Paines Plough theatre company have launched COME TO WHERE I AM – a series of digital projects which aim to connect playwrights with a global audience.
In partnership with theatres across the UK they will co-commission 30 new short plays from writers about the places they call home and their relationship to home at this time.
These will be recorded first and released as visual-audio pieces and then performed in partnering theatres when they reopen.
The digital project will use the theatre company’s established app-based audio library, COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, as a launching point for the new projects.
Now running for over a decade COME TO WHERE I’M FROM has seen over 160 playwrights from across the country write about the places they call home.
Playwrights to have taken part in COME TO WHERE I’M FROM include Alice Birch, Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Roy Williams, Vinay Patel, Lizzie Nunnery and Simon Stephens.
Each play is performed by the writer for one-night only and then becomes part of the free app creating a vivid patchwork quilt of accents, experiences and impressions of the UK.
Further projects include the cross-European THE PLACE I CALL HOME – a digital collaborating with European writers to co-author a bilingual play about their home; an extension of COME TO WHERE I AM where actors read new plays over the phone in a unique caller service for isolated audiences with no access to digital and on-demand culture; and a collaboration with British drama school students who have had their work postponed to provide them with alternative performance space via their digital platforms.
Artistic Directors of Paines Plough Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner said: ‘We are delighted to share our new digital plans which expand on our existing app and project COME TO WHERE I’M FROM and see a brand new International project – THE PLACE I CALL HOME. We recognise that these are challenging times and we hope that this new programme which celebrates homes and places will enable audiences to be momentarily transported somewhere else – whether that be spending ten minutes in Derby or half an hour in Milan.’