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Paines Plough’s Roundabout Plays transfer to the Orange Tree Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CO-ARTISTIC Directors of Paines Plough, James Grieve and George Perrin, have announced that, in co-production with Orange Tree Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, Black Mountain by Brad Birch, Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes will transfer to Orange Tree Theatre in January 2018.

The three plays will be preceded by Paines Plough’s Every Brilliant Thing which will play at Orange Tree Theatre from October 9 to October 28, 2017.

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with 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. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.

1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Things with stripes
6. Rollercoasters
7. People falling over

Based on true and untrue stories, Every Brilliant Thing is a play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.

Jonny Donahoe is a comedian, writer and performer. When Every Brilliant Thing played Off-Broadway, he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. He returns to the Orange Tree after his sell-out performances with Jonny & the Baptists, who have toured extensively including the Edinburgh Fringe.

Black Mountain by Brad Birch runs from January 26 to March 3, 2018.

Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes. They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

Black Mountain is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by Fringe First winner and recipient of the prestigious Harold Pinter Commission, Brad Birch.

Out Of Love by Elinor Cook runs from January 27 to March 3, 2018.

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever. But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

Out of Love is a tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook, winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (2013).

How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes runs from January 25 to March 3, 2018.

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore. Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, twice nominated for the Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

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