Our Programme 2013 saw us produce new work by 15 playwrights across 8 productions touring to 44 towns and cities nationwide.
We send love and thanks to all who came to see a PP show this year, and we hope you’ll join us in 2014 as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a stellar programme of new plays on tour.
Meantime, here’s a quick lowdown on the year that was…
WASTED by Kate Tempest
Back by popular demand, WASTED completed our inaugural CAMPUS tour of Student Unions before a second sold-out run at London’s Roundhouse, where we live streamed a performance for the first time.
“Ingenious…funny and true.”
★★★★ The Guardian
“A slender, wistful three-way play that’s as seductive as smoke.”
★★★★ Time Out
You still have one more day to catch the live stream if you missed it!
LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan
Our co-production with Sheffield Theatres of Duncan Macmillan’s award-winning, much-loved LUNGS was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
“The most beautiful… shattering play of the year.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express
GOOD WITH PEOPLE by David Harrower
First co-produced by Paines Plough and Òran Mór as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint in 2010, GOOD WITH PEOPLE made it all the way to 59E59 Theatres in New York in 2013.
“Harrower’s beautiful, deceptive wisp of a play…Duff and Scott-Ramsay are perfection.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM
On home soil, we took COME TO WHERE I’M FROM – our theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is – to Plymouth and Leeds this year.
Check out some insights from our playwrights here.
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan
In partnership with Pentabus, we premiered Duncan MacMillan’s EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Ludlow Fringe Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival last summer.
Here’s what audiences had to say:
“Altogether so human, so relatable…it uplifts and enlightens, exploring the joy and endless possibility of humanity.”
SEA WALL by Simon Stephens
Andrew Scott reprised his acclaimed performance for an exclusive seven nights only in Simon Stephens’ SEA WALL at The Shed at The National Theatre.
“One of the most devastating 30 minutes you are ever likely to experience in the theatre.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“As engaging and devastating a piece of theatre as you’re likely to find….”
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest
Following the huge success of WASTED, we were reunited with performance poet Kate Tempest for HOPELESSLY DEVOTED, which opened with our co-producers at Birmingham Rep and toured the Midlands in September-October. HOPELESSLY DEVOTED will return for a Spring 2014 tour.
“The play sings and soars, a little shard of lyrical brilliance… startlingly beautiful.”
★★★★ The Times
“Outstanding… The writing is fantastic, with just the right balance of spoken word, song and dialogue.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews
And some words from our Tweeters:
“Absolutely loved #HopelesslyDevoted. Now that’s the theatre that gets my blood pumping.”
JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells
And last but certainly not least, Tom Wells’ infectiously funny, critically acclaimed football rom-com JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS, which we co-produced with Watford Palace Theatre and Hull Truck.
“The perfect winter-warmer…blissfully funny…deeply affecting”
★★★★★ Daily Telegraph
“Wells has given us another winner…Unreservedly recommended.”
“A razor sharp, beautifully human script that brings to life characters that every one of us will know, but whom rarely get to claim their space within gay culture.”
★★★★★ Attitude Magazine
And on the Twittersphere:
“Jumpers for Goalposts. One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year. Am totally speechless.”
Playing at The Bush Theatre until 4 January 2014. Book tickets here.
It’s been a wonderful year of theatre (and cake!) and there’s no denying we couldn’t have had as much without you (and cake!) coming along for the ride.
So – keep eating cake, and we wish you all a merry Christmas! Catch you next year?
Team PP x