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.