ROUNDABOUT 2019-2021

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

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

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

James Grieve and George Perrin said:

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

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

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

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

Here’s to the next three years!

Recruitment: Assistant Producer

Wanted: New member of Team PP

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

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

Who are we looking for?

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

Guidance Notes for Applicants

Application Pack: Job Description and Person Specification

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

Completing the Application Form

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

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 12pm

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

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


ASSISTANT PRODUCER 2018 Application Pack

Paines Plough Application Form


General Management Workshop: December 2018

Here at Paines Plough we’re always looking for ways we can demystify the processes behind touring new plays and provide support for theatre makers throughout their careers. We started our General Management workshop series in 2016 with an aim to introduce more people to the world of Arts Administration, and the huge variety of roles within in.

For the past three years we’ve met lots of people with an interest in taking their first step into Arts Administration. This year, we are focusing on those people who may have already secured their first job within the industry, but are curious about transitioning into the role of GM – either from a current administration role, or from another department. The workshop will look at what the role of a General Manager actually entails, and how our panel of current GMs got to where they are now.

So far we have confirmed panellists from The Bush Theatre, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Old Vic and Siobhan Davies Dance, with more due to be announced soon. Team Paines Plough will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The evening will consist of a discussion, Q & As and plenty of time to network before and after the event over drinks.

The workshop will take place on Monday 10 December 6.30-8.30pm, with registration from 6pm in the Paines Plough Rehearsal Room. We are located on 4th Floor, 43 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DN.

If you would like to register for a place, apply here by 10am Wednesday 28 November.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Paines Plough Team

Desert Island Disc-o: Tanya Stephenson, Ben Pavey, Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster


This week’s cast-aways are POP MUSIC’s Lighting Designer Tanya Stephenson, Production Manager Ben Pavey and Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. We’ve asked each of them to choose their three Desert Island POP tracks. The accompanying Spotify Desert Island Disc-o playlist is growing at an alarming rate – find it at the bottom of this page. We’re open to new suggestions! Get in touch.


Tanya Stephenson:

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Because it still hasn’t got old for me and it reminds me that I can do things for myself.

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Reminds me of being young, school dramas, breaking up, and I can sing every word.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

Think I would need this on an island, it would uplift and encourage me to be strong and to dance like nobody’s watching.


Ben Pavey:

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

If I was pushed to name one band that summed up my transition from barely listening to terrible pop music on drive time radio to actively going out and buying my own CD’s, it would have to be the Foo Fighters. They had just enough street cred to be considered cool by the grungers and metalers throughout the early 00’s but still radio friendly enough to convince Mum to play it in the car (she would later go on to come with me and my brothers to see the Foo’s in concert several times).

Teardrops on the Dancefloor – Womack & Womack

I remember first hearing Rebecca Ferguson sing this song on the X Factor (to date the only performance on that show that stopped me in my tracks). Truly, has there ever been a more perfect pop song? It’s good to dance to, its good to cry to, if it comes on the iPod it’s simply unskippable.

Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye

I remember discovering this song when I was at university. This was in the late 00’s when literally the only song that was being played at any party was Sex is on Fire by the Kings of Leon and various different Dub-Step tracks (possibly the most undancable music of all time). I used to take great pride in putting this on at parties, and boogieing away to the first 30 seconds of the song before abruptly having it interrupted again by Sex is on Fire…


Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster:

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares

Because it reminds me of all things happy, joyful and good! It’s almost 80% likely to be played at any Wedding and it’s 100% likely to get me up on the dance floor.

Bright Side of The Road – Van Morrison

I absolutely love Van Morrison, and this would be the perfect accompaniment to beached isolation. It’s happy go lucky & full of fun.

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

This song reminds me of extreme dancing nights out, great times with friends, and reminds me of my ethos of how to live life! Banging tune!


Spotify Playlist here:


Next week’s cast-aways are the team holding up the fort at the PPHQ London office – Senior Producer Hanna Streeter, Producer Sofia Stephanou and Production Assistant Phillippe Cato.

Desert Island Disc-o: Anna Jordan, James Grieve, Harriet Bolwell

As POP MUSIC has just kicked off its nationwide tour, we asked members of our POP MUSIC creative team to each come up with their three Desert Island Pop Discs. Their answers have been trickling in – talk about buried treasure! We’ve even created our own Spotify Playlist to keep spirits popping in the tour-mobile.

This week we have writer Anna Jordan, Director James Grieve and Assistant Producer Harriet Bolwell.


Anna Jordan:

All About Tonight – Pixie Lott

The ultimate feel-good floor filler with hedonism at its heart. Contains the iconic lyric “Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter When You’re Moving Your Feet”. Which means waking up face down in a kebab is fine.

Africa – Toto

A genuine thing of beauty. The eighties rock classic that keeps on giving.

U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer 

What can I say? The riff, the trousers, the dance… Sadly I didn’t master the “Running Man” until I was 27 and by that point no one cared.


James Grieve:

 Losing My Religion – REM

The soundtrack to car journeys as a kid, turned up loud on the car stereo or blasted through those terrible old foam headphones from my Sony Walkman. It is impossible not to sing along to this song.

This Is The One – The Stone Roses

They may be a fusion of punk and rave cultures but the Stone Roses wrote belting pop tunes, and no more so than this blissful, soaring, ecstatic hymn to living life to the absolute max. Always the last song I played before going out as a teenager. Immerse me in your splendour.

All That She Wants – Ace of Base

I had to have a guilty pleasure, and this is as good as Euro Pop can ever get.


Harriet Bolwell:

Modern Love – David Bowie

Can’t listen to this song enough.

Believe – Cher

The love this song receives every time it’s played know no limits.

Time After Time – Cindy Lauper

Full dance routines accompany this song.


Spotify Playlist here:


We’ll be back next week with choice tunes from our lighting designer Tanya Stephenson, Production Manager Ben Pavey and Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster.



Kim Grant to succeed Caro Newling as new Chair of Paines Plough’s Board of Trustees

We announce today that the Chair of our Board of Trustees Caro Newling is stepping down from her role after nine years. Our Artistic Directors James and George pay tribute to a true legend of PP…

We’ve long been in thrall to Caro’s brilliance. As graduates running our fledgling company nabokov we read Matt Wolf’s book Stepping Into Freedom which captured the magic of the Mendes era Donmar at its hit factory heights. On stage, film stars fronted the hottest tickets in town while behind the scenes an extraordinary operation transformed a tiny warehouse with no funding into one of the mightiest theatres in the world. The mastermind and maestro of that operation was Caro Newling.

Years later when she agreed to become our Chair at PP we had the incredible opportunity to work alongside one of our heroes. Caro’s passion, imagination, inventiveness and drive has been the bedrock of everything we’ve done since. Galvanising, enabling, envisioning, problem-solving, mentoring, miracle-working, Caro has been our constant champion and confidante. Through strategies, business plans, rebrands, campaigns and fundraising drives her entrepreneurialism, wisdom and skill has powered Paines Plough.

Caro’s superpowers were never more evident than during the four years from conception to launch of Roundabout. Her indomitable belief in the project, acumen, advocacy, extensive contacts book and flair for corralling support and raising funds forged a dream into reality.

Our gratitude to Caro is shared by all our colleagues at PP past and present, our stakeholders and funders, our co-producers and partners and most importantly the hundreds of playwrights and artists whose work Caro has enabled, and the audiences across the world who have experienced it.

We’re thrilled that Caro will be succeeded by Kim Grant whose vision and leadership we have hugely valued as Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk committee in recent years. Kim is the perfect person to take on Caro’s mantle and propel PP to an exciting future.

James & George


How To Feasibly Watch Three Plays a Week

Our AD James Grieve has recently written an article for The Stage on how it really is possible to watch 3 plays a week for under £12.50. You can read it here:

In light of this, we’ve decided to create an ongoing resource centre for all those that want to watch as much theatre as possible without breaking the bank! We also do not want this to be a London-centric space,  so are particularly interested in deals and schemes from regional theatres. Please DM us on Twitter with any further suggestions, or email – we’ll just keep adding!

London Theatres:

Almeida Theatre

Under 25 £5 tickets UNDER25 code

Black Ticket Project

An initiative giving young black people the opportunity to experience theatre free of charge / at a discounted rate.

Bridge Theatre

Young Bridge – 16-25 £15 Tickets

Bush Connect

Under 26 / Student £5 off standard tickets and £2.50 off Studio tickets + 10% off in bar

Donmar Warehouse’s Young Free

FREE tickets for under 25s

Hampstead Downstairs Club

16-30 £5 tickets to shows in Downstairs theatre

National Theatre Entry Pass

£7.50 tickets + bring a friend for £10.00 – and workshops!

National Theatre Standing Tickets

You can pay £5 to stand at the back of the Olivier or Lyttleton Theatres. Standing tickets can only be bought on the day of performance at the Box Office.

New Diorama Theatre

£3 previews for unemployed / on job seeker’s allowance

The Old Vic

£10 previews

Orange Tree Theatre

Under 30 £12 Tickets

Royal Court

Under 26 £15 tickets + £12 Mondays, 10p standing tickets!

Young Barbican

14-25 £5 – £15 tickets + no booking fees

Young Vic

Under 26 / full time student – £10 tickets


Regional Theatres:

ARC Stockton

Pay What You Decide nights

Birmingham Rep

£5 Tickets

Bristol Old Vic

£5 tickets for Bristol Uni and UWE students

Chichester Theatre

PROLOGUE offers £5 tickets to 16 – 25s

Coventry Belgrade

19-25 FREE Tickets

Glasgow Citizens Theatre

50p Tickets

HOME Manchester

£5 Tickets

Leicester Curve

16-26 Discounted Tickets

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Discounted tickets

Live Theatre, Newcastle

16-26 discounted tickets

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

£5 Tickets

Nottingham Playhouse

Pay what you can nights

Royal and Derngate

Discounted Tickets

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

Half Price Tickets

SJT Scarborough

Under 30’s £10 Tickets

Theatr Clwyd

£10 tickets

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Under 30 £15 Tickets

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Discounts / Concessions





This Week On Tour: Elin Schofield

Elin has written this week’s blog post on her experiences working on Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC over the past few months – and she’s done so in a suitably poppy manner!

I’m Elin, the Assistant Director on POP MUSIC, Paines Plough’s new show by Anna Jordan. POP MUSIC is a joyous roller coaster celebrating the last thirty years of pop. From Whitney to Oasis to Clean Bandit, there is something for everyone.

We are about to take this slice of pop magic on the road where we will be performing at venues across the country, so I thought I would sit down and fill you in on what has happened so far!

Track 1

It’s not every Monday that you come to work and learn the entire choreography for Single Ladies, but at Paines Plough HQ it’s becoming pretty standard. The office workers across the road are marvelling at our twerking and a pop party playlist of dreams is pouring out of the rehearsal room (thank you Anna Jordan).

We have a cast of three, the brilliant Katherine Kotz, Rakesh Boury and Ciaran Alexander Stewart. Together they are going to tell this brilliant story whilst integrating BSL into the production (including sign within the choreography!) I have been learning a bit of BSL too, including the sign for ‘Madonna’ and ‘MJ’. As the Assistant Director, I am making sure I know the show inside and out. I am making notes on all of the routines, the blocking and the rhythm of the words and how they fit with the songs. We are about to do a rehearsal room run for the Paines Plough team. It’s nerve-wracking but we are ready to put it in front of an audience. Roll on Latitude!

Track 2

The tents are up, the glitter is packed and we have arrived at Latitude with 100 metallic balloons and the biggest glitter ball I have ever seen. The Theatre Tent is gigantic, and we are waiting for the first performance, glow stick in hand! This performance is captioned as well as having BSL integration, which is great because as well as making it accessible, it means that we can sing-a-long to our favourite pop tunes, karaoke style. The audience are amazing, they dance and sing and shed a tear and we head back outside just in time for The Killers’ set!

Track 3

We are getting back to it after a break. Anna has had a baby and he is amazing. We are in rehearsals again at Paines Plough HQ to recap the show and make it bigger and better than before. The week is up and before we know it we are Birmingham-bound, heading to the REP for the start of our technical rehearsals. These rehearsals are very important for this show because the action is built around the music. The text is intricately woven in and out of songs so getting the microphones at the right level and making sure every word can be heard is crucial! We are ready to open the show and everyone is excited. The audience stick around after the curtain call to dance on the stage! We go and celebrate in the only way that feels appropriate … a night at Pop World!

Track 4

The show closes at the REP, but we aren’t quite ready to leave Birmingham. We are taking POP MUSIC on a community tour of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The spaces are not always theatre spaces, and some of them are smaller than our space at the REP. I rework some of the blocking with the cast for smaller spaces with different entrances and exits and we perform to new audiences.


Track 5

We are welcoming the fantastic Vedi Roy this week who is going to play G on the POP MUSIC national tour as we say Bye Bye Bye to Rakesh (turn of the century NSYNC, anyone?) This is where my note taking throughout rehearsals is going to be very useful because Director James is away, and I am in charge of bringing Vedi up to speed and getting him ready for his first performance, which is fast approaching. We can’t wait to see him out there on the stage with the team!


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!