Sam Steiner awarded the Paines Plough playwright fellowship 2016 & Anna Himali Howard awarded the Paines Plough and Birmingham repertory theatre trainee director bursary

Today, Paines Plough announce that the second Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship is awarded to Sam Steiner and that the recipient of the new Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Trainee Director bursary is Anna Himali Howard.

Sam Steiner’s debut play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival prior to an acclaimed, sold out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. Lemons will return to Edinburgh as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout programme 2016 and Sam will join the company on attachment until March 2017.

Anna Himali Howard will join Paines Plough for six months having graduated from Birmingham Rep’s Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme Introduction to Directing programme as part of REP Foundry. Supported by an anonymous playwright, Paines Plough and Birmingham Rep have joined forces to support an outstanding director at the start of their career.

Paines Plough Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin said: “From the hundreds of new plays we’ve seen and read in the past year, Lemons stood out for us as the work of a singular talent. We are thrilled to welcome Sam to Paines Plough as the recipient of our Playwright Fellowship 2016. With the generous support of Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and a Paines Plough alumnus playwright, we look forward to supporting Sam in the next stage of what promises to be a great career.

“Anna Himali Howard is a real talent with a brilliant and imaginative theatre brain. We are hugely excited to welcome her to our team. We were both fortunate to receive training opportunities that made our careers possible – not least from Birmingham Reportory Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert – and we are delighted to now be in a position to offer some support to the next generation of theatre directors and the artistic directors of the future. 

That these traineeships are supported by Paines Plough alumni playwrights demonstrates just how important training directors working with new writing are to the playwright fraternity.”

Sam Steiner said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be this year’s recipient of Paines Plough’s Playwright Fellowship. I am incredibly grateful to the fellowship donors and everyone at PP for this opportunity and am thoroughly looking forward to working alongside such a great group of talented and enthusiastic theatre-makers. I hope to use the opportunity to really push myself, my writing and my understanding of theatre in new directions.”

Anna Himali Howard said: “I’m delighted to be joining Paines Plough as their Trainee Director. It’s a company with a rich and reputable history, and I can’t wait to get started working on this season of new plays at Roundabout. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to learn through assisting, seeing lots of new work and being part of a great company as it develops and tours new plays around the country.”

Programme 2016 from Paines Plough includes Sabrina Mahfouz’s play-come gig With A Little Bit Of Luck¸Come To Where I’m From which will debut in London in July 2016, ROUNDABOUT, the return of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing and the premiere of Tom Wells’ coming-of-age comedy Broken Biscuits.

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.



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.




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


By Luke Norris

“That? That’s. I mean.


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


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

5 – 29 August – Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Box Office: 0131 560 1580

8 – 11 September – The Lowry, Salford
Box Office: 0843 208 6000

22 – 25 September – Margate Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01843 292795

29 September – 2 October – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Box Office: 01522 837600

6 – 9 October – The Brewery, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133

13 – 16 October – The Civic, Barnsley
Box Office: 01226 327000

20 – 23 October – Appetite, Stoke on Trent
Box Office: 01782 454404

27 – 30 October – Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate, Luton
Box Office: 01582345555

Paines Plough announces line-up for Come to where I’m from: London

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the line-up for Come To Where I’m From: London which will take place across six London venues from 27 June until 6 July. Partnering with new writing theatre company Tamasha, Paines Plough will present twenty six writers from across London performing short plays about the place they call home. Tickets are on sale now at

Since 2010, Come To Where I’m From has seen more than 100 writers from across the UK writing plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now Come To Where I’m From invites London playwrights to tell their stories for the first time. In partnership with Tamasha, Paines Plough present a series of London Come To Where I’m From events across the city which will see some well-known names alongside some of the most exciting new voices from the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

The playwrights featuring in Come To Where I’m From: London include Mediah Ahmed, Zia Ahmed, Mahad Ali, Afsana Begum, Adam Brace, In-Sook Chappell, Satinder Chohan, Lizzy Dijeh, Kathryn Golding, Miran Hazdic, Stephen Jeffreys, Arinze Kene, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Isley Lynn, Vinay Patel, Elena Procopiu, Divya Sachdeva, Lucy Sheen, Amman Singh Brar, Sandra Townsend, Ché Walker, Cheryl Walker, Monsay Whitney, Karla Williams, Alexandra Wood and Sally Woodcock.

Alongside the London events, the project extends its digital life as an audio experience as the Come To Where I’m From app. This new digital portal is a living library containing more than 90 short plays from writers across the UK who have taken part in the project since it began, with new plays to be added as they are written in the future.

Playwrights whose plays are included on the Come To Where I’m From app include Mike Bartlett, Gupreet Kaur Bhatti, Alice Birch, Leo Butler, Alison Carr, Molly Davies, Phil Davies, James Graham, Alan Harris, Matt Hartley, Joel Horwood, Emteaz Hussein, Paven Virk, Laura Lomas, Duncan Macmillan, Mufaro Makubika, Bethan Marlow, Glyn Maxwell, Rory Mullarkey, Tim Price, Beth Steel, Chris Thorpe and many more.

James Grieve and George Perrin co-Artistic Directors of Paines Plough said today: Come To Where I’m From is the very first project we dreamed up when we joined Paines Plough in 2010. Since then we have celebrated the company’s twin passion for new writing and touring by commissioning more than 100 playwrights to write plays about their home towns from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight. Now we’re delighted to partner with Tamasha to bring Come To Where I’m From to London for the first time and celebrate a city that inspires so many great writers in a six-date series of live events across the capital. In tandem, we’re thrilled to launch the Come To Where I’m From app which will allow listeners to sonically travel across the UK listening to more than 90 playwrights read their own plays. We’re so excited people everywhere will get to hear these extraordinary, enchanting, evocative plays from everyone from Olivier Award winners to first-timers with many more to come in 2016 and beyond.” 

Fin Kennedy, Artistic Director of Tamasha: “Tamasha are thrilled to be partnering with Paines Plough. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, London is teeming with stories that reveal both local experiences and cross-cultural narratives that connect us to a wider world. Our Tamasha Developing Artists writers have a wealth of these to offer and where better to present them than as part of the ever-growing rich map of writing that is Come To Where I’m From.”

Come To Where I’m From is supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Come To Where I’m From: London is part of Programme 2016 from Paines Plough which also includes Sabrina Mahfouz’s play-come-gig With A Little Bit Of Luck, three world premieres at ROUNDABOUT, the return of the internationally acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Tom Wells’ new coming of age comedy Broken Biscuits.