#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call

Calling all bloggers, tweeters, instagrammers, social media conversation starters and digital trendsetters…

#RoundaboutPP social media call
Thursday 6 August 2015 / 12:00
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

If you write or talk about theatre online, this is the event for you. It’s a chance to take a tour of our groundbreaking, award-winning pop-up theatre, hear about our programme of shows and events, and meet Team PP and the people behind the shows at #RoundaboutPP this Fringe.

Bring your camera, smartphone, flipcam, and thumbs to blog, take photos and video. Live tweet or fire questions at anyone from actors to stage management to artistic directors. Anything goes – it’s a chance for you to see behind the scenes and get some exclusive content.

Here’s the schedule…

1200/     Team PP welcome you to #RoundaboutPP with a goody bag.

1210/     James & George introduce the Roundabout programme 2015.

1215/     A chance to explore Roundabout and take photos and video.

1225/     Son et lumiere. Otherwise known as a sound and light show. We’ll give you a peek at the tricks we can do in Roundabout with our state-of-the-art technology.

1230/     Team PP and some of our visiting companies will be hanging out in the Summerhall courtyard and will be on hand for interviews or to answer any questions you may have.

Everyone attending our social media call will also be offered a complimentary ticket to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly immediately beforehand. The show starts at 11am and runs for 45 minutes.

If you would like a space please contact rachel@painesplough.com with your name and a link to your website, blog or wherever you cover theatre online. Please include your Twitter handle so we can follow you. Let us know if you would also like a ticket to TROLL. We’ll be back in touch to confirm your place. Spaces are limited so get in quick – we hope to accommodate as many of you as possible.

Any questions, hit us up @painesplough.

We very much hope you can join us.

Team PP x

Stellar line-up for EARLIER/LATER

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Ten years ago Mark Ravenhill launched PP’s hugely influential late-night playwright’s salon LATER. We’re reviving its renegade spirit in Edinburgh this year with EARLIER / LATER – a series of early morning and late night one-off events in  ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL 2015.

We’ve put together a smashing line-up including an unmissable show from the Royal Court, performances from Roundhouse Resident Artists and alumni Sophie Rose, Cecilia Knapp, Yolanda Mercy and Caleb Femi, a poetry battle of epic proportions presented by Luke Wright, SAVE THE MALE – headlined by pop-punk poet Brigitte Aphrodite, comedians Jack Rooke and Lynn Ruth Miller (she’s 81 by the way – expect swearing), new-writing champions Poleroid Theatre, the final leg of Josie Long‘s side splitting Alternative Reality Tour and a dangerously dark physical comedy from Encounter Productions.

Music, poetry, theatre and comedy – we’ve got it all, so if you’re looking for us at 10am or 10:30pm just head to ROUNDABOUT, we’ll be hanging out there. Bring croissants or beer. Here’s the programme in full:

12 August, 10:00


COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is. Since 2010, more than 100 playwrights from across the UK have written plays about the places that shaped them.

Now we’ve invited Edinburgh’s finest to pen plays about Auld Reekie. At this very special one-off show they will perform those plays themselves.

For the line-up of writers, keep an eye on @painesplough and #PPEarlier


Royal Court
Written by an anonymous woman
Performed by an unprepared man
14, 21 August, 10:00
10, 15, 19 August, 22:30

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So I think it’s fair to say that most women almost definitely do masturbate. We just wait to discuss it until we’re in an oddly anonymous but public situation like this one.”

A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man.

Each show begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They will read the script for the first time, out-loud live in front of an audience; all about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex and men.

Performers will include comedians James Acaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Nick Helm. More to be announced.

This piece is a work-in-progress being piloted at the Edinburgh Festival. It is being developed in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.

With direction and dramaturgy by Lucy Morrison, and dramaturgical input from Ryan Nobel, Lisa Heledd Jones, and Christopher Brett Bailey.
Special thanks to previous performers Tim Key, Mike Wozniak and Nathaniel Martello-White.


Roundhouse Young Artist
ON THE EDGE OF ME by Yolanda Mercy
13 August, 10:00

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ON THE EDGE OF ME is a relatable dark comedy, exploring themes of graduate blues, love, anxiety, JSA and mental health. Follow Remi (a recent university graduate), as she confronts life as she knows it, through the medium of Live literature, theatre and storytelling with YOU the audience as the centre piece!


The Good Grief Project
14 August, 22:30

Save The Male

Save The Male is a comedy, poetry and music showcase raising awareness of male suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), who exist to tackle the statistic of suicide being the single biggest killer of young men in the UK & Scotland.

Curated by comedian Jack Rooke and poet Cecilia Knapp, Save The Male’s aim is to encourage more of us to engage in creative expression as an outlet when times get tough. Whether it’s writing lyrics, performing poems or even doodling (Jack likes to draw moustaches on the attractive cast of Hollyoaks in the TV Guide.)

This Roundabout performance features Brigitte Aphrodite, Jack Rooke and some very special guests.

For info on Save The Male visit www.thegoodgriefproject.com and for info on CALM visit www.thecalmzone.net


17 August, 22:30

Luke Wright

A spoken word quick-fire starring Elvis McGonagall, Rob Auton, Jemima Foxtrot, John Osborne, Luke Wright and more. Each poet has to respond to the piece performed by the previous performer. Expect linguistic gymnastics, breath-taking salvos and a fair bit of crow-barring. Laughs and tears and all the rest, in a never-to-be-repeated show.


SXWKS / Roundhouse Resident Artist
19 August, 10:00

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SXWKS present, Still Dreaming, a submersion into the intangible substance of dreams through words and music. An amalgamation of the various artistic disciplines within SXWKS creating one unique experience that will stay with you long after the show. See features from Roundhouse Poetry Slam Winner 2015, Caleb Femi and Shortlisted Young Poet Laureate Jolade. A show not to be missed.


The Good Grief Project
20 August, 10:00

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Jack Rooke is a 21-year-old comedian who writes about grief. Lynn Ruth Miller is an acclaimed 81-year-old comedian who talks about death. Together the two of them are gonna sit down, laugh and have an open chat about all the things we’re too scared to talk about, whilst performing extracts from Jack’s debut comedy-theatre show ‘Good Grief’ and Lynn’s new comedy hour ‘Get A Grip’.

For more information visit www.thegoodgriefproject.com


Poleroid Theatre
20 August, 22:30

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Poleroid Theatre are back in Edinburgh this Summer with WRITE IT : MIC IT, their legendary Open ‘Write’ Platform. After two years of sold out nights in Hackney and Manchester, Poleroid head to the Roundabout for one night only with an eclectic mix of new material from some of the UK’s most exciting emerging playwrights, comedians & performance poets. Fresh from debuting their new play Plastic by Kenneth Emson at Latitude Festival 2015 and nominated for three Off-West End Theatre Awards in 2014, Poleroid Theatre is working to discover and develop the contemporary image of emerging artists in the UK and give this talent a platform through eclectic, fast-paced and immediate theatre.



Roundhouse / Sophie Rose
21 August, 22:30

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A show about blue plastic bags and wearing shoes that don’t fit.

Squeezed between tight jeans, jenga block flats and clip-on earrings, a young woman is making bad decisions and an old man is eating too much cheese.

They’re sharing biscuits on an inflatable sofa; something has to pop.

Fast, physical and full of anarchic poetry, shards of life collide in this powerful story of punishment and rescue.

Free hobnobs.

An exciting new voice in spoken word theatre, co-produced by Roundhouse.

‘Bold, brave and very special’ (Polarbear, spoken word artist)


Josie Long with Show and Tell
22 August, 22:30

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Where is the fucking joy? It’s summer. It’s supposed to be like in films. It’s supposed to be magical. Beautiful sunsets and whirlwind romances; the promise of friendship, adventure, discovery, love and fun. The days last forever because school’s out forever.

So why isn’t it here? What do we get instead? Every day we are reminded that this country is miserable, skint and exhausted. That this is just the way it is and that we deserve it. That there’s no other way and we can’t change it. We’re all in it together. It’s the plan. We are tired, we are angry and we are bored.

We are all better than this.

We are coming to your town in August. We are going to bring something strange, fun and unexpected. Led by the multi award-winning comedian Josie Long, we are a group of performers, musicians and people who make things happen and we want to make something unforgettable.

We want another type of life. We want it to be better. We want a summer that doesn’t end.

The summer 2015 Alternative Reality Tour finishes up in Edinburgh on August 22nd.



FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp
23 August, 10:00

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Along the cycle paths, alleyways and canals of London comes a spoken word theatre coming¬-of-age story that maps the journey of a young girl from Brighton to the tenements of East London as a 20 ¬something.

Writer and performer Cecilia Knapp’s debut piece is a journey through flashbacks to her father singing, her mum’s cassette tapes in the car and the sound of the sea. Cecilia explores loss and circumstance in an attempt to reconcile her past, telling stories and reflecting on the characters she meets along the way who help her make sense of the world, and realise that things can be ok in the wake of it all.

Supported by Arts Council England and Roundhouse, London, with an original soundtrack from world champion beatboxer and double bass musician Bellatrix and sound design by Chris Redmond (Tongue Fu) and direction by Stef O’Driscoll (Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted).


Encounter Productions
23 August, 22:30

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“I Heart Catherine Pistachio is outrageous and it is deplorable but it is also a fucking sickening tragedy performed as if a sinkhole is about to bury us all…fucking great.” (Megan Vaughan)

Following sold-out runs at Soho Theatre, London and the Sophiensaele, Berlin, Dance and Theatre combine in the latest show from Encounter.

Directed by Jen Malarkey, with writer Lee Mattinson and movement director Simone Coxall,I Heart Catherine Pistachio is a dangerously dark physical comedy about a square-eyed young girl stuck in a suburban swamp of abuse.


EARLIER/LATER shows will be listed daily outside ROUNDABOUT and announced at 11am and 5pm on Twitter so keep your beady eyes on @painesplough because you never know, we might just have a few extra events up our sleeves…

#RoundaboutPP #PPEarlier / #PPLater

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2015

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We’ve barely had time to unpack our rucksacks after the sunshine and sing-alongs of Latitude but we’re preparing to pack again as we head up to bonny Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

From 6-30 August our plug-and-play theatre ROUNDABOUT will be popped-up at Summerhall where you can catch the world première of THE HUMAN EAR from Fringe First award-winning writer Alexandra Wood plus OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly, LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan.

We’re thrilled to be welcoming some of the UK’s most exciting companies and artists to the ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall programme this year including Theatre Uncut, Jonny & The Baptists, Papermash, Tricycle Theatre, Soho Theatre, Dancing Brick, Eastern Angles, Unity Theatre Liverpool and some chap called Daniel Kitson. Plus our daily EARLIER / LATER slots will showcase daring, new and one-off shows and events from the likes of The Royal Court, Josie Long, Luke Wright, The Roundhouse and many more.

Roundabout… it’s THE place to be this Edfringe.

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall Programme 2015…

Paines Plough and Half Moon present
by Dennis Kelly
Time 11:00  Dates Aug 6-10, 12-17, 19-23

Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail… Can the twins save the school from the child-eating Troll? Can they get Brussels sprouts in peanut butter taken off the menu? And most importantly, can naughtiness prevail? Be outrageously entertained in this colourfully comic show from the writer of West End hit, Matilda the Musical. For ages 7+ and their accompanying trolls (or parents). “Comic perfection” ★★★★ (The Times).


Paines Plough presents
by Duncan Macmillan
Time 15:35/22:30  Dates Aug 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23-30

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.’ In a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple want a child but are running out of time. What will be the first to destruct – the planet or their relationship?
“The most beautiful, shattering play of the year” ★★★★★ (Sunday Express).


Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company present
by Duncan Macmillan
Time 14:05  Dates Aug 8-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious … possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see” ★★★★ (Guardian).


Paines Plough presents the World Premiere of
by Alexandra Wood
Time 15:35  Dates Aug 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

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.


Eastern Angles in association with Unity Theatre Liverpool present
by Molly Davies
Time 17:05  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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Eastern Angles and Unity Theatre, Liverpool present Chicken, a darkly comic new play by Molly Davies. Set in a dystopian future where people from the North and South are alienated from one another, London sits above the chaos as a sovereign state. Davies, whose previous credits include A Miracle and God Bless The Child (Royal Court), Shooting Truth (National Theatre Connections) and Orpheus & Eurydice (NYT/Old Vic Tunnels), has created a wonderfully twisted world where communities collide, families are fractured and the agricultural idyll is distorted beyond recognition.


Papermash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre present
by Sonia Jalaly
Time 21:10  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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A hilarious, award-winning one-woman comedy with lipstick, slapstick, and a whole lot of Shirley Bassey. Violet Fox is a live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. Today is a celebration of every birthday. And you’re invited. In ‘Happy Birthday Without You’ Violet tells the story of her complicated relationship with her mega diva mother. Bring beer and bunting and come on a journey through her childhood of pop tarts, Patti Smith and second hand smoke.

* Warning: people usually cry.


Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre present
by Thomas Eccleshare
Time 18:25  Dates Aug 7-17, 19-24, 26-30


On top of a mountain in the middle of a blizzard, you see a figure: eight foot tall, with white matted hair covering his body. He stands upright on two legs. You see him. He sees you. But who will believe you and how far can you trust what you see?

Thomas Eccleshare’s stunning new drama is the story of a scientist with an unbelievable story to tell, a woman who doesn’t know what to believe.

In a vibrant collaboration between Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre, Steve Marmion directs this spellbinding play starring Valentina Ceschi.


19:50  Dates Aug 7-17, 19-24, 26-30

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Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it. They really did try very hard…

A brand new show from the multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and Infinite Monkey Cage.

“Politically engaged… raucously silly.” (Guardian)
“Riotous rock’n’ROFLing.” (Independent on Sunday)
“The political edge of 80s alternative comedy… a pop-soul voice to win X Factor.” ★★★★ (Stewart Lee, Observer)
“A triumph… if you’re looking for a fun time, the Baptists will deliver.” (Chortle)


POLYPHONY by Daniel Kitson
Time 12:15  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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I have written a Play – a real humdinger.

It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively staggering vision and somewhere in the region of twenty characters.

Each of which has been performed and recorded in isolation, producing a litany of individual voices – each of them perfect, captured as a single track that will, when played back in precise unison, form a glorious theatrical polyphony.

The play is perfect.

The recordings are perfect.

I just need enough people to hit play.

That’s all.


10:00  Dates Aug 24-30

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Multi award-winning Theatre Uncut has been at the forefront of political new writing for the past 4 years. Now we present the best of Theatre Uncut in one sitting, followed by our signature post-show debates. See six of our catalogue of political short plays by leading writers including Dennis Kelly, Neil LaBute, Clara Brennan, Stef Smith and more. Tackling current issues of austerity, education & democracy these acerbic, witty, punchy and always challenging plays bring our audience to the conversation like no other theatre company.


Paines Plough and friends present
Times 10:00 & 22:30  Dates Aug 8-29 (check painesplough.com for daily listings)

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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).


So what do you think of ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2015? Who catches your eye? Let us know and follow us @painesplough – you never know what other surprises we might have up our sleeves #RoundaboutPP.

See you there.

With a little bit of Latitude


Elated, inspired and a little bleary-eyed we’re back from magical Henham Park and another mind-expanding, heart-lifting Latitude Festival.

Our Latitude co-production WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by wizard wordsmith Sabrina Mahfouz packed out the Theatre Tent on Thursday and Friday nights and had audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles to Gabriel Benn’s piano riffs and Martyna Baker’s honeyed vocals as Seroca Davis led a merry charge through one wild night at the height of the UK Garage era.


To all of you who came and watched and listened and cheered and whistled and raved – both inside the tent and on the big screen outside – a heartfelt thank you from all of us. You were the most incredible audience and you created an atmosphere we’ll remember and savour for a long time.


Here’s a round-up of some of the lovely responses from the critics and the Twittersphere…

“Fist-pumping euphoria… one of the highlights of Latitude’s sun-stroked 10th anniversary festival… crackle[s] with a rare and unexpected life.”
The Stage

“Highlights of the myriad events on offer included Sabrina Mahfouz’s With A Little Bit Of Luck… the crowd dancing, singing and cheering the whole show.”

“The same fizzing energy of the best club nights… marks Mahfouz out as a unique theatrical voice.”
The Public Reviews

“A dark and joyful swirl of garage music and South London rhythms.”

“Danced happily & proudly whilst watching #WithALittleBitOfLuck @LatitudeFest My youth came rushing back to me…..”

“Our theme tune for a magical #Latitude15? “With A Little Bit of Luck”. What a tune, what an evening. That tent was ALIVE!”

“Absolutely loved @painesplough #WithALittleBitOfLuck at @LatitudeFest – undeniably one of my festival highlights!”


Top photographer Richard Davenport was in amongst the action to capture the scene. You can check out his gallery of photos over on our Flickr Stream.

So what next? Well, with a little bit of luck the show might just be back in 2016…


We’re recruiting an Administrator

Our brilliant Natalie is leaving us at the end of August to join the team at Coney – how lucky are they? This means we need a brand new Administrator to join our team at PPHQ.

As Administrator you’ll be working with the company across all activities, providing vital administrative and financial support.

You will be passionate about new plays and touring and be excited to join our hard-working, fun-loving team of eight at PPHQ on Aldwych in Central London.

It also helps if you like eating food as much as we do (not essential, but a great addition).

Is that you? Great! We very much look forward to hearing from you.

To download a full job description and application form please go here or email office@painesplough.com.


Look out people, we’ve just launched this trailer for ROUNDABOUT @ SOUTHBANK CENTRE

To pick up tickets for LUNGS, THE INITIATE, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and EVERY BRILLIANT THING visit the Southbank Centre website here.

Cast and creative team announced for WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK.

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…


Seroca Davis 

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.


Director – Stef O’Driscoll
Lighting Designer – Prema Mehta
Sound Designer – Dominic Kennedy
Costume – Claire Wardroper
Assistant Director – Nadia Amico
Movement Director – Yassmin Foster

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK premières at Latitude Festival on 16th and 17th July in the Theatre Tent. Bagged yourself a ticket to the festival? We’ll see you there.

Join the conversation on twitter with #WithALittleBitOfLuck @painesplough @LatitudeFest

Hello from Leyla


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!

Leyla x


Taste Tuesday: Gazpacho


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 cucumbers
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
2 lemons
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.

Tomatoes ready for peeling...

Tomatoes ready for peeling…

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.

Stale baguette soaking in water doesn't make for a very appetizing photo, it turns out.

Stale baguette soaking in water doesn’t make for a very appetizing photo, it turns out.

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.

Peeled tomatoes ready for the blender.

Peeled tomatoes ready for the blender.

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.

Ahh, refreshment.

We’re recruiting a ROUNDABOUT Venue Technician

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:



To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to office@painesplough.com

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.

The Roundabout:
• 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:

Half Moon
Pentabus Theatre Company
Daniel Kitson
Eastern Angles in association with the Unity Theatre
Dancing Brick in Association with Soho Theatre
Papermash in association with Tricycle Theatre
Supporting Wall
Theatre Uncut

Job Purpose:

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.

Person Specification

• 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 office@painesplough.com

Application deadline: Monday 6th July.

Interview date: TBC

Please note there may be second interviews. Date TBC.