Wild Lunch 4: Jubilee – Plays from Underground

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Paines Plough’s introduction to the hottest new writers returns to the Bridewell for a fourth season of lunchtime script-in-hand performances in collaboration with the BBC New Writing Initiative.

More direct than the Victoria Line – More fun than the Circle Line – Deeper than Westminster – More shocking than a body on the line – More precious than a seat in ruch hour – More of a challenge than the exits at Piccadilly Circus – Better value than a two zone travelcard.

Jubilee – Plays from Underground, brings you 9 new plays, all inspired by the Jubilee Line Extension and written in only three weeks. From Westminster to Stratford, each playwright brings their special talent to bear upon the weird and beautiful poetry of London Transport’s latest artery. They will never be just a name on the line to you again!

Westminster by Amy Rosenthal
Waterloo by Simon Bowen
Southwark by Chris O’Connell
London Bridge by Steve Waters
Canada Water by Toby Farrow
Canary Wharf by Richard Davidson
North Greenwhich by Mark Ravenhill
West Ham by Simon Smith
Stratford by Debbie Green

Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Saturday night, small town Wales, one pub, one party and three lads stuck with their school reputations- the gimp, the geek and the bully. Their dream-to get the hell out.

With a dead cat stuffed through the letterbox, a soupcon of mindless violence and the perfect girl to die for, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco bristles with the desperately ordinary, the truly extraordinary and the just plain mad.

Wild Lunch 6

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Back by popular demand- Paines Plough’s WILD LUNCH.

What better way to take your mind of the rigours of the day than a big slice of entertainment with your lunch? Choose from our smorgasboard of new short plays by eight seriously talented writers.

ON BLINDNESS by Glyn Cannon

A FADING LIGHT by Jamie Beddard

LIQUID by Nicholas Field


INDI-YAAR by Amit Sharma

MOTION by Deborah A Williams


OFF CAMERA by Marcia Layne


Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

“Sometimes when you have no lives left, you play better. Because you know that if you make a mistake you die. You think faster and do things you didn’t know you could do”

Based on the exhilarating format of a Playstation game, Helmet is a funny, sharp, highly original and heartbreaking play charting Sal and Helmet’s fight for survival.

The Drowned World

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

A vicious tale of love, revolt and beauty.

In a drowned world – how far will you go to save your own skin?

And that is why we can’t have these

Fatally radiant creatures

Walking round the place

Reminding us how clumsy

And mean-spirited

And graceless

And cowardly

And shapeless

And flabby

and foul we all are.

Wild Lunch 7

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

What are you doing for lunch?

The usual? Crumbs all over the keyboard, phone going, inbox (43), not even 5 minutes to let your mind wander?

Let us take you somewhere else. From the hearts and minds of 8 brilliant writers experience 8 plays that are immediate, vital, and written for you, now.
Bring your lunch, take your seat and we will clear up the crumbs

The lunchtime event.

Tell your boss you’ll be back in an hour.

Osama the Hero by Dennis Kelly
Snarl by Tom Kelly
TRust by Jack Thorne
260◦ by Jennifer Farmer

Slags’ Wall by Julie Ridlington
Niamh (WT) by Alexis Zegermann
No Such Word as Can’t by Daniel Thurman
Plastic by Glyn Cannon

On Blindness

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

“I hadn’t seen Dan in years when we got together. Within twenty-four hours, we’d seen everything. We’d made love together, bathed together, slept together. He’d seen my body. I’d seen his. Which bit are you meant to fall in love with?”

After seeing everything, Shona is to move in with her boyfriend Dan. When faced with the blind and erotic Maria, Edward struggles to see her passion and to articulate his feelings. As their respective evenings unfold simultaneously on stage, illumination comes to all concerned in Glyn Cannon’s innovative and searing exploration of love and relationships.

Mercury Fur

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Elliot is worried. He and his brother Darren are a unique team of party planners and their latest project, already weeks in preparation, has been brought forward to today. In a lawless and ravaged city, the boys and their team survive by bringing to life clients’ darkest fantasies. But as the light fades and events spiral out of control it becomes clear that the success of this particular party will guarantee not just their safety but their salvation. The world is at its worst. Let the party begin.

Part of the Paines Plough This Other England season.

It was reported that at least ten audience members a night left every show, unable to take the atmosphere of threat and violence portrayed on stage.

The Straits

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Rosia Bay, Gibraltar, 1982. Doink, Jock and Darren have the longest, hottest summer ahead; yomping, watching pirate copies of Rambo and fighting the local lads over a lucrative fleet of octopus that have just hit the rock. With Darren’s fit older sister Tracy to sell the bounty, their dominance of Rosia Bay seems assured.

But for the sons and daughters of the British Forces, another war beginning in the South Atlantic will soon bring a dark heart to their games.

The Small Things

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by ppEditor

Two houses, perched on top of mountains, stare at each other across a deep valley.

A man and a woman talk about the small things – parquet flooring zigzagging down corridors, the memory of mother’s breasts, brown sauce and soggy chips. But these minutiae disguise a bigger story of brutality and unfaltering loyalty which emerges horrifically through the chit-chat.

Part of the Paines Plough This Other England season