Category Archive: The Human Ear

We’re off to… Stoke

Roundabout arrives at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent today on the final stop of the year (sob!). Tonight’s performance of EVERY BRILLIANT THING is sold out, but fear not as we have a plethora of plays and specially programmed one-off events that you can still grab tickets for.

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For those of you coming to join us, our friends at Appetite have compiled a compendium of what to see, do, eat, and drink while you’re in town.

Must see

Stoke-on-Trent (otherwise called The Potteries) is having something of a ceramics renaissance at the mo, so whilst you’re here check out the British Ceramics Biennial, in full swing over in the grand surroundings of the former Spode Factory. A 5 minute walk from the train station, you’ll find the latest in cutting edge ceramic art.

In the City Centre, check out Entrepreneurs, an artist led shop with a public exhibition space upstairs. And just down from Roundabout (opposite the beautiful Bethesda Chapel) you’ll also stumble upon a fauno-tastic new mural (below) by graffiti artist Faunographic, commissioned by Entrepreneurs for Appetite’s Big Feast.

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Also in Piccadilly there’s contemporary art gallery Airspace currently featuring the exhibition ‘Icon’.

If you have time why not stroll along the canal to Burslem and have cup a tea in the recently renovated Middleport Pottery, the home of the world-famous Burleigh, soon to be seen on BBC’s The Great British Pottery Thrown Down, or take a factory tour at The Emma Bridgewater Factory.

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If you’re feeling historical why not pop your head into the famous Staffordshire Hoard exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. If you’re with kids or fancy a splash around, on Festival Park just outside the City Centre, you’ll also find the epic Waterworld.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel is in stumbling distance of the City Centre and there’s also the Great Western Moat House Hotel just a little further away.

Where to eat

In Hanley head to Cafe Zest, café by day and bistro by night or The Exchange, which does burgers and typical pub fare. There’s also Roberto’s for Italian, The Church Bar and Restaurant for upscale British food and Peter’s Tavern for authentic Czech food.A little outside the City Centre there’s also the fantastic Med Bar for authentic Italian.

While you’re here of course don’t miss the world famous Staffordshire oatcake! For the ultimate hot crispy oatcake head to the Oatie Mostons stand, 2 mins from Roundabout, and ask for a cheese and bacon. Warning: only get the large if you’re feeling ravenous!

Where to drink

Stoke’s home to some great pubs. Why not try The Holy Inadequate in Etruria or The Bulls Head in Burslem, the brewery tap of the local Titanic Brewery.

There’s also the reputedly haunted The Leopard in Burslem if you’re feeling spooky or the cosy surroundings of The Glebe in Stoke just 5 mins from the station.

In Hanley there’s the recently opened Bottle Craft which has a tasting room, The Exchange bar and the historic Coachmakers Arms. If you like your ale real, The Hop Inn in Newcastle is 2015 winner of Potteries CAMRA pub of the year.

Where to get coffee

Try tsp. for great coffee, cupcakes and nice surroundings down in Piccadilly in Hanley, also featuring murals by local artist Eight.bit. There’s also the Spitfire Café at the Mitchell Arts Centre a little further down the road and Blondies Twisted Tea Room, in the centre of Hanley. Hang out at The Bread in Common café at the British Ceramics Biennial, run by community arts company B-Arts, it’s a great place to chill and munch on some fantastic bread made in their unique bread oven.

We’re off to… Kendal

Today our ROUNDABOUT arrives in Kendal with THE HUMAN EAR, LUNGS, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and EVERY BRILLIANT THING in tow. The team are super excited to be visiting so we asked our friends at the Brewery Arts Centre for their list of brilliant things to see and do while we’re around…

WHERE TO STAY

The Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG.© www.stevenbarber.com

Kendal’s only 4 star hotel. The grounds are beautiful and it includes a separate real ale pub and fine dining restaurant so you can relax with a pint or do something a little special. There’s something for everyone.

WHERE TO EAT

The Brewery, Grainstore Restaurant, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Grainstore Restaurant

Serving a Mediterranean menu featuring tasty tapas menu with a quirky twist using local ingredients and pizzas. Situated in the Brewery complex, it’s a great spot to enjoy a bite before the show.

WHERE TO DRINK

The Brewery, Vats Bar, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Vats Bar

Settle into one of the Brewery’s original brewing Vats and enjoy a fantastic selection of local real ales, beers and wines. Super cosy and casual it’s a great spot to relax and unwind.

WHERE TO GET COFFEE

The Brewery, Warehouse Cafe, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Warehouse CAfe

Shabby chic café featuring a homemade cakes, pies, crepes, snacks and local Farrer’s coffees and teas. Treat yourself! There’s also free WiFi available so you can Instagram your treats and make your friends jealous.

WHERE TO HANG OUT

Abbot Hall Park.

Lucky for us, it’s just across the road from the Brewery. A lovely green open space by the River Kent surrounded by trees and historic buildings and with a nearby children’s playground. Ideal if you’re bringing the little ‘uns to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.

MUST SEE

You can’t miss Kendal Castle.

Standing atop a hill overlooking the town, it’s a spectacular ruined castle and the reputed home of Catherine Parr (one of Henry the VIII’s wives). The perfect place for panoramic views of Kendal and the surrounding fells.

If you’re coming to see a show, why don’t you check out some of these spots too?

Now to find some mint cake to take back to PPHQ…

ROUNDABOUT Reviews and Responses

ROUNDABOUT is currently weaving its way across the country and this week we’ve popped up in Lincoln where our partners and good friends LPAC have programmed a fantastic festival of local talent alongside performances of LUNGS, THE HUMAN EAR and OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.

We’ve been absolutely bowled over by your responses to ROUNDABOUT and our shows so a big hearty thank you to everyone who has already joined us and come to see a show – we’ve loved meeting you and keeping an eye on our Twitter to see what you’ve been saying! Here’s a little snapshot of our favourite responses…

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#RoundaboutPP is, in my opinion, exactly how theatre should be. A small space filled with nothing but great actors, acting their socks off.” (@SarahJCullum)

“I love that #roundaboutpp is able to go into communities without theatres. Vital work. @painesplough“(@shakespeareanLK)

And here’s just a selection of what Edinburgh’s critics and audiences have had to say about the shows…

OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL

“Fast paced and incredibly slick.” ★★★★★ (The Public Reviews)

“Thanks for a great hour of laughter and fun @painesplough #OurTeachersATroll fantastic venue #RoundaboutPP @edfringe” (@jcnewton90)

“Infectious from the off.” ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby)

THE HUMAN EAR

 “Stunning to watch.”★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby)

#TheHumanEar at #RoundaboutPP was unsettling and complex, yet another @painesplough success. @Reese_Williams absolutely riveting as always” (@Lisa_Varty)

“Reverberates quietly long after it’s over.”★★★★ (The Guardian)

“Dazzling technical tour-de-force… astonishing.” ★★★★ (The Scotsman)  

LUNGS

“Simple yet profoundly moving… it is one of the best plays I have seen all year.”★★★★★ (West End Frame)

“Highlight from yesterday had to be #LungsPlay at #RoundaboutPP @painesplough Hilarious and heartbreaking in the same breath!” (@michaelwoodhall)

“What a beautiful creation @painesplough #lungsplay thank you. Think you just broke my heart @edfringe Wonderful performances x” (@AngharadLee)

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

“Powerfully, stunningly, joyfully uplifting – you’ll be rushing off to start your own list too.” ★★★★★ (The Skinny)

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“the new @painesplough roundabout venue @Summerhallery is awesome and #everybrilliantthing defies description. MUST SEE!” (@markagorman)

You can catch ROUNDABOUT on the road until October 18th at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Theatre Royal Margate and Appetite, Stoke.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

See you in ROUNDABOUT soon.

We’re off to… Newbury

We’ve packed away our Irn Bru and migrated down south from Edinburgh to kick off the Autumn leg of Roundabout’s tour of the UK. First stop, Newbury!

Alongside EVERY BRILLIANT THING, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and LUNGS we’re super excited to be taking THE HUMAN EAR out and about having premiered at the Fringe. The show received glowing 4* star reviews from The British Theatre Guide, who said it ‘maintains high drama throughout’, and The Guardian who commented that the play ‘reverberates quietly long after it’s over’. It all kicks off TONIGHT, so what are you waiting for? Get involved!

For those of you joining us, here’s a little cheat sheet to make the most of your time in Newbury courtesy of our friends at the Corn Exhange…

Where to eat

Brebis (independent family run French restaurant – AMAZING food)

El Sabio (Spanish Tapas – independent family run)

Tiy Tea Bar (Asian snack – authentic!)

Chilis (Indian – the food is amazing and the staff are lovely!)

Where to drink

Kings Charles Tavern (nice atmosphere)

The Newbury (cocktails and good beers)

The Catherine Wheel (great selection of beers!)

Lock Stock and Barrel (nice outdoor seating on the canal)

Newbury Real Ale Festival on Saturday 12 September!

Mr Moo Juice (milkshakes and juices!)

The famous bridge in the town centre by the Lock, Stock & Barrel which a Troll might live under…

Where to get coffee

All independents…

If nice weather: The Teashop by the Canal – just a 3min walk from the theatre!

Quaint teashop just off the main high street: Weavers Walk Teashop

Top of the high street- Heatherton’s

Hang out at/Must see

101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Boat trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal – see Carolyn at the Tourist Information across the Market Place (the building with the big clock!)

Highclere Castle (open until 10 September)

Donnington Castle – great views of Newbury!

Shaw House – historical house

West Berkshire Museum – just 2mins walk from the theatre

Greenham Common

Our cinema! this week we’re showing Irrational Man

#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call

Calling all bloggers, tweeters, instagrammers, social media conversation starters and digital trendsetters…

#RoundaboutPP social media call
Thursday 6 August 2015 / 12:00
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

If you write or talk about theatre online, this is the event for you. It’s a chance to take a tour of our groundbreaking, award-winning pop-up theatre, hear about our programme of shows and events, and meet Team PP and the people behind the shows at #RoundaboutPP this Fringe.

Bring your camera, smartphone, flipcam, and thumbs to blog, take photos and video. Live tweet or fire questions at anyone from producers to stage management to artistic directors. Anything goes – it’s a chance for you to see behind the scenes and get some exclusive content.

Here’s the schedule…

1200/     Team PP welcome you to #RoundaboutPP with a goody bag.

1210/     James & George introduce the Roundabout programme 2015.

1215/     A chance to explore Roundabout and take photos and video.

1225/     Son et lumiere. Otherwise known as a sound and light show. We’ll give you a peek at the tricks we can do in Roundabout with our state-of-the-art technology.

1230/     Team PP and some of our visiting companies will be hanging out in the Summerhall courtyard and will be on hand for interviews or to answer any questions you may have.

Everyone attending our social media call will also be offered a complimentary ticket to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly immediately beforehand. The show starts at 11am and runs for 45 minutes.

If you would like a space please contact rachel@painesplough.com with your name and a link to your website, blog or wherever you cover theatre online. Please include your Twitter handle so we can follow you. Let us know if you would also like a ticket to TROLL. We’ll be back in touch to confirm your place. Spaces are limited so get in quick – we hope to accommodate as many of you as possible.

Any questions, hit us up @painesplough.

We very much hope you can join us.

Team PP x

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2015

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We’ve barely had time to unpack our rucksacks after the sunshine and sing-alongs of Latitude but we’re preparing to pack again as we head up to bonny Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

From 6-30 August our plug-and-play theatre ROUNDABOUT will be popped-up at Summerhall where you can catch the world première of THE HUMAN EAR from Fringe First award-winning writer Alexandra Wood plus OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly, LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan.

We’re thrilled to be welcoming some of the UK’s most exciting companies and artists to the ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall programme this year including Theatre Uncut, Jonny & The Baptists, Papermash, Tricycle Theatre, Soho Theatre, Dancing Brick, Eastern Angles, Unity Theatre Liverpool and some chap called Daniel Kitson. Plus our daily EARLIER / LATER slots will showcase daring, new and one-off shows and events from the likes of The Royal Court, Josie Long, Luke Wright, The Roundhouse and many more.

Roundabout… it’s THE place to be this Edfringe.

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall Programme 2015…

Paines Plough and Half Moon present
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL
by Dennis Kelly
Time 11:00  Dates Aug 6-10, 12-17, 19-23

Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail… Can the twins save the school from the child-eating Troll? Can they get Brussels sprouts in peanut butter taken off the menu? And most importantly, can naughtiness prevail? Be outrageously entertained in this colourfully comic show from the writer of West End hit, Matilda the Musical. For ages 7+ and their accompanying trolls (or parents). “Comic perfection” ★★★★ (The Times).

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Paines Plough presents
LUNGS
by Duncan Macmillan
Time 15:35/22:30  Dates Aug 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23-30

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.’ In a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple want a child but are running out of time. What will be the first to destruct – the planet or their relationship?
“The most beautiful, shattering play of the year” ★★★★★ (Sunday Express).

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Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
by Duncan Macmillan
Time 14:05  Dates Aug 8-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious … possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see” ★★★★ (Guardian).

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Paines Plough presents the World Premiere of
THE HUMAN EAR
by Alexandra Wood
Time 15:35  Dates Aug 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

A man turns up at Lucy’s door claiming to be the brother she hasn’t seen in 10 years. But why has he come? Is it really him? And what happens when there’s another knock at the door? Forced to confront the messy inner workings of sibling love with its petty resentments, casual cruelty, profound betrayals and implicit understanding, can the bond between brother and sister be rebuilt? An intriguing tale of loss, renewal and knowing who to trust from Fringe First Award winner Alexandra Wood.

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Eastern Angles in association with Unity Theatre Liverpool present
CHICKEN
by Molly Davies
Time 17:05  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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Eastern Angles and Unity Theatre, Liverpool present Chicken, a darkly comic new play by Molly Davies. Set in a dystopian future where people from the North and South are alienated from one another, London sits above the chaos as a sovereign state. Davies, whose previous credits include A Miracle and God Bless The Child (Royal Court), Shooting Truth (National Theatre Connections) and Orpheus & Eurydice (NYT/Old Vic Tunnels), has created a wonderfully twisted world where communities collide, families are fractured and the agricultural idyll is distorted beyond recognition.

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Papermash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre present
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITHOUT YOU
by Sonia Jalaly
Time 21:10  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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A hilarious, award-winning one-woman comedy with lipstick, slapstick, and a whole lot of Shirley Bassey. Violet Fox is a live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. Today is a celebration of every birthday. And you’re invited. In ‘Happy Birthday Without You’ Violet tells the story of her complicated relationship with her mega diva mother. Bring beer and bunting and come on a journey through her childhood of pop tarts, Patti Smith and second hand smoke.

* Warning: people usually cry.

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Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre present
I’M NOT HERE RIGHT NOW
by Thomas Eccleshare
Time 18:25  Dates Aug 7-17, 19-24, 26-30

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On top of a mountain in the middle of a blizzard, you see a figure: eight foot tall, with white matted hair covering his body. He stands upright on two legs. You see him. He sees you. But who will believe you and how far can you trust what you see?

Thomas Eccleshare’s stunning new drama is the story of a scientist with an unbelievable story to tell, a woman who doesn’t know what to believe.

In a vibrant collaboration between Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre, Steve Marmion directs this spellbinding play starring Valentina Ceschi.

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JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE END IS NIGH
Time
19:50  Dates Aug 7-17, 19-24, 26-30

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Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it. They really did try very hard…

A brand new show from the multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and Infinite Monkey Cage.

“Politically engaged… raucously silly.” (Guardian)
“Riotous rock’n’ROFLing.” (Independent on Sunday)
“The political edge of 80s alternative comedy… a pop-soul voice to win X Factor.” ★★★★ (Stewart Lee, Observer)
“A triumph… if you’re looking for a fun time, the Baptists will deliver.” (Chortle)

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POLYPHONY by Daniel Kitson
Time 12:15  Dates Aug 7-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30

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I have written a Play – a real humdinger.

It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively staggering vision and somewhere in the region of twenty characters.

Each of which has been performed and recorded in isolation, producing a litany of individual voices – each of them perfect, captured as a single track that will, when played back in precise unison, form a glorious theatrical polyphony.

The play is perfect.

The recordings are perfect.

I just need enough people to hit play.

That’s all.

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THEATRE UNCUT: IN OPPOSITION
Time
10:00  Dates Aug 24-30

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HERALD ANGEL, PICK OF THE FRINGE AND FRINGE FIRST WINNERS

Multi award-winning Theatre Uncut has been at the forefront of political new writing for the past 4 years. Now we present the best of Theatre Uncut in one sitting, followed by our signature post-show debates. See six of our catalogue of political short plays by leading writers including Dennis Kelly, Neil LaBute, Clara Brennan, Stef Smith and more. Tackling current issues of austerity, education & democracy these acerbic, witty, punchy and always challenging plays bring our audience to the conversation like no other theatre company.

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Paines Plough and friends present
EARLIER/LATER
Times 10:00 & 22:30  Dates Aug 8-29 (check painesplough.com for daily listings)

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A series of early morning and late night one-off shows: theatre, poetry, comedy, music, rumbles, shenanigans and much more in Roundabout throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Get your fix of fresh new work, exhilarating debates and rip-roaring performances. Kick start your morning and round-up your evening in Roundabout – “the loveliest venue at the fringe” (The List, 2014).

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So what do you think of ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall 2015? Who catches your eye? Let us know and follow us @painesplough – you never know what other surprises we might have up our sleeves #RoundaboutPP.

See you there.