Paines Plough announces casting for 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).