Taste Tuesday: Parmesan Biscuits & Chilli Sausage Rolls

We’ve been pretty quiet on the Taste Tuesday front at PPHQ. Between ROUNDABOUT popping up at Brighton Festival, THE ANGRY BRIGADE storming into the Bush Theatre and EVERY BRILLIANT THING kick starting it’s UK tour there’s not been much opportunity to hop into the kitchen and whip up delicious treats.

You’ll be pleased to hear however, that Taste Tuesday is back with a vengeance and having just added two new members of staff to PPHQ lets just say the competition has never been healthier…

A week late (we’ve been busy) here are my two, yes two, Taste Tuesday treats: Parmesan Biscuits and Chilli Sausage Rolls. Brought to you by my bank holiday Monday and inspired by my friend Katie (with a little help from Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver)

*I think it’s important to note that I have really limited kitchen appliances in my flat so this made for an interesting cooking process.

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PARMESAN BISCUITS

Makes about 35 (I brought them all into the office and they were ALL gone by 2pm)

210 g (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp paprika
a pinch of cayenne pepper
a pinch of salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
165 g (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
165 g (6 oz.)  Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
80 g (1/4 cup) poppy seeds
1 egg, beaten

Sift the flour, baking powder, paprika and cayenne into a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Particularly fun if you have a sieve made for the borrowers rather than humans.

Mix the softened butter with the Parmesan until they are well blended. Use your hands or in my case borrow a very fancy blender belonging to your friend. Add the flour mixture and continue mixing until a soft dough is formed.

Throw as much flour around the kitchen as you can. Put the dough onto the well-floured work surface and divide in half to roll each piece into a long log, 3-4 cm in diameter. Wrap each log in cling film and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.

Scatter the poppy seed over a flat plate or a tray. Brush the logs with the beaten egg and then roll them in the poppy seeds until covered.

Refrigerate again for 1 hour (at this stage you can also wrap the logs and freeze them).\Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Cut the logs into slices 5-8mm thick and arrange them on the tray, spaced 3m apart. Bake for about 12 minutes. The biscuits should be dark golden and smell amazing! Leave to cool completely before serving, or storing in a tightly sealed container. Don’t eat them hot like I did – burnt fingers and tongue.

CHILLI SAUSAGE ROLLS

3-4 red chillies, (depending on heat – we added 6 but we’re chilli fiends!)
500 g higher-welfare pork sausage meat
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
500 g puff pastry (Obviously didn’t make my own)
2 free-range egg yolks, beaten with a splash of milk
1 tbsp whole cumin seeds

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Pierce the chillies then toast over a gas flame or a hot grill until black and blistered. Place in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to cool. When cool enough to handle, pull off and discard the skins then scoop out the seeds – or leave in if you want fireworks! Chop the chilli flesh and mix with the sausage, paprika and a pinch of pepper.

Sprinkle a work surface with flour (MORE FLOUR). Cut the pastry in half and roll out into 2 strips. Shape the sausage meat into 2 sausage shapes and place along the middle of each strip. Coat the pastry either side of the sausage with the egg mixture. Fold the pastry over and press down to seal.

Brush the tops of the sausage rolls with egg wash, sprinkle with cumin seeds and sea salt. Cut into 5cm lengths and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until risen, puffed and golden brown.

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Get your chops around that. Chesca x

Open Auditions: Beside the Seaside

This month our Roundabout theatre rocked up by the beaches of Brighton and we thought it would be a great place to host our Open Auditions.

Mike Bartlett was well represented and we saw duologues from BULL, COCK and AN INTERVENTION. Other snippets of Paines Plough alumnus included LITTLE LIGHT and REVOLT SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. by Alice BirchAFTER THE END by Dennis Kelly, BIRDLAND by Simon Stephens, NO QUARTER by Polly Stenham, 2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne and RAW by Chris O’Connell.

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SOME VOICES by Joe Penhall, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES by Alan Ayckborn, STITCHING by Anthony Neilson, THERE’S A CITY IN MY MIND by Steve Dykes, HOT MESS by Ella Hickson, DI AND VIV AND ROSE by Anna Mackmin, POMONA by Alistair McDowall and KICKING A DEAD HORSE by Sam Shepard.

We also polled our auditionees and asked them to tell us their favourite contemporary playwright of the last 25 years. The range was huge from our good friend James Graham writer of THE ANGRY BRIGADE to Sabrina Mahfouz, whose play WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will premiere at Latitude in July.

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There were also nods to home-grown talent Tom Wells (JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS), the work of Moira Buffini, and Torben Betts. Whilst flying the flag for Scotland we had Rona Munro and David Greig, and from further afield German playwright Marius Von Mayenburg, and American Tony Kushner.

That being said when we totted up the tally Dennis Kelly absolutely stormed it as the most popular playwright, followed by Simon Stephens.

An exciting, varied reading list we’re sure you’ll agree. Despite the weather’s best efforts we had a grand old time beside the seaside and really enjoyed meeting everyone, so thank you all for coming down.

Now, if you don’t mind we’re off to make a cuppa and settle down with the second draft of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which has just arrived in our inbox…

What’s on the PP stereo…

Here’s what’s soundtracked PPHQ this week. Let us know what you’ve been listening to.

Programme 2015: 11 plays in 74 places

Here we go… we’re excited to announce our Programme 2015 in full. Eleven top class productions touring to 74 places from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands.

Here’s a snapshot:

•    This summer’s unmissable pop-up experience: ROUNDABOUT follows its run at The Brighton Festival with a two month residency at The Southbank Centre, a return to the Edinburgh Festival and a national tour.
•    THE HUMAN EAR, a brand new play from Alexandra Wood receives its world premiere in Roundabout in Edinburgh.
•    WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz premieres at the Latitude Festival.
•    EVERY BRILLIANT THING returns to the UK following its acclaimed Off-Broadway run in New York and tours nationwide in addition to performances in Roundabout.
•    OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL continues to thrill young audiences in Roundabout and in theatres on an extensive national tour.
•    LUNGS and THE INITIATE continue in the Roundabout rep.
•    DANIEL KITSON is amongst a thrilling programme of visitors performing in Roundabout.
•    NATHAN BRYON receives the inaugural Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship.

Welcome to Programme 2015.

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Continuing at The Bush Theatre until 13 June…
THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham
A pyrotechnic thriller from the writer of sell-out smash hits THIS HOUSE and PRIVACY.
“Memorably adventurous…a timeless depiction of young people agitating against a world that appears to exclude them.”
★★★★ The Times

The Bush // 30 April – 13 June

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A Paines Plough world premiere at The Latitude Festival…
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz
“I want to be iconic. I want to be beautiful, reckless, feared, hated, ahead of the times. I want to be different, I want to be dangerous…”
London, 2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election.
Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life.
Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation.
London, 2015. Re-wind.

Latitude Festival // 16-17 July

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This summer’s unmissable pop-up theatre experience…
ROUNDABOUT
The Stage Awards ‘Theatre Building of the Year’ pops-up in Brighton, London, Edinburgh and on tour with a repertory of outstanding new plays.

Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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A Paines Plough world premiere…
THE HUMAN EAR by Alexandra Wood
A man turns up at Lucy’s door claiming to be the brother she hasn’t seen in 10 years. But why has he come? Is it really him? And what happens when there’s another knock at the door?  Forced to confront the messy inner workings of sibling love with its petty resentments, casual cruelty, profound betrayals and implicit understanding, can the bond between brother and sister be rebuilt?
An intriguing tale of loss, renewal and knowing who to trust from Fringe First Award winner Alexandra Wood.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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The highly acclaimed and multi-award winning…
LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan
“The most beautiful, quietly shattering play of the year.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Repeated on BBC Radio 3 // 24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October

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The Scotsman Fringe First Award winner…
THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood
“An intense, original and memorable play for today, with outstanding performances.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July

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Back in the UK following its four month run Off-Broadway…
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Our co-production with Pentabus Theatre Company hits the road for an epic UK tour.
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious… one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”
★★★★ The Guardian

Barrow Street Theatre, New York // 6 December 2014 – 29 March 2015
Machynlleth Comedy Festival // 2-3 May
Unity Theatre, Liverpool // 9 May
The Drum, Plymouth // 12-16 May
The North Wall, Oxford // 18 May
Roundabout @ Brighton Festival // 19, 20, 23, 24 May
Quarterhouse, Folkestone // 21 May
The Spring, Havant // 22 May
The Dukes, Lancaster // 26 May
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans // 28 May
Leintwardine Village Hall // 30 May
Pulse Festival, Ipswich // 2 June
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal // 3 June
Harlow Playhouse // 4 June
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury // 5-6 June
Square Chapel, Halifax // 7 June
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis // 10 June
The Muni, Colne // 11 June
The Lowry, Salford // 12-13 June
South Hill Park, Bracknell // 15 June
The Castle, Wellingborough // 17 June
The Garage, Norwich // 18 June
Key Theatre, Peterborough // 19 June
The Tolmen Centre, Constantine // 21 June
Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury // 23 June
The Phoenix, Bordon // 25 June
Derby Theatre, Derby // 26-27 June
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre // 7-11 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 6-30 August
The Civic, Stourport // 9 September
Roundabout @ Corn Exchange, Newbury // 10 September
Bridport Arts Centre // 11 September
Mill Arts Centre, Banbury // 16 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 17 September
Isle of Eigg // 21 September
Sunart Centre ,Arainn Shuainert, Strontian // 23 September
Plockton Village Hall, Plockton // 24 September
Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit // 25 September
Lyth Arts Centre, Wick // 26 September
Pier Arts Centre, Orkney // 27 September
Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds // 29 September
Roundabout @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  // 30 September
South Holland Centre  // 1 October
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford // 2-3 October
The Theatre, Chipping Norton // 4 October
Tobacco Factory, Bristol // 6-10 October
Stahl Theatre at Oundle School, Peterborough // 14 October
The Old Market, Brighton // 18-20 October
Shop Front Theatre, Coventry // 21 October
Span Arts, Pembrokeshire // 22 October
Riverfront Theatre, Newport // 23 October
Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe // 24 October
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester // 29 October
The Civic, Barnsley // 31 October

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A colourfully comic show for children 7+ and their accompanying trolls / parents…
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly
“Fun, funny…comic perfection.”
★★★★ The Times
Our co-production with Half Moon Young People’s Theatre continues in Roundabout before embarking on its own national tour.

Roundabout @ Regency Square, Brighton Festival // 2-24 May
Roundabout @ Southbank Centre, London // 7 June – 18 July
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe // 6-30 August
Roundabout @ Newbury Corn Exchange // 9–13 September
Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford // 16–20 September
Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre // 23–27 September
Roundabout @ Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal // 30 September – 4 October
Roundabout @ Theatre Royal Margate // 7–11 October
Roundabout @ New Vic, Stoke // 14–18 October
TakeOff International Children’s Theatre Festival, County Durham // 21-23 October
Arts Centre Washington // 24 October
Old Fire Station, Carlisle // 25 October
Brewhouse, Burton // 27 October
Derby Theatre // 28 October
Lakeside Arts, Nottingham // 29 October
Royal & Derngate, Northampton // 30 October
The Castle, Wellingborough // 31 October
Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, London // 2–5 November
Tarvin Community Centre, Chester // 6 November
Whitby Hall at Trinity Ellesmere Port // 7 November
Z-arts, Manchester // 8 November
South Holland Centre, Spalding // 10 November
The egg, Bath Theatre Royal // 12–14 November
The North Wall, Oxford // 15 November

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Paines Plough and friends present…
EARLIER/LATER
A series of early morning and late night one-off shows: theatre, poetry, comedy, music, rumbles, shenanigans and much more in Roundabout throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Get your fix of fresh new work, exhilarating debates and rip-roaring performances. Kick start your morning and round-up your evening in Roundabout – “the loveliest venue at the fringe” The List, 2014.

We’re excited to announce a storming line-up of VISITING COMPANIES in Roundabout @ Summerhall throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe…

Eastern Angles in association with Unity Theatre present
CHICKEN by Molly Davies

Supporting Wall presents
JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE END IS NIGH

Papermash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre present
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITHOUT YOU by Sonia Jalaly

THEATRE UNCUT
Clara Brennan, Vivienne Franzmann, Kieran Hurley, Dennis Kelly, Neil LaBute, Stef Smith

Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre present
I’M NOT HERE RIGHT NOW by Thomas Eccleshare

Daniel Kitson presents
POLYPHONY by Daniel Kitson

Plus…
The inaugural Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship is awarded to Nathan Bryon. Nathan is 23-years-old and from Shepherd’s Bush. He is one of the most exciting and original new playwriting voices we have come across and we are delighted he will join Paines Plough on attachment until the end of 2015. The Playwright Fellowship is supported by Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and an anonymous playwright. It aims to assist a playwright of exceptional promise at the start of their career by supporting them in the development of their craft. The Fellowship comprises an attachment to Paines Plough, a bursary of £6,000 and a place at the prestigious l’Obrador d’estiu playwriting conference in Barcelona.

We welcome two new members of our team thanks to our partnership with Creative Access. Joining Paines Plough are Trainee Administrator Bhavini Goyate and Trainee Producer Rachel D’Arcy. Former Creative Access intern Natalie Adams is now full-time Administrator.

Joining the Paines Plough Board of Trustees are Andrea Stark, CEO of High House Production Park, Matthew Littleford, Editorial Director for Digital, BBC Worldwide, Anne McMeehan Roberts, Founder Director of Cauldron Consulting and playwright Dennis Kelly.

And we’ll be hosting more Open Auditions, releasing two new Apps, launching a transatlantic radio project, offering lots of exciting opportunities for playwrights through The Big Room, programming one-off events in Roundabout and eating lots of cake in the office.

So there you have it… Programme 2015. We hope to see you there.

Reviews round-up: THE ANGRY BRIGADE

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The Angry Brigade smashed into The Bush last week with fire in their bellies and anger in their minds. Here’s what the critics made of the revolution:

“Memorably adventurous…a timeless depiction of young people agitating against a world that appears to exclude them.”
★★★★ The Times (Paywall)

“Thrilling, exciting, unpredictable… James Graham marches triumphantly onwards.”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“An explosive account of ideological war.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Throbs with exciting theatrical effects… fab soundtrack, vibrating projections and air of anarchy…  like a vinyl rock record, it has the power to blow your mind… a thrilling and highly enjoyable evening.”
★★★★ The Arts Desk

“Thrillingly topical… a marvellous play: as rich in ideas as a pudding in plums, compassionate and serious and dryly funny and fascinating… it’s brilliant.” ★★★★ Libby Purves / Theatre Cat

“Knockout… hits the heart as much as it hits the head.”
★★★★ Londonist

“Exhilarating, politically engaging, funny and exciting.”
★★★★ The Upcoming

“Engaging, tender, witty and – on the eve of an election – troublingly freighted with contemporary resonance.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Exhilarating… James Graham’s riveting, downright raucous and politically fascinating work is bought to life in James Grieve’s fittingly anarchic production that boasts both addictive punk spirit and near flawless direction.”
Official London Theatre

“Heady, intoxicating and very, very angry.
The Huffington Post

“A complete theatrical experience… glorious.”
★★★★ Everything Theatre

“Funny, satirical and clever.”
A Younger Theatre

And someone was really, really angry…

“Anarchist dirge… boring… undigested radical dogma… flashes of hardcore porn… leaden… dull… incomprehensible… even an anarcho-syndicalist, crypto-Trotskyite paranoid conspiracy theorist from a Hackney squat might struggle to make sense of such shenanigans.”
The Daily Mail

We have never been more proud.

For more info and tickets head over this way.

Styling The Angry Brigade

Wardrobe Assistant for THE ANGRY BRIGADE, Claire Wardroper, give us the lowdown on how 70’s style shaped the costume of the cast. 

The 1970s were possibly the most iconic decade of fashion to date. Most people who have first-hand recollection of the era recoil in moments of absolute embarrassment at the thought of some their favourite teenage outfits. Flares and platforms, fringed and belted suede safari jackets, nauseatingly bright patterned polyester shirts with oversized spear point collars – it all sounds pretty much like the worst fancy dress party in the world. Ever. The 1970s were all about excess, the bigger, brighter and bolder the better.

But the truth is, 1970s fashion marked a path for some of the greatest and most long-lasting fashion trends the world has ever witnessed. The polo neck, for instance, was a staple of most men’s wardrobes throughout the 70s and has firmly made a comeback amongst some of London’s hippest twenty-something business bodies; the glorious flare, which year in year out threatens to make a comeback and sort of almost gets there. Effortlessly cool Sienna Miller is a prime advocate for the “hippy chic” style that so many try to emulate. So it wasn’t all cringe and horror.

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The fantastic thing about 70s fashion was that it reached everyone, old and young, working class and upper class – no one was safe from the future fashion police. The overall silhouette of 70’s fashion was in some cases deliciously flattering: the tight, cinched in belted waists, the open-necked collar, the tight-fitted trousers. Men never looked so good. Androgyny was more alive then than ever before, and David Bowie was at the forefront of the andro revolution. Men were embracing their feminine qualities in glittery spandex leggings and platform shoes. And women were stretching their tomboy legs: for the first time they were allowed to wear trousers in offices, as long as they were twinned with a matching jacket, and the Safari suit (the fashion brainchild of Yves Saint Laurent) was incredibly popular. Individualism was key, apart from one strange trend: “couples fashion” dressng in exactly the same clothing as yopur partner. Although now seen very much as a complete no no, in the 70s couples would don matching outfits and walk out with pride, a trend that, perhaps in a more subtle and cool way, made a comeback recently with “The Kooples” campaign. Mod culture also made a comeback towards the end of the century with the return of the Teddy boy, a more clean-cut, smooth, sophisticated look that the zanier trends lacked. Teddy boys either wore tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties and button down collars, or the straight legged trouser with donkey or workers jackets and the popular black “beatle boot” or desert boot underneath. These signature looks defined a generation ready for change: in fashion and in politics.

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So how did this work whilst costuming the play? Whilst I was shopping for the show, trawling London’s finest vintage boutiques, most shop owners admitted that 70s fashion was making a comeback, much to their surprise and delight. After decades of garish nylon shirts being shunted to the back of the rails or left in storeroom boxes, 70s produce was in high demand. Which of course made everything that tiny bit harder for me. With a good 40 years’ worth of hindsight, people find it all too easy to mock the way things were (possibly due to the fact that some 70s kids are trying to forget and pretend it never happened) and as a result it might seem too much for a contemporary audience. Our minimalist, monotone, normcore fashion desires nowadays can’t handle the exuberance of 1970s fashion. With this in mind, I had to tone down the overall image of the show to suit a 21st-century audience. This. was. HARD. I was desperate to throw some disgustingly bright ties on top of hard-to-focus-on shirts, but instead I felt that subtler suggestions would work better. I mainly focused on silhouette and colour, picking out period designs such as high-waisted trousers with elaborate button and pocket detail, wide-lapelled suit jackets, rayon shirts with “kipper” ties, all in the popular shade of the time: brown. Subtle signifiers were enough to place us in the right time and location.

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The actors play members of the Angry Brigade as well as 1970s police officers in the play, so it was important to find a marked difference in costuming the opposing roles, both for them as performers and for us as the audience. As explained above, there was little fashion disparity amongst the different classes and ages during the era, and this made the task of defining the two tricky. I attempted to costume the characters of the Angry Brigade as close to the limited references I could find, although hardly any are available due to the inconspicuous lifestyles they conducted. Of the few images available, we can see some clear fashion choices have been made: for instance, in the image below, Hilary Creek wears the iconic, long floral skirt with belted safari shirt on top, a look I have mimicked as closely as possible in the production. An image purportedly of Jim Greenfield in an oversized military coat and flared cords displays a typical look amongst the anarchic youth of the 70s that we capture in the show.

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Fashion has always been intertwined with youth politics. Clothes have been used as a tool for expression for decades, and whilst the Angry Brigade wished to uphold an image of complete disregard for any social systems in place, they still couldn’t escape the importance of fashion. It helped that when in rare moments they were papped they looked cool and aware of their image. Despite their defiance of the consumerist world they despised, their image worked in their favour to distance themselves from fusty politicians and appeal to the generations to come. Breaking the rules will always be cool and 70s fashion aimed to do that more than any other era.

We’re off to… Plymouth.

Team PP are on the road again with EVERY BRILLIANT THING, and this time we’re heading on down to Plymouth! So with the help of our friends at the Theatre Royal, here’s a quick guide to the best bits:

Where to stay

St Elizabeth’s House: For class, luxury and to rub shoulders with the Kaiser Chiefs when they are in town.
The Holiday Inn: For great views of the sea

Where to eat

Positano: For the best authentic Italian – old skool
Captain Jaspers: for the ultimate Plymouth fast food on The Barbican – try the Yard Long Hot Dog
The Treby Arms: For some Michelin starred feasts

Where to drink

Refectory Cocktail Lounge at the Plymouth Gin Distillery: For THE best cocktails
The Dolphin Hotel: For a unique rough and ready pint with the locals
Le Vignoble: For some sassy wine tasting.
The Stable Cider House: Jonny and Alicia have already pitched up here…cider, cider, cider! 

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Where to get coffee

The little round coffee hut by the Civic Centre: for alfresco latte
The Theatre Royal Plymouth Café: For smiley service and lush cakes

Hang out at

The Barbican Pubs: Especially on a Sunday Bank Holiday – it’s quite a (scary) spectacle
The Hoe: Great for catching rays, picnics and people watching
Any one of the many gorgeous beaches nearby – Whistands, Bigbury or Bantham: For Class A westcountry beaches
Plymouth Arts Centre: For arts exhibitions and indy cinema, serving delicious snacks, coffee and wine

Must see

Mount Edgcumbe: Take the passenger ferry to Mount Edgcumbe, walk along the coast path to Cawsands, have lunch, take the passenger ferry to Plymouth Barbican
Royal William Yard: Lunch and drinks by the sea, watching warships sale past to and from the dockyard
Dartmoor: Striking, atmospheric and beautiful.

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING is now on tour across the UK. To find out where and snap up some tickets, have a look here.

The Initiate Production Shots

Meanwhile in windy but beautiful Brighton the Roundabout company are well under way with LUNGS, THE INITAITE and OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL. Here’s a few of our favourite production shots of THE INITAITE with new company member Sidney Cole. To see the rest head over to our Flickr page.

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Photos by Richard Davenport

THE INITIATE runs at Brighton Festival until 22 May in and at Southbank Centre from 7 June – 18 July.

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The Angry Brigade Production Shots

With press night for James Graham’s THE ANGRY BRIGADE just around the corner team PP are ready to move west and take over the Bush Theatre. But before we head off, here’s a sneaky peek of some production shots from the show. Lucky you.

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To view the full set head to our Flickr page. Photo credit Manuel Harlan.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE runs at the Bush Theatre until 30 June. You can snap up your tickets here.

#TheAngryBrigade

 

Open Auditions at Roundabout in Brighton

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Monday 18 May 2015
Roundabout at Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our second round of open auditions for this year in the Roundabout, in Brighton. Roundabout pitches up in Regency Square for the duration of Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May 2015.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Monday 18 May. We will see 60 actors (30 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ROUNDABOUT BRIGHTON in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are within the first 30 emails, we will email you back by Wednesday 6 May with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 30 people to apply we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,

George, James and all at Paines Plough