We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Vedi Roy will be taking on the role of ‘G’ on the PP nation-wide tour of POP MUSIC!

About Vedi Roy:


Vedi Roy trained at DNA Studios, Pineapple Arts, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Vedi regularly Choreographs and directs movement for productions, workshops and classes in London and across the nation. He is currently branching out into directing whilst enhancing his writing practice, with a possible rehearsed reading of his first full-length play mid 2019.


As Actor/Dancer – 

Genie in Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); Pinky in Miss Meena and the Masala Queens (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Kazi/Ensemble in Laila the Musical (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Banker in The Hunting of the Snark (Sherman Theatre/RGM Productions); Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Dancer for Ideal Home ShowDancer for Britain’s Next Top Model Live.

As Creative collaborator – 

Co-creator and Actor in Pinky and Preetho’s Comedy Night (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre), Writer for Future’s in the Making (Spread the Word)

Social handles:

Twitter – @vediroy

Instagram – vediroy


Paines Plough’s CHAMPIONS call-out Autumn 2018

Here at Paines Plough (PP) we’re passionate about bringing truly brilliant theatre to each corner of the UK, whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Middlesbrough or Maidenhead, we’ll be bringing one of our shows to you soon.

We tour all over map, which means we have audiences all over the map! PP CHAMPIONS is our new ambassador scheme looking to create a national team of 18-25 year-olds who are as excited about new plays as we are, and dedicated to championing theatre in their neighbourhood.


  • Passionate about theatre in their local area.
  • Outgoing personality: approachable, social and eager to get along with different people.
  • Great communicator.
  • Connected and in-tune with their local area: knows how to spread the word effectively to a broad range of people.
  • Strong understanding of social handles (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and a creative mind to match.



  • Representing PP in your neighbourhood.
  • Harnessing your social media channels to publicise the PP productions heading your way.
  • Using your local knowledge and networks to introduce PP and your local theatre to new audiences.
  • Engaging and exciting people about their local theatre venue and PP.


“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people… It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.”

Paines Plough Festival Team Member




  • All PP CHAMPIONS will be supported and line-managed by PP’s Assistant Producer Harriet Bolwell.
  • All PP CHAMPIONS will be provided with a PP CHAMPIONS Tool Kit, providing you with everything you’ll need to get the word out to your area.


  • PP CHAMPIONS will be paid at a rate £10 p/h, working for a maximum of 15 hours in the lead up to PP productions arriving at their local theatre. Hours will be logged on online timesheets to be submitted alongside an invoice and a signed PP Champion Agreement.


  • Access to free tickets for you and a friend.
  • The chance to network with other ambassadors and arts professionals.
  • Working in collaboration with PP and our touring venues.
  • Opportunity to develop networking, communication, organisational and marketing skills.
  • A chance to be part of a nationwide network of like-minded theatre lovers.
  • Signed playtexts.
  • Meet the cast of PP productions.
  • An insight into a career in theatre.


Please apply here.

You will be asked to upload your CV and/or a video application.

Submissions close on Thurs 25 October 2018 at 12 noon.

Successful applicants will be invited for a Skype interview the morning of 28 October.



  • Must be 18 to 25 years-old.
  • Must be based at an address with one of the following four areas in the UK: Lyme RegisMiddlesbrough, Guildford and Tunbridge Wells.
  • Must have a UK bank account and required visas to work within the UK.

Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

Whilst PP CHAMPIONS is in four areas for now, we are hoping to roll out more locations across the UK soon –keep your eyes peeled for more news on PP CHAMPIONS in your area.

If you have any questions or problems just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Eman an email on

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Paines Plough is looking to extend our network of movement directors. Polly Bennett is looking to meet movement directors at the beginning of their careers with a view to offer mentorship.

Cue Paines Plough’s STEPPING INTO MOVEMENT workshop with Polly Bennett:

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

One of Movement Director Polly Bennett’s first solo jobs was at Paines Plough, where working with small companies, getting quick results and engaging actors from all backgrounds is the name of the game. With a view to meet movement directors at the beginning of their careers and offer mentorship, Polly Bennett invites you to come and share practice and rehearsal room ideas in this session. Working with text, space (and lack of space) she will create a dialogue around establishing and acknowledging your own movement practice and how to take your first steps into production work.

This is an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences of movement practice and to learn more about the work Paines Plough are doing to support emerging creatives. If you have an inclination for movement and want to explore the next steps this is a session for you.

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

The workshop will take place on Thursday 22nd November, 10.30am – 5.00pm at The Mono Box Studio in London.


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

Deadline for applications is Monday 29th October, and you can expect to hear from us by Friday 12th November. 



Polly Bennett is a Movement Director and Choreographer working nationally and internationally. She holds an MA in Movement from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is Associate Movement Practitioner at the RSC.

Theatre includes: The Village (Stratford East Theatre), The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre), As You Like It (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway), The Great Wave (National Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (Home), People, Places & Things (National Theatre; also West End, UK Tour and off-Broadway); Touch (Soho), Don Juan in Soho (Wyndhams), Blush (Soho), Salome (RSC), Woyzeck (Old Vic), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic), How My Light Is Spent (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Streetcar Named Desire (Manchester Royal Exchange), My Country; a work in progress, (National Theatre and UK Tour), The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre),Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange and Orange Tree), Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Centre of Performing Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s), The Maids (Trafalgar Studios), Yen (Royal Court), Plaques and Tangles(Royal Court) hang(Royal Court), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Mad World My Masters (RSC and UK Tour), The Angry Brigade (Bush), Dunsinane (National Theatre Scotland, US, Asia and UK tours), The King’s Speech (Chichester, Birmingham Rep and on UK tour), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), nut (National Theatre.)

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

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

Other work includes: Assistant Movement Director on the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Mass Cast Choreographer on the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and Mass Cast Choreographer on Sochi Winter Olympics Opening and Paralympic Ceremonies 2014.

Polly is co-founder of The Mono Box.




POP MUSIC: This Week On Tour

After an electric opening run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The POP MUSIC squad have headed off on the Barry Jackson Tour – a community tour funded by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust and organised by Birmingham Rep. The tour visits a host of community-focused locations in Birmingham, including schools, libraries, care homes and churches. Tonight they’ll be performing at Northfield Methodist Church.

Ciaran Alexander Stewart plays the role of ‘Remix’ in the accessible performances of POP MUSIC. Once we begin our small scale tour, he will be joining Katherine and Rakesh (Kayla and G) at The Garage in Norwich, Derby Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Borden – three of Paines Plough’s partner venues that are currently committed to receiving accessible performances.

We asked Ciaran to kick off the ‘THIS WEEK ON TOUR’ blog.

“It’s actually a really funny story. My lecturer at drama school said I should consider using sign language as a major part of my career, as he thought I had the potential for it. I told him that I’d already accepted the fact that my career would consist of me speaking at auditions and that would be it. I was wrong. Guess what my first job was as soon as I graduated!

I’m performing the character of Remix, who is integrating British Sign Language into POP MUSIC.

I never thought I’d perform at Latitude Festival – and watch The Killers live. I never thought I’d come to Birmingham Repertory Theatre and perform in their Door space. What a brilliant way to kick off my career!

One of the best bits is chatting to people about their favourite songs from the show, and watching them sing along to “Man in the Mirror,” or “Mr Brightside,” or “I Hate this Part Right Here.” Most of the time, I’m facing the audience and can see them engaging with the music. POP MUSIC is a production that you can totally relate to on a personal level, and having people laugh alongside us is just wonderful.

I’m missing the gang already, and I can’t wait to be reunited with them soon.”


Ciaran Alexander Stewart
Ciaran Alexander Stewart. Photo: Orlando James.

You can catch Ciaran ‘having it large’ with the rest of the POP MUSIC team at:

The Garage, Norwich – 06 November

Derby Theatre – 10 November

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre – 24 November


We are very excited to announce the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 27 September at Royal & Derngate Northampton!

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Northampton to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

Come To Where I’m From is supported by GenerateRoyal & Derngate’s Artist Development.


Subika Headshot

Subika is an Actor and Playwright. Subika studied Creative Writing and English Language. She has developed scripts with various theatre companies including Tamasha, The Roundhouse, Curve Theatre, Royal and Derngate and Paines Plough. Her play STATELESS was produced by Kali Theatre and her play PRINCESS SUFFRAGETTE was produced by London Grey and Green Theatre. Subika has also written and performed a solo show DIVIDED at the Camden People’s Theatre which received Arts Council Funding and went on a local tour.
Subika is currently performing at The National Theatre in JULIE and has previously worked with Soul City Arts, Phizzical Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre and New Perspectives Theatre.


HEADSHOT FOR AUTHENTIC 1Louise works as an actor and journalist. She is an alumnus of the Royal Court Playwriting course. Her first play, POPE JOAN, was commissioned and produced by the NYT in August 2013. She cowrote and produced The Charles Dickens Show, a children’s history chat-show for the BBC. Her work as an actor includes Molly Hooper in SHERLOCK, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, CLIQUE, BACK, GOMORRAH, RIPPER STREET and BLEAK HOUSE. On stage she has appeared in CONSTELLATIONS (West End), HUSBANDS AND SONS (National Theatre), UNCLE VANYA (Sir Peter Hall for ETT), MISS JULIE (Citizens Theatre), THE HERD (Bush), TROJAN WOMEN (Gate) and ARCADIA (Bristol Old Vic).



DC Moore is a Northampton-born writer who wrote the 2015 BAFTA award winning comedy drama series, NOT SAFE FOR WORK (Channel 4 / Clerkenwell Films). He is currently working on an original series called CROMWELL for ITV (Playground Entertainment) and an adaptation of J.G.Ballard’s novel SUPER CANNES (Bonafide Films). He also recently worked on the second series of KILLING EVE (Sid Gentle/BBC America). In 2016 he won the Best Long Form Drama award at the Writers’ Guild Awards, and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Writer for Not Safe For Work. He has also been nominated in the Breakthrough Talent category at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2016. For Theatre, DC MOORE was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011 for THE EMPIRE for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Royal Court) and won the TMA Award for Best Touring Production for the same play. ANOTHER PLACE was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards. His plays include include ALASKA (Royal Court), THE EMPIRE (Royal Court and Drum Theatre, Plymouth), TOWN (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), HONEST (Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre), THE SWAN (as part of Double Feature – National Theatre, Paintframe), STRAIGHT (Sheffield Theatres and Bush Theatre), ANOTHER PLACE (Drum Theatre, Plymouth) and COMMON (National Theatre).


Robin Soans (Spot)

Robin Soans is an actor, and a playwright specialising in verbatim and documentary plays and radio drama. These works include FROM A GREAT HEIGHT (2018); ONE TURBULENT AMBASSADOR (2012); ACROSS THE DIVIDE (2007); A STATE AFFAIR (2000) which looked at life on a Bradford estate, produced by Out of Joint theatre company; THE ARAB ISRAELI COOKBOOK (Gate Theatre 2004); TALKING TO TERRORISTS (Out of Joint theatre company and Royal Court Theatre); LIFE AFTER SCANDAL (Hampstead Theatre); and CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE (Out of Joint theatre company, National Theatre Wales, Arcola Theatre, and Sherman Cymru). Other plays include BET NOIR (Young Vic 1986); SINNERS AND SAINTS (The Croydon Warehouse) and WILL AND TESTAMENT (The Oval House).

To book tickets call the box office on:

01604 624811

Or visit Royal & Durngate’s website.

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

Hello Jo, Goodbye Jack!

JH (compressed)
Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.

Sad times at PPHQ as we bid farewell to our Marketing & Audience Development Manager Jack who is leaving Team PP after two and a half years to join the National Theatre.

If you read our newsletters and social feeds, that’s Jack. If you’ve been to see any of our shows, Jack will have had something to do with enticing you there. Pretty much anything we put out into the world, Jack will have had a big hand in, as well as spearheading our strategic audience development projects nationwide. He has been an integral and invaluable member of Team PP. He’s also made some decent Taste Tuesdays and been magnanimous in heavy defeat in the PP Fantasy Football League, so we will miss him very much.

We’re thrilled, though, that he’s off to the NT to work on their Theatre Nation Partnerships project. All best wishes Jack. You can follow Jack on his new adventure on Twitter @JackHeat_On.

And as if by magic, hello to our new Marketing & Audience Development Officer Jo.

Jo Langdon headshot

Jo joins PP having worked as PR Assistant for Mobius Industries at the Edinburgh Fringe and at Leicester Square Theatre as Marketing and Administrative Assistant.

Jo is a member of the Poor Michelle creative team, and recently led as creative producer on their first community project, DECADE. She also produced THICK SKIN, which was performed as a Paines Plough LATER at Roundabout, Summerhall in 2017. Prior to this she acted as Production Assistant on The 42nd Theatre Company’s FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR.

Jo graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (European) in 2016, having spent a year in Berlin, where she acted as Assistant Director for an international community theatre project. She regularly volunteers for Touretteshero, and has worked as a CSA in both House Management and in the Learning Department at the National Theatre.

Jo writes, is a keen cyclist and is trying her hand at intermediate-level vegetarian cooking (we look forward to her Taste Tuesday debut). She is also a self-professed Instagram addict.

You can keep up with Jo on @Jo_Langdon on Twitter.

Recruitment: Production Placement

Production Placement Application Pack

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 Summer/Autumn 2018 programmes.

“There’s not really a better place to be… [It] allowed me to develop both my creative, logistical, and administrative skills. I read and read and read, and being surrounded by new work and the people and processes making it has helped me in astronomical ways.”
Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement, Spring 2016


The Autumn period will run for 12 weeks from 10 September to 07 December.

You will be in PPHQ 3 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.

We pay for travel expenses within London, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.


As our Production Placement you will gain experience in: tour logistics, casting/rehearsal administration, audience development and day to day running of the office and productions we have on the road. This placement is suited to anyone looking to work in a producing role.

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

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.

“The passion 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


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, as well as which placement period you wish to be considered for, to

Application deadline                                  12noon on Wednesday 29 August
Interviews                                                      Tuesday 04 September
Placement dates                                           10 September – 07 December

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.