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We’re off to… Mold

Roundabout may be flat packed into the back of a lorry, but LOVE LIES & TAXIDERMY continues forth into Wales this evening for its opening night at co-producers Theatr Clwyd in Mold for the start of its Welsh tour. 

A second collaboration between ourselves, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre, we were last down in Mold back in 2014 with Sam Burns’ NOT THE WORST PLACE, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be back this year with Alan Harris’ heart-warming and hilarious play.

If you’re in Wales and in search of a lesson in taxidermy, then Dave Roberts at The Morbitorium is your man. However, if you’d rather leave the stuffing of animals to Valentyn’s father Jacub then come on down to Theatr Clwyd where LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY will be running till 12 November.

For those of you who’d like to hear more about Dave…read on.

#LoveLiesTaxidermy

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 @ 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)

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.

Roundabout @ Poole Park, Dorset

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Roundabout being built in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

It’s week two of the Roundabout tour and we’re heading south to Poole! Thanks to our brilliant partners Lighthouse, Poole with a little help from Activate we’re popping in the gorgeous Poole Park from Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September. Roundabout is right next to The Kitchen – our favourite place to be.

The programme includes Katie Douglas’ epic adventure I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY for superheros 7+ (co-produced with Half Moon Theatre), LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by award winning Welsh writer Alan Harris (co-produced by Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and the Scotsman Fringe First winning GROWTH by Luke Norris.

Praise for GROWTH:

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

Genuinely hilarious from start to finish… consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.”
★★★★ The Stage

Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny… heart-stoppingly human.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

Praise for LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY:

A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Perrin and his cast delight.”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Praise for I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY:

“This is fast-moving, energetic and exciting storytelling at it’s very, very finest.
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival for Kids

“Watch the kids’ drop-jaw, knee-hugging body language…they are hook, line and sinkered with this utterly captivating show.”
★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

If only all children’s theatre could be performed in the Paines Plough Roundabout…endlessly dynamic and frequently funny.”
★★★ The List

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Roundabout in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

Here’s the full schedule for our four-day festival in Poole Park:

Thursday:

19.30 // GROWTH

Friday:

11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
14:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY

Saturday:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
16:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
19:30 // GROWTH

Sunday:

12:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
15:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
18:00 // GROWTH

You can book for any of these events on Lighthouse’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01202 280000.

Did you know?

Lighthouse’s building has been closed for redevelopment but will be re-opening on Wednesday 12 October. While the building has been getting a make-over Lighthouse have been programming pop-up events all over the city including Roundabout.

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Inside Roundabout (cred. The Other Richard)

 

Late night Love, Lies and Taxidermy

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris (cred. Thread Design)

Due to popular demand we’ve added another performance of our co-production with Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd  LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris.

This time we’ll be slotting it into our LATER slot at 10.30pm so if the 1:35pm slot didn’t work for you, you don’t have any excuses this time.

When?

Saturday 27 Aug 10.30pm

Tickets here.

We hope to see you there.

More exclusive EARLIER/LATERs announced

We’re got three cracking new additions to our #EARLIERLATER programme to announce…

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Tonight virtuosic cellist Brent Arnold plays an exclusive LATER solo gig in the comfy confines of Roundabout. Brent stars in GHOST QUARTET and has played with loads of amazing bands like Death in Vegas and Sleater-Kinney and is a properly extraordinary musician and also a really nice man. So you should come along. For this special show tonight he promises to takes the cello into new realms, incorporating electronics and virtuosic instrumental technique to create vivid sonic worlds. 10:30pm. Bring a beer. Or whisky.

Get a ticket here. Do it now.

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Then as revealed yesterday, on Saturday 20 August our new Associate Company Middle Child and ace playwright Luke Barnes are putting together a very special new show for LATER invitingly titled SOME TINY PLAYS ABOUT HOW FUCKED WE ALL ARE. The show uses verbatim text from the internet – arguments about how many days in a week to Donald Trump poetry and 1D Fan Fiction – to explore whether modern life really is rubbish after all. It’s part-Mock The Week, part-Buzzfeed and part-piss up. Come along for a few drinks, a few laughs and a game of The Great British Bingo Off (complete with terrible prizes). We think it’s going to be fucking brilliant.

Tickets, you say? Here.

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And in our 10am EARLIER slot on Thursday 25 August we’re excited to welcome Manchester-based political theatre collective, Take Back, founded by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer.

Take Back Togetherness is script-in-hand rapid responses to the EU referendum result. From the meltdown in party politics to increases in racially motivated attacks, and divisions in class and age brought into sharp relief, Take Back Togetherness is a call to the creative community, to begin a discussion about how we move forward, positively, together. A 45-minute selection of original work performed at the Royal Exchange – writers include Furquan Akhtar, Alan Harris, Anders Lustgarten and Chris Thorpe.

Which is a helluva line-up. So get a ticket to that one here.

We’ve got a moouthwatering line-up of exclusive one-off EARLIER/LATER gigs throughout August, check out the full line-up here.

And also check out our free workshop programme.

See you at Roundabout.

#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

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

#RoundaboutPP Social Media Call
Friday 5 August 2016/ 10:00am
Roundabout @ Summerhall
Edinburgh EH9 1PL

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

Bring your camera, phone, tablet 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:

10:00/     Team PP welcome you to #RoundaboutPP with a swag bag.

10:05/     Joint Artistic Directors James & George introduce the Roundabout programme 2016.

10:10/     A sneak peek at our brand new shows: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

10:15/     Our Visiting Companies and Earlier/Later gang introduce their shows.

10:20/    A chance to explore Roundabout and take photos and video.

10:30/     Team PP, Visiting Companies and Earlier/Later artists will be hanging out in the Summerhall courtyard and will be on hand for interviews or to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to come along please contact jack@painesplough.com with your name and a link to your website, blog or wherever you cover theatre online. Please include your Twitter and/or Instagram handle so we can follow you. 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.

If you know anyone who would be interested in coming along please pass this on them, the more the merrier!

We very much hope you can join us.

Roundabout trailers are go!

It’s not long until we’re heading off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (how has this come round so quickly?!). We’ll be opening our three news plays in Roundabout which pops up in the Summerhall courtyard – we’ve got 10 shows a day and you can see them all here. Then Roundabout traverses the country on an eight-week tour this autumn. Find out when we’re coming to you here.

There’s GROWTH, Luke Norris’ comedy about growing up and manning up, offbeat love story LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris, and a magical quest following three super almost-teens from Katie Douglas, I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. We can’t wait.

We teamed up with film maker extrodinaire Rory Gibson to create three cinematic trailers for this year’s Roundabout season. You can check out Rory’s work here.

And now our #RoundaboutPP trailers have landed, feast your eyes on them here:

A Paines Plough Production
GROWTH by Luke Norris

Book here.
#GrowthPlay

A Paines Plough, Sherman Theatre & Theatr Clwyd production
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Book here.
#LoveLiesTaxidermy

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas

Book here.
#BirthdaySuperpowers

Roundabout: Closed-Captioning

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

We’re very pleased to be partnering with Stagetext to bring closed-caption performances to Roundabout this summer. We’ll be launching this at our Roundabout previews at Hackney ShowroomLOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY on Sunday 24 July at 2pm will be closed-captioned. Booking info is all here.

We are also offering 5 complimentary tickets for this performance if you wish to make use of the service. Find all the info here.

Here’s what Stagetext say about closed-captioning:

Theatre captions are similar to television subtitles – the actors’ words appear on screens at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Captions also include additional information such as speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to make use of this service please do get in touch as we’re eager to take on board your feedback.

We have a week of closed-caption performances when we’re at Summerhall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can download a list of all the captioned performances at this year’s Fringe here.

Additional access information, including relaxed performances and BSL interpreted performances, for Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Roundabout!

#RoundaboutPP