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Roundabout 2017

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Roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent 2015.

We’re excited to announce our rep of three brand new plays for Roundabout 2017. Roundabout will pop-up outside Theatr Clwyd in June and July before embarking on a UK tour to Salford, Poole, Margate, Kendal, Stoke-on-Trent, Darlington, Lincoln and Luton.

James and George had this to say:

“Roundabout will again tour the UK with three world premieres in partnership with Theatr Clwyd and theOrange Tree. Elinor Cook’s OUT OF LOVE is a very funny, topical, heart-tugging exploration of female friendship spanning 30 years. We’re honoured to be premiering another of Elinor’s plays following TEN WEEKS in Programme 2016. Elinor was on attachment to Paines Plough through The Big Room in 2011 and has since won the George Devine Award and become one of the most vital, distinctive new voices in theatre. Roundabout will also host the World Premiere of Brad Birch’s new play BLACK MOUNTAIN, a nerve-jangling psychological thriller showcasing the style and comic brio that marks Brad out in the vanguard of Welsh playwrights. HOW TO BE A KID is a vivid new play for young people by Manchester’s Sarah McDonald Hughes which tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing to Taylor Swift.”

Read all about the new plays below.

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
BLACK MOUNTAIN
By Brad Birch

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Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes.

They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set themselves rules: they have to be honest, they have to listen and they have to be fair.

But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission Brad Birch.

BLACK MOUNTAIN will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

Better Than She Should Be Web Treated

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever.

But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

‘Intelligent and savagely funny’ The Times on Elinor Cook

OUT OF LOVE will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

 

A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production
HOW TO BE A KID
By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

How To Be A Kid Web Treated

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore.

Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?

Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in.

Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

For ages 7+.

HOW TO BE A KID will tour in Roundabout in September and October.

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Eat | Sleep | Rave | Repeat (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK on tour)

Seroca Davis in With A Little Bit of Luck (cred. James White)

Seroca Davis in With A Little Bit of Luck (cred. James White)

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK has been on tour since 13 April and we’re 24 venues in our 29 date tour so Eat Sleep Rave Repeat has become a daily routine for us out on the road. We wanted to share some of the tour highlights with you. First up The Spring in Havant who went all out and programmed a full evening of entertainment.

On Saturday night the audience were treated to a gig from Music Fusion at 8pm, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK from 9pm, Beats & Swing at 10pm and then DJ Luck & MC Neat from 11pm. Now that’s a night out.

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With A Little Bit of Luck at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

This is what WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK is all about. Part gig. Part theatre. The audience were up and dancing from 8pm to midnight. It was a brilliant night and we can’t thank The Spring enough for putting together such an exciting programme.

MC Neat at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

MC Neat at The Spring in Havant (cred. James White)

A few weeks earlier at Studio 3 Arts in Barking we were warmed up by New Movementz, a talented crew of street dancers, who’d created bespoke routines to garage classics. As if that wasn’t enough, after Seroca, Martyna and Gabriel had strutted their stuff in WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK UKG legend Kele le Roc performed in a post-show PA.

Kele le Roc at Studio 3 Arts (cred. )

Kele le Roc at Studio 3 Arts (cred. Rosie Ross)

New Movementz perform pre-show at Studio 3 Arts (cred. )

New Movementz perform pre-show at Studio 3 Arts (cred. Josh Pearce)

It’s not all about late nights and late starts though. Our wonderful Associate Director, and director of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, Stef O’Driscoll has been running workshops at a number of venues across the tour. Pictured below are the crew from Looping The Loop learning about gig-theatre in the historic Theatre Royal Margate. Who says you can’t rave under a proscenium arch?

Stef O'Discroll runs a gig-theatre workshop at the Theatre Royal Margate (cred. Dik Ng)

Stef O’Discroll runs a gig-theatre workshop at the Theatre Royal Margate (cred. Dik Ng)

You’ve still got a few more chances to catch WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK before it finishes touring including the ever brilliant Brighton Fringe and a week at Roundhouse. Full tour dates list here.