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Announcing Programme 2017

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Welcome to Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Our Artistic Directors, James and George, unveiled #PP2017 today:

“We’re thrilled to present some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world in Paines Plough’s Programme 2017.

Our pop-up Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and the Orange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald-Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.

We are renewing our partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to again showcase new talent with the world premiere of Newcastle playwright Alison Carr’s HUSH, directed by Hannah Banister who was previously at Paines Plough as assistant director on THE ANGRY BRIGADE in 2014.

Nathan Bryon was awarded our inaugural Playwright Fellowship in 2015 and we’re delighted to be partnering with tiata fahodzi to present the world premiere of his debut play MIXED BRAIN. Future Paines Plough programmes will feature the work of this year’s Fellowship writer Sam Steiner, and Zia Ahmed who joins us supported by the Channel Four Playwrights Scheme.  

We are ceaselessly overwhelmed by the reaction to EVERY BRILLIANT THING as it tours the globe. In Programme 2017 we welcome our new brilliant thing James Rowland to perform the show on a second tour to Australia and New Zealand before returning home to the UK, while Jonny Donahoe continues in the role in North America. Sabrina Mahfouz’s euphoric UK Garage musical WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns for one very special night in the Roundhouse main space and Luke Norris’ Fringe First winner GROWTH takes off on a UK Tour. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM continues to celebrate locality with playwrights performing plays about their home towns in Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Gloucester. We’ll also be taking COME TO WHERE I’M FROM to Hull and we’re really excited to hear the stories from the city whilst in its inspiring year as City of Culture. You can continue to listen to plays from across the UK on the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. 

It’s our mission to take the best new theatre everywhere and with our productions appearing in all four corners of the UK, across the Atlantic, down under and on your smartphone there is something for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2017.”

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

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The worldwide smash hit is back. After touring USA and Canada in January and February, EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues to Australia and New Zealand with James Rowland at the helm. Then we’re off on a 30-date UK and Ireland tour throughout May, June and July. Stay tuned for more international announcements throughout the year.

 

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

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“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

Winner of a Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour through September and October.

“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”  ★★★★★ Financial Times

 

A Paines Plough, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Gate Theatre production
HUSH
By Alison Carr

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A 999 call sets the wheels in motion. Nothing stays a secret forever. Especially in this town.

Sadie returns to the place she hates. Natalie tries to do the right thing. Josh can only hope. Three stories linked by guilt, secrets and a missing boy.

A dark, funny and often tender new play by rising star Alison Carr, writer of “bruising yet touching” (The Stage) Iris at Live Theatre.

HUSH will premiere at The Bute Theatre, Cardiff and Gate Theatre in London.

 

A Paines Plough and tiata fahodzi production
MIXED BRAIN
By Nathan Bryon

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“One day we were playing football. One kid shouts ‘let’s do black v white’. My heart starts beating hoping someone dusts this dumb idea off. All the white kids go to one side, all the black kids go to the other, I try slip off. Another kid yells: ‘Nathan what team will you be on? You’re mixed…”

Star of Benidorm, writer for Rastamouse, 50% Jamaican, 50% British, 100% reppin’ Shepherd’s Bush. Nathan Bryon is many things. Mixed.

Welcome to his world. Part story, part stand-up, a show fusing Afro-Caribbean flair and British awkwardness in a searing, searching exploration of what it means to be mixed-race and mixed-experience today.

If you live in the middle does anywhere feel like home? Get in the mix. Learn a little, live a little, laugh a lot.

You’ll be able to catch MIXED BRAIN at festivals this summer. Stay tuned for details.

 

A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
By Sabrina Mahfouz

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It’s 2001. Garage is the anthem. Nadia feels like it’s her time to shine.

A hot summer’s night of love promises endless possibilities. Swept up in drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… Nadia will make decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

Underscored by your favourite UK Garage bangers. This is theatre you can rave to.

Award-winning writer and poet Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation in a “generous, joyous and lyrical collision of gig and theatre” (★★★★ The Stage).

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK returns to Roundhouse for one night only. Headlining the Last Word Festival you’ll also be able to see DJ Luck & MC Neat and Mighty Moe in an old school UK Garage night on Friday 9 June.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

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Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

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Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

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COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a collection of mini plays written by playwrights about the places they call home.

Since 2010, writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now you can listen to this amazing collection of over 130 short plays through the COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app. Available for free here. Search the map for plays near you or find your favourite playwright in the plays index.

You’ll find a huge range of playwrights from Olivier Award winners to first timers reading their own plays about home towns stretching from Edinburgh to Ipswich to the Isle of Wight.

A theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

In 2017 we will be hosting CTWIF events in the following places:

Middlesbrough Theatre on 16 March
Hull Truck Theatre on 24 May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 25 May
Fountain Inn, Gloucester on on 6 July

“A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all.” The Guardian

“Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match” Exeunt

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So there you have it. Programme 2017. Theatre. Everywhere.

Let us know what you think on #PP2017

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Roundabout 2017

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Roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent 2015.

We’re excited to announce our rep of three brand new plays for Roundabout 2017. Roundabout will pop-up outside Theatr Clwyd in June and July before embarking on a UK tour to Salford, Poole, Margate, Kendal, Stoke-on-Trent, Darlington, Lincoln and Luton.

James and George had this to say:

“Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and theOrange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.”

Read all about the new plays below.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

Better Than She Should Be Web Treated

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

How To Be A Kid Web Treated

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

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Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for Roundabout 2017

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​​We’re in search of a dedicated and friendly Company Stage Manager to join us on the  touring dream that is ROUNDABOUT and be a part of Team PP this year. Sound like something you’d be up for (or know someone who would)? Have a read below for details:

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER on the book

THE NATIONWIDE ROUNDABOUT TOUR 2017

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com.

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interviews: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February


Dates:

Rehearsals, London: 8 May – 18 June
Tech and previews, Theatre Clwyd, Mold: 19 June – 16 July
Rehearsals, London: 17 – 30 July
Edinburgh Festival: 31 July – 28 August
UK Tour: 4 September – 29 October
Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Luton, Poole, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent
Further UK: 22 Jan – 11 March 2017


About Roundabout:

“A beautifully designed masterpiece in engineering…a significant breakthrough in theatre technology.” Theatre Building of the Year 2015 -The Stage Awards

Roundabout is Paines Plough’s pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168 -seats wrapped around the stage, state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

This year Roundabout will host three brand new plays co-produced by Paines Plough, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre, previewing at Theatre Clwyd and premiering at the Edinburgh Festival before heading out on an eight week UK tour funded by Art Council England’s Strategic Touring fund followed by a further run in early 2017.

In Edinburgh, together with the Paines Plough programme, Roundabout will host world class companies from the UK and internationally as part of the Festival.

At each tour venue, alongside Paines Plough’s productions, Roundabout will present a mini-festival of local led community events, alongside professional work, from a baby sensory class to a local business AGM, a stand up comedian or a local band. Roundabout will empower communities to think of the theatre as their space and aim to encourage new audiences from some of the most underserved areas of the UK through its doors.


Job Purpose:

1. To support the Director and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well being of the company.
2. To operate all Paines Plough shows.
3. To support the Producer and with the Technical Stage Managers act as joint venue manager for Roundabout on tour, ensuring that a safe, tidy and welcoming environment is provided for all audiences.


Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

COMPANY

• To support and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour.
• To send out weekly and daily calls and rehearsal and tour schedules as appropriate.

PRODUCTIONS

• Operate of all 3 Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
• To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer
• To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the productions according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
• To deliver rehearsal and show reports for all Roundabout productions to Paines Plough staff, co-producers and the creative team.

ON TOUR

• As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
• To take joint responsibility with the Technical Stage Managers on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road.
• To be responsible for the set up of the company dressing room whilst on the road.
• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
• To be jointly responsible with the TSM’s for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
• With the Producer be the first point of contact for the venue FOH and brief FOH staff at each tour venue (not Edinburgh) and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers liaise day to day with the FOH at each tour venue to ensure the smooth running of the shows and Roundabout auditorium.
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard
• To liaise with visiting companies, if required by the Producer
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard

SCHEDULES

• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer
• With the Director and Assistant Director manage the rehearsal schedule
• With the Director and Producer manage the schedule and running of technical rehearsals.

BUDGET

• To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer.

EDINBURGH

• Cover the running/operate of additional Paines Plough productions in Roundabout in Edinburgh in the event of Stage Management absence.

GENERAL

• To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
• To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
• To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• To undertake any other appropriate duties which the Producer may allocate
• Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified


Person Specification

This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about new plays and looking to gain experience in a senior, multifaceted Stage Management role. The Roundabout CSM will work across multiple departments with core staff, the creative team, FOH personnel, Roundabout’s Technical Stage Managers and venue technical teams whilst developing venue management skills in tandem. The role will play a crucial part in the smooth delivery of Roundabout with the CSM working at the heart of Paines Plough.

Essential:

• A passion for theatre and in particular, new-writing
• Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company
• Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
• An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
• Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
• A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
• Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
• Experience of and ability to operate QLab
• Good team player

 Desirable:

• First Aid trained


Salary and Subsistence

Rehearsals: £447.50p/w
Tech, Previews and on tour: £550p/w
Relocation allowance in Mold: £95p/w, plus accommodation
Per Diem in Edinburgh: £20p/d, plus accommodation
Subsistence on tour: £282.70p/w

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com with the subject heading: ROUNDABOUT CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interview dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February

Please note you must be available on both of the interview dates.

You can download the full job description here.

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For those of you who haven’t seen a Stage Manager before… here’s the brilliant Caitlin, last year’s Roundabout CSM.

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Roundabout @ Futures House, Marsh Farm (Luton)

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It’s week eight of the Roundabout national tour and, sadly, our final week, but we’re determined to go out with a bang. This week we’re in Luton working with Revoluton (we love that name) to bring a festival of theatre, art, spoken-word, DJ-ing and more to Futures House on the Marsh Farm Estate. If you need to find us we’ve dropped a pin on this map for you. We’ll be popping up from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October and we can’t wait.

All the events in the programme are PWYD (Pay What You Decide) so just reserve your ticket online and then Pay What You Decide on the day. Easy!

Thursday 27 October:

16:30 // MARSH DAYS
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris

Friday 28 October:

09:30 // Baby Sensory Session
10:45 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:30 // Acting For TV Taster Workshop
15:30 // Revoluton Drop In
18:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
20:30 // Soul Food Poetry

Saturday 29 October:

09:30 // Baby Sensory Session
11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:45 // DJ Workshop
16:15 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
19:15 // FROM RIOTS TO REVOLUTON
20:00 // Post Show Discussion
21:00 // Music and Chill

Sunday 30 October:

10:00 // Exercise and Relaxation by Ghar Se Ghar
12:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
15:15 // FROM RIOTS TO REVOLUTON
16:00 // Post Show Discussion
19:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
21:00 // Wisdm & Small Green Shoots Spoken Word

You can book for all events through Revoluton’s website here. Or just wander over to Futures House – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the pop-up Box Office up until the performances open.

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Did you know?

Riots to Revoluton is a brand new play created for Roundabout. It tells the story of the Marsh Farm Estate and is inspired by residents. Here’s more about the show:

Marsh Farm Estate, Luton. 1995. Where youth unemployment seeped like a poisonous chemical through its foundations. Where petrol got poured on a spark and reason turned to riot.

Using real life testimonies of those who experienced it, Revoluton Arts offers an alternative prospective behind Luton’s notorious riots. Revealing a story of massive but passive defiance and a demonstration of what power music and art can have in uniting people and changing the course of events.

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Roundabout @ Albion Sq, Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent)

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Roundabout in Ablion Square, Hanley.

We’re back in Stoke-on-Trent! A year has flown by since we were last in Abion Square with Roundabout and now we’re back with three brand new shows to share with the wonderful people of Hanley. We open on Thursday with a packed schedule of events for all the family including free workshops on poetry and sculpture making. We’re popping up in Albion Square in Hanley town centre from Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October. If you need help finding us why not check out Google Maps who happened to be filming when Roundabout was around last year – click here to have a look around.

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Roundabout is officially famous.

Thursday 20 October:

20:00 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:30 // Post Show Talk with the cast

Friday 21 October:

11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:30 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
16:00 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
19:00 // MAN UP by the New Vic Youth Theatre (curtain raiser)
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
20:40 // Post Show Talk with the cast

Saturday 22 October: 

10:30 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
12:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
14:00 // Baby Sensory class in Roundabout
15:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
16:00 // Post Show Talk with the cast
18:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
19:30 // POETRY TAKEAWAY LIVE
20:45 // NOW IT’S NOT THE TIME by Scratch n Sniff Theatre Co.

Sunday 23 October: 

11:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:00 – 16:00 // Sculpture Making Workshop with Shaun Doyle (free, drop in anytime)
12:00 – 16:00 // Poetry Picnic with The Poetry Takeaway (free, drop in anytime)
14:00 // Roundabout Birthday Party
15:15 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
16:15 // POETRY PICNIC PERFORMANCE

You can book for all events through Appetite’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01782 381373. Or just wander over to Albion Square – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the pop-up Appetite Box Office up until the performance.

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Audiences pile into Roundabout.

Did you know?

We love this section of the Appetite website. We’ve picked out our favourite facts about the team there.

Karl Greenwood (Project Director) – Karl’s passion for creativity started when he bought a pink bass guitar at age 14 for £20 and he hasn’t looked back since.
Gemma Thomas (Creative Producer) – Gemma is a vegetarian but is partial to the odd prawn cracker (don’t worry Gemma, we won’t tell).
Gary Cicinskas (Programme Manager) – Gary’s background is traditionally in community arts but he also used to be a head chef, a waiter and he used to make Doc Martins for a living.

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Roundabout in Albion Square, Hanley.

Roundabout @ Mandela Gardens, Barnsley

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Bring on week six of the Roundabout national tour. This week we’re in Barnsley, our only Yorkshire venue, and we can’t wait to open on Thursday with another jam-packed schedule of wonderful events in Roundabout. We’ll be popping Roundabout up right outside The Civic on Mandela Gardens from Thursday 13 October until Sunday 16 October. If you need help finding us, dont worry here’s a map.

We’ve got an exciting mix of events for you this week from stand up comedy to a concert performed in-the-round, not to mention two one off talks from the Barnsley Trade Council.

Thursday 13 October:

13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
19:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Friday 14 October:

10:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
18:30 // Ensemble 360
20:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris

Saturday 15 October:

10:30 // The Yorkshire Rising of 1820 (Barnsley Trade Council)
12:00 // Readings from “The Annals of Barnsley” by John Hugh Burland (Barnsley Trade Council)
13:30 // The Civic Scratch
16:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
18:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
20:30 // Cabaret Boom Boom

Sunday 16 October:

10:30 // Sponge (Turned on its Head)
12:00 // The Life of A Bee (Manasamitra)
14:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
19:00 // Two Pianos (American Rock and Roll Concert)

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Roundabout being built (cred. Caitlin O’Reilly)

You can book for all events through The Civic’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01226 327000. Or just wander over to The Civic – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the Box Office up until the performance.

Did you know?

The original Civic was built as a Public Hall by Charles Harvey in 1877. In 1962 the Hall became Barnsley Civic Theatre, a traditional proscenium arch theatre seating 800 people and attracting some of the biggest names in show business to the town. Big names like Ken Dodd performed here regularly and the theatre continued to entertain audiences until sadly closing in 1998. The remodelled building and site reopened to the public in 2009 and now includes a 316 seat performance space and a design led gallery.

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Civic Hall (cred. The Civic, Barnsley)

Roundabout @ Abbot Hall, Kendal

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Roundabout at Abbot Hall, Kendal.

It’s week five of the Roundabout national tour and we’ve arrived in the gorgeous Lake District where we’re setting up outside Abbot Hall thanks to Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. We’re on the bowling green outside Abbot Hall from Thursday 6 October to Sunday 9 October. You can find directions here.

We’ve got another fantastic programme including curtain raisers from the Brewery Young Actors who have been working on responses to the plays by Alan Harris and Luke Norris. Also joining us will be comedian Ed Gamble, spoken-word and musical improv ensemble Some Some Unicorn and The Hey Down Treaders, back after a raucous sell-out show in Roundabout 2015.

Thursday 6 October:

19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:00 // STAMPEDE by Ed Gamble

Friday 7 October: 

10.30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas (Schools)
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas (Schools)
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
21:00 // SOME SOME UNICORN – VERBALISE SPECIAL

Saturday 8 October:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
17:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:00 // THE HEY DOWN TREADERS

Sunday 9 October:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
17:00 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

You can book for all events through Brewery Arts Centre’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01539 725133. Or just wander over to Roundabout – there’s Box Office is right next to us!

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The build

Did you know?

Roundabout is popping up next to Abbot Hall, a beautiful Georgian house situated on the banks of the river Kent, which houses Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Well worth a visit between shows.

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Abbot Hall (cred. Visit Cumbria)

Roundabout @ POP OUT Festival, Lincoln

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Roundabout outside Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Another week, another Roundabout location. This week we’re so proud to be part of the first POP OUT Festival produced by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. We’re on the lawn outside LPAC on the University of Lincoln campus from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October. You can find us here.

As usual we’ve got a jam packed schedule with theatre, music, comedy, Shakespeare and more. We’re even hooking up with our Edinburgh friends Walrus who are touring PP Playwright Fellow Sam Steiner’s LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS. Here’s the full schedule.

Thu 17:00 Lincoln Arts Mash Up Meeting
Thu 18:30 GROWTH
Thu 20:30 TOM WEBB: Mega Games
Fri 08:00 Culture Connects / Culture Café Breakfast Meeting
Fri 10:00 LIL PACS: Dance with Beth
Fri 11:30 SCRIPT THIS
Fri 13:00 HAPPY TOGETHER
Fri 14:30 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY
Fri 19:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Fri 21:00 ROB AUTON: THE SLEEP SHOW
Sat 10:30 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Sat 11:45 ENCORE: Sing! From Broadway to Brayford
Sat 13:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Sat 15:00 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY
Sat 17:00 LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS
Sat 18:30 GROWTH
Sat 21:00 THE RUBY DOLLS
Sun 10:30 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Sun 11:30 BABY SENSORY CLASS
Sun 15:00 O DUO
Sun 17:00 GROWTH
Sun 19:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Sun 21:00 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY

You can book for all events through LPAC’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01522 837600. Or just wander over to Roundabout – LPAC’s Box Office is right next to us!

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Did you know?

The programme in Lincoln includes Much Ado About Nothing by a certain William Shakespeare. This is the first time The Bard’s words will fill Roundabout. Catch the performance by Lincoln Stage Company on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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Roundabout @ Marine Gardens, Margate

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Roundabout beside the seaside (cred. Francesca Moody) 

Last week we were in sunny Poole and this week we’re in sunny Margate. We are lucky. Theatre Royal Margate have programmed a fantastic four-day festival popping up on the seafront in Marine Gardens from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September.

We’re on the seafront  close to the sea,  the beach and most importantly fish and chip vendors. See the full programme below with theatre, comedy, dance, life drawing, workshops and more.

Thursday 22 September – 2pm (relaxed performance)
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Thursday 22 September – 7pm
Rachel Mars
Our Carnal Hearts

Friday 23 September – 10:30am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Friday 23 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Friday 23 September – 1pm
Annie Sutton/Black Theatre Live
Rehearsal Room Workshop on HAMLET
by William Shakespeare

Friday 23 September – 4:30pm
b by the sea…

Friday 23 September – 6:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Saturday 24 September – 10am
An Introduction to Drawing

Saturday 24 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Saturday 24 September – 1:30pm
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Saturday 24 September – 3pm
Workshop: Acting and Directing in the Round

Saturday 24 September – 5:30pm
The Invisible Man
inspired by Ralph Ellison

Saturday 24 September – 6:45pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Saturday 24 September – 9:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Sunday 24 September – 10:45am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Sunday 25 September – 1pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Sunday 25 September – 3pm
Rob Auton
The Sleep Show

Sunday 25 September – 5pm
Looping the Loop
Scratch-a-Round

Sunday 25 September – 8:30pm
Billy Bottle & The Multiple
The Other Place

You can book for all events through the Theatre Royal’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01843 292795. Or just wander over to Roundabout – we’ve got a pop up Box Office right next to it!

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The sun sets on Roundabout in Margate (cred. Francesca Moody)

Did you know?

We’ve got an exhibition in the Turner Contemporary foyer at the moment. It details the story of Roundabout. The ideas, the designs and the construction.

It’s free and you can pop in anytime.

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The story of Roundabout (cred. Dan Thompson)

Huge thanks to Dan Thompson who helped us set it up. Check him out here.

A postcard from Eccles

Roundabout Assistant Director Anna sent us this postcard from Eccles. We had such a lovely four days working with The Lowry to pop up as part of Love Eccles Festival.

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This week we’re in Margate. Next week we’re in Lincoln. And after that we just keep touring. See full tour dates here.