The time has come. Roundabout is on tour. Our first post-Edinburgh date is as part of the Love Eccles Festival in Salford. We’ve partnered with the brilliant team at The Lowry to station Roundabout in Eccles Parish church 08-11 September. Between us and the wonderful Love Eccles Festival we’ve programmed a four day extravaganza with something for everyone.
Here’s everything that’s going on:
|18:00||WORKSHOP: MAKING WORK IN THE ROUND|
|19:30||LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY|
|21:00||MANFORD’S COMEDY CLUB|
|11:00||I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY|
|14:30||GROWTH (Baby Friendly)|
|15:30||ROUNDABOUT: MEET THE CAST|
|19:00||SALFORD’S TASTE OF HONEY|
|21:30||ROB AUTON: THE SLEEP SHOW|
|10:00||ROOTS, CULTURE AND IDENTITY|
|11:30||SOUNDWAVES AND WATERWAYS|
|13:00||ECCLES TALENT SHOWCASE|
|15:00||I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY (Relaxed)|
|16:00||ROUNDABOUT: MEET THE CAST|
|18:00||BARTON THEATRE COMPANY: UP YOUR STREET|
|19:30||LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY|
|10:30||YEMENI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION EVENT|
|14:30||I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY|
|16:30||LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY (Baby Friendly)|
You can book for any of these events on The Lowry’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 0843 208 6010.
Tickets are all £5 or less.
Did you know?
The brilliant Barton Theatre Company operate out of nearby Smiths Restaurant where the ticket price includes a meal. Sit down for your meal then head down the basement for a studio theatre performance. That’s our kind of venue.
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.
“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
“Lungs is “clever, excellent, and powerful”” (The Linc)
— Zest Theatre (@zesttheatre) September 24, 2015
“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)
— Kate Kneale (@KnealeK) October 9, 2015
“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.
Team PP x
EVERY BRILLIANT THING has been zigging and zagging it’s way across the UK for over a month now – phew! We set ourselves a mission to make the most of each location so asked our friends at The Lowry for the lowdown on what’s good round Salford way! Here’s their suggestions of what ‘brilliant things’ we could get up to…
Where to stay
The Holiday Inn Express on Salford Quays is great for spotting celebs on their way in and out of the BBC studios…
Where to eat
The Lowry Restaurant (of course!) Part of the theatre itself it’s ideally located if you’re coming to a show, having a wander round MediaCity or simply want to admire the Quays.
Where to drink
The Kings Arms in Salford is a brilliant little pub theatre – good beer, great shows and the best Sunday lunch in the city!
Where to get coffee
The Lowry’s Tower Coffee shop does great ‘Grumpy Mule’ coffee (it keeps the staff going!), though if you fancy heading a little further afield Pokusevskis café and deli at Mediacity UK is a definite winner!
In front of the big screen on the Piazza at MediaCity. In the summer you can lounge round on deck chairs and watch Wimbledon with a cool drink in hand – bliss!
Take the lift up to the top of the air shaft at the Imperial War Museum North for stunning views across the city and out to the Peak District on a clear day.
Sunday Sabbath? Not in the world of rock ‘n roll. With just one day in London to wash clothes and fold away any newly-bought Tartan from Glasgow, Paines Plough were on the 8.10am to Manchester to kick off rehearsals for The 8th.
The two shows could not stand in starker contrast. Good with People takes place in a lochside, marine base town in Scotland. The 8th, in the religious underbelly of the Deep South. The former is punctuated by unspoken thoughts and underlying tension, the latter by spiralling guitar solos and the raspy orations of a Christian preacher.
Slightly croaky-throated ourselves, we made our way across the city to the King’s Arms, Salford. Setting up in the upstairs room of the pub were Christian on keys, Jonny Wright on bass, Jonny Lexus on guitar, Pete on drums and Jamie also on keys. Our actor Reg, the voice of the preacher, was sipping water, preparing to rehearse all the spoken narrative sections of a musical piece.
This is no small task given that he is expected to tell these stories himself, colouring the details and bringing to life the important events in the journey purely by the way he narrates the tale. Added to that is the general distraction of strings, synth, drums and keys; it takes a certain type of actor to hold his ground centre stage in such a piece.
And yet, the tempo with which these rehearsals have to move does not allow for too much deliberation. Although lodged somewhere in the memory of most people in the room as they performed last time as well, there are only four days to put together a show that has eight singers doing eight different numbers. They have to work in harmony with the narrative that interweaves all their ‘sins’ together, so that Ché Walker and Paul Heaton’s lyrics and story can be appreciated in their entirety.
Maybe the way the room was set out best describes how the rehearsal room worked on day one. Everyone in the room created a circle, with the centre of the room the place to send the sound. Eye contact was crucial not only for timing, but also for everyone to be able to speak on behalf of their instrument or specific skill. Discussions were more often than not communal, and given that there were so many disciplines and ideologies present, sometimes translation work needed to be done.
If the creative team gave a note, and it needed to become manifest musically, it was for the musicians to decide how that might be achieved. They would improvise or suggest to one another as those less musically inclined listened. Whilst this was done, Reg might get some notes on where to best place the beats in his interventions, or which details in the story to really paint for the audience, so that the story is clear. Then everyone would come back and rehearse the same section, putting all the elements together.
Sometimes the note would have transferred itself to the music first time, others not. The musicians might not agree with a certain piece of direction, then listen to the explanation and agree, or vice versa. This process of trial and error continued until all the narrative sections had successfully been underscored, and everyone in the circle was happy with the final outcome.
Interspersed with this process were numerous fag breaks, pint refills and points of information from tour management about the schedule for the next week. The general feel of the room was extremely relaxed, but there was also a desire to finish what needed to be done. Which, by the end of the day, it was.
Day two is to be spent repeating what was produced on day one. Then the singers are to join, whilst the lyrics are refined with Che in the room.