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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,


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.



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.



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.



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!


Roundabout casting annoucement

Here at PPHQ we’re very excited to announce the cast for our Roundabout season. The brilliant trio of Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris, GROWTH by Luke Norris and I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas which will premiere this August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK. Full Roundabout dates here.

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Remy Beasley

Remy is best known for playing Beyonce Evans in Sky1’s recent Welsh set comedy drama Stella, written by and starring Ruth Jones MBE (Gavin & Stacey), and recent stage credits include playing the lead role in the National Theatre Wales’ festive theatre-gig The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, created by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price.

Full credits:

Remy trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include THE INSATIABLE, INFLATABLE CANDYLION (National Theatre Wales), SYMPHONY (Nabokov/Vault Festival/Lyric Hammersmith/National Theatre Live), SILLY KINGS (National Theatre Wales), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), LITTLE DOGS (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre Wales), NABOKOV FAIRYTALES (Nabokov), GASLIGHT (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), LOVE STEALS US FROM LONELINESS (National Theatre Wales), IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nabokov).

Television credits include GWAITH CARTREF (Fiction Factory), STELLA (Tidy Productions/Sky One), CRITICAL (Sky One), PERFECT SUMMER (BBC Wales Television).

Film credits include LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER (Mulholland Pictures + Barnsbury Pictures).

Richard Corgan

Richard Corgan

Richard is also well known for his TV credits playing the lead role in BBC Wales’ drama Baker Boy as well the BBC medical drama Doctors.  Recent stage credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (2015).

Full credits:

Richard trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (NO:1 U.K. TOUR), MACBETH and THE CHANGELING (Barbican Theatre, Tobacco Factory) PRESS OK R&D (Royal National Theatre), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Singapore Repertory Theatre), GARDENING: FOR THE UNFULFILLED AND ALIENATED (Latitude Festival/Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe 1st winner), A PROVINCIAL LIFE (National Theatre Wales), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Sprite Productions), MACBETH (Sprite Productions), TWELFTH NIGHT (Sprite Productions), TAMING OF THE SHREW (The Globe), ROMEO & JULIET (LCM), FLOWERS FROM TUNISIA (Torch Theatre), BOEING BOEING (RCT) FROZEN, MERLIN AND THE CAVE OF DREAMS (Sherman Cymru), OTHELLO & CYRANO DE BERGERAC(Royal Opera House), THE LONG, THE SHORT AND THE TALL (Pleasance, Islington). WHITE DEVIL (Redgrave Theatre), NSFW (Waking Exploits).

Television credits include BAKER BOYS (BBC Wales), Series Regular in Doctors (BBC), CAUGHT IN THE WEB (BBC), THE B-WORD (BBC Wales), POBOL Y CWM (S4C), HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE PALACE (BBC, Live).

Film credits include CANARIES (Maple Dragon), DIANA (Ecosse Films), MAGPIE (Nowhere Fast Productions).

Radio Credits include: FOURSOME (BBC Radio 4), BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (Christchurch Studios), GREAT ORMOND ST CHRISTMAS CAROL (LBC).

Andy Rush

Andy Rush

Andy will soon appear in ID2: Shadwell Army, (the sequel to cult 90s film I.D.) and recent stage credits include the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed production of TIPPING THE VELVET (2015). Paines Plough fans will recognise Andy from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS.

Andy trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include TIPPING THE VELVET (Lyric Hammersmith), UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA (Pink Snail Theatre Company), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough), MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (The Lamb Players), HELLO/GOODBYE (Hampstead Theatre), LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (The Lamb Players), THE KITCHEN SINK (The Bush Theatre) SENSE (Made by Brick), ANNA KARENINA (The Arcola Theatre), ROMEO & JULIET (Cheltenham Everyman).

Television credits include WATERLOO ROAD (Headstrong Pictures), TOMMY COOPER – NOT LIKE THAT, LIKE THIS (Left Bank Pictures), WIZARDS VS ALIENS (BBC), NEW TRICKS (Wall to Wall).

Film credits include ID2: SHADWELL ARMY (Parrallax Pictures), HERE & NOW (Small But Tall Films Ltd).

We’ll be blogging from the rehearsal room soon with interviews from Remy, Richard, Andy and the rest of the creative team. Watch this space.


We’re recruiting for Roundabout in Edinburgh

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WANTED: Enthusiastic and motivated people to join Team PP in Edinburgh.

Listen up. This August we’re super pleased to be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with ROUNDABOUT. From 5 – 28 August, ROUNDABOUT will pop up in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall and house a season of extraordinary work all performed in a thrilling 360 degree setting.


We’re seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to work across two teams for the duration of the festival. These teams are:

- Visitor Services
- Street Team


Street Team

– Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
– Talking to the public about the shows.
– Sticking up and stapling reviews.
– Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows.

Visitor Services

– Welcoming audience members into Roundabout.
– Taking tickets and seating audience members.
– Managing latecomers.
– Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.


You will be paid an hourly rate depending on your age:

– £6 per hour for 18- 20 year olds.
– £7 per hour for 20- 25 year olds.
– £7.20 per hour for 25 and over.


– We pay above minimum wage.
– Training from Paines Plough’s and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
– A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 120 shows. Pass holders also receive discounts at the Summerhall cafe, restaurant, concessions and bars. As usual the Summerhall programme is excellent. You can check it out here. All that for free.
– Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
– An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.


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Paines Plough present
GROWTH by Luke Norris

Paines Plough & Half Moon present

Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Prime Cut productions presents
SCORCH by Stacey Gregg

Walrus presents

Jonny & the Baptists

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with SOHO Theatre present

Ghost Quartet presents

Fly By Night Productions presents


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.


Send a cover letter, CV explaining your relevant experience, and your availability during the festival to with the subject ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/[STREET TEAM or VISITOR SERVICES]’. You are more than welcome to apply for both teams in one application, in which case, please use the subject line ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/BOTH’.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Deadline for applications: Monday 13 June, 12pm

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to our recruitment day in London Thursday 16 June. or in exceptional cases be interviewed by Skype or phone if they cannot attend the recruitment day.

All staff are required to attend one of our training days in either London or Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training dates are as follows:

- Hackney Showroom, London – Sunday 17th July
- Summerhall, Edinburgh – Friday 29th July

Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

To access the full job description visit the ‘Get Involved’ section on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Full Roundabout EdFringe Programme

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

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 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.

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GROWTH by Luke Norris
13:35 Dates Aug 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.

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Paines Plough & Half Moon present
11:00 Dates Aug 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.

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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).

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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.

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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).



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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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We’re recruiting a Company Stage Manager for the ROUNDABOUT season

We’re on the lookout for a friendly and dedicated Company Stage Manager to join the good ship ROUNDABOUT and team PP this year. Could it be you? Details below:


To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to

Application deadline: Friday 29 April, 10am

About Roundabout:

Roundabout is our beautiful pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168-seats wrapped around the stage, state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

This year Roundabout will host three brand new plays, directed by our joint Artistic Director George Perrin and performed by a rep of three actors. The plays are:

A Paines Plough production
GROWTH by Luke Norris

A Paines Plough, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Sherman Cymru production

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production


London, Rehearsals: w/c 16 May
London, Tech and previews in Roundabout: w/c 11 and 18 July
Edinburgh Tech and rehearsals in Roundabout: w/c 25 July
Performances Edinburgh Festival: 4 – 29 August
UK Tour: 5 September – 19 November

Job Purpose:

To support the Director and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well-being of the company. To operate all Paines Plough shows and with the Technical Stage Managers providing a safe, tidy and welcoming environment within the Roundabout auditorium for all audiences.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

• To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer
• To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer
• To take joint responsibility with the Technical Stage Managers on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road
• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
• To be jointly responsible with the TSM’s for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
• To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers to liaise with the FOH at each tour venue to ensure the smooth running of the shows and Roundabout auditorium.
• Cover the running and/or operating of all 3 Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
• To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
• To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
• To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.
• Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified
• To deliver rehearsal and show reports for all Roundabout productions to Paines Plough staff and the creative team.
• To support and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour

Person Specification


• Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company
• Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
• An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
• Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
• A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
• Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
• Experience of and ability to operate QLab
• Good team player


• First Aid trained

Fee: £447.50 p/w for rehearsals and w/c 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov and £550 p/w for Edinburgh and the tour.

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to with the subject heading: ROUNDABOUT CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Friday 29 April, 10am

Interview dates: Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May.

Please note you must be available on one of the interview dates.

You can download the full job description here.

Programme 2016

Here we go… the grand unveiling of our Programme 2016 in all its glory. A host of new plays from red hot writers hitting the road to the four corners of our green and pleasant land.

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Here’s a snapshot:

ROUNDABOUT features a new rep of three brand new plays by Katie Douglas, Alan Harris and Luke Norris at Summerhall in Edinburgh and on tour to Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

The world premiere of BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells opens with our co-producers Live Theatre in Newcastle prior to a UK Tour.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz tours to 29 venues nationwide.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is back on home soil by popular demand following an international tour.

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM comes to London with a week of live events across the capital featuring 30 playwrights.

Elinor Cook’s TEN WEEKS opens in London tonight.

Our transatlantic collaboration with legendary New York company Naked Angels sees two new radio plays by Nathan Bryon and Lucy Gillespie released as free to listen downloads.

Here’s what James & George have to say about it all:

“We’re raring to hit the road to the four corners of the UK with this cracking programme of new plays from some of the most exciting writers around. Roundabout will pop-up across the country with comedies from Luke Norris and Alan Harris, a superhero tale for children from Katie Douglas and a host of events from international visiting companies and local community groups, bringing a festival feel to every place it visits. We’re honoured to be working with talents as innovative as Sabrina Mahfouz – whose UK Garage musical is theatre you can rave to – and Tom Wells whose heart-warming new play will delight fans of his previous Paines Plough hit Jumpers For Goalposts. With Every Brilliant Thing returning to the UK after an international tour, London stories in Come To Where I’m From and new plays from Elinor Cook, Nathan Bryon, Lucy Gillespie, there’s a play for everyone, everywhere in Programme 2016.”

Paines Plough presents
2016 sees the return of Roundabout, our award-winning pop-up theatre. The all new Roundabout programme will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then touring nationwide.

Roundabout will tour nationwide in partnership with The Lowry, Hall For Cornwall, Margate Theatre Royal, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brewery Arts Centre, Barnsley Civic, Appetite Stoke-on-Trent and Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate in Luton.

In rep will be three World Premieres…

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production
By Alan Harris

A deliciously quirky comedy from Alan Harris about two teenagers in Merthyr Tydfil who fall in love in Tesco but face a fight to save their parents from self-destruction.

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A Paines Plough production
By Luke Norris

A very funny new play from Luke Norris about a 20-something who tries to ignore a lump until it’s almost too late.

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A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
By Katie Douglas

An epic superhero quest for ages 7 to 11-year-olds from Katie Douglas.


PLUS… Roundabout will again host a programme of visiting companies at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour, and see the return of EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more.

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
By Tom Wells

The brand new play from JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS writer Tom Wells. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of three teenagers dreaming of rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

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A Paines Plough and Latitude Festival production
by Sabrina Mahfouz

Our hit UK Garage musical is back in our rehearsal room and getting set to hit the road to 29 venues nationwide. This is theatre you can rave to.


A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Our worldwide hit show is back on home soil in Edinburgh and on a UK tour this Autumn.

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A Paines Plough and Tamasha production

Since 2010 more than 100 playwrights have written plays about the place they call home as part of our nationwide project, but never in London… until now…


A Paines Plough and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production
by Elinor Cook

Elinor Cook’s electrifying new play about the Alpha course transfers to The Gate in Notting Hill following its Cardiff premiere.

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Paines Plough and Naked Angels present
BILAL’S BIRTHDAY by Nathan Bryon
322 DAYS by Lucy Gillespie

Our transatlantic partnership with New York legends Naked Angels has resulted in these two cracking radio plays from rising US star Lucy Gillespie and our very own Playwright Fellow Nathan Bryon.

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Woop. And there’s lots more to come including a mega programme of visiting companies, one-off shows, events, workshops and fun stuff in Roundabout, the return of EARLIER/LATER, festival appearances, more tour dates, and probably other stuff we think up as we go along too.

But for now, welcome to Programme 2016. We hope you like it.


Two new homes for our Prototype


Remember way back in September when we announced our Roundabout Prototype was looking for a good home? Well, after sifting through lots of brilliant applications and innovative ideas for using the prototype we’d like to have given it to everyone, but two applications particularly stood out. We’re delighted to announce that ownership of the Prototype will shared between: RIFT based in Tottenham, and THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE based in North Yorkshire.

Both applications were brimming with brilliance, and we think that sharing the Prototype in this way allows it to retain some the Roundabout DNA as it travels up and down the country every year.



Since 2011, THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE, have been making and creating work in North Yorkshire.

They have popped up in country pubs, barns, back gardens and front rooms and have now set up base in an 18th Century converted Watermill. Their previous output includes Beulah, BABYLON and Fable (which you can catch at the VAULT Festival!). Plus they produce events like The Little Festival Of Everything, programming folks like RashDash, Third Angel, Chris Thorpe, Chris Stokes, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Hannah Nicklin, Little Mighty and Hunting Bears.

From May – September, the Prototype will set up shop with them. Their aim is to turn it in to a meeting place – a place for artists to come and stay and play and create, and a place for the local community to come and make, input and be a part of a growing rural arts ecology.

They’ll be announcing some details of a first season very soon. So keep an eye on their website, twitter and Facebook.


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RIFT are Felix Mortimer and Joshua Nawras. RIFT’s mission is to tell stories without boundaries.

After spending the summer in Yorkshire, the Prototype will make the move to STYX in Tottenham Hale, North London where Felix and Josh have worked for five years.  Since establishing STYX in June they have already staged performances and worked with the Royal Court, Young Vic, Belarus Free Theatre and LIFT and hosted 12 international companies who have been in residence in their current space. They have opened a pop up pizza parlour, bespoke architectural pavilion and Library (home to local playwright in residence Annie Jenkins). RIFT’s vision for the Prototype is that it will enliven their area with stories, open up dialogues between communities and showcase the voices of Tottenham and beyond.

To find out more, you can watch this film about RIFT made early last year.


Team PP are thrilled that the Prototype will now allow THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE and RIFT to curate their own programmes of local and international artists for their communities to engage with and enjoy.

We’re delighted that the Prototype has found two such exciting new homes to invite artists and audiences to. We can’t wait to see what happens next…

Our Teacher’s a Troll: Reviews and Responses.

OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL, our fabulous show for children, is weaving it’s way across the country until 15th November. It’s left theatres full of giggling, excitable children (and adults!) in it’s wake – here’s a round-up of our favourite responses so far…


Tarvin Community Centre to host Our Teacher’s a Troll (Chester Chronicle)

Family show in Ellesmere Port by writer of West End hit  Matilda (Chester Chronicle)


You can catch the show at the the egg, Bath from today and tomorrow, and our final date is Sunday 15th November at The North Wall, Oxford.


See you there! – Team PP x

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.



“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)


“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)




“​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