Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 February 2019 Download Calendar

The Lab


Our PlayLAB programme supports emerging directors and theatre makers to develop their skills and experiment with ideas.

Age recommendation: 14+

Straight Out of the Training Ground

Directed by Ryan Wilce, Performed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Young Company.

George loves Dad. If Dad was a musician, George would be learning an instrument. If Dad was an Artist, George would be painting landscapes. It just so happens, that Dad adores Plymouth Argyle.

Its derby day. Plymouth Argyle vs Exeter City. George and Dad join up with a bunch of fellow supporters who soon set about inducting their newest member. But as the match progresses, tension builds between the two sets of fans, and Dad’s behaviour takes a turn for the worst, George is faced with a question; ‘How much do I want to be like Dad?’

Dominika Domachowska
Ella Gamble
Fintan Kinsella
Gabriel Hart
Joe Tresise
Samuel Ellis

Director Ryan Wilce
Assistant Director Charlotte Kransmo
Writer Sam Parker

Dis/belief in Suspension

Directed by Emma Latham, Performed by Plymouth Conservatoire Students.
Do we live in an age of disbelief or do we believe in things stronger than ever? Dis/belief in Suspension is a new play written by Emma Latham and the cast. It asks what it means to believe in something without any proof and whether we all need to have a form of belief to get through the day. In a series of snapshots a host of different characters explore the many things we can find or lose belief in, from ghosts to the afterlife to our own ability.

Angela Owiti
Brooke Edwards
Jodie Paget
Leyla Ozkan

Director Emma Latham
Assistant Director Ferri Feredouni
Writers Emma Latham & Cast


Directed by Eleanor Hope-Jones, Performed by Plymouth Conservatoire Students.

Plates is a co-authored piece of new writing exploring functioning addiction and the lifestyle of hospitality workers. We’re going to use made up characters to tell true life stories the writer and director have collected from working in pubs. We’ve created an ensemble of characters lead by Pear; a twenty something woman who drinks too much, smokes too much, takes too much, and has a serious problem with the truth.
She’s probably not the best choice of narrator.
Oh well.

We’re sure she can still offer you a good time, and for at least twenty minutes you can forget about your own problems. If only there was a substance that could let us all forget about our own problems…
Oh wait.

Charley Bartlett
Charlie Cornforth
Estere Slare
Kitty Dunham
Samuel Plumbe
Timothy J Norman

Director Eleanor Hope-Jones
Assistant Director Mich Sanderson
Writer Annie Philbin
Dramaturgy Katie Anderson

With thanks to Alison Anderson and Paul Anderson.

Today I Killed My Very First Bird

Directed by Lee Hart, Performed by a Theatre Royal Plymouth Community Ensemble.

Today I Killed My First Bird is a brutal and darkly comic rollercoaster ride, taking us through 24 hours in the life of an East London villain. As he is forced to visit memories of childhood, we explore the conditioning and environment that turn an innocent child into a monster.

Emily Wood
Ferri Feredouni
Jason Brownlee
Rose Weber
Samuel Griffiths

Director Lee Hart
Assistant Director Marion Clare
Writer Jason Brownlee

Pricing & Concessions

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PlayLAB is a festival of new and experimental work, taking place in The Lab in February 2019. PlayLAB is a paid platform for Directors to test and develop new ideas with support from the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
We are looking for directors with exciting new ideas to develop and stage a new short play in collaboration with one of the following groups:

• Plymouth Conservatoire Students- Acting Company
• Plymouth Conservatoire Students- Devising Company
• People’s Company and Community members aged 25+
• Young Company 14-18s

Successful directors will be paid a freelance fee of £1250 to develop and rehearse a 20 minute short play between Monday 14th of Jan – Sunday 17th Feb. A minimum of 35hrs rehearsal time will be made available to you over the 5 week period. We are looking for bold and experimental new ideas.

Some Key Dates

Applications Open Friday 7th December
Applications Close Friday 4th January at 9am
Director Interviews Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th January
Cast Auditions Friday 11th (5pm-10pm) & Saturday 12th January (3pm-10pm)
Rehearsals W/c 14th Jan- w/c 11th February
Tech and Dress Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th February
Festival Run 20th – 23rd February

Please note that during tech/dress days you will be called on either Monday 18th February or Tuesday 19th February. All companies will be called on Wednesday 20th February.

Rehearsal schedules will consist of one regular 3hr weekday evening rehearsal and one 4 hr rehearsal on either Saturday or Sunday. Weekday rehearsal slots will fall on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.


To apply, please submit a short application outlining what your idea is, which group you would like to work with and what approach you would take to developing your short play. Ideas should be for a black box production lasting no more than 20 minutes, with a cast of up to 6 people. We are particularly interested in directors looking to develop/stage new writing and directors interested in devising and co-authorship.

Please send us a statement no longer than 1 side of A4 with the following info.
• Your name and contact details
• A current directing/ performance making CV
• Which group you are interested in working with and why
• Your idea for a short piece
• An extract of text if applicable (7 pages max)
• Your regular, preferred availability for a weeknight and weekend day i.e. Monday nights and Sunday afternoons

Please send applications as an attached document to by 9am on Friday 4th January. Please put your name, followed by PlayLAB 2019 in the subject line of your email.

Please only apply if you are able to commit to the interview and audition dates, along with the outlined rehearsal times. If you have any questions please contact Emma via