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We’re recruiting a Company Stage Manager for the ROUNDABOUT season

We’re on the lookout for a friendly and dedicated Company Stage Manager to join the good ship ROUNDABOUT and team PP this year. Could it be you? Details below:

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER on the book
ROUNDABOUT SEASON

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to
harriet@painesplough.com

Application deadline: Friday 29 April, 10am


About Roundabout:

Roundabout is our beautiful pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168-seats wrapped around the stage, state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

This year Roundabout will host three brand new plays, directed by our joint Artistic Director George Perrin and performed by a rep of three actors. The plays are:

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH by Luke Norris

A Paines Plough, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Sherman Cymru production
LOVE LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas


Dates:

London, Rehearsals: w/c 16 May
London, Tech and previews in Roundabout: w/c 11 and 18 July
Edinburgh Tech and rehearsals in Roundabout: w/c 25 July
Performances Edinburgh Festival: 4 – 29 August
UK Tour: 5 September – 19 November


Job Purpose:

To support the Director and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well-being of the company. To operate all Paines Plough shows and with the Technical Stage Managers providing a safe, tidy and welcoming environment within the Roundabout auditorium for all audiences.


Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

• To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer
• To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer
• To take joint responsibility with the Technical Stage Managers on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road
• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
• To be jointly responsible with the TSM’s for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
• To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers to liaise with the FOH at each tour venue to ensure the smooth running of the shows and Roundabout auditorium.
• Cover the running and/or operating of all 3 Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
• To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
• To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
• To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.
• Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified
• To deliver rehearsal and show reports for all Roundabout productions to Paines Plough staff and the creative team.
• To support and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour


Person Specification

Essential:

• Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company
• Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
• An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
• Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
• A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
• Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
• Experience of and ability to operate QLab
• Good team player

Desirable:

• First Aid trained

Fee: £447.50 p/w for rehearsals and w/c 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov and £550 p/w for Edinburgh and the tour.


To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com with the subject heading: ROUNDABOUT CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Friday 29 April, 10am

Interview dates: Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May.

Please note you must be available on one of the interview dates.

You can download the full job description here.

Programme 2016

Here we go… the grand unveiling of our Programme 2016 in all its glory. A host of new plays from red hot writers hitting the road to the four corners of our green and pleasant land.

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Here’s a snapshot:

ROUNDABOUT features a new rep of three brand new plays by Katie Douglas, Alan Harris and Luke Norris at Summerhall in Edinburgh and on tour to Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

The world premiere of BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells opens with our co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle prior to a UK Tour.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz tours to 29 venues nationwide.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is back on home soil by popular demand following an international tour.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM comes to London with a week of live events across the capital featuring 30 playwrights.

Elinor Cook’s TEN WEEKS opens in London tonight.

Our transatlantic collaboration with legendary New York company Naked Angels sees two new radio plays by Nathan Bryon and Lucy Gillespie released as free to listen downloads.

Here’s what James & George have to say about it all:

“We’re raring to hit the road to the four corners of the UK with this cracking programme of new plays from some of the most exciting writers around. Roundabout will pop-up across the country with comedies from Luke Norris and Alan Harris, a superhero tale for children from Katie Douglas and a host of events from international visiting companies and local community groups, bringing a festival feel to every place it visits. We’re honoured to be working with talents as innovative as Sabrina Mahfouz – whose UK Garage musical is theatre you can rave to – and Tom Wells whose heart-warming new play will delight fans of his previous Paines Plough hit Jumpers For Goalposts. With Every Brilliant Thing returning to the UK after an international tour, London stories in Come To Where I’m From and new plays from Elinor Cook, Nathan Bryon, Lucy Gillespie, there’s a play for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2016.”

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2016 sees the return of Roundabout, our award-winning pop-up theatre. The all new Roundabout programme will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then touring nationwide.

Roundabout will tour nationwide in partnership with The Lowry, Hall For Cornwall, Margate Theatre Royal, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brewery Arts Centre, Barnsley Civic, Appetite Stoke-on-Trent and Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate in Luton.

In rep will be three World Premieres…

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
By Alan Harris

A deliciously quirky comedy from Alan Harris about two teenagers in Merthyr Tydfil who fall in love in Tesco but face a fight to save their parents from self-destruction.

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A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

A very funny new play from Luke Norris about a 20-something who tries to ignore a lump until it’s almost too late.

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A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
By Katie Douglas

An epic superhero quest for ages 7 to 11-year-olds from Katie Douglas.

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PLUS… Roundabout will again host a programme of visiting companies at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour, and see the return of EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more.

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
BROKEN BISCUITS
By Tom Wells

The brand new play from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS writer Tom Wells. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of three teenagers dreaming of rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

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A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
by Sabrina Mahfouz

Our hit UK Garage musical is back in our rehearsal room and getting set to hit the road to 29 venues nationwide. This is theatre you can rave to.

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A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Our worldwide hit show is back on home soil in Edinburgh and on a UK tour this Autumn.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON

Since 2010 more than 100 playwrights have written plays about the place they call home as part of our nationwide project, but never in London… until now…

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A Paines Plough and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production
TEN WEEKS
by Elinor Cook

Elinor Cook’s electrifying new play about the Alpha course transfers to The Gate in Notting Hill following its Cardiff premiere.

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Paines Plough and Naked Angels present
BILAL’S BIRTHDAY by Nathan Bryon
322 DAYS by Lucy Gillespie

Our transatlantic partnership with New York legends Naked Angels has resulted in these two cracking radio plays from rising US star Lucy Gillespie and our very own Playwright Fellow Nathan Bryon.

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Woop. And there’s lots more to come including a mega programme of visiting companies, one-off shows, events, workshops and fun stuff in Roundabout, the return of EARLIER/LATER, festival appearances, more tour dates, and probably other stuff we think up as we go along too.

But for now, welcome to Programme 2016. We hope you like it.

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Two new homes for our Prototype

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Remember way back in September when we announced our Roundabout Prototype was looking for a good home? Well, after sifting through lots of brilliant applications and innovative ideas for using the prototype we’d like to have given it to everyone, but two applications particularly stood out. We’re delighted to announce that ownership of the Prototype will shared between: RIFT based in Tottenham, and THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE based in North Yorkshire.

Both applications were brimming with brilliance, and we think that sharing the Prototype in this way allows it to retain some the Roundabout DNA as it travels up and down the country every year.

THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE

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Since 2011, THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE, have been making and creating work in North Yorkshire.

They have popped up in country pubs, barns, back gardens and front rooms and have now set up base in an 18th Century converted Watermill. Their previous output includes Beulah, BABYLON and Fable (which you can catch at the VAULT Festival!). Plus they produce events like The Little Festival Of Everything, programming folks like RashDash, Third Angel, Chris Thorpe, Chris Stokes, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Hannah Nicklin, Little Mighty and Hunting Bears.

From May – September, the Prototype will set up shop with them. Their aim is to turn it in to a meeting place – a place for artists to come and stay and play and create, and a place for the local community to come and make, input and be a part of a growing rural arts ecology.

They’ll be announcing some details of a first season very soon. So keep an eye on their website, twitter and Facebook.

RIFT

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RIFT are Felix Mortimer and Joshua Nawras. RIFT’s mission is to tell stories without boundaries.

After spending the summer in Yorkshire, the Prototype will make the move to STYX in Tottenham Hale, North London where Felix and Josh have worked for five years.  Since establishing STYX in June they have already staged performances and worked with the Royal Court, Young Vic, Belarus Free Theatre and LIFT and hosted 12 international companies who have been in residence in their current space. They have opened a pop up pizza parlour, bespoke architectural pavilion and Library (home to local playwright in residence Annie Jenkins). RIFT’s vision for the Prototype is that it will enliven their area with stories, open up dialogues between communities and showcase the voices of Tottenham and beyond.

To find out more, you can watch this film about RIFT made early last year.

 

Team PP are thrilled that the Prototype will now allow THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE and RIFT to curate their own programmes of local and international artists for their communities to engage with and enjoy.

We’re delighted that the Prototype has found two such exciting new homes to invite artists and audiences to. We can’t wait to see what happens next…

Trainee Thursday: Bhavini

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6 months ago I found out that I was going be the Trainee Administrator at Paines Plough for a year funded through Creative Access, a charity that provide internships in the creative industries for ethnic minorities. Now I’m in the thick of my traineeship thinking ‘My word – 6 months already’!

I will always remember my first day, seeing Roundabout getting built in the High House in Thurrock, so excited to be there and see the workings of innovative geniuses get put together, meeting my colleagues for the first time and having absolutely no idea how enriched, busy and fabulous my life was going to become through working with Paines Plough. I’ve learned a helluva lot and have so much yet to learn, I have no idea where to start in my 6-month reflection; it’s all a bit much to fit in this humble space.

Working with such an intelligent and ambitious team has definitely pushed me and developed my skills as a professional and individual. It’s enriching and such an important experience to have – Paines Plough really value and nurture positive growth and I really value that in Paines Plough. We make great and inspiring work that goes all over the place. Hearing the reception we get in different pockets of the country always reinforces my belief in the power of theatre and storytelling.

I don’t usually do this but earlier this year I made a New Year’s resolution to see a lot more of this beautiful island – it is almost poetry that I managed to bag a yearlong internship with a theatre company that tours. I’ve been to see theatre all over the place and it’s been fantastic (although majorly gutted, as was the rest of the office that we didn’t go to the magical Highlands and Islands tour of EVERY BRILLIANT THING with James!). Experiencing both Latitude and Edinburgh the first time this summer was unforgettable. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting any of this. It has made my year so special.

One of my most favourite projects to work on so far has been the Paines Plough Open Auditions. I really admire and enjoy that we spend a few days a year meeting and getting to know as many actors as possible. I’ve really gotten a kick out of co-ordinating the Open Auditions for The Lowry and The Actors Centre (such a busy and fun day!) and am really excited to do the next round.

Looking forward I’m so excited to continue my work with Paines Plough and continue being part of an industry I admire so much. The work that Paines Plough does is SO important and I still occasionally have moments when I ask myself ‘Am I really here?’

In the wider sense of being a Creative Access intern, I am so grateful that I am a member of a movement to achieve more diversity within the creative industries and aim to use that as one of the driving forces of my work in Paines Plough and the subsidised theatre industry.

So bring on the next 6 months! Who knows what it will bring? Sign up to our fabulous newsletter on our homepage to find out ;).

B x

Roundabout Round-Up

We can hardly believe it, but Roundabout opened it’s doors for the final time this year earlier in the month. What a whirlwind it’s been as our portable, plug-in-and-play auditorium has undertaken a whistle stop tour, taking it all across our green and pleasant land.

Audiences of all ages have been delighted by our wide-ranging repertoire and now we’re looking back at all the moments that made us laugh and smile.

Newbury

Salford

“A masterclass in storytelling that had every audience member lapping up every word…”★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

The Human Ear is a fine piece of drama” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“…gives us real food for thought.”★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Lincoln

Lungs is “clever, excellent, and powerful”” (The Linc)

Kendal

“Portable dome will be home to cutting-edge theatre” (Cumbria Live)

“Students’ actors get an inside ‘view'” (West Morland Gazette)

“ARTS: cutting edge theatre in a Roundabout way” (West Morland Gazette)

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“​Pop-up theatre ‘the Roundabout’ set to wow crowds in Hanley” (Stoke Sentinel)

And you can listen to Hanna on BBC Radio Stoke here, at around the 2hour 15 minute mark.

We’ve been thrilled and humbled by the responses from everyone who has visited and taken in a show and we want to say a massive THANK YOU for coming came along. We’ve loved every minute! Now we’re off to plan next year’s Roundabout programme and we’re determined to knocks your socks off – see you then!

Team PP x

Goodbye from Natalie…

Last month we bid a fond farewell to our wonderful Administrator, Natalie, as she took up an incredible new role as General Manager of Coney. Sobs rang out all over the office this morning as her goodbye blog arrived in our inboxes. Here, in her own words, she has summed up her time with us. Sad as we are, we know it’s not really au revoir, just à bientôt…

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What an incredible two years it’s been. It’s hard to know where to begin and I won’t be able to cover everything that I’d like to. So, I’ll just share some of my fondest memories from my time at Paines Plough in the hope that it’ll highlight how much of an incredible company and inspiring team they are to work for and with.

My very first PP show was Duncan Macmillan’s EVERY BRILLIANT THING. I travelled with Alex Wood our playwright-in-residence at the time, where we found ourselves in the lovely little village of Ledbury at The Market Theatre. It was so close to where my mum lives (out in the regions) that my brother came along. I remember introducing him to both Alex and George and instantaneously thinking, “wow this is really cool, my family can see our work where they are and where I’m from, we travel to them”. Coming from an area with limited access to the arts and a low-income family, I immediately saw how important and impactful touring theatre and new writing was, and knew that I had made it into the right company.

I joined PP as the Admin and Finance Assistant in 2013 through Creative Access, a charity who provide year-long traineeships in the creative industries for people of BAME backgrounds. This marked the beginning of my career in the arts. Without this opportunity, I’d probably be in an industry that I’m not passionate about, struggling to find my way in. Paines Plough were the first theatre organisation to partner with Creative Access, actively addressing lack of diversity in the industry. Unafraid and open – two major qualities that extend way beyond their work.

Watching an intimate dress rehearsal of Andrew Scott in SEA WALL over the bridge in one of the rehearsal studios at The National was a truly unforgettable experience.

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I didn’t know what was happening to me when I watched for those 30 minutes, no more than a metre away from him, sucked into his performance and trying really hard to hold floods of tears back. This had never happened to me watching a play before.

Valuable lessons learned:
– I’ll never get left behind in a hotel in Hull after press night again.
– Even though you’ve planned for everyone to meet at the station in good time to catch your train, you’ll always need to run for it #touringPPstyle.
– Pork scratchings vary in taste and texture from region to region. Scottish pubs don’t stock them.
– How to change florescent strip lights and chargers.
– I still can’t do puns…
– Accents, canoeing, ‘being in the lift’ mimes, street dance, the odd prank call and cake really help when you all need a little group pick me up.

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM at the Southbank Centre was a beautiful installation and interactive map designed by Amy Cook, where audiences and passersby could pop in and listen to plays by writers from all over the UK, for free.

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Invitation to interact with the space, watch some of the writers read their plays live and to hang out with a beer in an open space is my kind of art. This was a lovely weekend.

Touring from all corners of the UK from the Isle of Eigg to Ipswich, Liverpool to Lyme Regis and Newport to Nottingham involves a lot of trains…

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ROUNDABOUT is by far my favourite thing to have been involved in. From its launch in Edinburgh in 2014 to its current Autumn tour, THE HUMAN EAR to LUNGS, Visitor Services to the Street Team, and tea dances in Margate to TORYCORE, the breadth of what Roundabout can do and give is phenomenal.

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING in New York and my (and Francesca’s) first ever trip to the US! We had a whirlwind of five days in New York during the opening at Barrow Street Theatre last December.

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It was very surreal to think how it was only a year before that I was in Ledbury with an audience of 30 to then being Off-Broadway with an American audience of 250! And of course we visited the amazing sights, hung out with Jonny and ate a lot of meat…

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My Paines Plough round-up in numbers:

17 productions

3 Arts Council Annual Reports

1 Big fat 40th anniversary year

2 ROUNDABOUT seasons

2 Edinburghs

2 Latitude festivals

1 Bestival

1 European festival… Wiesbaden

10,220 miles commuted to and from PPHQ by bike

And a lot of miles travelled up and down the country.

And of course there are the people that make all this happen and I’m so privileged to have worked with such a driven and dedicated team. Under the Artistic Directorship of James and George, I’ve constantly been inspired and driven by their vision and resilience. Working with Hanna and Francesca has been like attending free producing workshops everyday, Aysha has shown me how brilliant being a General Manager is and I take from her into what I do now with Coney, Bhavini and Rachel are the two amazing trainees who like me joined PP though Creative Access; all together they are an incredibly strong, fearless and focused team. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with Claire, Tara, Bene, Bernd and Sean. Paines Plough attracts the most amazing people and I’m just happy to have been a part of the family. Thank you for having me.

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For now its goodbye from me as I retire to the red cupboard with my digestive biscuit tin, muji pens and a new picture to hang on the wall…

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Natalie x

We’re off to… Stoke

Roundabout arrives at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent today on the final stop of the year (sob!). Tonight’s performance of EVERY BRILLIANT THING is sold out, but fear not as we have a plethora of plays and specially programmed one-off events that you can still grab tickets for.

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For those of you coming to join us, our friends at Appetite have compiled a compendium of what to see, do, eat, and drink while you’re in town.

Must see

Stoke-on-Trent (otherwise called The Potteries) is having something of a ceramics renaissance at the mo, so whilst you’re here check out the British Ceramics Biennial, in full swing over in the grand surroundings of the former Spode Factory. A 5 minute walk from the train station, you’ll find the latest in cutting edge ceramic art.

In the City Centre, check out Entrepreneurs, an artist led shop with a public exhibition space upstairs. And just down from Roundabout (opposite the beautiful Bethesda Chapel) you’ll also stumble upon a fauno-tastic new mural (below) by graffiti artist Faunographic, commissioned by Entrepreneurs for Appetite’s Big Feast.

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Also in Piccadilly there’s contemporary art gallery Airspace currently featuring the exhibition ‘Icon’.

If you have time why not stroll along the canal to Burslem and have cup a tea in the recently renovated Middleport Pottery, the home of the world-famous Burleigh, soon to be seen on BBC’s The Great British Pottery Thrown Down, or take a factory tour at The Emma Bridgewater Factory.

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If you’re feeling historical why not pop your head into the famous Staffordshire Hoard exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. If you’re with kids or fancy a splash around, on Festival Park just outside the City Centre, you’ll also find the epic Waterworld.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel is in stumbling distance of the City Centre and there’s also the Great Western Moat House Hotel just a little further away.

Where to eat

In Hanley head to Cafe Zest, café by day and bistro by night or The Exchange, which does burgers and typical pub fare. There’s also Roberto’s for Italian, The Church Bar and Restaurant for upscale British food and Peter’s Tavern for authentic Czech food.A little outside the City Centre there’s also the fantastic Med Bar for authentic Italian.

While you’re here of course don’t miss the world famous Staffordshire oatcake! For the ultimate hot crispy oatcake head to the Oatie Mostons stand, 2 mins from Roundabout, and ask for a cheese and bacon. Warning: only get the large if you’re feeling ravenous!

Where to drink

Stoke’s home to some great pubs. Why not try The Holy Inadequate in Etruria or The Bulls Head in Burslem, the brewery tap of the local Titanic Brewery.

There’s also the reputedly haunted The Leopard in Burslem if you’re feeling spooky or the cosy surroundings of The Glebe in Stoke just 5 mins from the station.

In Hanley there’s the recently opened Bottle Craft which has a tasting room, The Exchange bar and the historic Coachmakers Arms. If you like your ale real, The Hop Inn in Newcastle is 2015 winner of Potteries CAMRA pub of the year.

Where to get coffee

Try tsp. for great coffee, cupcakes and nice surroundings down in Piccadilly in Hanley, also featuring murals by local artist Eight.bit. There’s also the Spitfire Café at the Mitchell Arts Centre a little further down the road and Blondies Twisted Tea Room, in the centre of Hanley. Hang out at The Bread in Common café at the British Ceramics Biennial, run by community arts company B-Arts, it’s a great place to chill and munch on some fantastic bread made in their unique bread oven.

Margate… “a town as cool as it gets”

Roundabout has touched down in Margate and we thought, who better to give us the lowdown on what to see and do around town than the inimitable Joseph Brown of Margate Retro? Here, Joe takes us on a whimsical walk around town, painting a vivid picture of magical Margate that has us itching to go exploring.

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I’ll take it away from here.

Here’s a few photo favourites above for your Margate imagination…

 

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There’s a lot appearing in the ‘Gate, with the new show Risk about to appear at The Mothership (or Turner Gallery for the uninitiated…)

Leaving the Grayson Perry still present in the mind of gallery go-ers, the renaissance or that over used ‘regeneration’ word clearly in evidence, culture led regeneration proven across the world, clearly in Margate it’s happening on the double (see the commanding yard stick above).

Team Margate is hitting big with a wide number of heavyweight creative types having a go on the Platform Margate that they stand out loud on. Aspirations raised amongst the indigenous people who I count myself amongst.

I could have a rant about some of the more vacuous elements that appear, yet refuse to lower my standards to a few of the art world classes. It’s still a great adventure welcoming new arrivals of people from across the nation, Europe even.

Who can blame them, nationwide beard men and women taking the gateway into the South East and them London salaries grabbed by a less than two hour train ride.

Snapping up a drum of their own in a town as cool as it gets, for less than a price of capital rents (who cares about the 5% commuter ticket price rise in this situation?).

The smart traveller takes a coach to Margate for the day for £20 or £220 a month for regular riders .

What’s new at Hantverk & Found next door to me has proven the proposal, chef Kate quick on her feet from Shoreditch (somewhere in London…). Fine seafood available.

Clearly not being one to deal in boring London-centricity, the East Kent coast enjoys its fine beaches and Bruges or Ghent in less of a VW camper ride than Manchester. As much as I love Manchester, Ghent is nearer.

Enough spin, furthering the champions cause of Margate’s recovery, the Lifeboat pub you previously took a few libations in* is joined by at least four others doing a similar thing.

Harbour Arms Sunday night is an addition to the weekend and better than the two boozy nights before it .

Seeing a creative crowd mingling with a local pub crowd is fairly utopian, as is the old town still, swapping goat skins for labour and a quality chair for 70 cups of tea is still the practice.

Despite seeing 70 shops open and close, within the old town, in a four year period it seems sustainability is upon us.

The holiday apartments have gone from a Valium popping home of a crazy man named Jim Moody, to a unique place to stay with jukebox, space invaders, the lot. All on King Street, an atmospheric street with a pulse and vibrant operators and clearly a community that borders on an open air theatre.

Leaving train travellers in more of a spin if that’s possible after they’ve jumped off a train walked arm in arm along a golden beach into a gallery of mind bending art to be met by a man in a brown shop coat saying ‘Welcome to Margate’.

Welcome to Margate.

To King St and Dreamland.

I’m off to eat before the 9pm show at the Winter Gardens, return the radio contact for more Margate reflection.

Regards,

Joseph Brown of Margate Retro, at your service.

* That’s Team PP he’s referring to, partial as we are both to a trip to Margate and the odd libation.

Thanks Joe, you legend. Make sure y’all check out the incredible MARGATE RETRO and follow Joe on Twitter @margateretro.

Hello from Nadia

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I’ve been at Paines Plough for about 2 months now so I thought it was about time I said a big hello to everyone…HELLO! I’m Nadia and I am the new trainee director from Birkbeck. In our second year, we get put on placement at a theatre somewhere around the country, we apply and if successful get to spend up to 9 months working with amazing playhouses and theatre companies…and I really do think I’ve hit the jackpot working with Paines Plough.

My first assist was with Stef O’Driscoll, PP’s associate director, on Sabrina Mahfouz’s WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, which premiered at Latitude festival. As a Latitude virgin I was glad to be in the safe hands of the PP team. But more importantly it was my first hedonistic leap into what PP was about. And aside from being probably the friendliest people I’ve ever met, my god do they care about theatre and all those involved.

Ok, I may be slightly biased here, seeing as though they took me under their wing and made me feel very much at home, but I also like to pay heed to people outside PPHQ and in Edinburgh this year, I gave a helping hand to the running of Roundabout. I was so proud to sickeningly gush about how great PP was, and rather then it being a one sided conversation, audience members responded by gushing back! It was great, and so inspiring to a young theatre maker.

But it was in my most recent conversation with George Perrin, as we discussed PP’s style of programming, when all that I had learnt over the past 2 months fell into place. I was about to jump on a train to Leeds to see EVERY BRILLIANT THING and George said that rather then holding up a mirror to the world to show the disarray and discontent, PP wants to provide hope and a feeling that there is greatness out there, even amongst the more tiresome of times. As a young theatre maker, angst was always my go to. Get people rattled by showing them how crap everything was. But I had come to realise that by being around people that care so much, are friendly, approachable and willing to demystify this wonderful world of theatre, the angst was just adding to the discontent around us. And that if we can spread a little bit of hope out into the world through theatre, for example, then maybe a change is a-coming. Maybe that’s the way to get people to engage with theatre, and with the people and issues around them.

I took someone to see EVERY BRILLIANT THING in Leeds last night, someone who isn’t really interested in theatre, someone who would probably find theatre quite cheesy, someone who probably would have preferred to watch the Arsenal match and the first thing he said to me as we walked out the door was – ‘I feel warm inside’. We walked out of the theatre in the highest of spirits. What George had said to me earlier that day rang in my ears – I couldn’t help but think that by making theatre which showed real people and how they find hope rather than wallow in how rubbish everything is, my night was inherently better.

We’re off to… Kendal

Today our ROUNDABOUT arrives in Kendal with THE HUMAN EAR, LUNGS, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and EVERY BRILLIANT THING in tow. The team are super excited to be visiting so we asked our friends at the Brewery Arts Centre for their list of brilliant things to see and do while we’re around…

WHERE TO STAY

The Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG.© www.stevenbarber.com

Kendal’s only 4 star hotel. The grounds are beautiful and it includes a separate real ale pub and fine dining restaurant so you can relax with a pint or do something a little special. There’s something for everyone.

WHERE TO EAT

The Brewery, Grainstore Restaurant, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Grainstore Restaurant

Serving a Mediterranean menu featuring tasty tapas menu with a quirky twist using local ingredients and pizzas. Situated in the Brewery complex, it’s a great spot to enjoy a bite before the show.

WHERE TO DRINK

The Brewery, Vats Bar, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Vats Bar

Settle into one of the Brewery’s original brewing Vats and enjoy a fantastic selection of local real ales, beers and wines. Super cosy and casual it’s a great spot to relax and unwind.

WHERE TO GET COFFEE

The Brewery, Warehouse Cafe, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Warehouse CAfe

Shabby chic café featuring a homemade cakes, pies, crepes, snacks and local Farrer’s coffees and teas. Treat yourself! There’s also free WiFi available so you can Instagram your treats and make your friends jealous.

WHERE TO HANG OUT

Abbot Hall Park.

Lucky for us, it’s just across the road from the Brewery. A lovely green open space by the River Kent surrounded by trees and historic buildings and with a nearby children’s playground. Ideal if you’re bringing the little ‘uns to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.

MUST SEE

You can’t miss Kendal Castle.

Standing atop a hill overlooking the town, it’s a spectacular ruined castle and the reputed home of Catherine Parr (one of Henry the VIII’s wives). The perfect place for panoramic views of Kendal and the surrounding fells.

If you’re coming to see a show, why don’t you check out some of these spots too?

Now to find some mint cake to take back to PPHQ…