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This summer Roundabout returns to Summerhall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 5-28. Roundabout will host up to 10 shows a day for 24 days. 225 productions in total. That’s nearly 300 hours of top notch entertainment with 37,800 tickets available.

And that’s just the beginning. After Edinburgh, Roundabout tours the nation stopping off at Margate, Eccles, Kendal, Barnsley, Stoke-on-Trent, Lincoln and Luton.

We’re excited to announce our full Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme including three world premières. Joint Artistic Directors James and George told us what to expect:

“We’re thrilled this cracking programme of new plays from some of the most exciting writers around will tour across the UK this summer and autumn. Roundabout will bring a festival feel to every place it visits with a host of locally curated and created shows and events alongside our own work. An offbeat love story from Alan Harris and an unflinching, side-splitting comedy from Luke Norris, join Katie Douglas’ superhero quest for children in an eclectic, fun-filled collection of new plays in our portable, pop-up theatre. In Edinburgh we’re honoured to present a programme of outstanding visiting work ranging from Stacey Gregg’s Irish Times Award Winning new play SCORCH to the hit Off-Broadway song cycle GHOST QUARTET.”

Our three world premières are LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris, GROWTH by Luke Norris and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas.


Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru & Theatr Clywd present
Time 13:35 Dates Aug 5, 7, 10, 17, 24, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. In Tesco. An offbeat love story about trying to fit in from acclaimed writer Alan Harris.

Tickets here.

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Paines Plough present
GROWTH by Luke Norris
13:35 Dates Aug 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27.

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off. It’s seriously cramping his style so there are pants to be dropped and decisions to be made. A comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris.

Tickets here.

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Paines Plough & Half Moon present
11:00 Dates Aug 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

Ethan, William and Fiona discover they have superpowers on their 13th birthday, just in time to save the world. Join our heroes on a magical quest for ages 7+ from acclaimed writer Katie Douglas.

Tickets here.

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Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
15.35 Dates Aug 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

The worldwide smash hit is back. A play about depression and the lengths we go to for loved ones. ★★★★ “Heart-wrenching, hilarious… possibly one of the funniest plays you will ever see” (The Guardian). “Captivating” (New York Times).

Tickets here.

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10:00 & 22:30 Dates Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28.

A series of early morning and late night one-off shows and events. Coffee and croissants with readings, talks, workshops, debates, insights and special guests. Get your fix of fresh ideas, brave new work and rip-roaring performances. These will be announced on our Twitter @painesplough and tickets will be available via Summerhall.

Now fully announced, see the full programme here.

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Prime Cut productions presents
SCORCH by Stacey Gregg
18:05 Dates Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29.

A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen inspired by recent court cases, lost amidst the headlines. Winner of the prestigious Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. ★★★★ ‘High quality’ (The Irish Times).

Tickets here.



Walrus presents
12:10 Dates Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29.

Walrus’ award-winning sell out show returns to Edinburgh. The average person says 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. A play about what we say and how we say it. ‘About as promising as debuts get’ (Time Out). ★★★★ ‘It’s bright, light and sharp – a rom-com with smarts’ (WhatsOnStage).

Tickets here.

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Jonny & the Baptists
19.35 Dates Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29.

In 2009, David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness doubled. A riotous musical epic about inequality, friendship and betrayal. ★★★★ ‘Rallying… gigglesome wordplay’ (Guardian). ★★★★ ‘Wickedly amusing’ (Times).

Tickets here.

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Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with SOHO Theatre present
16:40 Dates Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29.

Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) confronts humanity’s obsession with lying. ‘Simultaneously restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe.’ ★★★★ (Telegraph). ‘Laughs are frequent, unsignalled… brilliant.’ ★★★★ (Times).

Tickets here.

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Ghost Quartet presents
21:00 Dates Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29.

Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A raucous chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Tickets here.

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Fly By Night Productions presents
14:00, 17:00 & 20:00 Dates Aug 16.

Des Clarke hosts the recording of an exciting new stand-up TV series featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow. Proceeds to the STV Children’s Appeal.

Tickets here.

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Dispatches from Jersey #2 – Matt Hartley

This update is coming to you from the pool house. That’s right, I said it: The Pool house. Three days in I’m still getting my head round it. I won’t bang on about how luxurious and grand the Eulah is because that’s just showing off, but staring round my OBSCENELY large and luxurious room, it’s got me thinking about whether or not the location/ environment we write in affects the way/ what we write.

Matt Hartley (L) and James Graham (R) depicted in graffiti form

The five of us all came with different ideas about how we wanted to use the time at our disposal. For some it was finishing off plays, for others it was redrafting and for a couple of us it was to start something from scratch. I was in the start from scratch category. In the last few days we’ve got good at summarising what our plays are about in as few words as possible. So here is what the group are writing about:

Me: Baby stealing.

Sam: Monkeys.

Stacey: Biotechnology.

James: Gypsies.

Robin: Not sure yet.

I’m fascinated to know if this will have changed by the end of the week.

And this is why:

Looking out of my window I am spoilt for views. The sea, the Eulah’s beautiful grounds, the pool, James and Sam typing away in their respective bay windows, and perhaps it’s for these reasons that I’m finding it hard to get into the mindset of people who steal babies. Perhaps if I was looking out of my window back home, at the fence burglars recently broke when ransacking my house [ if anyone has recently been offered a great deal on a Black 58” frame, 24 gear, 2011 Specialized Allez road bike, please let me know ] I would find it easier to write. Is the tone of my piece changing because I am in luxurious surroundings, am I too relaxed to be writing? I look back at plays of mine from the past and I can’t help but notice how my environment at the time affected the plays: a play about siblings when I was living with my brother, a play about coke fueled city kids when I was working in a trendy bar in Angel.

Have I chosen the right play to write whilst I’m here? I don’t know. Time will tell. One thing I can safely say though, is that it won’t be the same play I thought it would be at the start of this week. I would  love to hear from people about whether they think their writing changes when they are in different environments.  Do you go somewhere different to write a certain type of play than you would to others? Do you have to be in control of your environment? Do plays become funny, tender, tougher, larger, smaller etc when you change where you’re working? All thoughts, queries, advice will be greatly appreciated…

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Anyway, I must crack on as I have a pool party to plan. That’s right George and I [the other pool house resident] are hosting a pool party on Friday night in true Paines Plough style. So far we have Mojito’s, Hip Hop and bathrobes on our list. Are we missing anything? What makes the ultimate pool party? I would say answers on a postcard but Tweet, @painesplough, instead. Ta.

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Dispatches from Jersey #1 – James Graham

Eulah House, Jersey - our home from home this week

Eulah House, Jersey - our home from home this week

In the departures lounge at Gatwick, we five writers (me, Matt, Sam, Robin, Stacey) and our directors (George and James) realised we actually knew very little about Jersey, and so we came up with a small list of ‘The Most Important Questions To Ask’ as soon as we arrived and found a proper real life Jersey … person. Jerseyite? Jerseyrian? Anyway (Jersey Boy?), so –

Number 1: has there ever been a fox on Jersey? (My mum the night before told me in all seriousness there’d never, ever been a fox on Jersey, which seemed just ridiculous so I made it my mission, in between writing plays and films, to find one and take a photo).

Number 2: what’s the deal with the cow in the house? (Matt had heard a story about a calf being raised in the attic of a house only for it to grow too big as a cow and they couldn’t get it back down the stairs so it got stuck there and is still there).

Number 3: does anyone pay any tax, honestly, and if not, what the hell’s going on with that?

When we arrived though, we soon forgot about our questions as we got picked up by Tom and our others hosts from the Jersey Arts Trust and taken to our lodgings for the week – the beautiful and huge Eulah House.

It all then got a bit controversial – wrongly, in my view – when we decided to pick rooms at random and I got the Honeymoon Suite; the largest best room in the house. Some insinuated it would be wasted on me. I’m not even sure I know what that means but I don’t like the implication. Anyway, everyone has a gorgeous room, even if they don’t have my four-poster bath (the first four-poster bath any of us had ever seen.)

We met and had dinner that night with our Jersey counterparts – writers Ben, Colin, Martha, Leon and Hannah, who are joining us in the house this week to write and stuff.

So yesterday (Tuesday) was our first full day of doing the thing we’ve been brought here to do, and that’s write. I’ve always been obsessed by how and where and when other writers write. Here’s my observations of today: Robin worked in the big living room with the Christmas tree, which sort of set a precedent and a lot of us writers migrated there throughout the day. Except Sam, who stayed in her room (not as big as mine), and likewise Stacey (likewise, tiny). George faced the view of the sea, I faced away. Martha and Ben took up positions on the sofa. Leon at the table. James has been attacking his inbox today; Matt opted to work for some of the day in the pool house where his room is (not as big as mine).

A handful of us opted for a bracing early morning walk along the promenade, which we may well repeat today. Someone else amongst us, enlisted to do tomorrow’s blog post, will no doubt let you know …

(p.s. the answer to our questions. 1/ no, apparently not, hence all the red squirrels, 2/ this is perhaps a myth 3/ no. No one does. And they’re fine with that).

Come To Where I’m From – Jersey

It's like this in Jersey even in December, apparently

Next week George and I are packing our bags and heading to the beautiful island of Jersey, accompanied by some of the best of British playwrighting talent.

We’ve been invited by The Jersey Arts Trust and we’re taking writers Robin French, James Graham, Stacey Gregg, Matt Hartley and Samantha Holcroft with us for a week-long residency.

The writers will be writing away under their own steam whilst George and I run some workshops for Jersey actors and writers.

Most excitingly, five playwrights from Jersey will be joining us on the residency, which culminates in our final PP show of 2011 – COME TO WHERE I’M FROM at The Jersey Opera House on Saturday 3 December at 8pm.

Ben Evans, Leon Fleming, Martha MacDonald, Hannah Patterson and Colin Scott will perform their work themselves live on stage.

Last year, we commissioned 61 playwrights to write plays about their home towns in everywhere from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle. Many of those plays are available as free-to-listen podcasts on our website.

We’re delighted to be producing COME TO WHERE I’M FROM in St Helier next week, and we’re hoping to podcast the plays too for those who can’t be there in person. Look out for more COME TO WHERE I’M FROM dates in 2012.

It’s incredibly exciting to be extending our relationship with The Jersey Arts Trust and theatre artists on the Island. Last March, Mike Bartlett and I spent a brilliant weekend working with actors and writers in St Helier and were blown away by the depth of talent we encountered.

We’ve created the residency to forge stronger links between the playwriting communities separated by the Channel. We’re inviting Ben, Leon, Martha, Hannah and Colin over to our gaff every evening to sink some wine, and we’re very much looking forward to lots of dicussions and debates and new friendships.

Rather stupidly George and I have offered to cook for all ten playwrights every night. Any good recipes or large numbers very gratefully received. Any any Jersey tourist tips welcome too.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress from Monday.