Acclaimed theatre company Paines Plough are celebrating their 40th birthday this year and, as part of the celebrations, have partnered with Southbank Centre to create a giant, interactive map of Great Britain at the site. They’ve commissioned mini-plays from over 100 playwrights, whose names will be plotted on the map on their hometowns. Festival-goers choose a playwright or a place they fancy, and pop their headphones into the map to listen to the piece about the place that shaped them.
They can also scan a QR code and download a play onto their smartphone aiming to get the users immersed in Cardiff, Liverpool or Glasgow whilst walking around London. It’s called Come to Where I’m From and highlights include – James Graham's tribute to the lost mining industry in his native Mansfield. Richard Dormer's piece focuses on the Troubles in Belfast, and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's piece based in the capital on his family home of Watford.
Throughout the this weekend, some of the playwrights will be coming along to stand on their bit of the map and perform their plays.