HELLO.

WE’RE PAINES PLOUGH.

WE’RE 40 YEARS OLD.

THE HELLO

THE EARLy DAYS

THE PHONEBOXES

THE ROUTES

THE PLAYWRIGHTS

THE ACTORS

To celebrate we've produced
a special, limited edition publication. It's a kind of scrapbook, or travelogue.

 

Scroll down for a sneak peak...

THE DIRECTORS

THE PINTS

THE MOMENTS

THE 40 YEARS

EARLY DAYS

 

Sepia tinted tales from Dame Harriet Walter, Fiona Victory and playwright Stephen Jeffreys about back-of-the-van touring and the excitement of being there at the start.

 

Selected posters from the archive and photographs of early productions.

 

 

 

PHONEBOXES

 

 

Find out how tours were once booked with 20
pence pieces in phone boxes, and how today's tour-booking keeps PP
on the road.

 

Browse a selection
of miscellany from the Paines Plough archive
in the V&A. Show
reports, letters,
incident reports, rare documents and more.

 

 

 

ROUTES

 

From The Plough pub in Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire to the national theatre of new plays... follow the long and winding road through our first 40 years.

 

From long-lasting partnerships that thrive and endure, to tours that weren't always the smoothest ride.

 

Follow the 'Route Of A Play' as Alexandra Wood maps out the writing process from first draft to press night.

 

And playwrights pay homage to their home towns and favourite local landmarks.

 

PLAYWRIGHTS

 

Find out how a commission from Paines Plough kickstarts Mike Bartlett's creative process.

 

Lizzie Nunnery, Tim Price and Emteaz Hussain reveal how their local theatres gave them inspiration and first breaks.

 

Frantic Assembly's artistic director Scott Graham explains how Paines Plough has been instrumental in shaping his company’s identity.

 

Gregory Burke, Robin French, Abi Morgan
and Mark Ravenhill talk about Future
Perfect, meeting astronauts, bookies and nuclear physicists.

 

And many more contributions from Paines Plough playwrights through the years.

ACTORS

 

Stephen Boxer and Dame Harriet Walter remember the joy of mucking in to make it all happen back in the early days of PP.

 

Matt Sutton opens his Jumpers For Goalposts tour diary to illuminate the world of digs, takeaways and competitive warm-up games.

 

Dispatches from the frontline of the 2011 tour of Tiny Volcanoes from intrepid Kevin Harvey.

 

 

DIRECTORS

 

Vicky Featherstone reveals how she based the National Theatre of Scotland on Paines Plough.

 

James Grieve looks at the history of touring theatre and speculates about the future.

 

Theatre Royal Plymouth artistic director Simon Stokes looks back on 25 years of partnership and collaboration with Paines Plough.

 

George Perrin remembers innovative,
ad hoc literary salon LATER and John Tiffany looks back at his time with the company
in the 1990s.

PINTS


Having toured to 17 different venues with LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, actor Simon Darwen gives us the lowdown on finding a new local in every port.

 

Play 'ladders, balloons and planes' and find out about what some of our illustrious alumni have achieved since their time with PP.

 

Company Stage Manager Harriet Stewart takes us through a typical day on tour with Wasted 2011/12, fuelled by the magic ingredient for any touring stage manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOMENTS


A selection of moments from Paines Plough productions captured through the lens.

 

The moment in 2014 when Paines Plough unveiled its very own portable, pop-up theatre - Roundabout.

 

Artistic directors James and George, and Roundabout designer Lucy Osborne explain why four years of planning and fundraising are all worthwhile.

40 YEARS


All this and more in our
limited edition publication.

 

The publication also
comes with a selection of postcards with
iconic images from the
Paines Plough archive.

 

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