We’re delighted to announce that James Graham (writer of Dear England, Boys from the Blackstuff, Best of Enemies, Quiz, This House) is Paines Plough’s new Patron.

The prolific, Olivier-award winning playwright’s 2015 play The Angry Brigade was produced by Paines Plough. In this role as Patron, James will be a continued advocate for the company’s numerous strands of work, including our touring productions, their 50th birthday fundraising campaign, and contributing to our writer development programme, Tour the Writer. We can’t wait to continue working with James to develop our own work and to help to create a stronger ecology for new writing in the country.

James Graham said today:

“Paines Plough was utterly instrumental on my path to becoming a playwright. Not only in the opportunities it offered me early on but in the training, confidence, and the sense of community it gave me. It is the UK’s one true national new writing theatre company, and to become patron in its 50th year – particularly to champion its Tour The Writer programme, linking up with seven partner venues across the country – is a massive honour, and honestly, a responsibility too given the extremely difficult climate and ever-decreasing options for emerging artists. PP, and Charlotte and Katie and their team, are to be applauded over their unrelenting passion and commitment for writers and writing.”