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Today EVERY BRILLIANT THING stops off in Norwich and here at PPHQ we are super jealous. This charming city is a firm favourite on the PP map and we can’t think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon. We asked our very good friends at The Garage Norwich for their top tips on what to get up to when you visit. So here’s their list of brilliant things…now go and book your train tickets.
WHERE TO STAY
The Maids Head Hotel is known for its traditional Tudor style façade, dating back to the 13th century. It’s also more famously known for reportedly being home to a couple of ghosts – one of a lady dressed in grey, and one of the former mayors of the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Head down to the medieval alleyways of the Norwich Lanes (winner of the Great British High Street of The Year Award 2014) which is home to some of the most splendid restaurants, gastro pubs and cafes in Norwich. You’ll find award winning fish and chips at the Grosvenor, Falafel heaven at Moorish, Bedfords where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city and much more.
WHERE TO DRINK
Norwich was once thought to have a Church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the year. The figures aren’t quite that high these days but there are still a wealth of pubs to frequent. If you’re after some Norwich history you can find the Adam and Eve nestled down by the river. Dating back to 1249 the pub has a lovely quaint atmosphere and a good selection of ales. If you’re after something a little more modern The Mash Tun is the newest pub to spring up and serves local beer from troubadours Redwell Brewery, as an added bonus the upstairs has been turned into a gin palace serving over 150 different blends.
WHERE TO GET COFFEE
The Garage is home to Locomotion Coffee who take their coffee making seriously, from traditional lattes and mochas, to concoctions such as the protein vanilla iced-latte banana smoothie. They also serve an array of teas from local tea wizards Wilkinsons of Norwich – you will definitely be tempted by the Smokey Russian caravan or Arctic Fire.
Their skills don’t stop at coffee, barista Jason can solve a rubix cube in less than a minute (it’s all in the algorithms apparently).
HANG OUT AT
Norwich forum is open 7 days a week all year round making it the perfect place to hang out. Much more than just a library, you can also enjoy an eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events activities, and free outdoor film screenings in the summer, or just chill out with friends in Bar Marzano.
Must see attractions include Norwich Cathedral, an iconic Norman Cathedral and one of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. Take a stroll around the largest surviving cloister in England and be awed by the stunning Romanesque architecture, highlighted by the Nave and crossing tower…don’t forget to look up! There’s lots to discover at the Norwich Castle from its history as a Norman palace and as a prison, to the many galleries packed with treasures from nationally important collections, from archaeology to fine art, from the ancient Egyptians to natural history. Also a trip to Norwich wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Norwich market. There are a plethora of market stalls to delve into, you might find yourself a great vintage bargain….or just pick up a commemorative tea towel to take home! Check out visitnorwich.co.uk for more ideas!
Wanted: two new members of Team PP.
In partnership with Creative Access, we’re recruiting a TRAINEE ADMINISTRATOR and a TRAINEE PRODUCER to come and join Team PP.
Applicants must be of BAME background and should register with Creative Access to apply here. Please note we will not accept CVs or covering letters for this role.
So, who are we looking for?
Brilliant people of course. For each role we want someone who can fit in to our small and friendly team of theatre geeks (some of us anyway) and flourish in a busy office. You’ll need to be enthusiastic about theatre, particularly new writing and be friendly and welcoming as there’s always someone coming through the door at PPHQ. Good oral and written communication skills are key as well as a good working knowledge of IT packages. If you also like cake and biscuits, that will help.
Here’s a brief run-down of each job:
You’ll be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team working across all company activities, providing vital support to ensure the effective and efficient running of Paines Plough. You’ll work closely with our Administrator Natalie (lucky you) supporting her in the day to day administration of the company and will also have the opportunity to take responsibility for the coordination of specific projects.
You’ll be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team working across all company activities, providing vital support to ensure the effective and efficient running of Paines Plough. You’ll work closely with the Production team – that’s our Producer Hanna and Assistant Producer Francesca – supporting them in the delivery of PP’s full programme of work on the small and midscale, and for our Roundabout auditorium.
Hello! Is it you we’re looking for?
Creative Access is a ground breaking charity that provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries, specifically for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME). Their long term goal is to help improve interns chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increase diversity and address the imbalance in the sector.
Creative Access is a strategic initiative which complies with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
Creative Access is supported by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, Creative Skillset and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
I’m Francesca, the new Assistant Producer at Paines Plough. I’m only in my third week at PP but WHAT a three weeks it has been. My feet feel like they quite literally haven’t touched the ground.
Of course I’ve had some big shoes to fill, but fortunately for me since Hanna has moved up to the much revered role of Producer she’s right here when I need her and fortunately for Hanna that means I’m constantly plying her with a fresh supply of fruit and nuts from the top drawer under my desk. I’ve also been bribing the rest of the office with mango, food seems to go down well here…
Since starting it’s been somewhat of a juggling act – trying to soak up everything I need to know about PP’s brilliant Small Scale Touring programme, whilst also reading the ten plays we’re producing this year, whilst also casting Not The Worst Place by Sam Burns, whilst also introducing myself to the vast PP network, whilst also putting together the Hopelessly Devoted creative team, whilst also helping Launch our 40th year at the NT Shed, whilst also going up to Manchester for our Future of Small Scale Touring Symposium, whilst also writing this blog…you get the picture.
I’ve joined at a particularly busy time, but ultimately an exciting one. The last few weeks have been wonderfully inspiring and have only confirmed what I already knew, that PP is probably one of the most thrilling, passionate and driven companies to be part of right now, and I’m pretty darn lucky to be here with them.
On my final note, our post 40th year launch party took us to Fernandez and Wells for a one off wine and cheese reception – as a big fan of cheese this went down particularly well with me but since we probably won’t be back to F&W for a while feel free to send cheese packages to me at PP HQ – juggling needs sustenance.
Can’t wait to get going
Sea Wall by Simon Stephens starring Andrew Scott and directed by our very own Joint Artistic Director George Perrin played for just seven performances on the opposite side of the river to our Aldwych home.
The critics and twitics were in a plenty so here’s a wee round up of what they had to say:
‘An absorbing, profoundly human and disproportionately powerful miniature, pungent with pure joy and the salty tang of despair.’ ★★★★ The Times (paywall)
‘Andrew Scott plays Sea Wall like jazz. Takes a fine-tuned text and blitzes it up until you can’t see what it’s doing, you can only keep up.‘ @matttrueman
‘The moments of brutality come through clearly, but its the moments of collective laughter which come before which give Sea Wall its shattering humanity.’ ★★★★★ Exeunt
‘I’m gonna hold on to this one for a while. Andrew Scott is simply brilliant. #SeaWallPlay @ntShed’ @emylie
‘Director George Perrin, of Paines Plough, leaves Scott’s extraordinary performance unadorned – with bare stage and house lights up. The clarity of Stephens’ vision and Scott’s understanding of the text means even when Alex cannot bring himself to say things, silence and gestures fill in the gaps. Remarkable.’ ★★★★ Metro
‘Sometimes, just once in a while, you see something that you know you’ll never forget: Andrew Scott, Seawall @painesplough @NationalTheatre’ – @gregorynash_bc
Never a group to turn down the opportunity for a roadtrip, a couple of weeks ago we displayed our wares at the NUS Trade Fair in sunny Birmingham.
Conspicous by our bright pink banners and many thousands of leaflets, Team Paines Plough stood bravely amidst a sea of jagerbombs and giant cheesestrings. Ahead of the WASTED 2013 Campus tour, we headed to the stomping ground of every SU manager in the country to spread the gospel of PP, talk about WASTED, and take advantage of the free pizza.
Campus is PP’s exciting initiative which aims to not only tour our work around the country, but to the heart of university campus’. Our aim is to take WASTED to non-traditional theatre spaces; whether that be the back room of a pub or the sticky basement of a student union. We’re passionate about taking our message to the people who will identify with it most.
So, if you want to get WASTED on your campus, email Hanna on email@example.com or give her a ring on 0207 240 4533.