Lighthouse, South West

Paines Plough & Andrew Muir

The Heart at the Centre of the World

A new play that explores the hopes and dreams of young people in Poole, presented as part of the Roundabout festival.

The play is about and for young people from Poole. It was created in collaboration with and performed by students from Bournemouth & Poole College who took part in several workshops and R&D sessions with playwright Andrew Muir and director Janisè Sadik. The students shared their stories about growing up and their hopes, dreams and fears for the future, all of which fed into the brand new play ‘The Heart at the Centre of the World’, which was staged for the first time on 10th July 2021.


Poole's Centre For The Arts, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG


Paines Plough & Andrew Muir

Paines Plough tour the best new theatre to all four corners of the UK and around the world. Paines Plough was formed in 1974 and have produced more than 150 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett, Kate Tempest and Vinay Patel.

As a writer, Andrew has had plays produced throughout the UK as well as in the US. In 2016 he was commissioned by site specific theatre company, Dante or Die, to write the text for a new piece of work set in a leisure centre – the result was TAKE ON ME which was presented at Rossmore leisure centre in Poole. In 2020, Andrew has new work being produced by Sheffield Theatres in a co-production with Dante or Die entitled, EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEAVE SOMETIME, and a new play, LOOK UP, produced by the National Theatre as part of NT Connections 2020.

Andrew has run various writing workshops for companies including, Soho Theatre, OId Vic New Voices, Deafinitely Theatre and Ransom Productions in Belfast and for the last three years Andrew has run the ten-week writing course, PLAYWRITING FOR BEGINNERS, at the National Theatre.