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Open Auditions at Roundabout in Brighton

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Monday 18 May 2015
Roundabout at Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our second round of open auditions for this year in the Roundabout, in Brighton. Roundabout pitches up in Regency Square for the duration of Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May 2015.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Monday 18 May. We will see 60 actors (30 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ROUNDABOUT BRIGHTON in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are within the first 30 emails, we will email you back by Wednesday 6 May with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 30 people to apply we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,

George, James and all at Paines Plough

Say hello to Bhavini

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Hey everyone! I am extremely thrilled to be part of Paines Plough as Trainee Administrator for the next year.

Kick-starting my first week off was a fantastic introduction to the company – I got to witness the rising of the Roundabout at the phenomenal Backstage Centre in Thurrock while getting showered in play texts and PP love.

For the rest of the week in the office I’ve steadily been making a butt-groove in my desk chair and getting to know every nook and cranny of the building (I have so many left to find!). All in all, a brilliant first week at PPHQ.

Like Natalie I got this opportunity through Creative Access – a fantastic government funded scheme that provides creative internships for those of a BAME background. I am very grateful and honoured to have received this opportunity through CA and look forward to being part of a lively, hilarious and intelligent bunch of people.

And not to forget, Taste Tuesday and general foodiness around the office. Omg.

Alexandra Wood on The Initiate

With just a week until ROUNDABOUT pops up at Brighton Festival we caught playwright Alexandra Wood to talk all things THE INITIATE, modern day pirates and  find out just what it’s like to have your play staged in ROUNDABOUT.

Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams in THE INITIATE - photo by Richard Davenport

Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams in THE INITIATE – photo by Richard Davenport

So, what inspired you to write THE INITIATE?

Honestly? I wanted to write a play about pirates! It was as simple as that. When I started to research modern day piracy I came across this article about a British Somali man who’d gone back to Somalia to help negotiate the release of British hostages, and I knew I’d found my story. The play didn’t really end up being about pirates of course, although there is still a pirate in it!

And where did you write it?

While I was on attachment at the National Theatre Studio in 2011.

How do you think it compares to your previous plays?

I’m sure there are common themes, identity and belonging are certainly things I seem to come back to. The British characters in The Empty Quarter, for example, find themselves on the edge of a vast desert in Dubai, and try to work out what’s brought them there and why they stay. I’m interested in character: how it’s defined, constructed, portrayed. In The Eleventh Capital we never meet the man about whom the play revolves, a nameless civil servant forced to leave his family and live in the new capital city. We only catch snippets of who he is and things he’s done from other people. In The Initiate, how other people see Dalmar comes as a shock to him, forcing him to question his place and his very idea of himself.

This is the second time PP are producing THE INITIATE, what’s going to be different this time?

Well the obvious answer to that is that there’s a new cast member, Sidney Cole. Not only will he bring something different to the role, but it’ll also change the dynamic with Sian and Abdul. Staging plays in the ROUNDABOUT really does put the actor at the heart of everything, there’s no real set, costume or gimmicks, it’s just actors in a space, so a change of actor will have quite an impact I think.

Speaking of actors – you’ve been sat in on rehearsals over the last few weeks, what’s it been like to watch the ROUNDABOUT company working?

It’s incredibly satisfying to see the commitment with which the whole company’s embracing the play.  It’s my first experience having one of my plays being produced for a second time, but any worries about things feeling stale have been dispelled, everyone’s coming to it with more confidence and a renewed energy.

What’s it like to work in ROUNDABOUT?

It’s a brilliant space. The actors, the play and most importantly the audience’s imagination are at the centre of things. It’s intimate and epic at the same time. It’s inherently theatrical as well – it feels like you really do have to embrace the performance element.

One final question – which part of the play are you most excited to see come to life?

I think I’m most excited to see the play as a whole, which might sound like a cop out, but in rehearsals we spend a long time working line by line, scene by scene, and that’s all great, detailed work which needs to be done, but ultimately, the power will hopefully come from seeing it all together.

THE INITIATE is a part of our Roundabout season 2015. Roundabout pops up at Brighton Festival from 2 May and at Southbank Centre from 7 June.

For more info and tickets for THE INITIATE at Brighton Festival click here and at Southbank Centre click here.

THE INITIATE in Rehearsals

Here at PPHQ we’re getting mighty excited about heading down to the seaside for ice-cream, sunshine and ROUNDABOUT which pops up in Brighton in just over 2 weeks.  Things in the office have been very busy and our brilliant cast are working super hard on THE INITIATE, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and LUNGS. Just to prove it, here are some shots of Sidney Cole, Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams rehearsing Alexandra Wood’s thrilling play THE INITIATE.

For the full album visit out flickr page.

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Roundabout pops up in Regency Square at Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May. For more information and tickets click here.

Photo credit Richard Lakos

Roundabout pops up on the South Bank

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The Southbank Centre on a summer’s eve.

Summer on the South Bank here we come… Roundabout will be popping-up at The Southbank Centre this June and July with a sizzling line-up of top notch new plays.

Following its run at The Brighton Festival in May, Roundabout moves to The Southbank Centre where it will nestle between Waterloo Bridge, The Hayward Gallery and The Queen Elizabeth Hall from 7 June – 18 July 2015.

Our programme includes LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood and OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly, with more to be announced anon.

There’s nowhere better than the Southbank in the sunshine, so see you there yeah? And check back for lots more Roundabout dates around the UK. We’ll be announcing more travels very soon.

Backstage at The Stage Awards

Here’s an interview with our AD James, Roundabout designers Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman, and Gavin Green from consultants Charcoalblue. They were speaking to The Stage after picking up Theatre Building Of The Year for Roundabout at The Stage Awards 2015.

Watch  the video below or head over to The Stage for the full feature.

Roundabout in Brighton

Roundabout is back, and heading for Brighton.

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We’re thrilled to be part of a top class line-up at The Brighton Festival this May. Roundabout will pop-up in the beautiful Regency Square over-looking the sea, and host three weeks of unmissable theatre.

Fresh from its hugely acclaimed Off-Broadway run, EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe is back on home soil for seven performances in Brighton. It’s joined by Duncan Macmillan’s award-winning, much loved LUNGS which returns to the Roundabout Rep alongside Alexandra Wood’s Scotsman Fringe First Award winning THE INITIATE and Dennis Kelly’s wickedly funny OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL for children 7+ and their accompanying trolls.

Four in a row

The Festival runs from 2 – 24 May, and full details of the line-up curated by guest director Ali Smith can be found on the festival website.

We’ll be announcing more tour dates for Roundabout very soon, so stay tuned. Wherever you are we’ll be popping up near you soon.

Meantime… fish and chips, penny arcades and a world class arts festival line-up by the beach? Yes please.

Roundbout wins Stage Award

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The prosecco corks were popping at PPHQ last week as Roundabout was crowned Theatre Building Of The Year at The Stage Awards.

The judges described Roundabout as “one of the most exciting new spaces in the country” and praised the portability of our pop-up beauty.

We were thrilled to share the award with The Everyman in Liverpool, which won The Stirling Prize this year, and to share the shortlist with The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Exalted company indeed.

Our AD James and designers Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman were on hand to pick up the award from the legendary Richard Pilbrow at the awards ceremony at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Here’s the judges’ full citation:

The pop-up Roundabout Theatre is the work of Paines Plough, who wanted to be able to take the companyʼs work to as many different locations and communities as possible. An in-the-round space with 168 seats that can be set up indoors or outdoors, the theatreʼs lighting runs off mains electricity, and when taken apart the entire structure fits in a single lorry. The judges described the “IKEA theatre” as one of the most exciting new spaces in the country, and were impressed with its potential to open up theatre to new locations and new audiences.

Naturally, we’re thrilled. Building Roundabout was a huge undertaking which was only made possible by the brilliance of our designers, collaborators and consultants, and by the generosity and belief of our many donors and supporters. THANK YOU. We share the award with you all.

Here’s a photo of Emma, Lucy, Gavin Green from theatre consultants Charcoalblue and James picking up the award…

Stage Awards

And here’s the TV highlights package from the awards ceremony…

Congrats to all the winners and nominees. And thanks to The Stage. The newly crowned Theatre Building Of The Year will be back out on tour around the UK in 2015. Stay tuned for all the details…

Open Auditions in the Roundabout Auditorium

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Thursday 25 September 2014
Roundabout @ Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
10am – 6pm


We’re really excited to be holding our next round of open auditions in the Roundabout Auditorium, in London. The Roundabout will be at Hackney Downs Studios from 22 – 27 September as part of its inaugural tour this autumn.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Thursday 25 September 2014 in London. We will see 50 actors (25 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ROUNDABOUT HACKNEY in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are within the first 25 emails, we will email you back by Monday 15 September with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 25 people to apply we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

We are also offering an ACTING IN THE ROUND workshop for actors, on Wednesday 24 September, 3-5pm which is free to anyone who has a ticket to one of our shows over that week. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. For further information click here and if you would like to book your place please email Francesca Moody at francesca@painesplough.com.

Best wishes,
George, James and all at Paines Plough

Roundabout: Name a seat


Following its launch at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Roundabout has embarked on its inaugural tour.

The response so far has been overwhelming, leaving us truly invigorated and inspired for the future. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

We still need your help to keep Roundabout on the road for many years to come.

If you enjoyed your Roundabout experience, you can leave your own mark by naming a seat in the auditorium. Simply make a donation at: justgiving.com/roundaboutauditorium, and our designers will create a bespoke, lasting thank you for your support, which will travel around the country on your seat in the Roundabout.

“The @painesplough Roundabout is a beautiful, magical space.” – @evenicol

“Wins most beautiful interior venue by far.” – @chaotickirstyy

“Something strange and delightful has landed… It’s Paines Plough’s new portable Roundabout auditorium.” – Evening Standard

“The loveliest venue at the Fringe.” - The List

“A perfect setting.” – WhatsOnStage.com

Roundabout is on tour this Autumn from 27 August – 4 October 2014. It will be popping up at Corn Exchange Newbury (27 – 30 August),  Margate Winter Gardens (3 – 7 September),  Hackney Downs Studios (22 – 27 September) and Barnsley Civic (2 – 4 October).

We hope to see you there.

If you would like more information on the Roundabout, please click here. For further information on each show in the Roundabout, please visit our website.

#RoundaboutPP @painesplough