Every Brilliant Thing

Posted on: June 1st, 2024 by ppEditor

Ten years on from the play’s debut, a new production of the smash-hit comes to Roundabout, directed by Duncan Macmillan and performed by Jonny Donahoe.

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. So you make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.

Ice cream.
Water fights.
Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.
The colour yellow.
People falling over.

A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.

Roundabout at Summerhall 2024

Posted on: May 9th, 2024 by ppEditor

This year, Paines Plough celebrates its 50th birthday, and this big joyous yellow dome celebrates its 10th.

So here it is: our celebration.

We have another packed programme showcasing some of the very best new writing that the country has to offer. Just like the plays and the writers we have championed across our 50 years, these are stories that blaze with laughter, hope, love and fury.

They come from voices and perspectives you might never have heard before, speak about the world in new ways, and hold a mirror to our relationships with ourselves and one another.

We hope you love them just as much as we do.

Scroll down to see the full Roundabout at Summerhall programme…

My Mother’s Funeral: The Show

Posted on: March 2nd, 2024 by ppEditor

Abigail’s mum is dead. But it turns out she can’t afford her to be.

Did you know how expensive it is to die? It’s £4000 for the funeral. Extra for flowers. And even more if you want sausage rolls. Otherwise, she will get a council funeral and an unmarked grave.

Then, when a theatre suddenly pulls out of Abigail’s new project, she is asked to write about something else. Something more raw, from her ‘unique working class lens.’ Something that will make the audience feel really, really bad about themselves. Audiences like that, apparently.

Yep. To afford the funeral, she has to write about her mum.

With power and playfulness, Kelly Jones’s new play tackles the inequalities around death, and the cost of turning your loved ones into art.

Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz

Posted on: May 11th, 2023 by ppEditor

Trim? Fresh.
Skin? Glowing.
Vibes? Immaculate.  

Nathaniel is a serious romantic who sees love as a fine art. He’s looking for the Mona Lisa to his da Vinci, and tonight is the night: his date with Destiny…’s Child. 

Winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022, Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ debut play is a love letter to Birmingham, exploring Black masculinity through Beyonce lyrics, techno raves and the deeply intimate relationship between a man and his barber.

We Rise

Posted on: September 27th, 2022 by ppEditor

What are the realities for a person of colour working in theatre? How do you pitch yourself? And what can theatre-makers of colour do to nurture the next generation of creatives?

Featuring voices from Nouveau Riche, We Rise is a new series of short films, shining a light on how to manoeuvre, cope and self-care against racism in the sector.

They will share their experiences of how people of colour can succeed in the industry, tips and tricks on the pathways available to you, pitching new work, touring your work, and what hopes we have for the future.

Each episode will be released every Wednesday on this page, as well as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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Ryan Calais Cameron, Artistic Director of Nouveau Riche
Ewa Dina, Actor and Director
Cal-I Jonel, Actor and Director
Sarah Jordan Verghese, Producer for Nouveau Riche

Directed/Edited by Nick Virk
DOP: Marcus Ebanks
Sound Recordist: Adina Istrate