Category Archive: Lungs

Santiago tour diary

The British Council invited our Artistic Director James to the EDEC conference in Santiago to met Chilean playwrights and see LUNGS make its Latin American debut. Here’s his tour diary.

Santiago from the top of San Cristobal.

Santiago from the top of San Cristobal

Monday 28 September
This morning I watched the sunrise on Orkney at the end of EVERY BRILLIANT THING’s Highlands and Islands tour. Tonight I’m at Heathrow heading for Santiago as a guest of The British Council at Encuentro de Dramaturgia Europea Contemporánea – a conference bringing together European and Chilean theatremakers to discuss contemporary European theatre and showcase plays from across Europe. I’ve never been to Latin America so this is exciting.

Tuesday 29 September
The approach to Santiago over the snow-peaked Andes is sensational. Chile’s capital lives in a big bowl of a valley stretching 50 miles across with mountains all around it. The blanket of smog makes it look like the crater of a volcano until the plane ducks underneath to reveal the sprawling city. My host Alex – the British Council’s international projects manager here in Chile – meets me at my hotel and whisks me straight to Santiago staple Emporio La Rosa, voted one of the top 10 ice cream parlours in the world for a quick introduction to Chilean theatre and a delicious introduction to Lúcuma ice cream.

The opening event of the conference sees critic Jürgen Berger give a talk on current trends in German theatre, which is translated into Spanish and then very kindly by Alex into English for my benefit. Everyone repairs to a beautiful roof garden for wine, canapés and speeches to officially open EDEC 15. Cameras flash as the culture minister turns up to make an address.

Ana López Montaner who is directing the reading of LUNGS on Saturday invites me to join her at The Clinic, a bar famous for political debates. Ana’s excellent English makes up for my shameful lack of Spanish and we set to discussing Duncan’s wonderful play.

This way for my workshop, apparently...

This way for my workshop, apparently…

Wednesday 30 September
I’m running workshops at the beautiful Universidad Católica – a huge old monastery with trees and fountains adorning courtyards and cloisters surrounded by lecture halls and art studios and rehearsal rooms. Playwright collective Interdram has invited playwrights from across Chile to attend the conference and meet delegates. It is fascinating to hear experiences from top to bottom of this huge and varied country (Chile is 2,672 miles long), and to discover the obstacles and anxieties writers face here are largely the same as at home. We focus on politics. What makes a play political? How do the personal and political coexist in great plays? It’s a fascinating discussion here where the scars of the Pinochet dictatorship are still so clearly seen. And it’s a tough workout for my heroic translator George who simultaneously translates the discussion as everyone contributes.

Thursday 1 October
Today my workshop focus is on LUNGS, or rather PULMONES as it is in its Spanish translation. The group has read the play and really love it. It’s exhilarating to be part of a passionate debate about a play in a different language and culture, sensing how well it translates and how relevant and poignant its themes are even on the other side of the world.

Ana invites me to see a production of Camus’ LOS JUSTOS. I don’t understand a word but I’m struck by the very European aesthetic – big, bold, physical, colourful and expressionistic storytelling. It’s staged at the home of Theatrocinema who I’m excited to meet. Their productions of THE MAN WHO FED BUTTERFLIES and HISTORIA DE AMORE have wowed the Edinburgh International Festival with ground-breaking fusions of film and live performance, so I’m thrilled to get a peek behind the scenes of their super cool converted cinema home.


Friday 2 October
This morning I’m accompanying Alex at a meeting of the Arts Council and artistic directors of regional theatres. Once again I’m struck by the similarities in the discussions here and at home – a desire to see more work tour, a frustration at city hotspots attracting money and talent at the expense of the rest of the country.

Then we meet a group of playwrights who had been part of the Royal Court’s workshop programme in 2012, culminating with their plays being staged as readings in London in 2013. The experience had been transformative for them and it was great to get their take on the state of Chilean theatre. The common theme is the lack of producers, or producing infrastructure, which means writers often have to produce their own work. In fact, they quite often produce, direct and perform in their own work, and tear the tickets at the door.

This evening I’m at GAM, a magnificent modernist arts centre – Santiago’s answer to the Barbican – to see a dance piece EMOVERE which sees performers hooked up to sensors which trigger music to match their physical movement.


Saturday 3 October
I have some spare time today so I climb San Cristobal hill which looms over central Santiago and offers panoramic views of the city from the huge white statue of the Virgin Mary at its peak. I push through the crowds and marvel at the colours and aromas in the city’s two vast markets La Vega and Mercado Central before tucking into delicious ceviche and chowder.

Then it’s back to GAM for the reading of PULMONES which Ana has staged beautifully with the two actors reading the play from iPads and each scene assuming different relationships with two chairs on an otherwise empty stage. There are around 100 people listening and they love it. I know the play so well that I can follow it even though I don’t understand word-by-word and it is thrilling to hear big laughs come at exactly the points I hoped and a silence descend on the room as the play bewitches its audience just as it does back home. Proof that great art is truly universal.

We repair to an incredible wine bar called Bocanariz that serves tasting glasses from its vast menu and toast Ana’s production and Duncan’s wonderful play.


PULMONES on stage in Chile

Sunday 4 October
I spend my last morning in Santiago at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, a museum dedicated to remembering the victims of the Pinochet regime. It’s a stark, powerful evocation of Chile’s dark recent history and a deeply moving memorial to the many who lost their lives.

It’s been an honour visiting this wonderful country and meeting so many talented, passionate playwrights. Muchos gracias particularly to Alex and Ana for being such generous hosts. Our hope is that this trip is just the beginning of an ongoing relationship between Paines Plough and theatremakers in Chile that will foster the exchange of ideas and see plays like LUNGS/PULMONES cross continents.

Now, I’ve got 48 hours to get to Bristol to see another Duncan Macmillan play. Here goes.

We’re off to… Stoke

Roundabout arrives at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent today on the final stop of the year (sob!). Tonight’s performance of EVERY BRILLIANT THING is sold out, but fear not as we have a plethora of plays and specially programmed one-off events that you can still grab tickets for.


For those of you coming to join us, our friends at Appetite have compiled a compendium of what to see, do, eat, and drink while you’re in town.

Must see

Stoke-on-Trent (otherwise called The Potteries) is having something of a ceramics renaissance at the mo, so whilst you’re here check out the British Ceramics Biennial, in full swing over in the grand surroundings of the former Spode Factory. A 5 minute walk from the train station, you’ll find the latest in cutting edge ceramic art.

In the City Centre, check out Entrepreneurs, an artist led shop with a public exhibition space upstairs. And just down from Roundabout (opposite the beautiful Bethesda Chapel) you’ll also stumble upon a fauno-tastic new mural (below) by graffiti artist Faunographic, commissioned by Entrepreneurs for Appetite’s Big Feast.


Also in Piccadilly there’s contemporary art gallery Airspace currently featuring the exhibition ‘Icon’.

If you have time why not stroll along the canal to Burslem and have cup a tea in the recently renovated Middleport Pottery, the home of the world-famous Burleigh, soon to be seen on BBC’s The Great British Pottery Thrown Down, or take a factory tour at The Emma Bridgewater Factory.


If you’re feeling historical why not pop your head into the famous Staffordshire Hoard exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. If you’re with kids or fancy a splash around, on Festival Park just outside the City Centre, you’ll also find the epic Waterworld.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel is in stumbling distance of the City Centre and there’s also the Great Western Moat House Hotel just a little further away.

Where to eat

In Hanley head to Cafe Zest, café by day and bistro by night or The Exchange, which does burgers and typical pub fare. There’s also Roberto’s for Italian, The Church Bar and Restaurant for upscale British food and Peter’s Tavern for authentic Czech food.A little outside the City Centre there’s also the fantastic Med Bar for authentic Italian.

While you’re here of course don’t miss the world famous Staffordshire oatcake! For the ultimate hot crispy oatcake head to the Oatie Mostons stand, 2 mins from Roundabout, and ask for a cheese and bacon. Warning: only get the large if you’re feeling ravenous!

Where to drink

Stoke’s home to some great pubs. Why not try The Holy Inadequate in Etruria or The Bulls Head in Burslem, the brewery tap of the local Titanic Brewery.

There’s also the reputedly haunted The Leopard in Burslem if you’re feeling spooky or the cosy surroundings of The Glebe in Stoke just 5 mins from the station.

In Hanley there’s the recently opened Bottle Craft which has a tasting room, The Exchange bar and the historic Coachmakers Arms. If you like your ale real, The Hop Inn in Newcastle is 2015 winner of Potteries CAMRA pub of the year.

Where to get coffee

Try tsp. for great coffee, cupcakes and nice surroundings down in Piccadilly in Hanley, also featuring murals by local artist Eight.bit. There’s also the Spitfire Café at the Mitchell Arts Centre a little further down the road and Blondies Twisted Tea Room, in the centre of Hanley. Hang out at The Bread in Common café at the British Ceramics Biennial, run by community arts company B-Arts, it’s a great place to chill and munch on some fantastic bread made in their unique bread oven.

We’re off to… Kendal

Today our ROUNDABOUT arrives in Kendal with THE HUMAN EAR, LUNGS, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and EVERY BRILLIANT THING in tow. The team are super excited to be visiting so we asked our friends at the Brewery Arts Centre for their list of brilliant things to see and do while we’re around…


The Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG.©

Kendal’s only 4 star hotel. The grounds are beautiful and it includes a separate real ale pub and fine dining restaurant so you can relax with a pint or do something a little special. There’s something for everyone.


The Brewery, Grainstore Restaurant, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Grainstore Restaurant

Serving a Mediterranean menu featuring tasty tapas menu with a quirky twist using local ingredients and pizzas. Situated in the Brewery complex, it’s a great spot to enjoy a bite before the show.


The Brewery, Vats Bar, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Vats Bar

Settle into one of the Brewery’s original brewing Vats and enjoy a fantastic selection of local real ales, beers and wines. Super cosy and casual it’s a great spot to relax and unwind.


The Brewery, Warehouse Cafe, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Warehouse CAfe

Shabby chic café featuring a homemade cakes, pies, crepes, snacks and local Farrer’s coffees and teas. Treat yourself! There’s also free WiFi available so you can Instagram your treats and make your friends jealous.


Abbot Hall Park.

Lucky for us, it’s just across the road from the Brewery. A lovely green open space by the River Kent surrounded by trees and historic buildings and with a nearby children’s playground. Ideal if you’re bringing the little ‘uns to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.


You can’t miss Kendal Castle.

Standing atop a hill overlooking the town, it’s a spectacular ruined castle and the reputed home of Catherine Parr (one of Henry the VIII’s wives). The perfect place for panoramic views of Kendal and the surrounding fells.

If you’re coming to see a show, why don’t you check out some of these spots too?

Now to find some mint cake to take back to PPHQ…

ROUNDABOUT Reviews and Responses

ROUNDABOUT is currently weaving its way across the country and this week we’ve popped up in Lincoln where our partners and good friends LPAC have programmed a fantastic festival of local talent alongside performances of LUNGS, THE HUMAN EAR and OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.

We’ve been absolutely bowled over by your responses to ROUNDABOUT and our shows so a big hearty thank you to everyone who has already joined us and come to see a show – we’ve loved meeting you and keeping an eye on our Twitter to see what you’ve been saying! Here’s a little snapshot of our favourite responses…


#RoundaboutPP is, in my opinion, exactly how theatre should be. A small space filled with nothing but great actors, acting their socks off.” (@SarahJCullum)

“I love that #roundaboutpp is able to go into communities without theatres. Vital work. @painesplough“(@shakespeareanLK)

And here’s just a selection of what Edinburgh’s critics and audiences have had to say about the shows…


“Fast paced and incredibly slick.” ★★★★★ (The Public Reviews)

“Thanks for a great hour of laughter and fun @painesplough #OurTeachersATroll fantastic venue #RoundaboutPP @edfringe” (@jcnewton90)

“Infectious from the off.” ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby)


 “Stunning to watch.”★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby)

#TheHumanEar at #RoundaboutPP was unsettling and complex, yet another @painesplough success. @Reese_Williams absolutely riveting as always” (@Lisa_Varty)

“Reverberates quietly long after it’s over.”★★★★ (The Guardian)

“Dazzling technical tour-de-force… astonishing.” ★★★★ (The Scotsman)  


“Simple yet profoundly moving… it is one of the best plays I have seen all year.”★★★★★ (West End Frame)

“Highlight from yesterday had to be #LungsPlay at #RoundaboutPP @painesplough Hilarious and heartbreaking in the same breath!” (@michaelwoodhall)

“What a beautiful creation @painesplough #lungsplay thank you. Think you just broke my heart @edfringe Wonderful performances x” (@AngharadLee)


“Powerfully, stunningly, joyfully uplifting – you’ll be rushing off to start your own list too.” ★★★★★ (The Skinny)


“the new @painesplough roundabout venue @Summerhallery is awesome and #everybrilliantthing defies description. MUST SEE!” (@markagorman)

You can catch ROUNDABOUT on the road until October 18th at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Theatre Royal Margate and Appetite, Stoke.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

See you in ROUNDABOUT soon.

We’re off to… Newbury

We’ve packed away our Irn Bru and migrated down south from Edinburgh to kick off the Autumn leg of Roundabout’s tour of the UK. First stop, Newbury!

Alongside EVERY BRILLIANT THING, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and LUNGS we’re super excited to be taking THE HUMAN EAR out and about having premiered at the Fringe. The show received glowing 4* star reviews from The British Theatre Guide, who said it ‘maintains high drama throughout’, and The Guardian who commented that the play ‘reverberates quietly long after it’s over’. It all kicks off TONIGHT, so what are you waiting for? Get involved!

For those of you joining us, here’s a little cheat sheet to make the most of your time in Newbury courtesy of our friends at the Corn Exhange…

Where to eat

Brebis (independent family run French restaurant – AMAZING food)

El Sabio (Spanish Tapas – independent family run)

Tiy Tea Bar (Asian snack – authentic!)

Chilis (Indian – the food is amazing and the staff are lovely!)

Where to drink

Kings Charles Tavern (nice atmosphere)

The Newbury (cocktails and good beers)

The Catherine Wheel (great selection of beers!)

Lock Stock and Barrel (nice outdoor seating on the canal)

Newbury Real Ale Festival on Saturday 12 September!

Mr Moo Juice (milkshakes and juices!)

The famous bridge in the town centre by the Lock, Stock & Barrel which a Troll might live under…

Where to get coffee

All independents…

If nice weather: The Teashop by the Canal – just a 3min walk from the theatre!

Quaint teashop just off the main high street: Weavers Walk Teashop

Top of the high street- Heatherton’s

Hang out at/Must see

101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Boat trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal – see Carolyn at the Tourist Information across the Market Place (the building with the big clock!)

Highclere Castle (open until 10 September)

Donnington Castle – great views of Newbury!

Shaw House – historical house

West Berkshire Museum – just 2mins walk from the theatre

Greenham Common

Our cinema! this week we’re showing Irrational Man

#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 producers 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 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

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 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.


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.

Welcome to ROUNDABOUT.

Welcome to ROUNDABOUT. The world’s first plug-and-play theatre.

This summer’s unmissable pop-up experience: ROUNDABOUT follows its sell out run at The Brighton Festival with a two month residency at the Southbank Centre, before it heads to the Edinburgh Festival and on a nationwide tour.

You can book tickets for the Southbank Centre residency here.

Join the conversation:

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.


Continuing at The Bush Theatre until 13 June…
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


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


This summer’s unmissable pop-up theatre experience…
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


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


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


A colourfully comic show for children 7+ and their accompanying trolls / parents…
“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…
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

Papermash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre present

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

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.