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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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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.

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

Inside Roundabout (cred. The Other Richard)