Come To Where I’m From: London plays added to the app

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We’re very excited that the plays we commissioned with partners Tamasha for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON have now been added to the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app.

Added to the app today are:

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla WilliamsZia AhmedMediah AhmedChé Walker

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena ProcopiuAmman Singh BrarKathryn GoldingAlexandra Wood

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya SachdevaSally WoodcockSatinder Chohan

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy SheenAfsana BegumLizzy DijehIn-Sook ChappellArinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra TownsendVinay PatelMiran HadzicMorgan Lloyd MalcolmAdam Brace

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad AliIsley LynnCheryl WalkerStephen JeffreysMonsay Whitney

You can listen to all 31 of the plays on the app for free alongside the 100 plays already available. You can download the app from the App Store here.

Be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter @painesplough #CTWIF

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The COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app was developed by Milk Bar Studios. Check them out here.

Broken Biscuits Rehearsal Room Blog

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Broken Biscuits © Matt Humphrey 2016

As Team BROKEN BISCUITS prepares to up sticks to the wonderful Live Theatre, Newcastle, we wanted to give you all a brief check-in on our London rehearsals so far!

We’ve been having a shed-load of fun *groan* discovering the world of Megan, Holly and Ben and their musical adventures have become somewhat our own! Many biscuits have been consumed, too many biscuits some might say (though they would be wrong) and the shed is really starting to come to life. The cast have been playing with all the possiblities of the space and it is really starting to transform into a stage owned by our glorious characters.

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Elmo has been keeping a keen eye on biscuit consumption (cred. Jack Heaton)

The office has been brimming full with the trio’s developing musical talents, and Faye’s (Megan) drumming will undoubtably be missed from everyone’s mornings here. Diving into the deep end of teendom, we have been finding the friendships, feelings and frustrations at the heart of our sixteen year old’s summer.

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Props are a heavy feature throughout the play (what garden shed would be complete without numerous odds and ends) and keeping track of the box of biscuits has become a near full time job for our Stage Manager, Aimee.

We’ve been very lucky to have some visitors to rehearsals over the past few weeks: the wonderful Elspeth Morrison came to support with voice and dialect; the equally wonderful Tom Attwood came to lend a hand with our singing talents; then the equally equally wonderful Polly Bennett dropped by to get us up to scratch with movement. This last session resulting in joyous (slightly exhausting) morning warm-up-boogie that has certainly been doing it’s job.

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We are all very excited to start our Newcastle adventure, watch this space for more updates!

Anna Ryder, Assistant Director.

Roundabout @ Marine Gardens, Margate

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Roundabout beside the seaside (cred. Francesca Moody) 

Last week we were in sunny Poole and this week we’re in sunny Margate. We are lucky. Theatre Royal Margate have programmed a fantastic four-day festival popping up on the seafront in Marine Gardens from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September.

We’re on the seafront  close to the sea,  the beach and most importantly fish and chip vendors. See the full programme below with theatre, comedy, dance, life drawing, workshops and more.

Thursday 22 September – 2pm (relaxed performance)
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Thursday 22 September – 7pm
Rachel Mars
Our Carnal Hearts

Friday 23 September – 10:30am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Friday 23 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Friday 23 September – 1pm
Annie Sutton/Black Theatre Live
Rehearsal Room Workshop on HAMLET
by William Shakespeare

Friday 23 September – 4:30pm
b by the sea…

Friday 23 September – 6:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Saturday 24 September – 10am
An Introduction to Drawing

Saturday 24 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Saturday 24 September – 1:30pm
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Saturday 24 September – 3pm
Workshop: Acting and Directing in the Round

Saturday 24 September – 5:30pm
The Invisible Man
inspired by Ralph Ellison

Saturday 24 September – 6:45pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Saturday 24 September – 9:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Sunday 24 September – 10:45am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Sunday 25 September – 1pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Sunday 25 September – 3pm
Rob Auton
The Sleep Show

Sunday 25 September – 5pm
Looping the Loop
Scratch-a-Round

Sunday 25 September – 8:30pm
Billy Bottle & The Multiple
The Other Place

You can book for all events through the Theatre Royal’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01843 292795. Or just wander over to Roundabout – we’ve got a pop up Box Office right next to it!

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The sun sets on Roundabout in Margate (cred. Francesca Moody)

Did you know?

We’ve got an exhibition in the Turner Contemporary foyer at the moment. It details the story of Roundabout. The ideas, the designs and the construction.

It’s free and you can pop in anytime.

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The story of Roundabout (cred. Dan Thompson)

Huge thanks to Dan Thompson who helped us set it up. Check him out here.

A postcard from Eccles

Roundabout Assistant Director Anna sent us this postcard from Eccles. We had such a lovely four days working with The Lowry to pop up as part of Love Eccles Festival.

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This week we’re in Margate. Next week we’re in Lincoln. And after that we just keep touring. See full tour dates here.

Roundabout @ Poole Park, Dorset

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Roundabout being built in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

It’s week two of the Roundabout tour and we’re heading south to Poole! Thanks to our brilliant partners Lighthouse, Poole with a little help from Activate we’re popping in the gorgeous Poole Park from Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September. Roundabout is right next to The Kitchen – our favourite place to be.

The programme includes Katie Douglas’ epic adventure I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY for superheros 7+ (co-produced with Half Moon Theatre), LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by award winning Welsh writer Alan Harris (co-produced by Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and the Scotsman Fringe First winning GROWTH by Luke Norris.

Praise for GROWTH:

Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”
★★★ Financial Times

Genuinely hilarious from start to finish… consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.”
★★★★ The Stage

Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny… heart-stoppingly human.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

Praise for LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY:

A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Perrin and his cast delight.”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Praise for I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY:

“This is fast-moving, energetic and exciting storytelling at it’s very, very finest.
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival for Kids

“Watch the kids’ drop-jaw, knee-hugging body language…they are hook, line and sinkered with this utterly captivating show.”
★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

If only all children’s theatre could be performed in the Paines Plough Roundabout…endlessly dynamic and frequently funny.”
★★★ The List

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Roundabout in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

Here’s the full schedule for our four-day festival in Poole Park:

Thursday:

19.30 // GROWTH

Friday:

11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
14:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY

Saturday:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
16:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
19:30 // GROWTH

Sunday:

12:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
15:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
18:00 // GROWTH

You can book for any of these events on Lighthouse’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01202 280000.

Did you know?

Lighthouse’s building has been closed for redevelopment but will be re-opening on Wednesday 12 October. While the building has been getting a make-over Lighthouse have been programming pop-up events all over the city including Roundabout.

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Inside Roundabout (cred. The Other Richard)

 

Roundabout @ Love Eccles, Salford

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Roundabout outside Eccles Parish Church

The time has come. Roundabout is on tour. Our first post-Edinburgh date is as part of the Love Eccles Festival in Salford. We’ve partnered with the brilliant team at The Lowry to station Roundabout in Eccles Parish church 08-11 September. Between us and the wonderful Love Eccles Festival we’ve programmed a four day extravaganza with something for everyone.

Here’s everything that’s going on:

Thursday

17:00 ROUNDABOUT TOUR
18:00 WORKSHOP: MAKING WORK IN THE ROUND
19:30 LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
21:00 MANFORD’S COMEDY CLUB

Friday

10:00 FIRST STEPS
11:00 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
12:00 WORKSHOP: Schools
13:00 MESSY CHURCH
14:30 GROWTH (Baby Friendly)
15:30 ROUNDABOUT: MEET THE CAST
17:00 ROUNDABOUT TOUR
19:00 SALFORD’S TASTE OF HONEY
20:00 GROWTH
21:30 ROB AUTON: THE SLEEP SHOW

Saturday 

10:00 ROOTS, CULTURE AND IDENTITY
11:30 SOUNDWAVES AND WATERWAYS
13:00 ECCLES TALENT SHOWCASE
14:15 ROUNDBOUT TOUR
15:00 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY (Relaxed)
16:00 ROUNDABOUT: MEET THE CAST
18:00 BARTON THEATRE COMPANY: UP YOUR STREET
19:30 LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY

Sunday

10:30 YEMENI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION EVENT
12:30 DANCEWORKS SHOWCASE
14:30 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
16:30 LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY (Baby Friendly)

 

You can book for any of these events on The Lowry’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 0843 208 6010.

Tickets are all £5 or less.

Did you know?

The brilliant Barton Theatre Company operate out of nearby Smiths Restaurant where the ticket price includes a meal. Sit down for your meal then head down the basement for a studio theatre performance. That’s our kind of venue.

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Broken Biscuits: Tour & Casting announcement

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© Matt Humphrey 2016

We’ve got a double whammy of news for you today. We’re co-producing Tom Wells‘ new play BROKEN BISCUITS with Live Theatre in Newcastle and we’re very pleased to announce both the cast and the national tour dates.

We scoured the country for the talent to play Megan, Holly and Ben – the ‘Mis-Shapes‘ at the centre of BROKEN BISCUITS. We did Open Auditions in London, Hull and Newcastle. We met hundreds of talented actors. We did first calls and recalls. And then there were three. Here they are:

Faye Christall

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Faye is making her debut with Paines Plough and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Theatre credits include: GONE VIRAL (St James Theatre), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Film credits include: CUTE LITTLE BUGGERS 3D and AWAKE. Workshops include: THE UNTITLED MUSICAL (Tricycle Theatre). Faye is also part of the Cirque du Soleil Company.

Faye will play Megan in BROKEN BISCUITS.

Grace Hogg-Robinson

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TV includes: The regular role of Beth Kennedy in THE CORONER: Series 1 & 2 (BBC1 and BBC Worldwide) as well as appearances in CASUALTY (BBC1), CAMPING (Sky Atlantic), DIARY OF A SNOB (Nickelodeon), DOCTORS (BBC1) and SUSPECTS (Channel 5). Film includes: EDGE OF TOMORROW (Warner Bros.), BIRDHOUSE (NFTS), CANDY FLOSS (HAUS Pictures) and THE NEST (Beyond Fiction). BROKEN BISCUITS will be Grace’s stage debut.

Grade will play Holly in BROKEN BISCUITS.

Andrew Reed

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Andrew was born in South Tyneside. He trained with The Customs House, South Shields and the Theatre Royal Newcastle. Credits include: THE FIFTEEN STREETS, DRAMA, BABY, TAKEAWAY (The Customs House, South Shields), SCRAPBOOK (Live Theatre, Newcastle), THE MACHINES, 13 (Theatre Royal Newcastle and on tour).

Andrew will play Ben in BROKEN BISCUITS.

We’re also pleased to announce the creative team that will be taking BROKEN BISCUITS from page to stage:

Songs Matthew Robins
Direction
James Grieve
Design Lily Arnold
Lighting Joshua Pharo
Sound Dominic Kennedy

Our brilliant cast will be touring, with shed and musical instruments in tow, to the following venues in Autumn 2016:

Wednesday 5 to Saturday 22 October
Live Theatre, Newcastle
Tickets here.

Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Tickets here.

Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 November
Hull Truck Theatre
Tickets here.

Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 November
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Tickets here.

Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 November
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
Tickets here.

Friday 25 to Saturday 26 November
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
Tickets here.

Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 3 December
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Tickets here.

We hope to see you on tour.

#FunFact Tom’s inspiration for writing BROKEN BISCUITS was listening to Pulp’s hit Mis-Shapes. Listen carefully for the biscuit reference.

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Bring Every Brilliant Thing to your town

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Jonny Donahoe in Every Brilliant Thing (cred. Thread Design)

Calling anyone who programmes a theatre space anywhere in the UK… how do you fancy having EVERY BRILLIANT THING come to visit?

After its third sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe our co-production with Pentabus Theatre CompanyEVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, embarks on another national tour… and we’ve got space for one last tour date.

We’re looking for a cool place to pitch up on Sunday 11 September 2016. Would your venue like to host EVERY BRILLIANT THING that night?

If so please contact sofia@painesplough.com ASAP.

Late night Love, Lies and Taxidermy

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris (cred. Thread Design)

Due to popular demand we’ve added another performance of our co-production with Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd  LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris.

This time we’ll be slotting it into our LATER slot at 10.30pm so if the 1:35pm slot didn’t work for you, you don’t have any excuses this time.

When?

Saturday 27 Aug 10.30pm

Tickets here.

We hope to see you there.

More Lemons due to popular demand

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When life sells out Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons… you programme more!

We’re very pleased to announce that due to popular demand we’ve managed to squeeze one more performance of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner into our EdFringe schedule.

Lemons x5 will be performed as part of our EARLIER / LATER programme which it first graced late one night in Edinburgh 2015.

When?

Thursday 25 August – 10.30pm

Tickets here.

We hope to see you for some #LateNightLemons