I had the great opportunity of working at Paines Plough.
I’m currently studying a Master on Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in Goldsmiths, and as a part of it I had to do an internship in any arts organisation. I wanted to do it in theatre, and was looking for something in the field, when one of my teachers told me Paines Plough was searching for an intern. I immediately applied.
Before working there, I knew some basic things about the company: that it had an amazing history of good productions, that some of the greatest British playwrights (including the même Sarah Kane) had worked with them, and that they were very committed to touring and to new playwriting, things that I found very noble and appealing. But, I didn’t know I was going to meet such a good group of people. People that are not only colleagues, but also friends; people that try to do their best to create good productions, and that are always thinking on new ideas about how to make things better.
My work as an administrative assistant was mainly centred on doing research in different things that the company needed for the short and long term. PP is soon to be 40 years old, so my first job was to update the immense (and very rich) archive that has information about all the productions done so far. This was a very good insight to the company. Then I had to investigate about a broad number of things: venues and places where they could tour, different drama societies around the UK, environmental policies, fundraising, among others. This gave me a wide and updated vision on how the ‘theatre field’ is developing nowadays, and reinforced all my sherlockholmeans skills. I also got the opportunity to participate on the company ‘day away’ meeting and the ‘creative chats’ (which were great! If The National Theatre wants to know what to do for the future, please call the team PP); help with some production needs; answer the phone (awfully executed); see some rehearsals; meet actors and great writers such as Kate Tempest and Tom Wells; and watch a lot of theatre.
Three months passed so fast!!…
As I said: I had the great opportunity of working at Paines Plough! Sean, Claire, Fran, Hanna, Tara, Tom, Mark, James and George I will really miss you! Thanks for everything and the best of luck with all the projects. Hope to see you soon to have some drinks and a nice piece of cake.
Un abrazo grande a todos!