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 PAINES PLOUGH THEATRE COMPANY / Image: Dallas Sweetman, Canterbury Cathedral, September 2008 / Photographer: Alistair Muir

PAINES PLOUGH THEATRE COMPANY

Text-based: Heavy|Performance

SIZE OF COMPANY
Varies

SCALE OF VENUE
Small to large

PERMANENT STAFF
Artistic Director
Roxana Silbert
General Manager
Anneliese Davidsen
Literary Director
Tessa Walker
Administrative Assistant
Livvy Morris

ARTISTIC POLICY
Paines Plough is an award-winning theatre company specialising exclusively in commissioning both new and established playwrights and producing world premieres of their work. Paines Plough places the playwright at the core of the creative process. The company searches for unique voices that engage with the contemporary world from an original perspective. Paines Plough also runs a strand of work aimed at identifying, encouraging, and supporting emerging playwrights.

REVIEW EXTRACTS
A brilliant and moving treatise on risk, friendship and closing the freezer doors on your heart.
Guardian (Long Time Dead)
This year's stand-out success…stinging touches of black humour…Pitch-perfect direction from Roxana Silbert.
Telegraph (After the End)
Silbert's superb production…will never have more perfect enactors than the powerful, ambiguous Conleth Hill and the subtly enticing Bríd Brennan.
Observer (Dallas Sweetman)

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
Dallas Sweetman by Sebastian Barry
Directed by Roxana Silbert, premiered Canterbury Cathedral 2008. Against the turbulent background of feudal Ireland emerges Dallas Sweetman, spinning his strange and epic tale of love, honour and betrayal over 400 years.
Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Roxana Silbert
Five award winning and explosive mini-masterpieces exploring the violent and dehumanising effects of war on modern life.
Being Norwegian by David Greig
Directed by Roxana Silbert
Sean, just out of prison, invites Lisa back. Lisa says she’s Norwegian. She feels Sean must be Norwegian too. First produced in 2007 at Òran Mór and Shunt.

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
Roaring Trade by Steve Thompson
Directed by Roxana Silbert, premieres Soho Theatre January 2009
Topical, fast-paced new play by Steve Thompson, Roaring Trade exposes just how far City traders will to make their fortunes.
Orphans by Dennis Kelly
Director Roxana Silbert
Co-production: Birmingham Rep, Traverse (premiere August 2009), Soho, Paines Plough. Dennis Kelly explores the conflict between the ties of family and moral responsibility in this urban black comedy.  

WRAP-AROUND
Paines Plough's wrap-around activities focus on writing workshops. The company will tailor make projects for venues, lasting from one session to two weeks. We regularly provide pre and post-show talks, theatre appreciation workshops for young people, exploratory debates and support for in-house writers.

RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2006
New York, St Petersburg, Moscow: After the End
2005 Berlin: This Other England
2006 Berlin, Slovenia, Russia, Finland, Czech Rep, Slovakia, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Dublin: Product

TOURING AVAILABILITY
Dallas Sweetman will tour in autumn 2009, to be confirmed. Other productions available on request.