A Room of One’s Own

Cliveden
Cliveden National Trust. Photo: Chris Lacey.

We’ve partnered with the National Trust to bring you A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, a brand new audio experience in the Grade 1 listed gardens of Cliveden.

Meet Elizabeth Villiers, Princess Augusta, Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Nancy Astor, the first female MP. Four inspirational women who found a room of one’s own at Cliveden, a National Trust property with a rich and fascinating history.

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an audio experience in the historic grounds of Cliveden. The stories of these misrepresented women are brought to life in four audio plays written by four of the UK’s finest playwrights – April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni and Alexandra Wood.

Follow a trail through the enchanting gardens listening to Nancy Carroll as Elizabeth Villiers, Vivienne Gibbs as Princess Augusta, Victoria Hamilton as Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Linda Broughton as Nancy Astor. Walk in their footsteps as they reclaim their reputations.

The audio experience will take the listener on a path through the impressive formal gardens soundtracked by the monologues. Visitors will start their audio journey by picking up a headset from the Information Centre at Cliveden, and following the guidance from there.

The installation is part of the National Trust’s 2018 Women and Power series and can be enjoyed from 13 June onwards.

For full details check the National Trust website here.

Read about the writers and actors involved below.

APRIL DE ANGELIS

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April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, 1993; revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (The Old Fire Station Oxford, 1991; revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). Her new adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in Spring 2018. Current work includes commissions for the Royal & Derngate Northampton and BBC Radio 4.

Upcoming work includes THE VILLAGE at Theatre Royal Stratford East in September.

SABRINA MAHFOUZ

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Sabrina has recently been called ‘[one of] our most interesting playwrights’ by Lyn Gardner in the Guardian and ‘theatrical dynamite’ by the Independent. Her theatre work includes CHEF, a play about an inmate of a woman’s prison who is also a haute cuisine chef, which won a Fringe First Award and was nominated for multiple international awards; DRY ICE, her first play based on her time working in stripclubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. CLEAN, a play about three women who work in the criminal underworld, which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred from Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to Off-Broadway in 2015; WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, a gig theatre piece with a live UK Garage score about a young woman’s coming of age in 2001, which has been performed across the UK, including at the National Theatre and the Roundhouse and will be the first ever radio drama on BBC 1xtra.

Eight of her plays are published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Her poetry collection about sex work, How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press), was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Reads. She is currently writing her first feature film, about the legendary UK producer and rapper Wiley, for Pulse Films.

Sabrina is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), a Guardian Book of the Year and is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound), exploring her mixed racial heritage through the lens of British fashion. She received a 2017 Society of Authors Award to complete her first novel and has won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.

Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry; Creative in Residence at The Hospital Club; Poet in Residence at Cape Farewell; Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre. She has facilitated writing workshops in prisons, schools and charities for the Royal Court, the National Theatre, The Poetry Society, the World Economic Forum, Clean Break and many others.

ZODWA NYONI

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Zodwa is a playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).

She was part of the Manchester Royal Exchange’s New Stages writing initiative and participated in the 2015 iWrite Regional New Writing Initiative with Creative England.  She is currently under commission at London’s Kiln Theatre.

Work includes: ODE TO LEEDS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); WEATHERED ESTATES (City of Culture 2017/Hull University); BORDERLINE (Young Vic ‘5 Plays’ season); SISTER (Ilkley &  Beverley Literature Festivals);  NINE LIVES (Leeds Studio – UK Tour, Oran Mor & West Yorkshire Playhouse); BOI BOI IS DEAD (a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre); A LETTER TO YOU (Manchester Royal Exchange); TANGLED ROOTS (Trinity Arts & DePaul University, Chicago); COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (Paines Plough, Drum Theatre, Plymouth and WYP); THE NIGHT SHIFT (Young Writers’ Scheme, WYP / BBC Writer’s Room) and THE POVO DIE TILL FREEDOM COMES (Square Chapel & The Bush Theatre).

Radio includes: Love Again – Sonnets in the City (read by Maxine Peake – BBC / BBC Philharmonic).

 

 

ALEXANDRA WOOD

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Alexandra is a London-based playwright. An extract from her new musical, MAMMOTH, written with composer Matthew Herbert, will be presented at BEAM2018 in March.

Her new English translation of Manfred Karge’s MAN TO MAN (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe) toured the UK and ended in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2017.

Her plays include THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough); AGES (Old Vic New Voices);  MERIT (Plymouth Drum); THE INITIATE (Paines Plough, winner of a Scotsman Fringe First); THE EMPTY QUARTER (Hampstead); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS (Young Vic/ART); THE CENTRE (Islington Community Theatre); UNBROKEN (Gate); THE LION’S MOUTH (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); THE ELEVENTH CAPITAL (Royal Court) and the radio play TWELVE YEARS (BBC Radio 4).

Short plays include POPE’S GROTTO (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From), MY NAME IS TANIA HEAD (Decade/Headlong) and work for the Royal Court, Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford College, Dry Write, nabokov and curious directive.

Alexandra is a past winner of the George Devine Award and was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough in 2013.

LINDA BROUGHTON (Nancy Astor)

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Linda voices Nancy Astor. The American heiress that becomes the first female MP to take her seat in 1919.

Theatre credits include:

The Abbess, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Shakespeare’s Globe); Kathleen, HOME (Arcola); Grace, PURPLE HEART (Gate Theatre); Mrs Bryant, ROOTS (Mercury Colchester); Marie in A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Nottingham Playhouse); Marie in 2ND MAY 1997 (The Bush);  Avdotya in IVANOV (Wyndham’s Theatre); Third Lady & Nurse in THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse); Clara in SNOWBOUND (Trafalgar Studios, London); Gertrude in HAMLET (The Factory); Jean in I LIKE MINE WITH A KISS (The Bush); Esther in THE SAFARI PARTY (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Mrs Sarti in THE LIFE OF GALILEO, Ann Putnam and Sarah Good in THE CRUCIBLE, Heather in RACING DEMON, Gwenda in ABSENCE OF WAR AND MURMURING JUDGES (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Sylvia in BALLROOM FOR DE LE WARR PAVILLION (Tour); Pam in HOXTON STORY (The Red Room);  Miss Prism in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (Southwark Playhouse); NORTHANGER ABBEY; FORTY YEARS ON (The Northcott Theatre, Exeter); SUGAR DOLLIES (Gate Theatre); MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); ROOKERY NOOK for (Greenwich Theatre); SMALL POPPIES (Young Vic); MACBETH (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Linda has also appeared in repertory seasons at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow; Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Television credits include:  DOCTOR WHO; HOLBY CITY: DOCTORS; WAKING THE DEAD; CASUALTY; PAUL MERTON: DOES CHINA EXIST?; HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES; FIST OF FUN; CHANDLER AND CO.; ROUGHNECKS; KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU AND A DARK ADAPTED EYE (BBC); CARRIE AND BARRY; MEN BEHAVING BADLY (Hartswood Films); WYCLIFFE (H.T.V.); EXPERT WITNESS (L.W.T.); THE BILL (Thames Television); FIRM FRIENDS (Zenith); HOW WE USED TO LIVE (Yorkshire Television).

Linda’s film credits include:

BABEL (GMH Films Ltd); BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Working Title); SLIDING DOORS (Sliding Doors Productions); WATCH THAT MAN (Luna Pictures).

NANCY CARROLL (Elizabeth Villiers)

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Nancy voices Elizabeth Villiers. A key player in William and Mary’s court, childhood friend of the latter and lover of the former. Sent away in disgrace with her reputation in tatters, she is thrust into marriage with George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney and finds a happy equilibrium at Cliveden Estate.

Theatre credits include: YOUNG MARX (Bridge Theatre); WOYZECK (The Old Vic); MODERATE SOPRANO (The Hampstead Theatre); CLOSER; THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Donmar Warehouse); THE MAGISTRATE; AFTER THE DANCE; MAN OF MODE; THE ENCHANTMENT; THE FALSE SERVANT; THE TALKING CURE; THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE (National Theatre); HOUSE OF GAMES; KING LEAR; WASTE (Almeida); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMS (Sheffield Crucible); ARCADIA (Duke of York’s); AS YOU LIKE IT; HENRY IV PARTS I & II; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE WINTER’S TALE; TWELFTH NIGHT (RSC); COWARD, COCKTAILS AND CABARET; THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING (Chichester Festival Theatre); HAMLET (Bristol Old Vic); MAMMALS (Bush Theatre); SEE HOW THEY RUN (Duchess Theatre); STILL LIFE/ASTONISHED HEART (Liverpool Playhouse); YOU NEVER CAN TELL (Garrick Theatre)

Television credits include: FATHER BROWN SERIES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6; CALL THE WIDWIFE; HOLBY CITY; SILENT WITNESS; DOCTORS; DALZIEL AND PASCOE; HOLBY; CAMBRIDGE SPIES (BBC 1); FATHER BROWN SERIES 5 (BBC Birmingham); PRIME SUSPECT 1973; WORDS OF THE TITANIC; LEWIS (ITV); WILL (TNT); THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER (Hat Trick Productions); MIDSOMER MURDERS SERIES VIII & XII (Bentley Productions); THE BILL (Thames)

Film credits include: THE GATHERING STORM (BBC Films); IRIS (Miramax); AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Ideal Film Co.)

VIVIENNE GIBBS (Princess Augusta)

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Vivienne voices Princess Augusta.  The wife of the heir to the throne, and adored by the public as their future queen. One half of a darling couple, beloved by their people.

Theatre: JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough); TREASURE ISLAND (National Theatre Studio); SELLOTAPE SISTERS (CHAPTER 2); BLOOD CARMEN (Moving Theatre and Théâtre Ephémèride); THE LAST CURIOSITY (Young Vic); THE NATURE OF THINGS (Curved Space at The Place); LONG TOOTH (Gilded Balloon); SPLENDOUR (Cobden Club); THIS PROPERTY ID CONDEMNED; THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (Occam’s Razor); ELEPHANT MAN (Sincera, Brazil tour), UBU ROI (BAC); MUD; LA ENTREVISTA (Arcola Theatre); MARTINE MCCUTCHEON NEEDS ME (Soho Theatre). Vivienne is proud to be one of the many arts professionals who volunteer their time and talents to the renowned children’s mentoring theatre charity, Scene and Heard.

TV: MARCELLA (ITV, Netflix); COMEDY LAB (C4).

Radio: HAMLET.

Film: 23 BELMONT PARK; ACT OF GOD; ATONEMENT; RABBIT FEVER.

VICTORIA HAMILTON (Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland)

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Victoria voices Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland. The Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria and an ardent campaigner for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights.

Theatre includes: ALBION (Almeida); LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Royal Court); TWELFTH NIGHT (Donmar Warehouse/Wyndham’s Theatre); ONCE IN A LIFETIME; SUMMERFOLK; MONEY (National Theatre); SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Donmar Warehouse/UK Tour); SWEET PANIC (West End); A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Roundabout Theatre, New York/West End); HOME & BEAUTY (West End); THE COUNTRY WIFE; AS YOU LIKE IT (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); KING LEAR; THE PROVOKED WIFE; THE SEAGULL (Old Vic); TROILUS AND CRESSIDA; AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC); THE MASTER BUILDER (West End); RETREAT; MEMORANDUM (Orange Tree Theatre).

Television includes: THE CROWN; DOCTOR WIFE; OUR EX-WIFE; THE CIRCUIT; CALL THE MIDWIFE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL; THE GAME; WHAT REMAINS; TOAST; LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD; TIME OF YOUR LIFE; TRIAL & RETRIBUTION; WIDE SARGASSO SEA; THE SHELL SEEKERS; A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY; JERICHO; SPINE CHILLERS; TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; THE BRONTES; GOODBYE MR CHIPS; BABY FATHER – I & II; VICTORIA & ALBERT; THE SAVAGES; KING LEAR; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; PERSUASION; PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Film includes: FRENCH; SCOOP; BEFORE YOU GO; MANSFIELD PARK.

 

 

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on BBC Radio 1xtra

We’re delighted to announce that Sabrina Mahfouz’s lyrical masterpiece WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra on Monday 02 April at 7pm.

Alongside Yolanda Mercy’s QUARTER LIFE CRISIS this will be the first time a play has been broadcast on 1xtra.

We asked Sabrina what the play being broadcast on 1xtra means to her:

“When 1xtra launched it seemed surreal but brilliant that the music we loved was being taken seriously enough to be given its own BBC radio channel. It marked a shifting moment for what is culturally valued in this country and I feel that WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK being the first drama they air on there, the shift progresses even further towards a place of space making and inclusive, representational cultural documentation and valuing.

I’m so proud the show, and the team that made it, gets to be a part of 1xtra’s celebration of 20 years of garage and especially happy to get a young woman’s perspective being told on such a huge platform.”

Director, Stef O’Driscoll feels the same way:

“I am so hyped for this story and for this celebration of UK Garage to be broadcast on the radio so it can be experienced by more people. It’s so exciting that companies like Paines Plough and BBC 1xtra are supporting new and innovative ways to celebrate an important part of UK culture and storytelling.

When myself and Sabrina embarked on this project our dreams were for our mates and fellow ravers to experience a story that they could relate to. To create an experience where they could celebrate the summers of love spent on the dancefloor and their coming of age to a London UK Garage soundtrack, a celebration of youth. Now we don’t even have to get our mates into the theatre. You don’t need pay £20 entry you can just tune in or listen on playback whist jamming on the bus, in your house, ANYWHERE.”

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK had its first outing with co-producer Latitude Festival in the summer of 2015.

Since then the show has been on an incredible journey. It toured nationally in Spring 2016 culminating in a sold out run in the Sackler Space at the Roundhouse as part of Last Word Festival. In 2016 the production had people raving outside the National Theatre as it headlined Latitude’s takeover of the River Stage. Last year we were invited back to Last Word Festival to headline the festival. This saw over 1,000 people raving the night away as our cast were joined on stage by DJ Luck and MC Neat themselves to close the night.

Join WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on the next leg of its journey by tuning into BBC Radio 1xtra on Monday 02 April at 7pm.

Programme 2018

Our Joint Artistic Directors James and George today announced Programme 2018.

“We are honoured and excited to present some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights around the country, on the airwaves and online in Paines Plough’s Programme 2018.

ROUNDABOUT will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd. Simon Longman’s ISLAND TOWN is a play about friendship, cheap cider, and feeling stuck in your hometown. STICKS AND STONES is a hilarious, incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. We think Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up Roundabout.

POP MUSIC is a new play from Bruntwood Prize winning writer of YEN, Anna Jordan, co-commissioned with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Turbo charged by non-stop pop hits from the past 30 years of chart toppers, POP MUSIC is a euphoric, nostalgic, poptastic theatre party for anyone who’s ever been a dick on the dancefloor.

Thanks to a Channel Four Playwright Bursary, London Laureate and former Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed spent the last year on attachment to Paines Plough, during which time he wrote one of the most exciting debut plays we’ve come across in several years. We could not be more excited to be partnering with Tamasha to present the tender and lyrical love story I WANNA BE YOURS which will embark on a ‘Create’ Tour with Rural Arts in April.

We are again partnering with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Gate Theatre to showcase new talent with the world premiere of Isley Lynn’s ALBATROSS, directed by Anna Himali Howard who was Paines Plough Trainee Director in 2016. Both Isley and Anna are major new talents and we are delighted to forge their partnership on a show which will be performed by the graduating actors at RWCMD.

It is our mission to take the best new theatre everywhere, live and digital. Our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM smartphone app will relaunch on the Apple store and Google Play with a 160-strong audio play library from writers across the country – a vivid patchwork quilt of accents, experiences and impressions in your pocket. Wherever you are in the world you can hear writers like Alice Birch, Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Roy Williams, April De Angelis and Lizzie Nunnery telling tales of their home towns.

Whether you’re in a theatre, on a smartphone or listening to your car radio, there is something for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2018.”

Paines Plough presents

ROUNDABOUT

Following another critically acclaimed season in 2017, Roundabout, our award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium, will return for a fifth consecutive year in 2018. The 2018 programme will include World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou co-produced with Theatr Clwyd and performed in rep, opening at Theatr Clwyd and touring to The Lowry (Salford), Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Margate, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent), Darlington Theatre Town and Luton Culture.

The UK tour of Roundabout is part of a strategic audience development project funded by the Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund. This is the third year of the project and the tour sees us return to our eight partners.

Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events.

Our 2017 Roundabout premieres from Brad Birch, Elinor Cook and Sarah McDonald-Hughes co-produced with the Orange Tree Theatre and Theatr Clwyd are currently running at the Orange Tree Theatre until 3 March 2018 (more details below).

The World Premieres at Roundabout are:

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
by Simon Longman

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Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right? 

ISLAND TOWN is a new play about friendship, hope and trying to make an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG is currently premiering at the Royal Court Theatre. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
by Vinay Patel

STICKS AND STONES Landscape

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. And sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey into the night, looking for answers. In an age when language is ever-shifting and technology multiplies every little mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

Written by BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel, STICKS AND STONES is a side-splitting satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world.

Vinay’s debut play TRUE BRITS premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and transferred to the Bush’s RADAR Festival and VAULT Festival.  His second, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama as well as being nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
by Georgia Christou

HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN Landscape

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12-year-old Jelly and her cousin JonJo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. YOUS TWO is her first full-length play which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot in 2018. YOUS TWO is currently playing at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs until 24th February 2018.

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A Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-commission
POP MUSIC
by Anna Jordan

Direction James Grieve

POP MUSIC Landscape

For anyone that’s ever been a dick on the dance floor.

A wedding. A free bar. A blast from the past.

G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large. As their veins course with adrenalin and cheap prosecco we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of Pop.

Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying out For The Summer and Spicing Up Their Lives? Pop makes promises it can’t keep, and soon they’ll discover they have more in common than their taste in tunes.  

Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster. A night at the theatre like no other.

Anna won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for Yen (Royal Court) after having been twice longlisted for her plays MARIANNE and CHICKEN SHOP. YEN has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016.  Other theatre writing includes WE ANCHOR IN HOPE (Royal Court Theatre – Beyond the Court), CHICKEN SHOP (Park Theatre) and FREAK (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios).

James is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough.

POP MUSIC will tour with support from Esmée Fairbairn and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
I WANNA BE YOURS
by Zia Ahmed

Direction Anna Himali Howard

I WANNA BE YOURS Landscape

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.”

Meet in the middle. Meet the parents. Meet the friends. Meet the aunties. They say opposites attract, but can they stay together?

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 slam poetry champion 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.

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

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A Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Production in collaboration with Paines Plough
ALBATROSS
by Isley Lynn

Direction Anna Himali Howard

ALBATROSS Landscape

Tattoos are forever. Almost. And at Noodle Soup Tattoo there are strict rules: No names unless they’re dead. Nothing on the face. Nothing you might get sued for later.

When Jodie, a rough sleeper, asks for a free tattoo from apprentice Kit, her request is well within the guidelines. But Kit is still unsure, because Kit knows only too well that getting inked isn’t the only decision that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Albatross is a small but sweeping story about the past refusing to stay in the past.

Isley’s most recent play, SKIN A CAT, won the Vault Pick Of The Year Award in 2016 and was nominated for four Off West End Awards. She is part of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group and a HighTide First Commissions Writer.

Anna was Trainee Director at Paines Plough in 2016. She is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the REP Foundry artist development scheme. Other directing credits include LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Battersea Arts Centre, Normal? Festival) and 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

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A Paines Plough production

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

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Since 2010, Paines Plough’s nationwide project Come To Where I’m From has seen over 160 playwrights from across the pen plays about the places they call home.

Each play is performed for one-night only and then becomes part of the free Come To Where I’m From smartphone app which houses all the mini-plays that have been performed since the project began to create a vivid patchwork quilt of accents, experiences and impressions of the UK.

Thanks to support from The Space, in 2018 Paines Plough will relaunch the app which will be available free to download from the Apple Store and Google Play. The 160-strong audio play library will include a huge range of playwrights, from Olivier Award winners to first timers. Recent additions include: Alice Birch, Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Roy Williams, April De Angelis, Vinay Patel and Lizzie Nunnery.

The app was redeveloped with funding and support from digital commissioning agency The Space and developed by Milk Bar Studios.

The app is available free to download for iOS or Android. Download here.

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A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
By Sabrina Mahfouz

Direction Stef O’Driscoll 

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK Landscape

It’s 2001. Garage is the unavoidable anthem of the UK. Nadia feels like it’s her time to shine.

A hot summer’s night of love promises endless possibilities. Swept up in drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… Nadia will make decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Rhythmically underscored by your favourite UK Garage bangers. This is theatre you can rave to.

 

Originally commissioned for a festival audience, With A Little Bit Of Luck premiered to Latitude Festival in 2015. Directed by Stef O’Driscoll with Seroca Davis as Nadia alongside the vocal talents of Martyna Baker, this is theatre you can rave to.

Sabrina’s work includes Fringe First Award-winning CHEF (Underbelly Edinburgh, Soho Theatre), DRY ICE (Bush Theatre), her first play based on her time working in stripclubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards and CLEAN (Traverse Theatre), which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred to Off-Broadway in 2015.

Stef is former Associate Director at Paines Plough and and Artistic Director of nabokov

Paines Plough’s 2017 Roundabout premieres from Brad Birch, Elinor Cook and Sarah McDonald-Hughes co-produced with the Orange Tree Theatre and Theatr Clwyd are currently running at the Orange Tree Theatre until 3 March 2018.

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A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

Direction James Grieve

BLACK MOUNTAIN Landscape

Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed. 

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

Nominated for the Best Production in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Award 2018.

Brad was awarded the Harold Pinter Commission in 2016. In 2017 THIS MUST BE THE PLACE won Pick of The Year at VAULT Festival. He is currently under commission to the RSC, Teatro Malta, Sherman Theatre and the Royal Court and he is on attachment to the National Theatre.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

Direction James Grieve

OUT OF LOVE Landscape

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them? 

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

OUT OF LOVE is a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2018.

Elinor was the winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright. She was recently commissioned by the Donmar Warehouse to adapt Henrik Ibsen’s THE LADY FROM THE SEA, which was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Her previous work with Paines Plough includes TEN WEEKS which was a co-production between Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Gate Theatre in 2016 and LATER in 2007 where it debuted alongside work by Polly Stenham and Alexandra Wood. Elinor also adapted Mac Barnett’s EXTRA YARN which premiered in 2016 at the Orange Tree.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

Direction James Grieve

HOW TO BE A KID Landscape

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

Winner of the Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers Guild Awards 2018.

For ages 7+.

Sarah is an actor and writer from Manchester. She recently won a 2018 Writer’s Guild Award for her play HOW TO BE A KID and won the 2017 National Octagon Prize for her play SHERBET, co-written with Curtis Cole.  She has previously worked with Paines Plough on Come To Where I’m From.

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