Paines Plough in association with Oval House Theatre presents

Paines Plough in association with Oval House Theatre presents

Paines Plough begin their exuberant 2008 season with House of Agnes by Levi David Addai, a new play by a young writer whose recent Royal Court debut, 93.2FM, was a critical sensation. Paines Plough are not just presenting a show at Oval House Theatre: in typical fashion this nomadic company will be taking over the building with a series of events – including playreadings in unusual spaces…

House of Agnes was written as part of an attachment at Paines Plough in February 2007 and was subsequently commissioned and developed with the company. It is Levi’s first commission.

House of Agnes is a tender, astute and humorous portrait of clashing traditional and cultural values in modern family life. After 40 years of building a home in London, Agnes is retiring and moving back to Ghana. Her final wish is for her sons to live together under the same roof when she is gone. But her eldest, Sol, is living with a girlfriend Agnes loathes, and he won’t move home until Agnes accepts her. Meanwhile, younger brother Caleb will do whatever it takes to inherit the house – except share it with Sol.

As her departure draws closer, the tensions in Agnes’ house rise to breaking point. Will she trust her 21st century boys and finally allow them to be men? Who will own the House of Agnes?

Levi David Addai wrote his first play 93.2FM as part of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. It was performed at the Royal Court’s Downstairs Theatre in 2005 and then revived in 2006 before touring to Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool and Brighton. A pilot script based on 93.2FM has been commissioned by BBC TV.

‘Levi David Addai’s play 93.2FM gives notice of an attractive new talent’ Independent

George Perrin, director, began as assistant director to Paines Plough in 2005, becoming Trainee Associate Director in 2006. This is his final production with the company. At Paines Plough, he produced the cult late-night playreadings series, LATER and recently directed Che Walker’s Crazy Love and Rona Munro’s The Dirt Under the Carpet as part of the A PLAY, A PIE, A PINT season at Oran Mor in Glasgow and Shunt Vaults in London.

Agnes will be played by Cecilia Noble, whose theatre credits include: The Exonnerated (Riverside/Dublin), Yellowman (Hampstead Theatre) and His Dark Materials (National Theatre).

Paines Plough is a theatre company committed to producing new plays. Their work has recently been seen in railway arches under London Bridge, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, late night in the depths of London’s West End, over lunch on the South Bank; in St Petersburg and Bradford, New York and Plymouth; on the Globe Stage and in a cupboard in Brighton. In 2007 alone, Paines Plough won four awards. In 2008, Paines Plough will perform in yet more new spaces, including Village Underground (a warehouse in Shoreditch) and Canterbury Cathedral.

Previews: 4 & 5 March at 7.45pm

Tickets: £12 / £6 concessions, (including Refugee Community Organisations); previews £6

Easter meal deal special (21 March & 22 March): £12 includes play, drink and meal from Oval’s Caribbean Kitchen

PAINES PLOUGH in Residence at Oval House

During HOUSE OF AGNES, Paines Plough will be in residence at Oval House Theatre. These special events will be taking place:


Tues 11th March 10:00pm

Tuesday late night with Levi David Addai

Hosted by playwright Levi David Addai, Paines Plough kick off their residency with an evening of brand new work. An eclectic mid-week mix-up of evening entertainment.

£5 (£3 when booked at the same time as House of Agnes)


Weds 12th March 9:45 pm

Why do the British love West African playwrights?

Stay after the House of Agnes performance for a crackling debate about West African playwriting with a panel including Dipo Agboluaje and Levi David Addai.

(FREE with tonight’s performance of House of Agnes)


Tues 18th March 10:00pm

Tuesday late night with Levi David Addai

The boldest new talent sought out and commissioned by Levi David Addai to write and perform their own work: a rare late night opportunity to see the best emerging playwrights on stage.

£5(£3 when booked at the same time as House of Agnes)


Tues 25th March 6:45pm

Around the house with Future Perfect 3

Seven premieres of short plays especially commissioned for Oval House Theatre and performed in every nook and cranny of the building. The playwrights are Future Perfect 3 -Paines Plough’s hothouse of young talent.

£5 (£3 when booked at the same time as House of Agnes)


Region: All
Start Date: 04/03/2008
End Date: 29/03/2008
Start Time: 19:45
Venue: Oval House Theatre
Venue Address: 52-54 Kennington Oval, London
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Debbie Vannozzi
Phone: 020 7582 0080