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Roundabout @ Albion Sq, Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent)

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Roundabout in Ablion Square, Hanley.

We’re back in Stoke-on-Trent! A year has flown by since we were last in Abion Square with Roundabout and now we’re back with three brand new shows to share with the wonderful people of Hanley. We open on Thursday with a packed schedule of events for all the family including free workshops on poetry and sculpture making. We’re popping up in Albion Square in Hanley town centre from Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October. If you need help finding us why not check out Google Maps who happened to be filming when Roundabout was around last year – click here to have a look around.

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Roundabout is officially famous.

Thursday 20 October:

20:00 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:30 // Post Show Talk with the cast

Friday 21 October:

11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:30 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
16:00 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
19:00 // MAN UP by the New Vic Youth Theatre (curtain raiser)
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
20:40 // Post Show Talk with the cast

Saturday 22 October: 

10:30 // Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello!)
12:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
14:00 // Baby Sensory class in Roundabout
15:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
16:00 // Post Show Talk with the cast
18:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
19:30 // POETRY TAKEAWAY LIVE
20:45 // NOW IT’S NOT THE TIME by Scratch n Sniff Theatre Co.

Sunday 23 October: 

11:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:00 – 16:00 // Sculpture Making Workshop with Shaun Doyle (free, drop in anytime)
12:00 – 16:00 // Poetry Picnic with The Poetry Takeaway (free, drop in anytime)
14:00 // Roundabout Birthday Party
15:15 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
16:15 // POETRY PICNIC PERFORMANCE

You can book for all events through Appetite’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01782 381373. Or just wander over to Albion Square – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the pop-up Appetite Box Office up until the performance.

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Audiences pile into Roundabout.

Did you know?

We love this section of the Appetite website. We’ve picked out our favourite facts about the team there.

Karl Greenwood (Project Director) – Karl’s passion for creativity started when he bought a pink bass guitar at age 14 for £20 and he hasn’t looked back since.
Gemma Thomas (Creative Producer) – Gemma is a vegetarian but is partial to the odd prawn cracker (don’t worry Gemma, we won’t tell).
Gary Cicinskas (Programme Manager) – Gary’s background is traditionally in community arts but he also used to be a head chef, a waiter and he used to make Doc Martins for a living.

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Roundabout in Albion Square, Hanley.

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.

Newbury

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!

Team PP x

We’re off to… Stoke

Roundabout arrives at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent today on the final stop of the year (sob!). Tonight’s performance of EVERY BRILLIANT THING is sold out, but fear not as we have a plethora of plays and specially programmed one-off events that you can still grab tickets for.

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For those of you coming to join us, our friends at Appetite have compiled a compendium of what to see, do, eat, and drink while you’re in town.

Must see

Stoke-on-Trent (otherwise called The Potteries) is having something of a ceramics renaissance at the mo, so whilst you’re here check out the British Ceramics Biennial, in full swing over in the grand surroundings of the former Spode Factory. A 5 minute walk from the train station, you’ll find the latest in cutting edge ceramic art.

In the City Centre, check out Entrepreneurs, an artist led shop with a public exhibition space upstairs. And just down from Roundabout (opposite the beautiful Bethesda Chapel) you’ll also stumble upon a fauno-tastic new mural (below) by graffiti artist Faunographic, commissioned by Entrepreneurs for Appetite’s Big Feast.

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Also in Piccadilly there’s contemporary art gallery Airspace currently featuring the exhibition ‘Icon’.

If you have time why not stroll along the canal to Burslem and have cup a tea in the recently renovated Middleport Pottery, the home of the world-famous Burleigh, soon to be seen on BBC’s The Great British Pottery Thrown Down, or take a factory tour at The Emma Bridgewater Factory.

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If you’re feeling historical why not pop your head into the famous Staffordshire Hoard exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. If you’re with kids or fancy a splash around, on Festival Park just outside the City Centre, you’ll also find the epic Waterworld.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel is in stumbling distance of the City Centre and there’s also the Great Western Moat House Hotel just a little further away.

Where to eat

In Hanley head to Cafe Zest, café by day and bistro by night or The Exchange, which does burgers and typical pub fare. There’s also Roberto’s for Italian, The Church Bar and Restaurant for upscale British food and Peter’s Tavern for authentic Czech food.A little outside the City Centre there’s also the fantastic Med Bar for authentic Italian.

While you’re here of course don’t miss the world famous Staffordshire oatcake! For the ultimate hot crispy oatcake head to the Oatie Mostons stand, 2 mins from Roundabout, and ask for a cheese and bacon. Warning: only get the large if you’re feeling ravenous!

Where to drink

Stoke’s home to some great pubs. Why not try The Holy Inadequate in Etruria or The Bulls Head in Burslem, the brewery tap of the local Titanic Brewery.

There’s also the reputedly haunted The Leopard in Burslem if you’re feeling spooky or the cosy surroundings of The Glebe in Stoke just 5 mins from the station.

In Hanley there’s the recently opened Bottle Craft which has a tasting room, The Exchange bar and the historic Coachmakers Arms. If you like your ale real, The Hop Inn in Newcastle is 2015 winner of Potteries CAMRA pub of the year.

Where to get coffee

Try tsp. for great coffee, cupcakes and nice surroundings down in Piccadilly in Hanley, also featuring murals by local artist Eight.bit. There’s also the Spitfire Café at the Mitchell Arts Centre a little further down the road and Blondies Twisted Tea Room, in the centre of Hanley. Hang out at The Bread in Common café at the British Ceramics Biennial, run by community arts company B-Arts, it’s a great place to chill and munch on some fantastic bread made in their unique bread oven.