COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: Tricycle Theatre

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Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London opens at Tricycle theatre in North West London also known as North Weezy to those in the know. This evening will see performances from poet Zia Ahmed, writer for stage and screen Karla Williams, poet with a PhD in Biophysics Mediah Ahmed, playwright and director Ché Walker and self confessed writer/actor/director/comedian/hypocrite Gabriel Bisset-Smith (he’s also been nominated for a BAFTA).

Grab yourself a drink and come and explore what home means with us. It’s going to be special.

You can still get tickets here or on the door.

You can read their full credits here:

Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed is from and based in North West London. He is currently a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He was 2014/15 poet-in-residence for Cape Farewell looking at the cultural response to climate change. He won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2011. @ziasighs

Karla Williams

Karla Williams won the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 for her short film PRETTY BITCH (based upon the stage play of the same name). With the stage play touring across the UK, the film has been screened internationally at the BFI in London, Denmark, Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver and Turkey. Her full length play BUT I DON’T LIKE GIRLS was selected for the Talawa Firsts Festival 2014 and long listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014 and Bruntwood Prize 2015. @KarlawithaK82

Mediah Ahmed

Mediah Ahmed was born and bred in North West London. With a PhD in Biophysics, her love of theatre was sparked while participating in the Unheard Voices writing workshops at Royal Court. Her first piece, REPENTANCE, ran for two weeks as part of ANGLE at the Bush. She also has poetry published in the SALIDAA and Keats House Poets’ anthologies. Her last play, GRAVE, featured in the Tamasha Scratch Night at Soho Theatre. @mudda28

Ché Walker

Ché Walker is a playwright and director. His previous work with Paines Plough includes Crazy Love.

Walker’s work in theatre includes Been So Long (musical – Young Vic/ETT),Been So Long (stageplay – Royal Court, Runner-up in the 31st John Whiting Award), The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Iphigenia (Southwark Playhouse), Flesh Wound (Royal Court – winner of the George Devine Award), Car Thieves (National Studio), Extended Family (Chichester Festival Theatre – winner of Playwrights’ Slam), Dance For Me (Stratford East Theatre) and Rootz Spectacular (Belgrade Theatre). His one man show, Lovesong which he wrote and directed, staring Omar toured the UK last year, produced by ETT following its successful run at the Edinburgh Festival. Walker is currently writing a new musical version of Carmen for the Open Air Theatre as well as writing his own musical adaptation of The Bacchaewith Arthur Darvill for ETT. This year Walker will direct the feature film adaptation of his original musical Been So Long from his own screenplay for Greenacre Films/UKFC and is also developing an original television series with the BBC. He recently directed Estate Walls, a new play by Arinze Kene at The Oval House Theatre and will direct his next play Little Baby Jesus there in May this year.

Gabriel Bisset-Smith:

Gabriel Bisset-Smith is a BAFTA nominated writer/actor/director/comedian from London.

He’s had plays produced at the Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal and for BBC Radio Four. He’s been on attachment at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court and a regular story contributor on the Channel Four series Skins. His short film THRUSH won the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival Tenderpixel audience choice award, the 2010 Vimeo Best Narrative award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Disposable Film Festival. He was named one of Dazed & Confused magazines Dazed Visionaries and they commissioned him, alongside the likes of James Franco and Bjork, to make his latest film TOILETS, which has also won numerous awards.

He’s also directed lots of music videos and is one half of comedy double act GUILT & SHAME. Who have played sold out shows at the Soho Theatre, Underbelly, Bestival, Latitude and tour the country regularly.  He has also been nominated for the Off West End Most Promising Playwright award and has three feature films in development. Gabriel has just directed and co created the BBC’s groundbreaking multi platform murder mystery THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K which earned him a BAFTA nomination in digital creativity. The show was also nominated for a Prix Italia, best visual experience at SXSW Interactive and won a Gold and Audience award at the LOVIES. He is currently previewing his second solo comedy show.

Good news for South East London

We’ve got some COME TO WHERE I’M FROM news for you. Roy Williams will now perform his COME TO WHERE I’M FROM at Ovalhouse (04 July) rather than The Gate (29 June) as previously advertised. While Roy was born in West London he has lived in South East London for some time now.

It looks like West London’s loss is South East London’s gain. We look forward to seeing you there.

The full line up is listed below including our most recent edition Gabriel Bisset-Smith at Tricycle Theatre.

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London: more writers announced

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We’re excited to announce four more stellar playwrights will join the line-up for COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London, totalling in 30 writers over six venues between 27 June – 6 July.

Three have been added to the bill at The Gate on 29 June, including award-winning playwright and OBE Roy Williams, Omar El-Khairy and April De Angelis.

At Clapham Omnibus on 28 June, we are also joined by Sudha Bhuchar, former Artistic Director and founder of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London partner Tamasha.

We’ve also added Gabriel Bisset-Smith to the line-up at Tricycle Theatre on 27 June.

Tickets are on sale and limited at each venue. Click on the venue name below to take you through to the event page where you can buy yours.

Here’s the full list of writers:

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker, Gabriel Bisset-Smith

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood, Sudha Bhuchar

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan, April De AngelisOmar El-Khairy

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam BraceRoy Williams

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

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Introducing our new Playwright Fellowship & Trainee Director

Here at PPHQ we find nothing more exciting than supporting talented people to develop their craft. We are therefore pleased to announce that we have two exceptional young artists joining Team PP. Our second Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship is awarded to Sam Steiner and the new Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Trainee Director bursary goes to Anna Himali Howard.

Sam Steiner

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Our Joint Artistic Directors James and George saw Sam’s debut play LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS last year: “From the hundreds of new plays we’ve seen and read in the past year, Lemons stood out for us as the work of a singular talent. We are thrilled to welcome Sam to Paines Plough as the recipient of our Playwright Fellowship 2016. With the generous support of Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and a Paines Plough alumnus playwright, we look forward to supporting Sam in the next stage of what promises to be a great career.” Sam’s debut won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival prior to an acclaimed, sold out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. You can catch it this year in Edinburgh at Roundabout @ Summerhall.

Anna Himali Howard

Anna Himali Howard

We’re very excited to be joining forces with Birmingham REP to provide this bursary supported by another Paines Plough alumnus playwright. “Anna Himali Howard is a real talent with a brilliant and imaginative theatre brain. We are hugely excited to welcome her to our team. We [James and George] were both fortunate to receive training opportunities that made our careers possible – not least from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert – and we are delighted to now be in a position to offer some support to the next generation of theatre directors and the artistic directors of the future.” Anna will be the Assistant Director for our three Roundabout shows this year: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

We’ll have blogs from both Anna and Sam coming soon as Anna lets us know what’s going on in the rehearsal room and Sam checks in from Barcelona where he’ll be attending the annual l’Obrador d’estiu playwriting conference.

With A Little Bit of Luck Soundtrack

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With A Little Bit Of Luck at The Spring, Havant (cred. James White)

We couldn’t make a show all about Garage music and not provide you with the track list could we? Here are all the songs from Sabrina Mahfouz’s WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK in the order they appear in the show.

1. Summer of Love by Lonyo
2. Gotta Get Thru This by Daniel Bedingfield
3. Love Bug by Ramsey and Fen
4. Ain’t No Stopping Us by DJ Luck and MC Neat
5. Scrappy by Wookie
6. It’s A London Thing by Scott Garcia
7. Closer Than Close by Rosie Gaines
8. Poison by DJ Luck and MC Neat ft. Shy Cookie
9. Never Gonna Let You Go by Tina Moore, Kelly G Vocal Mix
10. Girls Like Us by B15 Project
11. With A Little Bit Of Luck by DJ Luck and MC Neat
12. Gabriel by Roy Davis Jr
13. Something In Your Eyes by Ed Case (K Warren mix)
14. It’s The Way by Future Underground Nation
15. Booo! by Sticky ft. Miss Dynamite
16. Destiny by Dem 2
17. Do It Again by TJ Cases
18. Battle by Wookie ft. Lain Grey
19. Sincere by MJ Cole
20. The Things We Do For Love by Kele Le Roc
21. Celebrate Life by Brasstooth

We’ve even made a Spotify playlist for you. Aren’t you lucky?

Roundabout Rehearsals are go

It’s that time of year again. We’re back in the rehearsal room and buzzing with excitement for another Roundabout season.

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Plays.

If you’re late to the party and haven’t heard about our three new plays you can read about all them here: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

On Monday last week we welcomed our rep of three brilliant actors to PPHQ: Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush. We’ll be interviewing all the team as rehearsals go on so watch this space!

After introductions it was time to crack on with a first day staple: read throughs but not without a delay… we tucked in to a few treats from our new Company Stage Manager Caitlin. We like Caitlin.

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Treats.

After emerging from a cloud of puff pastry and cinnamon we got down to business and read GROWTH by Luke Norris. Andy plays Tobes throughout while Remy and Richard play a whole host of characters from Tobes’ boss to Tobes’ doctor and everyone in between.

After a quick water break we fell head first into a world of goblins and gargoyles but thankfully we had three teenage superheroes on hand to help us out. Ethan, William and Fiona discover their superpowers just in time to save the world in Katie DouglasI GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. Saving the world is hungry work though so we stopped for some lunch.

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Actors.

Post-lunch we ventured into The Valleys for Alan Harris‘ LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY. We zoom from location to location, Tesco to Biotech Medical Research Unit, Castle Hotel to Gurnos, ice cream van to the Conservative Club.

That concludes our first day of Roundabout rehearsals. What are you most looking forward to? What part of the process do you want to hear more about? Let us know and you never know, we might be able to provide some extra insight!

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Open Auditions for Broken Biscuits

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Hull Truck Theatre – Thursday 30 June, 10am – 5pm 

Following on from the success of our Open Auditions in April we’re excited to announce that we are holding another round of auditions to find the stars of Tom Wells’ amazing new play BROKEN BISCUITS.

As we announced back in March, we’re co-producing the world premiere of Tom’s hilarious and heart-warming play with Live Theatre in October before it embarks on a national tour, including a visit to Hull Truck, until December 2016.

We regularly hold Open Auditions across the country just to meet new actors but they are usually general meetings. This time we’re looking for some specific people…

16-year-olds Megan, Ben and Holly are definitely not the cool kids. Holly’s into graphic novels and computers, Ben enjoys crochet and cross-stitch and Megan likes biscuits maybe a bit too much. They’ve just done their GCSEs and with a long summer holiday stretching ahead of them, Megan decides they have to make themselves cool. And there’s nothing cooler than being in a band.

So we’re hosting more Open Auditions in Hull to meet some amazing Megans, Bens and Hollys. Is it you? Check the details below and get in touch.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We’re auditioning for three specific roles, so please only apply if you genuinely believe you are right for the part. Here are the character breakdowns:

MEGAN: 16. A force of nature. It’s hard to get a word in edgeways with Megan. She’s a big personality and the leader of the three friends. She’s quick and smart with words, very funny with a dry sense of humour. Her bravado sometimes covers the fact she feels unsure of herself. She is bullied at school for being overweight.

HOLLY: 16. Holly is super smart and top of the class. She is painfully shy and feels most comfortable with Megan and Ben, or on her own with her much loved graphic novels or online. She is hoping to go on to study computing and learn code. Boys scare her.

BEN: 16. Ben is the only boy at school studying textiles. Sometimes he likes to wear a dress, which is mostly fine except his Mum’s new fella has two macho sons who might be moving in with them and Ben’s not sure how they will feel about it. He works part-time in the local old people’s home running arts and crafts sessions.

Sound like you? Great. Keep reading…

 

AGES

Please note you must be over the age of 16 to apply for an audition. There is no upper age limit but we are looking for actors who can play 16 so please only apply if your playing age is a fit for the characters.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email your CV to auditions@painesplough.com with ‘HULL’ and the name of the character you wish to audition for in the subject line. So if you want to audition for Megan your subject line should read HULL / MEGAN.

You must include your postal address in your email in order for us to allocate spaces fairly.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 17 June.

HOW WE WILL ALLOCATE PLACES

If we receive more applications than we have spaces, we will give priority to those with Hull postcodes. If any spaces are available following that, we will draw names at random from the remaining submissions until the places are filled. We will then draw up a reserve list – again at random – and should more spaces become available we will fill them from the reserve list.

WHEN WILL WE LET YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE GOT AN AUDITION?

We will email you to let you know if you have an audition, or if you are on the reserve list by 6pm on Wednesday 22 June.

WHAT TO PREPARE

When we email you to confirm your audition we will send you some text from the play to prepare.

WHO WILL YOU MEET AT THE AUDITION?

You’ll be meeting the director James Grieve and Assistant Producer Sofia Stephanou.

HOW LONG IS EACH AUDITION?

We want to meet as many people as we possibly can so each audition will be just a few minutes.

HOW THE AUDITIONS WILL WORK

We’ll have a chat, find out a bit about you, and then we’ll ask you to read the text from the play we sent you in advance. That’s it. Easy.

AGENT APPLICATIONS

Sorry, we don’t accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.

That’s because we want to maintain a fair system for everyone, including those actors who are unrepresented.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If we love what you do we’ll invite you back for another more in depth audition in the coming months. You will need to be available for the rehearsals and tour from September to December 2016.

Roundabout casting annoucement

Here at PPHQ we’re very excited to announce the cast for our Roundabout season. The brilliant trio of Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris, GROWTH by Luke Norris and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas which will premiere this August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK. Full Roundabout dates here.

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Remy Beasley

Remy is best known for playing Beyonce Evans in Sky1’s recent Welsh set comedy drama Stella, written by and starring Ruth Jones MBE (Gavin & Stacey), and recent stage credits include playing the lead role in the National Theatre Wales’ festive theatre-gig The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, created by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price.

Full credits:

Remy trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include THE INSATIABLE, INFLATABLE CANDYLION (National Theatre Wales), SYMPHONY (Nabokov/Vault Festival/Lyric Hammersmith/National Theatre Live), SILLY KINGS (National Theatre Wales), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), LITTLE DOGS (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre Wales), NABOKOV FAIRYTALES (Nabokov), GASLIGHT (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), LOVE STEALS US FROM LONELINESS (National Theatre Wales), IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nabokov).

Television credits include GWAITH CARTREF (Fiction Factory), STELLA (Tidy Productions/Sky One), CRITICAL (Sky One), PERFECT SUMMER (BBC Wales Television).

Film credits include LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER (Mulholland Pictures + Barnsbury Pictures).

Richard Corgan

Richard Corgan

Richard is also well known for his TV credits playing the lead role in BBC Wales’ drama Baker Boy as well the BBC medical drama Doctors.  Recent stage credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (2015).

Full credits:

Richard trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (NO:1 U.K. TOUR), MACBETH and THE CHANGELING (Barbican Theatre, Tobacco Factory) PRESS OK R&D (Royal National Theatre), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Singapore Repertory Theatre), GARDENING: FOR THE UNFULFILLED AND ALIENATED (Latitude Festival/Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe 1st winner), A PROVINCIAL LIFE (National Theatre Wales), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Sprite Productions), MACBETH (Sprite Productions), TWELFTH NIGHT (Sprite Productions), TAMING OF THE SHREW (The Globe), ROMEO & JULIET (LCM), FLOWERS FROM TUNISIA (Torch Theatre), BOEING BOEING (RCT) FROZEN, MERLIN AND THE CAVE OF DREAMS (Sherman Cymru), OTHELLO & CYRANO DE BERGERAC(Royal Opera House), THE LONG, THE SHORT AND THE TALL (Pleasance, Islington). WHITE DEVIL (Redgrave Theatre), NSFW (Waking Exploits).

Television credits include BAKER BOYS (BBC Wales), Series Regular in Doctors (BBC), CAUGHT IN THE WEB (BBC), THE B-WORD (BBC Wales), POBOL Y CWM (S4C), HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE PALACE (BBC, Live).

Film credits include CANARIES (Maple Dragon), DIANA (Ecosse Films), MAGPIE (Nowhere Fast Productions).

Radio Credits include: FOURSOME (BBC Radio 4), BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (Christchurch Studios), GREAT ORMOND ST CHRISTMAS CAROL (LBC).

Andy Rush

Andy Rush

Andy will soon appear in ID2: Shadwell Army, (the sequel to cult 90s film I.D.) and recent stage credits include the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed production of TIPPING THE VELVET (2015). Paines Plough fans will recognise Andy from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS.

Andy trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include TIPPING THE VELVET (Lyric Hammersmith), UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA (Pink Snail Theatre Company), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough), MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (The Lamb Players), HELLO/GOODBYE (Hampstead Theatre), LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (The Lamb Players), THE KITCHEN SINK (The Bush Theatre) SENSE (Made by Brick), ANNA KARENINA (The Arcola Theatre), ROMEO & JULIET (Cheltenham Everyman).

Television credits include WATERLOO ROAD (Headstrong Pictures), TOMMY COOPER – NOT LIKE THAT, LIKE THIS (Left Bank Pictures), WIZARDS VS ALIENS (BBC), NEW TRICKS (Wall to Wall).

Film credits include ID2: SHADWELL ARMY (Parrallax Pictures), HERE & NOW (Small But Tall Films Ltd).

We’ll be blogging from the rehearsal room soon with interviews from Remy, Richard, Andy and the rest of the creative team. Watch this space.

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We’re recruiting for Roundabout in Edinburgh

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WANTED: Enthusiastic and motivated people to join Team PP in Edinburgh.

Listen up. This August we’re super pleased to be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with ROUNDABOUT. From 5 – 28 August, ROUNDABOUT will pop up in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall and house a season of extraordinary work all performed in a thrilling 360 degree setting.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We’re seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to work across two teams for the duration of the festival. These teams are:

- Visitor Services
- Street Team

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO DO?

Street Team

– Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
– Talking to the public about the shows.
– Sticking up and stapling reviews.
– Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows.

Visitor Services

– Welcoming audience members into Roundabout.
– Taking tickets and seating audience members.
– Managing latecomers.
– Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU BE PAID?

You will be paid an hourly rate depending on your age:

– £6 per hour for 18- 20 year olds.
– £7 per hour for 20- 25 year olds.
– £7.20 per hour for 25 and over.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

– We pay above minimum wage.
– Training from Paines Plough’s and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
– A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 120 shows. Pass holders also receive discounts at the Summerhall cafe, restaurant, concessions and bars. As usual the Summerhall programme is excellent. You can check it out here. All that for free.
– Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
– An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

WHAT ARE THE ROUNDABOUT SHOWS?

Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru & Theatr Clywd present
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Paines Plough present
GROWTH by Luke Norris

Paines Plough & Half Moon present
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas

Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Prime Cut productions presents
SCORCH by Stacey Gregg

Walrus presents
LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS by Sam Steiner

Jonny & the Baptists
EAT THE POOR

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with SOHO Theatre present
ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT by Katie Bonna

Ghost Quartet presents
GHOST QUARTET

Fly By Night Productions presents
DES CLARKE’S ALL STAR COMEDY IN AID OF STV CHILDREN’S APPEAL

EARLIER / LATER

A series of early morning and late night one-off shows and events. Coffee and croissants with readings, talks, workshops, debates, insights and special guests. Get your fix of fresh ideas, brave new work and rip-roaring performances.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Send a cover letter, CV explaining your relevant experience, and your availability during the festival to office@painesplough.com with the subject ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/[STREET TEAM or VISITOR SERVICES]’. You are more than welcome to apply for both teams in one application, in which case, please use the subject line ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/BOTH’.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Deadline for applications: Monday 13 June, 12pm

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to our recruitment day in London Thursday 16 June. or in exceptional cases be interviewed by Skype or phone if they cannot attend the recruitment day.

All staff are required to attend one of our training days in either London or Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training dates are as follows:

- Hackney Showroom, London – Sunday 17th July
- Summerhall, Edinburgh – Friday 29th July

Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

To access the full job description visit the ‘Get Involved’ section on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London


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We’re excited to announce the latest leg of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series.

Since 2010, more than 100 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

But COME TO WHERE I’M FROM has never been done in London, until now…

In June and July we’re partnering with Tamasha on a series of London COME TO WHERE I’M FROM events across the city which will see some well known names alongside some of the most exciting new voices from the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

We’ve got a series of events across the Capital with writers from North, South, East and West performing in their local theatres over the course of six summer days in June and July.

Here are the details…

NORTH-WEST: Tricycle Theatre
Monday 27 June
With Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Ché Walker

SOUTH-WEST: Clapham Omnibus
Tuesday 28 June
With Elena Procopiu, Amman Singh Brar, Kathryn Golding, Alexandra Wood

WEST: The Gate
Wednesday 29 June
With Divya Sachdeva, Sally Woodcock, Satinder Chohan

EAST: The Yard Theatre
Thursday 30 June
With Lucy Sheen, Afsana Begum, Lizzy Dijeh, In-Sook Chappell, Arinze Kene

SOUTH-EAST: Ovalhouse
Monday 04 July
With Sandra Townsend, Vinay Patel, Miran Hadzic, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Adam Brace

NORTH: Park Theatre
Wednesday 06 July
With Mahad Ali, Isley Lynn, Cheryl Walker, Stephen Jeffreys, Monsay Whitney

In advance of our London series we’re launching the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app so you can listen to 100 short plays for free wherever you are!

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The app features audio recordings of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM plays read by the playwrights themselves. It’s available for free from the App Store – just search COME TO WHERE I’M FROM or click this link.

Search the map for plays by location or find your favourite playwright in the plays index. You’ll discover a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading tales of their home towns stretching from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight. A theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

Let us know what you make of the app by tweeting us using #CTWIF. Happy listening.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.