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Friday Facelifts

To paraphrase Rebekkah Black, it’s Friday, Friday and we’re all looking forward to the weekend.  But before we go, we thought we’d just update you on what’s been happening at PP HQ over the last few days.

The brilliant Amy Cook has been working on some jazzy new signage for the office today, and we can’t stop admiring her handiwork. Here she is at work, as well as a sneak-peak at the nearly-finished product.  Never again will visitors wander in uncertainly and say tentatively ‘I’m looking for Paines Plough…?’.

Today’s also Chrissy and Tash’s last day, and we’ll be very sad to see them go.  Both of them have been here for 3 months, and Chrissy’s run down of her time as Trainee Producer will be following shortly. We’ll be toasting all their hard work over prosecco and cake this evening.

Show-wise, despite suffering from a something of an Edinburgh-induced theatre hangover, this week we’ve seen Double Feature 1 & 2 at The National Theatre, The Faith Machine at the Royal Court and Dr Faustus at the Globe.

Finally, in upcoming news, we’ll be announcing casting for Roundabout very soon, along with updates on A Play, A Pie and A Pint. So be sure to stay tuned to the blog and, most importantly, have a lovely weekend.

Ex-PP Artistic Director to run the Rep

We were thrilled to find out yesterday that ex-Paines Plough Artistic Director Roxana Silbert is to succeed Rachel Kavanaugh in heading up the mighty Birmingham Rep.

This is fantastic news for audiences and artists alike – Roxana is not only a superb director, but a brave champion of new talent. In her time running Paines Plough she commissioned and produced work by Dennis Kelly, Rona Munro, Sebastian Barry, Che Walker, Levi David Addai, Mark Ravenhill, Sean Buckley, Enda Walsh, Laura Lomas, Tom Wells, Steve Thompson, David Greig, Robin French, as well as producing innovative projects such as Wild Lunch, Future Perfect, LATER and the Rod Hall Award.

Since she left PP she has directed for the Globe, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the RSC, where she is currently an associate director. She joins Birmingham at an exciting time, with a brand new 300-seat space for new work due to open in 2013.

PP has a rich history of working producing with Birmingham Rep. In recent years we’ve worked together on Orphans by Dennis Kelly, Come To Where I’m From featuring Alia Bano, David Watson, David Edgar and Cheryl Payne, and on our upcoming commission of Kate Tempest.

We’d like to wish Roxana as well as all our friends at the Rep huge congratulations and best wishes for a sparkling future.