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We’re recruiting a Trainee Producer and Trainee Administrator

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?

For more information and if you’d like to apply for the Trainee Administrator, click here or the Trainee Producer then click here. Closing date is the 9th March.

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.

Hello from our new Assistant Producer


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

Chesca x

Critics and Twitics on SEA WALL

At the end of July our seventh production of Programme 2013 found a home at the The Shed at The National Theatre.

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

WASTED at NUS Trade Fair


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 or give her a ring on 0207 240 4533.