Derby Theatre partner with Paines Plough to launch new audio play series 'Come To Where I Am'

Derby Theatre is thrilled to partner with Paines Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays, and other theatres from across the UK, to deliver Come To Where I Am

This exciting new series of audio plays will be read by celebrated actors and is available online and, for some people, delivered over the phone.

Watch the Plays

THE PRICE OF HOME by Jane Upton - 0:34

BEAU REPAIRE by Simon Marshall - 13:31

CROOKED SPIRE by Jane Wainwright - 23:31

CHAD NIGHT by John Booker - 43:42

About Come To Where I Am

In response to a rapidly changing world, where all touring and live performance is currently on hiatus, Paines Plough and the partner venues launched Come To Where I Am to co-commission 30 new short plays from local writers, including four from Derby and the East Midlands, about the places they call home and their relationship to home at this time.

In a reversal of previous plays, these will be recorded first and released as visual-audio pieces, and then performed in partnering theatres when they re-open.

Celebrity Caller Service

All of these new plays will be made available online and, for certain groups who may find it more difficult, or even impossible, to access digital content; Paines Plough will create unique live readings of the plays to play over the phone, allowing isolated audience groups to access on-demand culture.

Paines Plough are working in collaboration with celebrated actors to provide this caller service, including David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lisa Hammond and Sally Dynevor – with more still to be announced. To deliver the service, Paines Plough will work with Derby Theatre and the other partner theatres to identify potential user groups within their communities.

Local Writers

For the delivery of the programme to relate to and resonate with audiences and listeners in the East Midlands area, the local writers involved in Come To Where I Am include John Booker (Chad Lad), Jane Upton (The Price of Home), Jane Wainwright (Crooked Spire) and Simon Marshall (Beau Repaire).

Come To Where I Am writers

Paines Plough will use their wide-ranging and expansive app-based audio play library, Come To Where I’m From, as a launching point for Come To Where I Am.

Set up 11 years ago, Come To Where I’m From has seen over 160 playwrights from across the country write about the places they call home. 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.

Some of the nation’s most celebrated playwrights can be found on there, performing their own plays about the places that have shaped them. Recent additions include Alice Birch, Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Roy Williams, Vinay Patel, Lizzie Nunnery and Simon Stephens.

About the Derbyshire/East Midlands writers

John Booker

John Booker is an actor and writer trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. John is currently developing his plays, Old Coke and Whisky, Eggs & Lemonade. As an actor, John performed in Wonderland at Nottingham Playhouse directed by Adam Penford and featured in the film The Tide directed by Harjinder Grewal.

Jane Upton

Plays include Finding Nana (Pleasance Edinburgh Festival, 2017 and UK tour 2018, dir Katie Posner, New Perspectives); All the Little Lights (Fifth Word, UK tour, Arcola Theatre autumn 2017); Watching the Living  – an adaptation of two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier (New Perspectives, UK tour); Swimming (Menagerie Theatre, Hotbed Festival, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival); and Bones (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour).  Jane is currently writing a new play for Nottingham Playhouse.

All the Little Lights was nominated Best Play for the 2019 OFFIES and for the 2017 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards;  it was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.  The play is published by Nick Hern Books. Jane attended Stephen Jeffreys' Advances in Scriptwriting RADA, received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and was shortlisted for CBBC New Voices Initiative.

Jane Wainwright

Jane is a writer for theatre, television and radio. Her newest radio play, The Life Cycle of Ospreys, debuted in May 2020 on BBC Radio 4. Her first radio play, Wide Open Spaces (BBC Radio 4), was shortlisted for the Mind Media Awards and Imison Award. Other radio includes LoveTrain (Pilot for BBC Radio North).

Theatre includes Jinny (Derby Theatre); How I Skinned My Sister, Leftovers and Concrete Supernova (Soho Theatre, Rich Mix, Bush Theatre, and Milano Teen Writing Festival, Milan); Barrow Hill (published by Oberon Books); InWorld (Finborough Theatre); Photos of You Sleeping (Runner up for the Papatango Prize); A Bite of the Apple (TBG Theatre, New York City), A Guide to Removing Corpse Stains (Company of Angels at Theatre Royal York), Pinocchio Gets Laid Or The Taste of Us (HighTide Festival) and Pet's Corner (Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre). 

A member of the Channel 4 Screenwriting course, she is currently developing a new television series with CBBC, and currently writes for the award-winning Hollyoaks (Channel Four).

Simon Marshall

Simon Marshall is a Derbyshire-based playwright, poet, facilitator and producer. His writing focusses on rural communities, LGBTQ individuals & his work with care-experienced people. He is a New Associate of New Perspectives and regularly works in participation for Déda and Derby Theatre.

He is developing his play Bonfire, on the rural queer experience online, with support from ACE & In Good Company. He is currently writing a new play Kilburn (not London) on the relationships of young people in care. 

Recent work includes Island Nation at the Space, London with Little Pieces of Gold, and Specimen for Theatre503.