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Paines Plough announces full programme for Roundabout at Summerhall 2018

Paines Plough
  • Three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • Paines Plough will also welcome eight visiting companies including Middle Child, Boundless Theatre, Dirty Protest and Sherman Theatre
  • Roundabout’S later programme will feature comedians, musicians and performers to be announced in the run up to The Fringe
  • Closed captioning across all Paines Plough performances in Edinburgh and on Tour
  • Tickets Are On Sale Today HERE

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the full programme for ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL, kicking off at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before a UK tour in Autumn 2018.

Paines Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd will stage three World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou.All three productions will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll.

Joining the three world premieres will be Middle Child’s late night search for intimacy, ONE LIFE STAND, a brand-new play by Eve Nicol;BLACKTHORN by 2018 Paines Plough Fellow Charley Miles was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2017 and is presented by InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse; THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK, a chronicle of the fallout of the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism by Ed Edwards, a Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre; A Francesca Moody production, a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violenceSQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair; one man-musical comedy, DRIP, By Tom Wells presented by Boundless Theatre and Script Club; TREMOR, a new play by Brad Birch produced by Sherman Theatre, The Stage’s Regional Theatre of the Year 2018 and recent Olivier Award recipient.

Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby penned by Alan Harris and Luke Barnes’ ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING will also return to Roundabout, following acclaim in 2017.

James Grieve and George Perrin said today:

“We’re proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2018, packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our Roundabout rep features three world premieres:  Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire STICKS AND STONES, Simon Longman’s beautiful, elegiac ISLAND TOWN and Georgia Christou’s rip-roaring adventure through space HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

We’re also welcoming some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new writing companies and playwrights to Roundabout. Our Associate Company Middle Child return with an all new theatre gig ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol, Boundless Theatre present musical comedy DRIP by Tom Wells, Olivier Award winning Sherman Theatre present Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. Ed Edwards’ THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic of the 80s with great anger and wit, and we’re thrilled that Fringe First winners Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will join forces for SQUARE GO, a raucous story of playground violence deconstructing myths of masculinity.

Also in our programme we’re thrilled to welcome our newly announced Playwright Fellow for 2018 Charley Miles with her Susan Smith Blackburn nominated debut play BLACKTHORN. Written on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse, BLACKTHORN is a touching exploration of growing up in a North Yorkshire village.

We’ll be welcoming back old friends Dirty Protest as Alan Harris’ SUGAR BABY returns with tales of Cardiff drug dealer Marc and Billy the Seal. After last year’s sell-out run and numerous awards Middle Child’s ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes returns for one week only.

Our LATER programme returns with an eclectic mix of electric new work from the very best companies, comedians, musicians and more throughout the Fringe so keep an eye on our social channels for announcements.”

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present 
ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman – World Premiere.
STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel – World Premiere.
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou – World Premiere.

Roundabout 2018 Visiting Companies
ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol. A Middle Child production.
BLACKTHORN by Charley Miles. An InSite Theatre production in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse.
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK by Ed Edwards. A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
SQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. A Francesca Moody production.
TREMOR by Brad Birch. A Sherman Theatre production.
DRIP by Tom Wells. A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production.
SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris. A Dirty Protest production.
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes. A Middle Child and Hull 2017 production.

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

Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

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 bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. 

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG; Royal Court, MILKED; Pentabus Theatre Company).

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 6 August

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
by Vinay Patel
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

“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. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
by Georgia Christou
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother 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.

Time: 11:30-12:20
Age Suitability: 5+
Dates: Aug 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £7.50-10
Press performance: 5 August

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A Middle Child production
ONE LIFE STAND
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood

Direction by Paul Smith

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Time: 21:45-22:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse 
BLACKTHORN
By Charley Miles
Direction by Jacqui Honess-Martin

‘What you think’s a completely different plant on ‘surface – it’s all from the same roots.’

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite production in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Time: 13:05-14:05
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK 
By Ed Edwards
Direction by Cressida Brown

‘The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’
The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Shot through with home truths about the road to recovery this is an epic love song to a lost generation.

Time: 17:30-18:30
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Francesca Moody production 
SQUARE GO 
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair 
Direction by Finn den Hertog

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. This is an unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run.

Time: 20:20-21:20
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performance: 6 August

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A Sherman Theatre production
TREMOR

By Brad Birch 
Direction by David Mercatali

Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is the world premiere production from the Olivier Award-winning Regional Theatre of the Year. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) explores how society chooses to live in a time riddled with tension, anxiety and division.

Time: 16:05-17:05
Age Suitability: 16+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-16
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production 
DRIP
Words by Tom Wells 
Music by Matthew Robins 
Direction by Jane Fallowfield

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim. ‘Matthew Robins’ music and Wells’ lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £12-15

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A Dirty Protest production
SUGAR BABY 
By Alan Harris
Direction by Catherine Paskell

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest. ‘The packed audience loves it’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Theatrical tour de force’ **** (Times).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Ticket prices: £9-15

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A Middle Child production
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING
By Luke Barnes
Music by James Frewer
Direction by Paul Smith

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show. ‘Superb gig theatre’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).

Time: 23:3000:45
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £13-16

Paines Plough announces casting for Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

  • Roundabout 2018 features three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • All three plays will star Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by Stef O’Driscoll
  • Full Roundabout programme and dates to be announced in May

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced casting and creative team for Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. Roundabout will showcase three world premieres across the country, with full dates to be announced in May.

This year all three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll. For Paines Plough Stef has directed WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, and BLISTER by Laura Lomas. Balisha Karra will assist Stef. Balisha joins Paines Plough as Trainee Director from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

The 2018 programme, which includes World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou, will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary (UNDER MILK WOODThe WatermillHUSHPaines PloughTHREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company) Katherine Pearce (THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA, Hull Truck; LOW LEVEL PANIC, Orange Tree Theatre; HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT, National Theatre) and Jack Wilkinson (TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour).

James Grieve and George Perrin said: “We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an 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. 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.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Stef O’Driscoll said: “It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Roundabout 2018 will open at Theatr Clwyd and tour to The Lowry (Salford), Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Lighthouse (Poole), Margate, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent) and Luton Culture. Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events.  All performances on the tour will have Closed Captioning available. Plans for Roundabout this summer will be announced on 17 May.

Paines Plough will reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Jones.

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

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 bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered 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

“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. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

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

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother JonjJo 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.

LISTINGS

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present
ROUNDABOUT

Full summer dates to be announced in May.

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry
13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
19-22 September Margate
26-29 September Lighthouse Poole
04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite
18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

Every performance on the Roundabout tour will have Closed Captioning available.

CREATIVE BIOGRAPHIES

Georgia Christou (Writer)
Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

Simon Longman (Writer)
Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Vinay Patel (Writer)
Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran 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 and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

Stef O’Driscoll (Director)
Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she has directed: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude). For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

Peter Small (Lighting)
Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Dominic Kennedy (Sound)
Dominic is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Jennifer Jackson (Movement)
Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Brighton Rock.

Simon Jones (Movement Associate)
Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor. Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle). Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School. As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House. Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre. Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Balisha Karra (Assistant Director)
Balisha studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts). Trainee Assistant Director credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation). Assistant Director credits: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme). Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).

CAST

Charlotte O’Leary trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas. Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

Katherine Pearce trained at The Royal Welsh College. Her theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC). Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

Jack Wilkinson trained at Drama Centre London. His theatre credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre. Television includes: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect). Film includes: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

Theatr Clywyd announce applications are open for The Writer In Residence scheme for Welsh language writers

Theatr Clywyd

This year, Theatr Clwyd renew their collaboration with Paines Plough to co-produce the Roundabout Season. As part of Theatr Clwyd’s TYFU programme and their commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, they are inviting three Welsh language writers to work alongside the Roundabout company. Each writer will develop a 10-minute script that will be performed in the Roundabout when the season opens at Theatr Clwyd.

The residency begins with 3 days in London as rehearsals for the Roundabout Season commence, where the writers will meet the acting company, creative team and writers, and experience the first days of work on new scripts.

The writers will then be invited to Theatr Clwyd to observe rehearsals in the Roundabout itself and have time in the main building to start script development in a supportive environment, surrounded by other creators. The residency concludes with the writers having time to work with a welsh director and 3 actors, further developing and rehearsing, finishing with a celebration of the new writing in the Roundabout on Saturday 30 June.

The Theatr Clwyd Roundabout Welsh Residency offers a bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses and an additional fee of £500.

Applications are now open. To apply, please email: a CV of both your work as a writer and/or other employment, training and education; a brief description of where you currently are as a writer; a brief description of why you would like to be involved in this project; two pages of a script that you’ve written in the Welsh language; and confirmation of your availability for all dates listed to nerys.edwards@theatrclwyd.com by 5pm on Friday 23 March. All applicants will be notified in due course.

Paines Plough to tour Luke Norris’ award winning play Growth in Autumn 2017

Playwright Luke Norris
Playwright Luke Norris

Playwright Luke Norris © Rebecca Need Menear

Luke Norris’ award winning production of Growth will embark upon a second UK tour this Autumn. The production originally debuted at Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016 and won a prestigious Fringe First award before touring the UK.

Dominic Jones will play Tobes with Dafydd Llyr Thomas playing roles including Jared, Joff, Julian, Justin, Jack, Jermaine, Jamie and Joel and Safiyya Ingar will play roles including Beth, Ellie, Lily, Lise, Bess, Billie, Liza and Izzy. Growth will tour to over twenty-five venues across the UK.

It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”
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, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

Luke Norris is a writer of stage and screen. His play Growth was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 in Paines Plough’s Roundabout, where it won a Fringe First before heading out on a UK tour. He is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and is writing a new play under attachment to the National Theatre New Work Department. His radio play for BBC Radio 4 The Coming Tide is currently available on iPlayer here.

Luke’s professional debut Goodbye To All That was performed at the Royal Court Jerwood and was widely acclaimed. His next play So Here We Are, won a Bruntwood Judges Award and was nominated for two Manchester Theatre Awards. It debuted at High Tide Festival in September 2015 before transferring to Manchester Royal Exchange. Luke has also written for the National Theatre Connections (Hearts), which played at the Sheffield Crucible and the Shed Theatre at the National.

For TV Luke writes drama and comedy and has had original ideas under option to Lovely Day and Hat Trick. He was selected to participate in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2014, which led to his original drama script Autumn.

In addition to writing, Luke has appeared on screen as an actor in PoldarkFirstBorn, Skins and The Inbetweeners.

Dominic Jones will play Tobes with Dafydd Llyr Thomas playing roles including Jared, Joff, Julian, Justin, Jack, Jermaine, Jamie and Joel and Safiyya Ingar playing roles including Beth, Ellie, Lily, Lise, Bess, Billie, Liza and Izzy.

Dominic Jones has recently graduated from the Oxford School of Drama. His theatre whilst training included Flare Plath, A Month in the Country, The London Cuckolds, Twelfth Night, Andorra, Cause Celebre, The Light (Royal Court Theatre), If and When and Attempts on her Life (both Soho Theatre).

Dafydd Llyr Thomas trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His previous stage credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (Theatr Clwyd), The Havest (Theatre Royal Bath), The Witch of Edmonton(Royal Shakespeare Company), Mametz (National Theatre wales), Wendy and Peter (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Welsh Atlantis (Latitude Festival).

In addition to his work on stage, Dafydd’s television credits include Ordinary Lives 2, Aliens, Stella, Scrotal Recall, Casualty, Quick Cuts, Zanzibar and Ar Y Tracs. His film credits include A Long Way Down andHunky Dory.

Safiyya Ingar is delighted to be making her professional debut in Growth. She recently completed her BA Acting (Hons) at Arts Educational Schools in London and her credits whilst training included The Crucible, The Frontline and Sunny.

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Out of Joint Co-Director, Kate Wasserberg, Interview: “I want to work with new people and I want to open doors.”

Kate Wasserberger

Kate WasserbergKate Wasserberg’s new job as co-Artistic Director of Out of Joint sees her joining founder Max Stafford-Clark to helm the company. Out of Joint have performed in six continents and co-produced with leading theatres globally, led from the start by Stafford-Clark.  So, how will the new management structure work? “Max was very central to the recruitment process and we had really honest conversations about the fact that I was already an Artistic Director. I made it clear that I was interested in running the company with him as a partnership, that I wanted us to have a genuine relationship as co-directors and that we would find a way to run it shoulder-to-shoulder,” she says. “Audiences can expect a commitment to political work, alongside a commitment to an aesthetic”, she says. “I want to find a language for my work that is complimentary with Max’s work with Out of Joint, but also distinct, so that we are increasing our breadth as a company. I want us to engage young audiences. I want us to be the hot ticket in town, and I think that often we are – but I want to build on that.”

Variety is the key both to her work and her artistic tastes. “I want to work with new people and I want to open doors. If we all keep working with people we know then there is no way for new people to break in,” she says. Wasserberg wants to be part of a wider conversation that reaches beyond theatre. “One of the reasons that I had to apply for the job was because of the political climate. Out of Joint is one of those companies that directly affects discussions around the kitchen table all up and down Britain. That doesn’t mean that all our work will be political with a capital ‘p’ but it means I’m going to engage with those conversations on a national level.”

There’s no question that Wasserberg has put in the work to reach where she is now. She was Associate Director at Theatr Clwyd and the Finborough Theatre and has directed plays for the Traverse, Soho TheatrePaines Plough and HighTideThe shape of my career is that I’ve made a lot of shows and sometimes I’ve learned by doing it wrong. My work hasn’t been as diverse at it could have been and I probably should have tried harder. That is something that I will be doing,” she says. “I feel like I’ve taken the slow road. It wasn’t my choice and when I was in my twenties and I saw my contemporaries excel I was, at times, envious.”

In 2014, Wasserberg founded and ran the Cardiff pub theatre the Other Room. She and her team achieved some remarkable things in a very short space of time. (The Other Room was named Fringe Theatre of the Year by The Stage in 2016). I ask her what she’ll miss most“Oh God, everything. They are the most remarkable group of people I have ever had the privilege to work with in my life. Every single day we did the impossible. Their standards are really high, they are so passionate, so talented.” She is satisfied with her achievements but looking to the future. “I doubt I’ll have that precise experience again in my life. It was so profound and special. The things that run through The Other Room like a stick of rock: an absolute commitment to artistic excellent, always thinking about the audience first and paying everyone properly. I’m really proud of that.”

When it comes to influences, she cites Emma Rice, Tamara Harvey and Neil McPherson: “Neil taught me that excellence is the only option,” she smiles. I think it’s really important to remain a fan of theatre and stay in love with it.”

We discuss Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s extraordinary play An Octoroon, which is both an adaptation of a 19th-century melodrama and a postmodernist critique of it. “It blew me away – I felt really fired up by it,” she pauses. “I’m quite conflicted too though because I’ve read the Exeunt response and it was so intelligent and considered. It made me question my easy response. My reaction to that work, though, was as a white audience member. I thought it was gloriously bold, I thought the company was incredible. I found it really bracing… the Orange Tree Theatre is a fireball of ingenuity.”

Wasserberg bluntly describes the challenges of being a working mother in this industry. “I struggle with it constantly; it’s a scramble,” she says, “The thing I was unprepared for was the emotional toll of being away from them. I have two extraordinary, resilient and optimistic children, but I still struggle with it. I’m excited to get them to London and as they grow – they may not be interested in the arts at all – but they will meet all sorts of people and their world will be large. I wish I could do all of that and put them to bed every single night… OSunday night I was a bit tearful about being away from home and my husband, who is a very wise man, said: try and enjoy this, you’ve worked so hard for it. If I’m away from them and I feel guilty then there’s no point in doing it”, she declares “so, when I go home I’m going to turn the phone off and live both parts of my life fully.” 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too, A revival of the play, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, tours from September.

Paines Plough’s Roundabout plays will transfer to Orange Tree Theatre in January 2018

Black Mountain
Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Co-Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced that, in co-production with Orange Tree Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, Black Mountain by Brad Birch, Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid Sarah McDonald-Hughes will transfer to Orange Tree Theatre in January 2018.

The three plays will be preceded by Paines Plough’s global phenomenon Every Brilliant Thing which will play at Orange Tree Theatre from 9 – 28 October 2017.

Tickets are on general sale from 26 June at: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

James Grieve and George Perrin said today: “We’re delighted to announce that four of Paines Plough’s productions will be staged at Orange Tree from this Autumn. The inclusive spirit of London’s only permanent theatre in-the-round is perfect for Every Brilliant Thing and we can’t wait to give London audiences a chance to see the show again.

It’s been a joy to work with Orange Tree Theatre as one of our co-producers for Roundabout this year, and we’re thrilled that Black Mountain, Out Of Love and How To Be A Kid will be playing in Richmond at the start of 2018.

We hugely admire the work that Paul, Sarah and their team have been doing over the past couple of years, and are excited to be working with one of the most dynamic theatres in London for innovative new writing.”

Black Mountain, Out Of Love and How To Be A Kid will preview at Theatr Clwyd (24 June – 22 July) before opening in ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (4 – 27 August). Following this ROUNDABOUT will embark upon a UK tour visiting Salford, Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Darlington, Poole, Stoke and Luton in Autumn 2017. All three productions will star Hasan Dixon, Katie Elin-Salt and Sally Messham and are directed by James Grieve.

Following a 2017 European tour and dates in South Korea, Paines Plough’s globally acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing will transfer to Orange Tree Theatre in October 2017. Every Brilliant Thing was written by Duncan Macmillan (People Places and Things, 1984) with Jonny Donahoe and directed by Paines Plough joint Artistic Director George Perrin, and has now been seen by over 45,000 people across four continents.

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

9 – 28 October 2017

The worldwide smash hit is back for its first major London run.

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.

Everything worth living for.

1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Things with stripes
6. Rollercoasters
7. People falling over

A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.

Based on true and untrue stories.

Jonny Donahoe is a comedian, writer and performer. When Every Brilliant Thing played Off-Broadway, he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. He returns to the Orange Tree after his sell-out performances with Jonny & the Baptists, who have toured extensively including the Edinburgh Fringe.

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

26 January – 3 March 2018

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 Fringe First winner and recipient of the prestigious Harold Pinter Commission, Brad Birch.

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

By Elinor Cook
27 January – 3 March 2018

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.

Elinor Cook is the Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (2013).

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

25 January – 3 March 2018

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 by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, twice nominated for the Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

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

LISTINGS

EVERY BRILLIANT THING
9 – 28 October
Orange Tree Theatre
www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk
Box Office: 020 8940 3633

Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm (except 10 Oct 7.00pm)
Sat matinees 4.00pm

ROUNDABOUT @ ORANGE TREE THEATRE

22 January – 3 March
Orange Tree Theatre
www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk
Box Office: 020 8940 3633

Black Mountain
Previews: Fri 26, Thu 30 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 2, Mon 5, Wed 7, Sat 10, Tue 13, Fri 16, Mon 19, Wed 21, Sat 24, Tue 27 Feb, Fri 2 March 7.30pm
Thu 1, Thu 15 Feb, Thu 1 March 2.30pm
Sat 3, Thu 8, Sat 17, Thu 22 Feb, Sat 3 March 4.30pm

Out of Love
Previews: Sat 27, Mon 29 Jan 7.30pm
Wed 31 Jan, Sat 3, Tue 6, Fri 9, Mon 12, Wed 14, Sat 17, Tue 20, Fri 23, Mon 26, Wed 28 Feb, Sat 3 March 7.30pm
Thu 8, Thu 22 Feb 2.30pm
Thu 1, Sat 10, Thu 15, Thu 1 March 4.30pm

How To Be A Kid
Preview: Thu 25 Feb 7.30pm
Thu 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm

Post-show talks
Out of Love Tue 6 Feb 7.30pm
Black Mountain Tue 13 Feb 7.30pm

Captioned performances
Sat 24 Feb
How To Be A Kid 2.30pm
Out of Love 4.30pm
Black Mountain 7.30pm

ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL

4 – 27 August
Roundabout @ Summerhall
www.summerhall.co.uk
Box Office: 0131 560 1580

Press Performance for Out of Love: 6 August, 1.25pm
Press Performance for Black Mountain: 7 August, 1.25pm

ROUNDABOUT UK TOUR

24 June – 22 July
Theatr Clwyd
www.theatrclwyd.com
Box Office: 01352 701521

7 – 10 September
The Lowry
www.thelowry.com
Box Office: 0843 208 6000

14 – 17 September
Brewery Arts Centre
www.breweryarts.co.uk
Box Office: 01539 722833

21 – 24 September
Theatre Royal Margate
www.theatreroyalmargate.com
Box Office: 01843 292795

28 September – 1 October
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
www.lpac.co.uk
Box Office: 01522 837600

5 – 8 October
Darlington Theatre Town
Box Office details will be announced in due course.

12 – 15 October
Lighthouse, Poole
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Box Office: 01202 280000

19 – 22 October
Appetite Stoke
www.appetitestoke.co.uk
Box Office: 01782 717962

26 – 29 October
Revoluton Arts
www.revolutonarts.com

 

Theatr Clwyd announces 2017 Summer and Autumn seasons

Tamara Harvey
Tamara Harvey

Tamara Harvey

As she completes her first year as Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey today announced the 2017 Summer and Autumn seasons for the company. These include four world premières; BoHo, a co-production with Hijinx Theatre which features both learning disabled and non-disabled actors, and, after a successful collaboration on the production of Love Lies and Taxidermy, Theatr Clwyd reunites with Paines Plough to open the 2017 Roundabout Season with co-productions of Black Mountain, Out Of Love and How To Be A Kid in collaboration with the Orange Tree Theatre. The Theatr Clwyd and Sheffield Theatres co-production of a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, by Welsh Playwright Peter Gill, will be directed by Harvey and will open at Clwyd from the 21 September ahead of transferring to Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie’s inaugural season.

This summer will see the second annual Family Arts Weekend take place as Theatr Clwyd gives access to all areas of the building with performances, workshops and adventures for children of all ages and their families. Following on from this, the Summer Schools for children aged 6-18 will run from 31 July – 18 August and from October 5 Kate Wasserberg returns to Clwyd to direct a new production of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright.

Highlights of the visiting programme include Theatr Clwyd hosting the National Theatre’s My Country; a work in progress by Artistic Director Rufus Norris and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Welsh pianist Llyr Williams and international renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson and the Castalian String Quartet present a programme including Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets. In June, Kneehigh’s acclaimed Tristan & Yseult will be at the theatre and tells a great celtic love story in an show which blends comedy and live music for an irresistible night of love.

Tamara Harvey said today “Celebrating homegrown talent is at the forefront of what we do at Theatr Clwyd and we are privileged, in this forthcoming season, to be working with world renowned and emerging Welsh and Wales-based artists, including playwrights Peter Gill and Brad Birch and director Kate Wasserberg. And I’m very proud to be welcoming back Hannah Noone to direct the world premiere of ‘BoHo’ in our co-production with Hijinx, featuring actors with and without learning disabilities. As I begin my second year in the role of Artistic Director, I’m looking forward to building on the inspiring relationships we’ve formed with some of the UK’s most creative individuals and companies. We’re particularly honoured to be co-producing Paines Plough’s 2017 Roundabout season and opening all three new plays on Theatr Clwyd’s beautiful hillside. Already this spring we’ve co-produced three premières – Scarlett, Junkyard and Sinners Club, the latter created by our first Writer in Residence, Lucy Rivers, whilst she was with us at Theatr Clwyd. As the Writers in Residence scheme begins its second year, my hope is that the relationships we build will further establish us as a home from home for emerging writers as they take centre stage at the heart of our work.”

ROUNDABOUT 2017

Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre. It flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country in theatres, school halls, warehouses, sports centres, car parks and fields. Theatr Clwyd are proud to hold the press night for How To Be A Kid on Thursday 29 June and Out Of Love and Black Mountain press nights will be held in Edinburgh. Artistic Director of Paines Plough, James Grieve, will direct three world première productions that will appear in rep on Theatr Clwyd’s hilltop throughout July.

 

OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

 A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

 Director: James Grieve

 Monday 10 – Saturday 22 July

 From the award-winning writer of Pilgrims, which was co-produced with Theatr Clwyd, HighTide and Vicky Graham Productions and directed by Tamara Harvey, Out Of Love is a tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years.

 Lorna and Grace do everything together and share everything. 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?

 Elinor Cook won the 2013 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for Pilgrims, directed by Tamara Harvey, and her play The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World was produced by HighTide as part of their festival in April 2014, directed by Amelia Sears. Her other plays include Ten Weeks (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama at Gate Theatre), Microwave (short-listed for the Old Vic/Theatre 503 Award for new writing),The Boy Preference (National Theatre Connections), The Circle Game (Old Vic New Voices Time Warner Ignite 3 recipient and performed at Latitude Festival) and This is Where We Got to When You Came In (co-written with non zero one and Bush Theatre). She wrote an episode of The Secrets, which was directed by Dominic Savage on BBC One. 

James Grieve directs all three Roundabout productions and is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. For Paines Plough his credits include Broken Biscuits, Jumpers For Goalposts, The Angry Brigade, An Intervention, Love, Love, Love, Hopelessly Devoted, Wasted, The Sound Of Heavy Rain, You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now, Tiny Volcanoes and Fly Me To The Moon. Other directing credits include a new production of Les Miserables (Wermland Opera in Karlstad) Translations (Sheffield Theatres/ETT/Rose Theatre Kingston), A NOBODY (66 BOOKS) by Laura Dockrill, The Whisky Taster and Psychogeography (Bush Theatre), and The List (Arcola Theatre). Grieve has also directed comedians and poets including Isy Suttie, Simon Brodkin (Lee Nelson), Luke Wright, Martin Figura and Aisle16.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE

HOW TO BE A KID

By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

 A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

 Director: James Grieve

 Saturday 24 June – Saturday 22 July

Press Night: Thursday 29 June 7pm

From Manchester playwright Sarah McDonald-Hughes, How To Be a Kid is for children 7 or over and is alarger than life story of friends, family and fitting in and tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing.

 Molly cooks and does the dishes. She gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore. Now her mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can Molly learn to be a kid again?

Sarah McDonald Hughes is an award-winning playwright. Her work includes Multi Story (Octagon Bolton),Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit/Liverpool Unity/Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage/Royal Exchange), Flesh(Manchester Royal Exchange), By Far The Greatest Team, Once In A House On Fire, Maine Road(Monkeywood Theatre), Salisbury Street (Liverpool Everyman), The Tower (Paines Plough/Royal Exchange Studio), The Tree, Night Train (Action Transport Theatre), and Our Pals and The North (Royal Exchange Studio).

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE

BLACK MOUNTAIN

By Brad Birch

A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

Director: James Grieve

Saturday 8 – Friday 21 July

 Black Mountain from Welsh playwright Brad Birch is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness.

 Rebecca and Paul are running away. They’re trying to save their relationship. 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.

Brad Birch is an award-winning writer. His plays include This Must Be The Place (Poleroid Theatre/ VAULT Festival), The Brink (Orange Tree Theatre), The Protest (The Old Vic), Selfie: The Modern Day Dorian Gray(Ambassador’s Theatre), Tender Bolus (Manchester Royal Exchange/Schauspielhaus), Gardening For The Unfulfilled and Alienated (winner Fringe First Award 2013) (Undeb Theatre/Edinburgh Festival), Soap Opera, Where The Shot Rabbits Lay, Permafrost (Royal Court Theatre), Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall (Soho Theatre Upstairs), Want For Nothing-For Waifs And Strays (Lyric Hammersmith), Light Arrested Between The Curtain And The Glass (Sherman Cymru) and Sunflowers, The Snow Queen (Theatr Prowys).

Roundabout is part of Paines Plough’s Programme 2017. Following Theatr Clwyd, Roundabout will tour to Salford, Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Darlington, Poole, Stoke and Luton in Autumn 2017. Orange Tree Theatre dates, Edinburgh dates and casting for Roundabout 2017 will be announced in due course.

EMLYN WILLIAMS THEATRE

BoHo

Devised by Hijinx Theatre Company

 A Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx Theatre co-production

 Director and Composer: Hannah Noone

 Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June

Press Night: Thursday 22 June
Devised by the company with a score by Hannah Noone, the world première production of BoHo is a dystopian musical misadventure.

Hannah Noone has previously worked at Theatr Clwyd as Assistant Director on Tamara Harvey’s first two productions, Much Ado About Nothing and Pilgrims. She is a member of the JMK Sherman Cymru’s Directors Group, Resident Director for Opera’r Ddraig and Artistic Director of Welsh Youth Performance Academy. Directing credits include Die Fledermaus, The Beggar’s Opera, Carmen, Hansel & Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Cinderella (Bute Park Opera) and Venus & Adonis (Opera Mint).

EMLYN WILLIAMS THEATRE

UNCLE VANYA

By Anton Chekhov; Adapted by Peter Gill

Director: Tamara Harvey

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September 7.45pm

Chekhov’s comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?

 Tamara Harvey directs this poignant comedy in a heartbreaking new version by Peter Gill, which was commissioned by Theatr Clwyd. The production will be performed in the round.

 Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

 Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper’s Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young Men, The York Realist, Original Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dyingand The Seagull.

 Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs – which sees her return to Sheffield Theatres following her recent production of Pride and Prejudice. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning new play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan,Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants, Blue Heart Afternoon and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Closer(Theatre Royal Northampton), Tell Me On A Sunday (UK Tour) and the UK première of Tennessee Williams’Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Finborough Theatre). Harvey directed the Shakespeare scenes that form an integral part of Anonymous, the feature film by Roland Emmerich; has twice been on the panel of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and is a Trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and of the National Student Drama Festival.  She was Associate Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2010-11, overseeing the move to the Bush’s new home and directing the first three productions in the new theatre.

ANTHONY HOPKINS THEATRE

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

By Jim Cartwright

Director: Kate Wasserberg

 Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 October

Press Night: Tuesday 10 October

 In a northern town in the 1980s Little Voice hides in her room with her favourite records, away from the chaos of the world outside, with a secret that could change her life – a voice that could make millions. But will she sing? Little Voice is an award-winning comedy about mothers, daughters and finding a voice of your own.

 Jim Cartwright is an award-winning writer and his plays have been translated into over 35 languages. His plays include Bed (National Theatre), Two (Octagon Theatre/The Young Vic), Eight Miles High (Octagon Theatre) and Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/The Aldwych Theatre). He made his directorial debut with Road at The Royal Exchange Theatre and as a director his credits include I licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Hard Fruit (Royal Court Theatre), Prize Night (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Christmas Fair(Milton Rooms), Mobile Phone Show (National Theatre), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans, Two2 (The Octagon). His television work includes Road, Vroom, Wedded and June.

 Kate Wasserberg is the Artistic Director of The Other Room in Cardiff, where her directing credits for the company include Blasted, The Dying of Today, Play/Silence, Sand and Seanmhair. She returns to Theatr Clwyd where as an Associate Director her credits include Aristocrats, Salt, Root and Roe, Glengarry Glen Ross, Roots, Gaslight, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Glass Menagerie and A History of Falling Things and other credits for the company include All My Sons and Insignificance. Other credits include The Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ten Weeks (Paines Plough), The Knowledge (Dirty Protest at the Royal Court) and Last Christmas (Edinburgh Festival). As Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, her credits include Mirror Teeth, The Man (National Tour), Sons of York, Little Madam, The Representative, I Wish to Die Singing and The New Morality.

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Behold: Paines Plough 

Paines Plough are one of theatre’s secret weapons. The touring new writing company has  and are continuing their extremely brilliant partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Gate Theatre in fostering talent by staging Hush by Alison Carr.

For the past three years, they have supported emerging writers has penned a short play for the graduating class of the college which is then staged in Cardiff and London for a short run. Previous playwrights who have taken part in the partnership with Paines Plough, RWCMD and Gate Theatre are Elinor Cook and Brad Birch who are both debuting full length new plays at Paines Plough Roundabout later this year.

I caught up with Hush writer Alison Carr and Paines Plough’s Artistic Director James Grieve to chat about new writing, the amazing new season, mainstream criticism and more.

Basically, it’s a really good chat.

Alison Carr

Alison Carr

Hi Alison, Paines Plough have a solid reputation for nurturing young theatre talent – how does it feel to be part of that?
It’s great. I first worked with Paines Plough about seven years ago when I took part in Come To Where I’m From at Live Theatre in Newcastle. I met James and George; I really liked the company and what they were doing. I wanted to be part of it. We’ve kept in touch and when I got the call to write their co-commission with RWCMD I was thrilled. And a bit daunted. A cast of eight, you say?! But they’ve been really supportive and encouraging throughout the process and I’m really proud of the play and excited for people to see it.

Last year you completed The Traverse Fifty – a 6-month attachment with Monkeywood Theatre. How helpful was that experience?
They’re actually two separate things. The Traverse Fifty was a year-long attachment with the Traverse that I was part of in 2013. It was incredible; I’d definitely say one of the most important experiences of my writing career so far. I was actually on the verge of packing-in writing when I entered to be part of it – it was a real make or break moment. The attachment with Manchester’s Monkeywood Theatre a couple of years ago was an opportunity to be supported over a 6-month draft process, culminating in a development day and a reading. It’s always good to have structure and support when you’re writing – I need deadlines and pressure – and then the chance to hear the play read by actors, work with a director, it’s all invaluable with a new work.

What is your play ‘Hush’ about?
There’s a question. There are three strands to the story – a young woman who comes back to the town she grew up in and left under a cloud, her former best friend who has stayed in the town and tried to live a good life, and a young man who waits in limbo for the return of his missing brother. So, broadly speaking, it’s about coming home, leaving vs staying, guilt, identity and loss. There are some jokes in there too, though.

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Are there any writing tips that you live by?
It’s not exactly a pithy quote, but ‘just get on with it’ would be the main one. The amount of time I waste on worrying and procrastination, whereas when I just sit down and do something I feel so much better. Also, small achievable goals are key and time off is allowed.

JAMES GRIEVE

James Grieve

James Grieve

Congratulations on the wonderful Paines Plough season. What are you most excited about?
All of it. But particularly our Roundabout tour because I get to direct three outstanding new plays by Brad Birch, Elinor Cook and Sarah McDonald-Hughes with an ensemble of actors and go on tour in our beautiful pop-up theatre to lots of great places around the UK. We built Roundabout to give people amazing theatre experiences in places where there isn’t usually any theatre and it’s one of the things I’m most passionate about doing.

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Paines Plough doesn’t just develop exciting new writing but also cultivate directors and mentor them in producing bigger work. Why is that important to the company?
Great new plays need directors who understand and genuinely love playwrights and possess the particular skills and sensitivity needed to deliver a world premiere production of a new play. Developing directors with those skills and forging relationships between directors and playwrights is very important to us. John Tiffany first worked with Gregory Burke, Enda Walsh and Jack Thorne at PP and those lasting relationships went on to make BLACK WATCH, ONCE and HARRY POTTER. Our former Artistic Directors now run The Royal Court and Birmingham Rep. Our Associate Companies are run by the leading Artistic Directors of the future. New talent is following in the footsteps of Ian Rickson and Katie Mitchell as PP assistant directors. Developing great new writing directors is essential to PP now and vital to the entire theatre industry in the future.

You are continuing your partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Gate Theatre in nurturing young talent. What makes this partnership so special?
The NEW season is the visionary brainchild of RWCMD’s head of acting Dave Bond. With the college we co-commission and co-produce a new play written for and performed by the graduating actors as the final show of their training. It’s a fantastic challenge for playwrights to write big cast, ensemble plays with equally weighted roles. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a playwright and director to develop a relationship. It’s an incredible, unique opportunity for the student actors to bridge training and professional life by originating roles in a world premiere by an outstanding contemporary playwright, working with a professional director and performing in both Cardiff and London. It’s a completely brilliant project. And the plays sometimes go on to have a professional life – Ali McDowell’s POMONA and our own Luke Norris’ GROWTH began life as NEW productions.

With the Guardian cutting the extremely brilliant Lyn Gardner’s theatre blog – the big question is: will all mainstream critics end up on Theatre’s rocks, being eaten by crabs?
No, Lyn is far too vital to be marginalised. She will continue to be an essential read wherever she posts her reviews and analysis. I’m sad at the loss of the Guardian blog, but I’m equally excited by the emergence of new platforms and publications and the vitality of theatre writing and criticism online.