Paines Plough

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Paines Plough is touring theatre company founded in 1974 by writer David Pownall[1] and director John Adams. They named the company after their favourite pub, the Plough, where they would drink pints of Paines.

The company specialises exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays and helping playwrights develop their craft.

In 2005, Paines Plough launched Future Perfect in conjunction with Channel 4. The scheme is a year-long attachment for emerging playwrights. Writers who have taken part include Lizzie Nunnery,[2] Tom Morton-Smith and Duncan Macmillan.[3]

Over the past four decades, Paines Plough has established itself as a leading new writing company producing work by a wide range of playwrights across the UK and abroad. Collaboration with other theatre organisations is a vital feature of the company’s work.

Founder John Adams handed the Artistic Directorship to John Chapman in 1982. Pip Broughton succeeded in 1985, followed by Anna Furse (1990), Penny Ciniewicz (1994), Vicky Featherstone (1997) and Roxana Silbert (2005). The current Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin took up post on 1 February 2010.

In October 2010, the company won a TMA award for special achievement in regional theatre.[4]


  1. ^ David Pownall website
  2. ^ Lizzie Nunnery website
  3. ^ Duncan Macmillan page at
  4. ^ Alistair Smith, "Paines Plough wins The Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre", The Stage, 7 November 2010.

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