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The Pleasance celebrates 33 Years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and commissions a brand new type of mobile theatre for Venue 33

Many of the entertainment industries brightest talents have cut their teeth in Edinburgh in August at the Pleasance. This year an innovative new mobile venue joins the bright ideas presented on the world’s stage this summer.

Tickets for 25 Pleasance shows now on sale including:

Alasdair Beckett-King, Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show, Brennan Reece, Colin Cloud, The Cambridge Footlights International Tour 2017, Chris Turner, Ed Night, Gein’s Family Giftshop, John Hastings, Josh Pugh, Katy Brand, Lauren Pattison, News Revue 2017, TAPE FACE, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris, Sara Schaefer, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Simon Amstell, The Gruaffalo’s Child, The Showstoppers’ Kids Show, The MidnightBeast, The Nature of Forgetting, The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit, and TUTU: Dance In All Its Glory.

 This festival in celebration of 33 years at Venue 33 The Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created by Triple E the final pop-up 120 seat-capacity ‘Project 33’ is a design collaboration between Triple E and The Pleasance. The Venue will launch at the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show in June before going on to host eight shows a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the all new Pleasance Beside. Following the festival, the structure will move to the Pleasance in London where it will form a new rehearsal and performance space.

A first major UK application for Triple E ModTruss™, the award-winning Meccano-style construction system, Project 33 will provide a taller, more theatrical and more comfortable alternative for the courtyard-based Pleasance Beside.

In contrast to the prefab cabins which preceded it, limited to 8ft to fit through the archway access, Project 33 will arrive flat packed and pop-up to provide a 14ft internal height which will greatly enhance the lighting, production and performances in the space.

Tickets go on sale this week for the new venue, Pleasance Beside alongside 25 others across the Pleasance’s 23 spaces. Those lining up to make the most of the new facilities and possibilities in Pleasance Beside include Brennan Reece.

A host of other great acts are also now on sale including Alasdair Beckett-King, Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show, Brennan Reece, Colin Cloud, The Cambridge Footlights International Tour 2017, Chris Turner, Ed Night, Gein’s Family Giftshop, John Hastings, Josh Pugh, Katy Brand, Lauren Pattison, News Revue 2017, TAPE FACE, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris, Sara Schaefer, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Simon Amstell, The Gruaffalo’s Child, The Showstoppers’ Kids Show, The Midnight Beast, The Nature of Forgetting, The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit, and TUTU: Dance In All Its Glory.

Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance Theatre Trust, said: “For 33 years venue 33, The Pleasance, has crammed the most fun we could find into the maximum number of spaces around the Pleasance Courtyard and more recently beyond. This year we’ve taken a plunge and invested in a brand new, state of the art modular theatre designed specifically for the Courtyard venue and which we think provides really exciting opportunities for the work of the Pleasance Theatre Trust both in Edinburgh in August and in other places throughout the year. This summer 8 shows each and every day will have a bigger and better space than we could previously offer them, and audiences will have a chance to experience not only the bright minds on stage but the bright minds that conjured up this modular theatre at Triple E. Come and check it out!’

David Edelstein, Managing Director at Triple E, comments: “The history of The Pleasance is all about making the most out of found spaces and exploiting available sites for performance with the tightest of budgets. The Pleasance has never commissioned a bespoke venue before, but Director Anthony Alderson was immediately enthusiastic when I explained our ModTruss™ theatre solution, Project 33, which we will build and hand over at the ABTT Theatre Show.”

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James Seager: Les Enfants Terribles’ Producer on Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the LET Awards and more

James Seager

James Seager

James Seager and Oliver Lansley are the masterminds behind Les Enfants Terribles. Their previous work includes multi-award-winning, international stage shows, including Dinner at the Twits, Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains. James Seager is Les Enfants Terribles’ Producer.

Last week I had a phone chat with Seager. We talked about the origins of their partnership. He says, “We met fifteen years ago, working on a Shakespeare play – As You Like It – and we are truly great friends. We direct together and have similar tastes,” he laughs. “We come up with ideas and 95% of the time it works, usually we are on the same page.”

Seager and Lansley recently announced the winners of the annual LET Awards. Nominees took part in a showcase at Greenwich Theatre. “It’s been pretty magic. The standard was the highest we have ever seen. We had over one hundred applicants – of which we shortlisted ten companies. All of them were brilliant and it was a very difficult decision to choose one winner.” 

Two winners were selected, Rendered Retina and BoonDog Theatre. Both will receive a performance slot at the Pleasance as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, £1000 cash as well as mentoring. “Rendered Retina are young, fresh and enthusiastic,” he says. “We could tell that they have a passion and genuine love for theatre. A lot of the decision was down to mine and Olly’s instinct; we felt that they could really benefit from our mentorship. What Rendered Retina did was inventive, slick and clever. Their work showed a great deal of potential for development. Both companies stood out.”

The Rendered Retina boys: Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi and Alex Mangan are upbeat about their recent win, “We are so honoured to have been offered this opportunity! The LET Awards gave us the chance to meet some incredibly talented artists and performers, and for that we are very grateful. We are excited to receive mentoring from LET, as well as the chance to showcase our work at the Edinburgh Fringe,” says Choi.

The winners of the LET Award 2017. Oliver Lansley, James Seager, (Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi, Alex Mangan - Rendered Retina Theatre Company) and Matthew Dwyer. Credit Anthony Hollis.jpg

The winners of the LET Award 2017. Oliver Lansley, James Seager, (Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi, Alex Mangan – Rendered Retina Theatre Company) and Matthew Dwyer. Credit Anthony Hollis

It’s behind Les Enfants Terribles’ love of facilitating opportunities for emerging talent, particularly the LET Awards, where their work shines. “This is the sixth year we’ve done this and there are two main ways in which we help. One is creatively; direction, storytelling and writing. Secondly: on a productivity level, we find that new company’s want more help with finance and accommodation. I.e. the nitty gritty and boring things involved in taking a show to Edinburgh. We have fifteen years under our belts of taking work to Edinburgh Fringe, so we are in a position to guide them. It’s quite expensive! Time slots, venue hire, accommodation, flyers, PR etc – it all adds up,” cautions Seager.
Les Enfant Terribles are providing an invaluable service for emerging talent.  It’s brilliant. Really very brilliant indeed. They have just announced The Stepladder Award, which is designed to support developing fringe theatre companies making original work. The emphasis of the award is on supporting a company to mount a professional tour of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and building their company profile and structure from the roots.

Taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe is no mean-feat. Balancing ambition with breaking even is nearly impossible, other benefits of appearing at Edinburgh are infinite. “The experience – its intense putting on a show and taking it to Edinburgh – it is a huge learning-curve,” says James. “It’s important to be there meeting new people, raising your profile and showcasing work where all the important people working in this industry are in one place. “

If the output of dynamic work is anything to go by, 2017 will see Les Enfants Terribles progress on to even more innovative projects. “As well as the Step Ladder programme, our sister company Les Petits Theatre Company have the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’ out on a U.K Tour. ‘Alice Adventures Underground’ is back at The Vaults from April. We also have a brilliant outdoor show doing the Festival circuit over the summer and a really exciting show opening in London in October.” He pauses: “So, watch this space.”

ALICE’S ADVENTURE UNDERGROUND OPENS AT THE VAULTS ON 25 APRIL 2017

 

 

Last Chance to apply for the brand-new Assembly Roxy Theatre (ART) Award this weekend!

Applications for Assembly Festival’s brand-new Award for developing Scottish performance companies in the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will close 9amMonday 9th January, 2017.

Based in our Edinburgh home, Assembly Roxy, the Award will provide up to £5,500 worth of support, including Fringe and Joint Venue Brochure registration fees, rehearsal space, and development and promotional support.

The Award will support emerging companies to create new Scottish theatre, and give them the opportunity to present it at the greatest arts festival in the world, with one of the leading venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

To be eligible for the Award, the company applying must be Scottish based, currently unfunded and the work must be debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 (permitting up to 6 preview / work in progress performances as part of development)

To apply, applicants will need to send:

  • Fifty words of copy about the show
  • Full company and creative biographies (no more than 300 words in total)
  • A draft script or performance structure for a devised, physical or improvised work (running time to be 60 mins)

A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process, with the successful company being programmed into Roxy Downstairs as part of Assembly 2017 in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director of Assembly said, We’re looking for fresh and exciting new creative voices in Scotland. This new Award will support new Scottish theatre in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by providing companies with an opportunity to present work they would not be in a position to do otherwise. Assembly will provide both financial and in kind support, as well as access to our team resources and rehearsal space. 

“The Fringe offers one of the most challenging but potentially life changing opportunities for emerging theatre makers and we want to offer an opportunity to make that step within the supporting framework of one of the Fringe’s most well-regarded presenters.”

A number of new and established Scottish playwrights and theatre companies have made Assembly their home over previous Edinburgh Festival Fringes including Vanishing Point, Stellar Quines, In Your Face and National Theatre of Scotland.

The ART Award application pack is available here.

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The Royal Court Theatre to host four performances of Shôn Dale-Jones’ new solo show The Duke at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in November 2016.

The Royal Court Theatre will host four performances of Shôn Dale-Jones’ new solo show The Duke at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in November 2016. The Duke is produced by Hoipolloi, PBJ Management and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Save the Children. The production opens at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe today.

Written and performed by Shôn Dale-Jones, The Duke playfully mixes fantasy and reality, taking audiences on an imaginative and touching journey which gently challenges us to consider our priorities in a world full of crisis.

The Duke

The Duke

Shôn is Artistic Director of Hoipolloi, who combine original storytelling with an inventive spirit. He is also the award-winning writer/performer behind his comic creation, Hugh Hughes.

The Duke will be performed in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs before E V Crowe’s The Sewing Group Monday 28 November- Wednesday 30 November 2016 and Friday 2 December 2016.

“In 1974 my father invested £750 (£8,100 in today’s money) in a Royal Worcester porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington on horseback – made to celebrate his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He kept the figure we affectionately called The Duke wrapped in sponge, in a big box, under his bed.

After he died in 2001, my mother decided to take the figure out and display it on the table in the bay window.

Since 2005 I’ve been working on a film script which is in the very final stages of development.

In the autumn of 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email that will tell me what I need to do to the script to get it onto the screen. I turn the radio on. I listen to a report about the refugee crisis. My mother calls. She tells me she’s broken The Duke.

My mother, my film script and the refugee crisis all need my attention.”

This is a free event (booking required). There will be a collection at the end of every performance. All proceeds go to Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

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Emma Bettridge, Bristol Old Vic Ferment: “I’ve never been bad cop…”

Producer Emma has got her hands full. The reason is that many of the companies she has nurtured and commissioned are about to fly the flag at Edinburgh Festival. Emma Bettridge is the curator and producer of Ferment, the artistic development department of Bristol Old Vic.

Emma Bettridge

Emma Bettridge © Jon Craig

As the artist development and work are both completely excellent, and as Ferment has quite a lot going on in it, I thought it’d be good to chat to Emma about it all. So I got her on the phone last week.

She starts by telling me what an average day is like, “Quite varied; day to day, I clear emails on my commute, meet with emerging artists and view new work. This week is particularly busy as it is Ferment Festival – a curated scheme and work in progress. What’s really exciting is that we’re currently undergoing a huge front of house redevelopment so there’s a nice space to meet and talk with audiences after the work has been presented. It’s been really positive utilising original spaces to explore new ideas; there are companies rehearsing somewhere in the city. It’s a nice vibe!”

Brilliant. So, to the casual reader what does Ferment do? “We offer tailored advice, and work closely with artists through the rehearsal process – one of the ways the department are able to advocate the very best of the South West. Bristol Old Vic have a track record of backing exciting things, just look at The Castle Builder which was developed with support from MAYK, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Tobacco Factory Prototype and Sally Cookson’s thrilling Jayne Eyre.” She’s got a point. Furthermore, glancing at the line-up of Ferment and the dynamic work on show at Edinburgh including, Shaelee Rooke, Rachael Clerke, Propolis Theatre, Kid Carpet and Tim Bell to name a few highlights.

Beyond dealing with the fact that this year Ferment are taking the largest number of productions to Edinburgh in its seven year history, supporting eight shows across the festival, Bettridge is negotiating a path through the relentless demands placed on the modern producer. “When it gets too much or something doesn’t go to plan I always say nobody died and it’s only theatre!” So, what about balancing being the bad cop and being everyone’s friend, well… “It’s a broad title! In a way I have a more back and forth relationship – let’s be clear – there are ways of saying no. Working in artist development requires a free flowing and organic approach. I guess we meet in the middle and forge an ongoing relationship. I’ve never been bad cop…”

We chat about how she entered the industry. She says that, looking back “Ten years on I realise that doing my degree was actually really valuable. One of my first jobs was working at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, I saw a lot of shows and contributed to an organisation that does a lot of backing of and developing artists.”

Many of Bettridge’s mentors during the early stages of her career highlight the importance of sending the elevator back down. I ask her who inspired her. “Definitely Sarah Holmes (New Wolsey), Kate Sparshatt (Gecko) and of course Emma Stenning (Bristol Old Vic). I’ve been very inspired by those women working in this industry.”

At this point, I ask her what makes it all worth while and how she measures success. “One has to trust that we are working hard to refresh the pool in order to achieve maximum excitement.”

For more details on Bristol’s Edinburgh shows click HERE

Paines Plough Announces the Return of its EARLIER/LATER Roundabout Programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

EARLIER/LATER returns to Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Summerhall this August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after a successful series of events in 2015.

This year the EARLIER mornings will be filled with free industry workshops, aimed at introducing stage lovers to the professional world of theatre.  Leading experts in areas such as casting, producing, directing etc will hold concise, 45/60 mins long sessions that aim to lift the curtain and allow people to see behind the scenes and into diverse career opportunities within the theatre industry.  Workshops will be held by experienced professionals including Soho Theatre Casting Director Nadine Rennie and Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve.

LATER will be filled with an eclectic late night line up of modern poetry sessions, live music, theatre, comedy and scratch nights.  The line-up includes award-winning writer Rob Auton’s The Sleep Show, following on from 2015’s The Water Show and 2014’s The Face Show; a new work in progress from Josie Long with Every Brilliant Thing co-writer Jonny DonahoeTamasha theatre company’s Split/Mixed, a captivating one-man show about a boy growing up in Rwanda in the 90s; and the return of Poleroid Theatre’s Write It: Mic It, an eclectic performance platform for the UK’s best emerging and established playwrights, comedians, spoken word artists and sketch groups.

Paines Plough’s EARLIER/LATER series offers an amazing opportunity for Festival audiences to discover some of the UK’s most up and coming and exciting new performance makers, and a dynamic space for artists to develop their work.  Paines Plough is the “UK’s national theatre of new plays” and renowned for discovering and championing exciting new artists.  Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner and Walrus Theatre returns to the daily Roundabout programme after premiering at EARLIER/LATER in 2015.

The Programme

Poleroid Theatre presents
Write It: Mic It

After four years at Vault, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel, Wilderness Festival & Standon Calling, Poleroid Theatre’s acclaimed open ‘write’ platform returns for its second year at the Roundabout!

Triple Off-West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre bring together the UKs most exciting emerging artists, offering audiences a sneak peak into new work at the first stage of its development and snippets of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Artists include KATIE BONNA (Dirty Great Love Story/Soho Theatre), LUKE COURTIER (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2015), MIXED DOUBLES (Dave Comedy Shorts Winners), TOM GILL (Kate Tempest Award Winner), PHOEBE ECLAIR-POWELL (Soho Theatre/Verity Bargate Award Finalist) & LAUGHING STOCK(Sketchfest Audience Choice Winners).

Tamasha Theatre presents
Split/Mixed

A Portrait of a Boy and a Country.

Split/Mixed is a captivating coming-of-age tale that tells the story of Eddy, a boy growing up in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Writer/performer Ery Nzaramba brings to life nearly a dozen characters, merging memories into a compelling narrative exploring kinship, cultural expectations and self-discovery, weaving the fantastic with the ordinary in his search for a singular voice.

Eddy’s memories of home and his changing country merge into a narrative that explores the search for personal identity of those who grew up during the genocide in Rwanda.

Josh Coates
Get Yourself Together 

One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. A show about being ill and being fit for work. A show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is the new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

PLAY Theatre Company presents
PLAY: Edinburgh

Hold on to your hats, it’s PLAYtime!

Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration. We’ve brought together some of the industries’ brightest and best – 4 writers, 4 directors and 10 actors – to share a PLAYroom. Starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create four brand new PLAYs.

Art with Heart presents
Declaration 

Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Dr. thought it was sugar. Her current Dr. thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?

Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in. With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on vibrant and daring adventure.

Obviously We Only Want the Best for our Daughter

You’re sitting down to eat when there’s a knock at the door.  A couple introduce themselves.  They make their way inside. They seem at home here. You seem to have a lot in common. In fact, there’s something vaguely familiar about them.

The first showing of a new play by Joe Harbot (The Boy On The Swing, Arcola). Directed by Kay Michaels(Pelican’s Daughters, Shakespeare in ShoreditchRIFT).

Barrel Organ present
Nothing

Barrel Organ’s award winning debut production returns to Edinburgh after selling out in 2014. Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things –cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.

“This young company are the future”– Lyn Gardner

Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe: We Need To Talk (work in progress)

Josie and Jonny are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber. They see themselves as optimists who want to make things better. That’s what they think their politics is.

If you think lefties are naïve and immature, or you don’t agree with how they see the world, come along, let’s talk.

Let’s try and be kinder to each other.

Let’s argue, but without being dicks about it.

This is a show about politics and identity and by the end of it; maybe, we will have sorted everything out and can just have a singalong.

Tap Tap Theatre present
Hansel and Gretel 

There’s one for the kids as well, with an EARLIER performance from Tap Tap Theatre: the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales.

Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest. Climb in to the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find? A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart.

Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+

Tongue Fu presents
Tongue Fu

The UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman). Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown- XFM; Pick of the Week- BBCR4), it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.

With special guests from across the fringe.

Theatre Uncut presents
Theatre Uncut: Refugee

‘Theatre’s rapid response unit’ (Guardian)

Fringe First winners Theatre Uncut return with 6 brand new international short plays, responding to the refugee crisis, by British, Turkish & Danish writers including award winning Sabrina Mafhouz & Athia Sen Gupta. These plays were created in collaboration with Danish Teater GROB for the Copenhagen STAGE Festival.

A discussion with invited, expert guests will follow the performance.

Not Too Tame presents
TuckShop

Previous Roundabout collaborators Not Too Tame invite you to sample their TuckShop, a pick of new work from some of NTT’s favourite writers and a mix of our trademark electrifying energy, blended to create a new writing night with a twist. A night that’s not too well behaved, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. So satisfy your sweet tooth, come get your fill and tuck into a night of fun, excitement and guaranteed good company!

Bang Said The Gun present
Bang Said The Gun

Bang Said The Gun is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Voted the best poetry night in the UK by the Times, Bang Said The Gun has made poetry cool again.

A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. Normal rules do not apply here. Featuring a rich mix of the best and freshest talent, they will grab you by the collar and drag you into another world.

As recommended by Kate Tempest, ‘It’s like mud wrestling with words’, or as ex poet laureate, Andrew Motion puts it ‘BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm.’

Rob Auton presents
Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

Rob Auton has been standing up and saying things to audiences since 2008.

This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’s The Sky Show, 2014’s The Face Show, 2015’s The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016’s The Sleep Show.

The Workshops

Producer Workshop

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting its first series of Producer workshops at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

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

Thinking about touring your show after Edinburgh? Join Paines Plough Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a first steps workshop on how to tour.

General Management Workshop 

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Acting / Directing Workshop 

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Casting Workshop with Nadine Rennie

Casting Director Nadine Rennie, of Soho Theatre, joins us in Roundabout for a morning Q&A. Having worked with Writers from Dennis Kelly to Shelagh Stevenson, and Directors from Max Stafford Clark to Roxanna Silbert, Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Whether you’re a budding young Casting Director, or an actor looking to find out more about the process and get advice, come along and join us for a morning of insight into casting.

Nadine has been Casting Director at Soho Theatre for the last ten years;  working on new plays by writers including Dennis Kelly, Roy Williams, Shelagh Stevenson, D C Moore, Steve Thompson, Vicky Jones and Oladipo Agboluaje. Directors she has worked with include Rufus Norris, Roxanna Silbert, Indu Rubasingham, Michael Buffong, Max Stafford Clark, Paulette Randall, Tim Crouch and Steve Marmion.

CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER/LATER Listings 

 

National Theatre Wales brings Wonderman, Yuri and A Good Clean Heart to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre & British Council Wales will present three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August, showcasing some of Wales’ best artistic talent.

National Theatre Wales will team up with multi-award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble to createWonderman, a brand new gig-theatre production that celebrates some of the darker, adult stories written by Roald Dahl, who was born in Cardiff in September 1916.

Wonderman, 3 - 28 August 2016, #Wondermanfringe

Wonderman, 3 – 28 August 2016, #Wondermanfringe

Wonderman tells the story of a WWII RAF pilot Dahl, who finds himself in a hospital bed, badly injured. He slips in and out of a world of dreams, hallucinations and nightmares, down the strange and unexpected corridors and rabbit holes of Dahl’s mind. It will combine original music performed by a cracking live band, grisly plots, soaring imaginings and thrilling twists and turns, all injected with a wicked sense of humour.

Fresh from winning the Wales Theatre Award 2016 for Best Playwright in the English Language, Alun Saunders’ funny and moving play, A Good Clean Heart, marks an Edinburgh Fringe debut for his newly-formed theatre company, Neontopia, alongside Director, Mared Swain.

A Good Clean Heart is a moving coming-of-age story about two brothers raised by different families, and who speak different languages, and is performed with animated subtitles in both English and Welsh. It’s a co-production between Wales Millennium Centre and Neontopia in association with The Other Room and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, with National Theatre Wales and British Council Wales, and was originally produced by and premiered at Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room.

And one of Wales’ leading theatre companies, August 012, will be making its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut (with Chapter Arts Centre) with Yuri; a high-pitched, absurd yet sobering farce by French playwright Fabrice Melquiot that examines the conflict between an infertile couple desperately struggling to make sense of the world around them.

Melquiot published the original play, Youri, in 2011. In 2015, it was adapted into Welsh and English by award-winning Welsh writer Daf James. It will be performed at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff as part of its Edinburgh Preview Festival, 26th-30th July, and will be performed in Edinburgh in English (with flashes of Welsh) by the same cast.

This will be National Theatre Wales’ third visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, following sell-out runs of The Dark Philosophers (with Told by an Idiot) in 2011, and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price in 2013, which won the inaugural James Tait Black Award for Drama.

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, said: “National Theatre Wales is delighted to be returning to Edinburgh to showcase and celebrate some of the wonderful and diverse work that makes up Wales’ rich theatre landscape. It will enable a UK-wide and international audience to experience fantastic Welsh talent, and will highlight our ongoing commitment to original and exciting new work through collaboration and partnership.”

Wales Millennium Centre’s has also presented two other productions at the Edinburgh Fringe – I’m With The Band by Tim Price, a co–production with Traverse Theatre, and Man to Man, which received four 5-star reviews in 2015.

Louise Miles-Crust, Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre said: “We are really excited to be teaming up with National Theatre Wales & British Council Wales on the Made in Wales strand this year, presenting three diverse and high quality pieces that truly represent some of the best that Wales has to offer. As Wales’ national cultural centre is very important for us to be able to take the best of Wales to the world and the Fringe certainly goes a long way to achieve that.”

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Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Paines Plough, the UK’s leading new writing company, is delighted to announce full cast and creative team for its Roundabout 2016 productions.

Accomplished stage and screen actors Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform the company’s three new plays which will premiere from 5 to 28 August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK.

The productions will be directed by Paines Plough’s Joint Artistic Director, George Perrin with Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta completing the creative team.

ROUNDABOUT 2016

ROUNDABOUT 2016

Remy Beasley is best known for playing Beyonce Evans in Sky1’s recent Welsh set comedy drama Stella, written and starring Ruth Jones MBE (Gavin and Stacey). Recent stage credits include playing the lead role in the National Theatre Wales’ festive theatre-gig The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, created by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price.

Richard Corgan, is also well known for his TV credits playing the lead role in BBC Wales’ drama Baker Boy as well the BBC medical drama Doctors. Recent stage credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (2015). Richard received a Scotsman Fringe First in 2013 for his performance in the one-man show Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated.

Andy Rush will soon appear in ID2: Shadwell Army, (the sequel to cult 90s film I.D.). Recent stage credits include the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed production of TIPPING THE VELVET (2015). Previous Paines Plough credits include the critically acclaimed Tom Wells play Jumpers for Goalposts (2013).

Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta recently worked together on Sabrina Mahfouz’s hugely popular garage-influenced drama With A Little Bit Of Luck which is currently touring the UK.

The three new plays are; Growth, a comedy about growing up and manning up by rising star actor/writer, Luke Norris; Love, Lies and Taxidermy, an offbeat love story about trying to fit in by renowned Welsh writer Alan Harris and I Got Superpowers for My Birthday, a magical quest for ages 7+ from acclaimed Scottish writer Katie Douglas.

2016 marks the third year of Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. The Roundabout season will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 5 – 29 August, hosting over 225 performances over 24 days before touring the UK this Autumn.

Having brought hit productions including Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, The Human Ear and 2014 Fringe First winning The Initiate to the Fringe in previous years, the pop-up venue within a venue at Summerhall is becoming the place to debut exciting new writing and theatre.

Roundabout will bring together three Paines Plough and partners’ world premieres, the return of international hit Every Brilliant Thing and a host of visiting companies and productions, with two further premieres. EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more will also return.

The packed daily programme includes relaxed performances, as well as captioned and BSL interpreted performances.

FULL LISTINGS INFORMATION

ROUNDABOUT TOUR DATES 2016

 

Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Full listings information

Three Paines Plough grown World Premieres:

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production – World Premiere

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

By Alan Harris

This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. At a medical research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First date in Tesco and things are going well.

But it’s difficult to fall in love when your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat of a prison sentence.

An offbeat love story about Mr. Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).

5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 24, 26, 28 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough production – World Premiere

Growth

By Luke Norris

“That? That’s. I mean.

Yeah.

It’s a lump in a bag of lumps.

I mean.

It’s normal.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way. Cramping his style and worse than that – affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production – World Premiere

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

By Katie Douglas

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.

Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from The Darkness. An evil overlord with plans to turn everything to ice.

Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save the planet in this brand new play for ages 7+ from award winning writer Katie Douglas.

5 Aug – 21 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

11.00am (45mins)

All performances of I Got Superpowers For My Birthday are Relaxed Performances.

Joining these three new productions from Paines Plough and its collaborators are a further seven works of fresh, funny, poignant, brilliant theatre, comedy and music.

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Following an international tour, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe will embark on its third nationwide tour in autumn 2016. A sell-out success at Fringe 2015, this play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love has won plaudits around the world, Every Brilliant Thing will return to the UK in Edinburgh before going out on tour.

Saturday 6 – Sunday 28 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

3.15pm (60mins)

Prime Cut Productions presents

Scorch

by Stacey Gregg

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, online is a place to be yourself.

“Happiness. Aching, constant, consuming- on there it’s. More real than real life. I’m honest on there. I’m being honest.”

Out in the real world though, things can be very different. A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines.

Inspired by recent court cases Scorch won Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and Best New Play at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards. It brings the very talented young actor Amy McAllister, with already many stage and tv credits to her name to Festival audiences.

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 Aug (not 9, 16 or 23)

6.05pm (60mins)

Fly By Night Productions for STV

Des Clarke’s All Star Comedy

Join award-winning comedian Des Clarke at the recording of a brand new stand-up TV show featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow.

This unique comedy experience features the very best stand-up talent from around the world.

Proceeds from the performances will go to the STV Children’s Appeal. This series will be broadcast on STV later this year.

“Des Clarke is so funny it’s almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.” (METRO)

“Frighteningly talented.” (CHORTLE)

Tuesday 16 August

2.00pm, 5.00pm and 8.00pm (1hr50mins)

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis production in association with Soho Theatre – World Premiere

All the Things I Lied About

by Katie Bonna

Would the world be a better place if we were all honest?

Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of lying. Well, that’s not quite true. TED haven’t actually asked her to do one – yet.

From duping her sister into drinking her wee to repeated infidelities, Katie unpicks her history to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs.

Previous work:

‘Restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe’ **** (Telegraph)

‘Laughs are frequent, unsignalled….. brilliant.’ **** (Times)

‘Bonna puts in a simply dazzling performance’ (Stage)

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

4.40pm (60mins)

Ghost Quartet presents

Ghost Quartet

by Dave Malloy

Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A camera breaks and four friends drink, in four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse astronomer and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder.

Murder ballads, doo-wop, angular bebop, Chinese folk, Islamic adhan, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide in this chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

9pm (65mins)

Supporting Wall presents – World Premiere

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat The Poor

In 2009, future Prime Minister David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness had doubled. A riotously funny musical epic about inequality, friendship and betrayal. Satire, silliness and song combine in the latest show from Jonny & the Baptists, multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show – fresh from a critically-acclaimed 40-date UK tour.

**** ‘Superbly crafted… very funny’ (Metro).

**** ‘Wickedly amusing’ (The Times).

**** ‘Gigglesome wordplay… broad, daft and punchy’ (The Guardian).

**** ‘A seriously funny dose of satire’ (The Stage).

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

7.35pm (60mins)

Walrus presents

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

By Sam Steiner

Walrus’ award-winning show returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre Roundabout.

‘Let’s just talk until it goes.’ The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. This two-person show imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.

“About as promising as debuts get.” – Time Out

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

12.10 (60mins)

Following the run in Hackney and Edinburgh, Roundabout will tour to eight corners of England bringing audiences three brilliant new plays produced by Paines Plough alongside a range of specially programmed music, comedy, locally created work and arts activities for all in week long pop-up festivals. Starting in Salford, Roundabout tours to Margate, Lincoln, Kendal, Barnsley, and Stoke before finishing in Luton in late October (full details in notes).

Paines Plough’s Roundabout Tour dates for 2016 including Edinburgh Festival Fringe

On sale dates for Roundabout will be announced in due course
19 – 24 July – Hackney Showroom
Box Office: 020 3095 9758
www.hackneyshowroom.com

5 – 29 August – Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Box Office: 0131 560 1580
www.summerhall.co.uk

8 – 11 September – The Lowry, Salford
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

22 – 25 September – Margate Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01843 292795
www.theatreroyalmargate.com

29 September – 2 October – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Box Office: 01522 837600
www.lpac.co.uk

6 – 9 October – The Brewery, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133
www.breweryarts.co.uk

13 – 16 October – The Civic, Barnsley
Box Office: 01226 327000
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

20 – 23 October – Appetite, Stoke on Trent
Box Office: 01782 454404
www.appetitestoke.co.uk

27 – 30 October – Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate, Luton
Box Office: 01582345555
www.revolutonarts.com