell its secrets.


You can now find us on the Second Floor, 10 Leake Street, SE1 7NN (very trendy).


We are delighted to be announcing our full tour of Zia Ahmed’s I WANNA BE YOURS.

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

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

People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds. 

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room. 

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got, I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from London Laureate and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed. I WANNA BE YOURS is a co-production with Tamasha, and is directed by former Paines Plough trainee director Anna Himali Howard.

We’ll tour England as follows:

16 – 19 October: The Albany Canada Water Hub, Canada Water

21 October: Studio 3 Arts, Barking

22 October: Luton Culture, Luton

24 October: Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

25 October: Unity Theatre, Liverpool

28 October: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

29 October: Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor

30 October – The Old Market, Brighton

31 October – South Hill Park, Bracknell

01 November: Trestle Arts Centre, St Albans

02 November: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

04 November: The Key Theatre, Peterborough

05 November: The Marlowe, Canterbury

06 November: Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon

07 November: Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

08 November: Electric Theatre, Guildford

11 November: Octagon Theatre, Bolton

12 November: Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

13 November: The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

14 November: Artrix, Bromsgrove

15 November: Derby Theatre, Derby

16 November: East Riding Theatre, Beverley

19 November: CAST, Doncaster

20 November: Norden Farm, Maidenhead

21 November: The Garage, Norwich

22 November: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln

23 November: The Edge, Manchester

26 November: Preston Continental

27 November: Arts Centre Washington

28 November: Selby Town Hall, Selby

29 November: Square Chapel, Halifax

30 November: The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

About Zia Ahmed:

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.

About Anna Himali-Howard:

Anna is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016. She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry.

Her work as a Director includes A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).   As a theatremaker work includes MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016).   Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on OTHELLO, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and IN THE NIGHT TIME (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

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