It might be hot outside, but Team PP are happy to stay indoors since our associate director Stef has rocked up and kicked off rehearsals for WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mafhouz. The rehearsal room is buzzing with excitement, chatter, and music as our summer show starts to take shape.
So to get you in the mood we’re totally thrilled to announce the fantastic team who will be working the rehearsal room over the next few weeks…
Her theatre credits include Random (One Woman Show) (The Royal Court), Love Labours Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe), Little Sweet Thing (Manchester Contract Theatre), Don Juon In Soho (Donmar Theatre). TV credits include Doctor Who (BBC), The Jason Lewis Experience (BBC), That Mitchell and Webb Look (BBC), Horne and Corden (Tiger Aspect), Criminal Justice (BBC), The Bill (Thames/Pearson), Prime Suspect (Grenada), Holby City (BBC), Homework High (Channel 4), Daylight Robbery (ITV). Film credits include Second Coming (Hillbilly Films).
Gabriel Benn – Musician
Gabriel will be making music live on stage as our Sound Designer Dominic Kennedy mixes the old school UK Garage underscore. Also known as Tuesday Born, Gabriel is a jazz-based pianist, a producer and a vocalist.
Martyna Baker – Singer
Martyna will be weaving her sensational live vocals throughout the show. Check out her SoundCloud here.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director – Stef O’Driscoll
Lighting Designer – Prema Mehta
Sound Designer – Dominic Kennedy
Costume – Claire Wardroper
Assistant Director – Nadia Amico
Movement Director – Yassmin Foster
Join the conversation on twitter with #WithALittleBitOfLuck @painesplough @LatitudeFest
I’m Leyla, the new production placement here at PPHQ (I’m getting used to the acronyms already). I’m joining the team for the next three months from my MA in Theatre Producing over at Birkbeck.
It’s been a fantastic first few weeks – as soon as I stepped into the office, I was handed a play-text and told I could go off and read it. Reading a play was now something I could do in work time. Can it get any better than that? It could – the play I was reading turned out to be With A Little Bit Of Luck, by Sabrina Mafhouz. I’ve just seen her last play, Chef, at the Soho theatre (check it out if you haven’t already, it’s amazing), and now I was reading her next piece. Which we’re taking to Latitude. Yep, Latitude. Another thing I found out on my first day; I’m going to Latitude!
I’m also really excited that the PP team (PPT? not sure that’s official yet) is moving over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for august. The Fringe is probably my favourite place in the world, having grown up half an hour outside of Edinburgh. Yes, this does mean I’m part of the growing Scottish Mafia here at PPHQ (Rachel is the trainee producer you met a few weeks ago, it made me extremely happy to hear her dulcet Glaswegian tones as I stepped into the office). We’ll be running down down the corridor shouting “FREEDOM” any day now!
As the mercury soars, a chilled Taste Tuesday was in order at oven-hot PPHQ, and what better than the Spanish summer classic Gazpacho.
Cold soup sounds less than appetizing, admittedly, but I prefer to think of Gazpacho as a super salad smoothie, a healthy hit of instant refreshment on a scorching summer’s day, fresh from a long chill in the fridge. The Spanish swear by it as los aperitivos, and let’s face it, the Spanish know a bit about both food and hot weather.
There’s a million Gazpacho recipes out there, but they all say the same thing – the freshest of fresh ingredients are the key. So at 7am I was at my local fruit and veg market prodding tomatoes on the hunt for the ripest on the vine.
The rest of the recipe is my own made-up riff on the classic ingredients.
Gazpacho (serves 12 as a starter, plus leftovers, it turns out)
Super ripe tomatoes. Lots. About 3kg at a guess.
3 green peppers
1 red onion
2 spring onions
3 cloves of garlic
Half a baguette from Saturday
Handful of basil leaves
Sprig of mint
150ml ish olive oil
Glug of dry sherry – fino or manzanilla
Splash of white wine vinegar
Tabasco to taste
Salt & Pepper
Pinch or two of paprika
1/ Bring a big pan of water to the boil, then turn off the heat. Cut a cross in the bottom of each tomato and submerge in the just boiled water for around 1 minute. The skin of the tomatoes should peel off easily, but there will always be one or two that just have to be awkward.
2/ Peel the cucumber, deseed the peppers and roughly chop. Rougly chop the onion, spring onion and garlic.
3/ Put Saturday’s baguette that’s gone a bit hard into a bowl of water to soak for 20 mins ish. Then squeeze the water out with your hands. This is quite pleasing.
4/ Stick all of the above plus the basil and mint into a blender. Or if you only have a hand blender like me, put it all in a big bowl and then use the hand blender to spray it all over yourself and the kitchen. Blend until completely smooth. Strain through a collander to catch any unwanted bits.
5/ Add a good big glug of olive oil, a splash of dry sherry (which frankly should be splashed into almost everything, except cereal), a squeeze of lemon and add tabasco, paprika, salt & pepper to taste.
6/ I was also going to add some black olives but I forgot.
7/ Chill in the fridge. Then serve with cucumber and lemon slices.
We’re on the lookout for a friendly and dedicated Venue Technician to join the good ship ROUNDABOUT and team PP in Edinburgh. Could it be you? Details below:
ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL
To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: Monday 6th July.
Reporting to: Producer
Principal Working Relationships: Roundabout Technical Stage Manager, Paines Plough Production Manager, Roundabout Company Stage Manager, Paines Plough Producer and Assistant Producer, Visiting Company Stage and Technical Managers, Summerhall Front of House team
Dates: 29 July – 1 August, Initial Roundabout install
2 – 6 August, technical rehearsals in Edinburgh
6 – 30 August, Edinburgh Fringe Festival run
31 August – 1st September Roundabout strike
About Roundabout: Developed over the past 4 years, the Roundabout Auditorium is a demountable in-the-round theatre with incorporated LED lighting features.
• Travels in a 45ft trailer
• Can be build in 20 hours and a crew of 4-6
• Runs off 3-4 13Amp sockets
• Facilitates a specially developed LED ceiling and does not rely on traditional theatrical lighting
About Roundabout in Edinburgh: This summer Paines Plough’s Roundabout auditorium returns to Summerhall where it will house a season of extraordinary work from Paines Plough and a host of hugely exciting external companies and performers as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
These companies are:
Pentabus Theatre Company
Eastern Angles in association with the Unity Theatre
Dancing Brick in Association with Soho Theatre
Papermash in association with Tricycle Theatre
To support the Production Manager and Technical Stage Manager in ensuring the efficient running of the Roundabout auditorium and the management of all technical aspects of the auditorium and Paines Plough shows in Roundabout at the Edinburgh Festival. With the Technical Stage Manager providing a safe, tidy and welcoming environment within the auditorium for all visiting companies and supervising their staff in any use of Roundabout.
Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
1) To support the Roundabout TSM on all technical aspects of running the Roundabout Auditorium.
2) To take responsibility for all technical elements of the Roundabout Auditorium when the Technical Stage Manager is not on site.
3) To undertake duties during fit up / strike as requested by and following the schedule of the Production Manager.
4) With the Technical Stage Manager, welcoming and supervising visiting companies and any Technical and Stage Management employed by them in their use of the Roundabout during technical rehearsals and performances.
5) To ensure safe working methods within the Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
6) To complete day to day maintenance-work as required, and report any maintenance issues to the TSM, Producer and Production Manager.
7) To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer and Production Manager.
8) To be responsible for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout based on scheduled working days.
9) To support the TSM in ensuring that tools and all fit-up equipment are kept in a tidy, complete, adequately stocked and secure state at all times and to replace any consumable items within budgets and parameters as requested by Producer.
10) In conjunction and liaison with the TSM and CSM, to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.
11) In the absence of the CSM, cover the running and/or operating of all four Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout.
12) To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough and Summerhall.
13) To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
14) To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
15) To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.
• Experience of technical management within a venue
• Working knowledge of get-ins/strikes
• Working knowledge of lighting control
• Working knowledge of sound control including Qlab and digital control desks
• Bright, proactive and energetic
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Good working knowledge of industry H&S regulations Experienced in monitoring and enforcing H&S regulations and ideally H&S trained (IOSH certified)
• Rigging qualification
• IT and AutoCAD literate.
• Degree in technical theatre practice or equivalent qualification
• First Aid trained
• Good team player
• Edinburgh based
• Knowledge of LED technology and pixel mapping
Fee: £450 p/w
The hours for this post will be based on a rota, working six days a week, with no additional payment for overtime.
To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to email@example.com
Application deadline: Monday 6th July.
Interview date: TBC
Please note there may be second interviews. Date TBC.
Launching today… Roundabout’s very own website.
We decided it was about time the world’s first pop-up plug-and-play theatre had its own home online, and our incredible designer and all round creative genius Michael at Thread Design made this little beauty.
You’ll find everything you need to know about our state-of-the-art auditorium (how many individual lights are there in Roundabout… you can soon find out), deets of the plays we’re presenting, loads of photos, videos, tour dates, a lovely map (we like maps) and LOTS MORE.
So please have a browse and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback. You can find the all new Roundabout website right here.
And you can visit Roundabout in person right there at The Southbank Centre until 18 July.
EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues taking the tour circuit by storm and over the last couple of weeks the show has pitched up in Salford, Bracknell, Wellingborough, Norwich and Peterborough. Team PP have continued to read Stage Manager Alicia’s top tips on tour with envy and now you can too – so here we present the next instalment of Jonny and Alicia’s Brilliant Things.
I seem to be finding myself on a mission to find the best Vegetarian restaurant in the UK, so here is yet another incredible one – ‘1847‘. Listed as the best Vegetarian restaurant to be found outside of London. £10 Lunch deal for a main and a drink. Really tasty food and trendy minamilist interior.
Oh there’s also a Cadbury’s outlet opposite the Lowry.
If you’re interested in a hotel which is a converted warehouse and does yoga in the mornings stay at the Victoria Warehouse near Salford Quays. Equally if you’d rather stay in a 4* Ritz style hotel in central Manchester, it’s also worth booking at the Victoria Warehouse as they may just get your booking wrong and relocate you there… (too good to be true)
Next stop was The Castle, Wellingborough
No time to explore Wellingborough really BUT the venue sells really nice local cider! It’s called Saxby’s and is made ‘just down the road’ in Farndish, Northamptonshire. Proper lovely.
And then we were off to The Garage, Norwich
Lovely pub behind the theatre. The Coachmen.
Great curry for after show snacks – ‘Spice Paradise‘
Another vegetarian cafe (not intentional I promise) called Wild Thyme. Sensational brunch with homemade baked beans.
Finally we went to The Key Theatre, Peterborough
Nowhere special found to eat but we were very impressed by the Lido and Cathedral. Both next to the theatre!
We’ll be back next week to tell you about more brilliant things we discover!
Alicia and Jonny x
We’ve been wrapping our ears around this little lot this week. Hope you enjoy. Then trade us your tunes du jour, s’il vous plait.
Happy weekends y’all. Head to the South Bank and hang out with us at Roundabout yeah?
Today EVERY BRILLIANT THING stops off in Norwich and here at PPHQ we are super jealous. This charming city is a firm favourite on the PP map and we can’t think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon. We asked our very good friends at The Garage Norwich for their top tips on what to get up to when you visit. So here’s their list of brilliant things…now go and book your train tickets.
WHERE TO STAY
The Maids Head Hotel is known for its traditional Tudor style façade, dating back to the 13th century. It’s also more famously known for reportedly being home to a couple of ghosts – one of a lady dressed in grey, and one of the former mayors of the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Head down to the medieval alleyways of the Norwich Lanes (winner of the Great British High Street of The Year Award 2014) which is home to some of the most splendid restaurants, gastro pubs and cafes in Norwich. You’ll find award winning fish and chips at the Grosvenor, Falafel heaven at Moorish, Bedfords where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city and much more.
WHERE TO DRINK
Norwich was once thought to have a Church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the year. The figures aren’t quite that high these days but there are still a wealth of pubs to frequent. If you’re after some Norwich history you can find the Adam and Eve nestled down by the river. Dating back to 1249 the pub has a lovely quaint atmosphere and a good selection of ales. If you’re after something a little more modern The Mash Tun is the newest pub to spring up and serves local beer from troubadours Redwell Brewery, as an added bonus the upstairs has been turned into a gin palace serving over 150 different blends.
WHERE TO GET COFFEE
The Garage is home to Locomotion Coffee who take their coffee making seriously, from traditional lattes and mochas, to concoctions such as the protein vanilla iced-latte banana smoothie. They also serve an array of teas from local tea wizards Wilkinsons of Norwich – you will definitely be tempted by the Smokey Russian caravan or Arctic Fire.
Their skills don’t stop at coffee, barista Jason can solve a rubix cube in less than a minute (it’s all in the algorithms apparently).
HANG OUT AT
Norwich forum is open 7 days a week all year round making it the perfect place to hang out. Much more than just a library, you can also enjoy an eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events activities, and free outdoor film screenings in the summer, or just chill out with friends in Bar Marzano.
Must see attractions include Norwich Cathedral, an iconic Norman Cathedral and one of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. Take a stroll around the largest surviving cloister in England and be awed by the stunning Romanesque architecture, highlighted by the Nave and crossing tower…don’t forget to look up! There’s lots to discover at the Norwich Castle from its history as a Norman palace and as a prison, to the many galleries packed with treasures from nationally important collections, from archaeology to fine art, from the ancient Egyptians to natural history. Also a trip to Norwich wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Norwich market. There are a plethora of market stalls to delve into, you might find yourself a great vintage bargain….or just pick up a commemorative tea towel to take home! Check out visitnorwich.co.uk for more ideas!