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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 @ 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)

 

#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 Rehersal Room: An extensive range of dungarees

As we gear up for previews (TONIGHT, AH!) we thought we’d take a look back on our last day in the rehearsal room before our tech rehearsals.

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Thinking, planning, rehearsing (cred. Helen Murray)

It’s getting more populous in here as we get closer to putting the plays in the Roundabout itself. As well as having the writers working with us in the room, we’ve had movement workshops with Kate Sagovsky (I couldn’t resist joining in), Elspeth, our dialect coach, helping the actors with their Merthyr accent and also their Ron-Burgundy-from-Anchorman, and an extensive range of dungarees on offer from Kat, the costume designer. We’ve also been working with a film crew to create trailers for the three shows which I’m really excited about, so look out for those.

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Caitlin thinks about tech week… (cred. Helen Murray)

Dom, our Sound Designer, comes bearing gifts of a beautiful indie soundtrack for LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY and high-octane sound effects for I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY which range from gross to hilarious, some of which make the PP team in the office next door to the rehearsal room jump a bit (sorry guys). Prema, our Lighting Designer, gave me a sneak peak at the visual simulation of Roundabout that she’s been using to create the lighting design, because we are living in the future.

Basically, if you picture the Avengers assembling, walking in slow motion with big explosions in the background, that’s the creative team behind these shows right now. Boom.

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“So no one wants to be Hawk-Eye?” (cred. Helen Murray)

See you next time, when we’ll be in the Roundabout itself in Hackney!

Anna.

Roundabout Rehearsal Room: 3 actors, 55 characters

Hello! Welcome to the latest update from the Roundabout rehearsal room. The plays are up on their feet now and it’s all kicking off. The circular stage has been marked out in tape on the floor by Caitlin, our Stage Manager, with the yellow, blue and pink of the seats around the edges. The colour codes, arrows and crosses all help, because rehearsing three plays at once in the round can be figuratively and literally dizzying.

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Colourful rehearsals = black and white photos (cred. Helen Murray)

The circle comes to life as we explore the huge amount of possibilities for playing in it – it can feel like an intimate little stage or a huge space depending on the dynamics in the scene we’re doing. Altogether, we’ve counted 55 different characters across all the plays, and that makes for a lot of different accents and shapes. We aren’t using any set or props, which means all the focus is on the actors, and they’re conjuring everything from a bedroom to an entire Welsh town to a giant slug in our imaginations.

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Richard Corgan counts how many characters he’s playing… (cred. Helen Murray)

At the end of the week, we went to the beautiful space at Half Moon Theatre to show I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY to a young audience. We got some lovely and useful feedback, including “when’s the sequel?” (top secret, sorry guys), and someone compared it to the amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender, which reminds me – I need to watch the last series.

This week’s top tip comes not from me but from one of the actors, and it’s about wearing loose clothing when playing mythical creatures.

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Director George reacts to Andy’s wardrobe malfunction (cred. Helen Murray)

See you next time!

Anna

Roundabout Rehearsal Room Blog: The beginning

Hi, I’m Anna! I’m the new Trainee Director at Paines Plough and I’ll be assistant directing the Roundabout plays this year – GROWTH, I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY and LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY. I’ve just moved to London to work at PPHQ and in between rehearsals you can find me skipping delightedly across Waterloo Bridge like I’m Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada and I’ve just arrived in New York.

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Rehearsal room walls (cred. Helen Murray)

Back to the rehearsal room – the first thing you would notice if you came in would be the walls. They started off blank and inviting, and quickly began to fill up. Detailed maps of Merthyr Tydfil, pictures of Captain Planet and The Incredibles, and medical information about orchidectomies cover every surface, along with timelines of each play. As the days go by, all the work we’re doing on the texts manifests itself on the walls, and it begins to look like the office of a particularly eclectic and obsessive private investigator *sips scotch*.

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Hilarious moments with Remy Beasley (cred. Helen Murray)

Incidentally, investigating is exactly what we’re doing at the table in rehearsals (stunning segue Anna) – lots of going through the plays, hearing them out loud, playing and finding information about the characters and stories. Beautiful and hilarious moments emerge, and already I’ve learned a lot about the initial rehearsal process for new writing, about day-to-day life at PPHQ, and NEVER to Google ‘hybrid taxidermy’ (I’m serious, don’t do it guys).

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Anna accidentally googles ‘hybrid taxidermy’ (cred. Helen Murray)

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with more rehearsal updates,

Anna

Roundabout Rehearsals are go

It’s that time of year again. We’re back in the rehearsal room and buzzing with excitement for another Roundabout season.

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Plays.

If you’re late to the party and haven’t heard about our three new plays you can read about all them here: LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY, GROWTH and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

On Monday last week we welcomed our rep of three brilliant actors to PPHQ: Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush. We’ll be interviewing all the team as rehearsals go on so watch this space!

After introductions it was time to crack on with a first day staple: read throughs but not without a delay… we tucked in to a few treats from our new Company Stage Manager Caitlin. We like Caitlin.

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Treats.

After emerging from a cloud of puff pastry and cinnamon we got down to business and read GROWTH by Luke Norris. Andy plays Tobes throughout while Remy and Richard play a whole host of characters from Tobes’ boss to Tobes’ doctor and everyone in between.

After a quick water break we fell head first into a world of goblins and gargoyles but thankfully we had three teenage superheroes on hand to help us out. Ethan, William and Fiona discover their superpowers just in time to save the world in Katie DouglasI GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. Saving the world is hungry work though so we stopped for some lunch.

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Actors.

Post-lunch we ventured into The Valleys for Alan Harris‘ LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY. We zoom from location to location, Tesco to Biotech Medical Research Unit, Castle Hotel to Gurnos, ice cream van to the Conservative Club.

That concludes our first day of Roundabout rehearsals. What are you most looking forward to? What part of the process do you want to hear more about? Let us know and you never know, we might be able to provide some extra insight!

#RoundaboutPP