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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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Programme 2016

Here we go… the grand unveiling of our Programme 2016 in all its glory. A host of new plays from red hot writers hitting the road to the four corners of our green and pleasant land.

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Here’s a snapshot:

ROUNDABOUT features a new rep of three brand new plays by Katie Douglas, Alan Harris and Luke Norris at Summerhall in Edinburgh and on tour to Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

The world premiere of BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells opens with our co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle prior to a UK Tour.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz tours to 29 venues nationwide.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is back on home soil by popular demand following an international tour.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM comes to London with a week of live events across the capital featuring 30 playwrights.

Elinor Cook’s TEN WEEKS opens in London tonight.

Our transatlantic collaboration with legendary New York company Naked Angels sees two new radio plays by Nathan Bryon and Lucy Gillespie released as free to listen downloads.

Here’s what James & George have to say about it all:

“We’re raring to hit the road to the four corners of the UK with this cracking programme of new plays from some of the most exciting writers around. Roundabout will pop-up across the country with comedies from Luke Norris and Alan Harris, a superhero tale for children from Katie Douglas and a host of events from international visiting companies and local community groups, bringing a festival feel to every place it visits. We’re honoured to be working with talents as innovative as Sabrina Mahfouz – whose UK Garage musical is theatre you can rave to – and Tom Wells whose heart-warming new play will delight fans of his previous Paines Plough hit Jumpers For Goalposts. With Every Brilliant Thing returning to the UK after an international tour, London stories in Come To Where I’m From and new plays from Elinor Cook, Nathan Bryon, Lucy Gillespie, there’s a play for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2016.”

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2016 sees the return of Roundabout, our award-winning pop-up theatre. The all new Roundabout programme will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then touring nationwide.

Roundabout will tour nationwide in partnership with The Lowry, Hall For Cornwall, Margate Theatre Royal, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brewery Arts Centre, Barnsley Civic, Appetite Stoke-on-Trent and Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate in Luton.

In rep will be three World Premieres…

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
By Alan Harris

A deliciously quirky comedy from Alan Harris about two teenagers in Merthyr Tydfil who fall in love in Tesco but face a fight to save their parents from self-destruction.

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A Paines Plough production
GROWTH
By Luke Norris

A very funny new play from Luke Norris about a 20-something who tries to ignore a lump until it’s almost too late.

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

An epic superhero quest for ages 7 to 11-year-olds from Katie Douglas.

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PLUS… Roundabout will again host a programme of visiting companies at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour, and see the return of EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more.

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
BROKEN BISCUITS
By Tom Wells

The brand new play from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS writer Tom Wells. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of three teenagers dreaming of rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

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

Our hit UK Garage musical is back in our rehearsal room and getting set to hit the road to 29 venues nationwide. This is theatre you can rave to.

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

Our worldwide hit show is back on home soil in Edinburgh and on a UK tour this Autumn.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: LONDON

Since 2010 more than 100 playwrights have written plays about the place they call home as part of our nationwide project, but never in London… until now…

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A Paines Plough and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production
TEN WEEKS
by Elinor Cook

Elinor Cook’s electrifying new play about the Alpha course transfers to The Gate in Notting Hill following its Cardiff premiere.

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Paines Plough and Naked Angels present
BILAL’S BIRTHDAY by Nathan Bryon
322 DAYS by Lucy Gillespie

Our transatlantic partnership with New York legends Naked Angels has resulted in these two cracking radio plays from rising US star Lucy Gillespie and our very own Playwright Fellow Nathan Bryon.

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Woop. And there’s lots more to come including a mega programme of visiting companies, one-off shows, events, workshops and fun stuff in Roundabout, the return of EARLIER/LATER, festival appearances, more tour dates, and probably other stuff we think up as we go along too.

But for now, welcome to Programme 2016. We hope you like it.

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Roundabout Round-Up

We can hardly believe it, but Roundabout opened it’s doors for the final time this year earlier in the month. What a whirlwind it’s been as our portable, plug-in-and-play auditorium has undertaken a whistle stop tour, taking it all across our green and pleasant land.

Audiences of all ages have been delighted by our wide-ranging repertoire and now we’re looking back at all the moments that made us laugh and smile.

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Salford

“A masterclass in storytelling that had every audience member lapping up every word…”★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

The Human Ear is a fine piece of drama” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“…gives us real food for thought.”★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Lincoln

Lungs is “clever, excellent, and powerful”” (The Linc)

Kendal

“Portable dome will be home to cutting-edge theatre” (Cumbria Live)

“Students’ actors get an inside ‘view'” (West Morland Gazette)

“ARTS: cutting edge theatre in a Roundabout way” (West Morland Gazette)

Margate

Stoke

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“​Pop-up theatre ‘the Roundabout’ set to wow crowds in Hanley” (Stoke Sentinel)

And you can listen to Hanna on BBC Radio Stoke here, at around the 2hour 15 minute mark.

We’ve been thrilled and humbled by the responses from everyone who has visited and taken in a show and we want to say a massive THANK YOU for coming came along. We’ve loved every minute! Now we’re off to plan next year’s Roundabout programme and we’re determined to knocks your socks off – see you then!

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Arts Council backing for Roundabout

High fives at PPHQ with the news that Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme will invest £784,052 in the future of Roundabout.

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This is really exciting news for us because it means that we’ll be able to deliver festivals of brand new work in Roundabout every year for the next three years and develop and expand our already exciting partnerships in Barnsley, Margate, Lincoln, Kendal, Cornwall, Stoke-on-Trent and Salford right through to 2018.

Our aim is for Roundabout to become a creative hub everywhere it visits showcasing top notch new plays from PP alongside locally produced and curated festivals tailored to each community – engaging audiences while giving a platform to local talent.

Here’s what our ADs James & George had to say:

“We are indebted to Arts Council England for the belief and support evidenced by this investment from the Strategic Touring Programme. This enables us to further realise the potential of Roundabout to offer people across the UK access to the best new theatre. We look forward to working with key partners including Margate Theatre Royal, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and Brewery Arts Centre Kendal to invite local people to curate and take part in festivals of new work in Roundabout in their home towns.”

Roundabout launched as the centerpiece of our 40th anniversary programme in 2014 thanks to the generous support of principal funder Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation along with J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, John Ellerman Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.  This funding from the Arts Council will help us pop-up all over England and ensures that the Roundabout will form an integral part of future Paines Plough’s programmes.

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We love being out on the road, sharing our shows with audiences far and wide, and we’re super chuffed that we’ll be able to continue doing that in Roundabout. Thanks to everyone at Arts Council England for their belief and support, and thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm for Roundabout.

We’ll be popping up in a town near you soon…

HOPELESSLY DEVOTED (thanks) to you

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It’s just over a month since we brought down the curtain on Kate Tempest’s extraordinary play HOPELESSLY DEVOTED.

Since we premièred the show with our co-producers Birmingham Rep back in 2013, it has visited 43 different theatres. We’ve performed in fields and at German theatre festivals, on campus at Universities and at local arts centres: we’ve been anywhere and everywhere finishing with a bang  at London’s Roundhouse just before Christmas.

We’ve received an overwhelming response to the show over the past few months, so rid us of those January blues we’ve picked our fave bits of your feedback to share here.

Brilliant, great acting, very moving.  Made me cry.  What’s coming next?  Can’t wait!
Karen Raphu, Aylesbury

Saw @painesplough #HopelesslyDevoted by @katetempest @Pegatweet *Brilliant* young people that we took lit up like Xmas trees! Great theatre!
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Best show I’ve seen since being at uni!  Honestly amazing!
James Ashfield, Lincoln

With the help of the incredible Roundhouse Digital Productions team we also live streamed HOPELESSLY DEVOTED online. We’ve just checked out the viewing figures:

664 people watched the show live with overall playbacks totalling 2,365 in 30 countries.

@painesplough @RoundhouseLDN Wow! amazing stuff. big thanks for bringing #KTHopelesslyDevoted to my kitchen in #Manchester. Incredible show.

Boom. Thanks for tuning in y’all. AND to all of you who came and watched – a MASSIVE thank you.  We loved performing the show for you and reading your feedback.

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INSIGHTS with the WASTED cast

The cast of WASTED were lovely enough to answer a few questions about the third (THIRD) nationwide tour of Kate Tempest‘s debut play.

With Canterbury, Aberystwyth, Peterborough and Sheffield under our belt, WASTED will be bulldozing into Leeds University Union later tonight, with Buckingham University rounding off the week!

Here’s what the wonderful cast had to say:

Next week we’re in Warwick and Lincoln, before we head back to our lovely London co-producers The Roundhouse.

For tickets and info, click on the links below:

8 November Leeds University Union, Riley Smith Hall
9 November University of Buckingham, The Radcliffe Centre
11 – 12 November University of Warwick, Copper Rooms One
14 November Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
16 – 24 November Roundhouse, London

Get set to get WASTED

By popular demand… it’s back.

Kate Tempest‘s WASTED sets off on another nationwide tour next week prior to a second run at London’s Roundhouse.

The show began life at the Latitude Festival back in the mists of 2011, and has since played almost 70 dates across the UK from Bromsgrove to Bestival to Bracknell.

This Autumn sees WASTED visit student unions as part of our inaugural CAMPUS tour, before returning to The Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Fesitval.

We’re welcoming Cary Crankson and Bradley Taylor back to the cast, and unveiling our new signing Alice Haig, who plays the role of Charlotte.

Kicking off in Canterbury next Wednesday, WASTED then heads of to…

CANTERBURY -The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, 30 October 2013
ABERYSTWYTH – Aberystwyth Students Union at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 2 November 2013
PETERBOROUGH – Key Theatre, Peterborough, 6 November 2013
SHEFFIELD – University of Sheffield, The School of English Theatre Workshop, 7 November 2013
LEEDS – Leeds University Union, 8 November 2013
BUCKINGHAM – University of Buckingham, The Radcliffe Centre, 9 November 2013
WARWICK – Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Copper Rooms One, Student Union, 11 – 12 November 2013
LINCOLN – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, 14 November 2013
LONDON – Roundhouse, London, 16 – 24 November 2013

CAMPUS is PP’s new initiative to tour the best new plays to the heart of campus. WASTED has already played a host of non-traditional theatre spaces from music festivals to schools to an empty shop in Coventry, and now it’s headed for the sticky basements of student unions. We’re passionate about taking our work to everyone, everywhere, and CAMPUS is our latest venture in making new plays more accessible.

If you’re a student and would like us to visit your campus, hit us up.

Meantime, check out the WASTED trailer here, or browse our Flickr gallery.

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Tiny Volcanoes on Tour!

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This evening Paines Plough in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse will be presenting Laurence Wilson’s TINY VOLCANOES at the New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury.

Fusing theatre, comedy, poetry and tub-thumping tunes, two actors play a host of characters in an excoriating inquisition into broken Britain.

For tonight’s performance, book tickets here.

You can view full details about TINY VOLCANOES here.

This week you can also see TINY VOLCANOES on the 4th November at 8pm at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln (book tickets here) and also on the 5th November at 8pm at the Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (book tickets here).