News: Paines Plough announces 2019 programme

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced the company’s Programme 2019, marking the final season from the pair who will step down later this year after nearly a decade at the helm.

The programme celebrates some of the most exciting, distinctive, observant and entertaining voices in British theatre with commissioned writers including: Charley Miles, Nathan Bryon, Daf James, Sam Steiner, Zia Ahmed, Sarah Mcdonald-Hughes, Ifeyinwa Fredrick and Anna Jordan. Their brand new plays will tour across the length and breadth of the UK to city centres, seaside towns and village halls.

Roundabout will once again host an Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme and bring mini-festivals to each stop on its nationwide tour. Paines Plough will broadcast Anna Jordan’s Pop Music live online and celebrate 10 years of Come to Where I’m From with new live events and the CTWIF APP featuring more than 180 short audio plays available to download free from the App Store and GooglePlay. They will once again be holding open auditions as part of their pledge to actors. A new series of podcasts, Insights, offers a look at the playwright’s experience of life inside the rehearsal room.

James Grieve and George Perrin said: “This programme epitomises what Paines Plough has always been about for us: urgent new plays from original new voices featuring top new talent on wide-ranging tours the length and breadth of the UK. We’re hugely proud to be presenting the best of a new generation of British playwrights. We’re celebrating 10 years of Come to Where I’m From and another three years of Roundabout funding. Graduates of our Playwright Fellowship and Trainee Director Bursary headline the programme. Loyal venue partners reaffirm their commitment to the importance of new plays. Our newly launched podcast series Insights aims to make us ever more open and accessible, joining existing initiatives like Open Auditions, our Casting Pledge and our Unsolicited Script policy. It’s everything we think a national theatre of new plays should be.”

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present Roundabout 2019

Following another critically acclaimed season in 2018, Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium, will return for a sixth consecutive year in 2019. The programme will include World Premieres from Charley Miles, Nathan Bryon and Daf James co-produced with Theatr Clwyd and performed in rep, directed by Stef O’Driscoll. The productions will open at Theatr Clwyd and tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and six partner venues across the UK.

Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events.

Full listings will be announced in due course.

A Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth production
You Stupid Darkness

Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth present You Stupid Darkness! a World Premiere from Sam Steiner (Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons; Kanye the First), directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve. Set in a call centre for Brightline helpline, four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. A hopeful play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world. The cast includesDavid Carlyle, Andrew Finnigan, Becci Gemmell and Lydia Larson. The production marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows the success of Love, Love, Love and The Angry Brigade.

You Stupid Darkness! runs at Theatre Royal Plymouth 7 – 23 February with an Opening Night on 12 February.

A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
I Wanna Be Yours 

Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

Meet in the middle. Meet the parents. Meet the friends. Meet the aunties. They say opposites attract, but can they stay together?

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from London Laureate and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed. In partnership with Tamasha, it will tour around the UK, directed by former Paines Plough trainee director Anna Himali Howard. Dates to be announced.

A Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Gate Theatre production

Once again for 2019 Paines Plough will partner with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Gate Theatre to showcase the world premiere of Sarah McDonald-Hughes’s Turbines , directed by Paines Plough former Trainee Director Emily Ling Williams. Sarah returns to Paines Plough following her award-winning play for young people How to be a Kid.

A new play by Ifeyinwa Fredrick
Co-commissioned by Paines Plough and Soho Theatre

Paines Plough are co-commissioning a new play by Ifeyinwa Fredrick, one of the 2019 Soho Six, a yearlong attachment programme for artists run by Soho Theatre. Full details to be announced.

Ifeyinwa is a writer and entrepreneur, using both writing and business as creative outlets. Writing alongside her full-time job as co-founder of Chuku’s – the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant – she has been featured in Forbes’ list of 100 Women Founders in Europe. She began writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. Supported by the programme, she wrote her debut play THE HOES which received a full production at Hampstead Theatre in 2018. The play was shortlisted for the 2017 Tony Craze Award and Character 7 Award and longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. Her stories explore the intricacies of people and the dichotomy between how we really are and how society or we portray ourselves to be.

A Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production
Pop Music
by Anna Jordan
Direction James Grieve

Anna Jordan’s Pop Music returns for a one-off live stream after an acclaimed national tour in 2018. Turbo charged by non-stop pop hits from the past 30 years of chart toppers, Pop Music is a euphoric, nostalgic, poptastic theatre party for anyone who’s ever been a dick on the dancefloor. Details to be announced.

A Paines Plough production
Come To Where I’m From

Since 2010, Paines Plough’s nationwide project Come To Where I’m From has seen over 160 playwrights from across the pen plays about the places they call home.

Each play is performed for one-night only and then becomes part of the free Come To Where I’m Fromsmartphone app which houses all the mini-plays that have been performed since the project began to create a vivid patchwork quilt of accents, experiences and impressions of the UK.

In 2019 Paines Plough will showcase live sessions of Come To Where I’m From  with the first taking place in Salisbury on 20 February with Wiltshire’s writers Veronica Dewan, Harry Blake, Barney Norris andHanna Treadaway.

A podcast by Paines Plough

Paines Plough’s new Insights podcasts chart the writer’s experience of life inside the rehearsal room.

The series will be released during the rehearsal period of Paines Plough productions, with the playwright and the director discussing the week’s progress and inviting in different guests from the cast and creative team. The first series, You Stupid Podcast!, is led by James Grieve and Sam Steiner and is currently available to download from Podbean.


Photography by Rebecca Need-Menear
Design by Thread Design

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