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

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.

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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
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.


A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
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.


A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production

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).


A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
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.


9 – 28 October
Orange Tree Theatre
Box Office: 020 8940 3633

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


22 January – 3 March
Orange Tree Theatre
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


4 – 27 August
Roundabout @ Summerhall
Box Office: 0131 560 1580

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


24 June – 22 July
Theatr Clwyd
Box Office: 01352 701521

7 – 10 September
The Lowry
Box Office: 0843 208 6000

14 – 17 September
Brewery Arts Centre
Box Office: 01539 722833

21 – 24 September
Theatre Royal Margate
Box Office: 01843 292795

28 September – 1 October
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Box Office: 01522 837600

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

12 – 15 October
Lighthouse, Poole
Box Office: 01202 280000

19 – 22 October
Appetite Stoke
Box Office: 01782 717962

26 – 29 October
Revoluton Arts