Strange Passenger

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

In 1942 Viktor Ullmann, a successful Czech composer, was incarcerated by the Nazis in the notorious Terezin ghetto. Here, under circumstances of supreme deprivation, he created his finest pieces of music before transportation to Auschwitz where he died in 1944.

Fifty years on, Sonja Lyndon has written a blackly comic, bravely unsentimental and entirely heartbreaking play about Ulmann and the extraordinary cultural life that existed in Terezin under the noses of the Nazis.

Writes of Spring: from the Writers’ Laboratory

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

Three interesting and diverse new plays developed through the Paines Plough Laboratory:

CALL ME JUDAS by Sonja Lyndon

CUCKOO by Hugh Costello

THE GLORY TREE by Susie Campbell


Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

The secret life of Marie Tussaud, waxwork artiste extraordinaire and witness to the French Revolution.

Repetitions: A Weekend of New Writing from Canada

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

Canada has produced some of the most innovative and exciting theatre artists to be performed in the UK in recent years, from the work of Robert Lepage to the plays of Michael Tremblay. Paines Plough’s International Conspiracy of theatre exchanges is pleased to share our enthusiasm and curiosity for some of Canada’s most exciting and original Quebecois and English voices in 4 Action Readings.

I Am Yours by Judith Thompson

Albertine in Five Times by Michael Tremblay

Provincetowb Playhouse, July 1919 by Normand Chaurette

7 Stories by Morris Panych

Wild Things

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

Wild Things is a snapshot of life in the secure ward of a psychiatric hospital. It follows the path of two patients who, together with their nurse and analyst, struggle within the tightly-woven confines of the label ‘mad’.

But who has the right to label them? What separates this man and woman from the staff who treat them? And how can sanity be judged in the whitewashed world of the hospital ward? Anna Reynalds has created four characters who are all balancing on the knife edge of passion, striving to keep their path between the beasts and the angels. Wild Things shows us that leaping into the arms of fulfilment can be dangerously close to sinking into the grip of despair, and that the line between criminality and madness is very fine indeed.

Down and Out in Paris and London

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

“I was happy. Here I was amongst the lowest of the low” Orwell.

1928. Old Etonian George Orwell chooses to live and learn amongst the urban poor. In Paris, they fantasise about the mere smell of food. In London, they dream of a sound night’s sleep. This raw, tragi-comic underworld is boldly and brilliantly staged by the award-winning Paines Plough team.

Scenic Flights

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

“…we were down by the shore laughing and splashing like teenagers, when he suddenly suggested burying me in the sand, as he had done on our engagement. “Just a bit of fun Win”. But he keeled over and died. I think he said “thank you”.

So I bought a round-the-world ticket, and that’s when it all really began…”

Augustine (Big Hysteria)

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

Housemaid and hysteric, Augustine was celebrated in Paris for her dramtic displays of ‘Grande Hysterie’ in the Salpetriere Hospital. Studies by Freud, she was a star in the brilliant Professor Charcot’s ‘Museum of Suffering’.

Like The Elephant Man, she became the centre of the voyeuristic attention of a civilized society-but hers was a peverse and erotic entertainment.

A highly charged testimony, Augustine (Big Hysteria) is full of humour and passion. Interweaving live music, cinematic projections and poetic text, it is magical, startling and vivid.

Winner of Time Out award for Writing and Direction

Feasting on Air

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

Feasting on Air is a fairy story about a young woman told to hold her tongue, or better still bite it off. Its theme is the silence, asexuality, fasting and muteness that are the price of her rite of passage from the undersea world to the dry land of adult human sexuality. It is, partly, about anorexia nervosa. It is about how the young woman grows increasingly aware of how dangerous, but how imperative it is to lose rather than lose her tongue.

The Clink

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by ppEditor

“Safe? You want to be funny and safe? You’re asking for the poxy moon!”

Alternative comedian Lucius Brodkin wants a brilliant career. Instead he gets a short, sharp shock. Elizabeth I is tottering at death’s door. Plotters are everywhere. The future looks wobbly. An International Trade Delegation is on its way to London. Who will entertain them? Lucius thinks he’ll hit the big time-but he’s reckoned without the 16th Century backstabbers and City wide boys.