PAINES PLOUGH ANNOUNCE FULL PROGRAMME 2016

  • PAINES PLOUGH ANNOUNCE FULL PROGRAMME 2016

  • ROUNDABOUT 2016 FEATURES THREE WORLD PREMIERES OPENING AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE AND TOURING NATIONWIDE
  • BROKEN BISCUITS, A NEW PLAY BY TOM WELLS, IN A CO-PRODUCTION WITH LIVE THEATRE, PREMIERES IN NEWCASTLE BEFORE EMBARKING ON A NATIONAL TOUR
  • WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK TOURS TO 29 VENUES NATIONWIDE PRIOR TO A RUN AT LONDON’S ROUNDHOUSE
  • FOLLOWING AN INTERNATIONAL TOUR EVERY BRILLIANT THING RETURNS TO EDINBURGH PRIOR TO AN AUTUMN TOUR
  • COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON WILL PLAY ACROSS THE CAPITAL FROM 6 – 12 JUNE FEATURING 30 PLAYWRIGHTS

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced the company’s full Programme 2016.

James Grieve and George Perrin said today: “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.”

Paines Plough presents
ROUNDABOUT

2016 sees the return of Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. The Roundabout season will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 4 – 29 August.

In rep will be three World Premieres:

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. At a medical research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First date in Tesco and things are going well.

But it’s difficult to fall in love when your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat of a prison sentence.

An offbeat love story about Mr. Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).

A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

“That? That’s. I mean.

Yeah.

It’s a lump in a bag of lumps.

I mean.

It’s normal.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way. Cramping his style and worse than that – affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made…  It’s a real ball ache.

Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.

Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from The Darkness. An evil overlord with plans to turn everything to ice.

Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save the planet in this brand new play for ages 7+ from award winning writer Katie Douglas.

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.

Following the run in Hackney and Edinburgh, Roundabout will tour to Salford, Cornwall, Margate, Lincoln, Kendal, Barnsley, Stoke and Luton.

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A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
Broken Biscuits
By Tom Wells

In October 2016, Paines Plough and Live Theatre Newcastle will premiere Broken Biscuits a new production written by Tom Wells. The production is a very funny and heart-warming coming-of-age story about three teenagers who decide to form a band. The production will premiere at Live Theatre in Autumn 2016 before embarking on a UK tour. Full tour dates and casting forBroken Biscuits will be announced in due course.

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A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
With A Little Bit of Luck
By Sabrina Mahufou 

Following the current UK tour Sabrina Mahufouz’s play-come-gig With A Little Bit of Luck will come to The Roundhouse from 14-18 June as part of The Last Word Festival. Originally commissioned for a festival audience, With A Little Bit Of Luck premiered to standing ovations at Latitude Festival in 2015. The production features Seroca Davis as Nadia alongside the vocal talents of Martyna Baker and musician Gabriel Benn, directed by Stef O’Driscoll.

Produced by Paines Plough and Latitude Festival, With A Little Bit of Luck is rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage as award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation.

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A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Following an international tour, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe will embark on its third nationwide tour in autumn 2016. A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love which has won plaudits around the world, Every Brilliant Thing will return to the UK in September visiting Maidstone, Alton, Worthing, Corsham, Aldershot, Preston, Berwick, Selby, Taunton, Isle of Wight, Dorchester, Chichester, Lincoln and Otley.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
Come To Where I’m From: London

Since 2010, Paines Plough’s nationwide project Come To Where I’m From has seen more than 100 playwrights across the UK perform pieces in and about the places which have shaped them. From 6 – 12 June Paines Plough will partner with new writing theatre company Tamasha to present Come To Where I’m From: London in which writers from across London will perform plays about their area in a series of live events across the city. The full programme of playwrights and participating venues will be announced in due course.

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