Category Archive: Roundabout

We’re off to… Cardiff!

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This week we’re off to Cardiff. It’s the final week of LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY’s Welsh tour after two weeks at Theatr Clwyd. We’ll be in the studio with our co-producers Sherman Theatre.

We’re delighted to be taking Alan Harris’ beautiful, heart-warming show to his home town. And only 25 miles from the play’s setting – Merthyr Tydfil.

We last visited Cardiff with Sam Burns’ NOT THE WORST PLACE in 2014 and Kate Tempest’s WASTED. We love it. We love it so much we comissioned four short plays from Welsh playwrights to be performed as part of our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series. You can here these on the free app available for download here. The writers are Alan Harris, Sam Burns, Tim Price, Bethan Marlow and Matthew Bulgo.

We’re big fans of a walk round Bute Park – following the River Taff. It’s only a 10 minute walk from the Sherman if you fancy it.

“A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

“Charming, cheering, and socially alert romantic comedy.”
★★★★ The Stage

“Endearing, uplifting and bursting with energy…more magical than the movies.”
★★★★★ The Skinny

“Perrin and his cast delight”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY is on Tuesday to Saturday and you can get tickets here. We hope to see you there.

#LoveLiesTaxidermy

We’re off to… Mold

Roundabout may be flat packed into the back of a lorry, but LOVE LIES & TAXIDERMY continues forth into Wales this evening for its opening night at co-producers Theatr Clwyd in Mold for the start of its Welsh tour. 

A second collaboration between ourselves, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre, we were last down in Mold back in 2014 with Sam Burns’ NOT THE WORST PLACE, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be back this year with Alan Harris’ heart-warming and hilarious play.

If you’re in Wales and in search of a lesson in taxidermy, then Dave Roberts at The Morbitorium is your man. However, if you’d rather leave the stuffing of animals to Valentyn’s father Jacub then come on down to Theatr Clwyd where LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY will be running till 12 November.

For those of you who’d like to hear more about Dave…read on.

#LoveLiesTaxidermy

Roundabout @ Futures House, Marsh Farm (Luton)

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It’s week eight of the Roundabout national tour and, sadly, our final week, but we’re determined to go out with a bang. This week we’re in Luton working with Revoluton (we love that name) to bring a festival of theatre, art, spoken-word, DJ-ing and more to Futures House on the Marsh Farm Estate. If you need to find us we’ve dropped a pin on this map for you. We’ll be popping up from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October and we can’t wait.

All the events in the programme are PWYD (Pay What You Decide) so just reserve your ticket online and then Pay What You Decide on the day. Easy!

Thursday 27 October:

16:30 // MARSH DAYS
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris

Friday 28 October:

09:30 // Baby Sensory Session
10:45 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:30 // Acting For TV Taster Workshop
15:30 // Revoluton Drop In
18:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
20:30 // Soul Food Poetry

Saturday 29 October:

09:30 // Baby Sensory Session
11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
12:45 // DJ Workshop
16:15 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
19:15 // FROM RIOTS TO REVOLUTON
20:00 // Post Show Discussion
21:00 // Music and Chill

Sunday 30 October:

10:00 // Exercise and Relaxation by Ghar Se Ghar
12:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
15:15 // FROM RIOTS TO REVOLUTON
16:00 // Post Show Discussion
19:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
21:00 // Wisdm & Small Green Shoots Spoken Word

You can book for all events through Revoluton’s website here. Or just wander over to Futures House – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the pop-up Box Office up until the performances open.

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Did you know?

Riots to Revoluton is a brand new play created for Roundabout. It tells the story of the Marsh Farm Estate and is inspired by residents. Here’s more about the show:

Marsh Farm Estate, Luton. 1995. Where youth unemployment seeped like a poisonous chemical through its foundations. Where petrol got poured on a spark and reason turned to riot.

Using real life testimonies of those who experienced it, Revoluton Arts offers an alternative prospective behind Luton’s notorious riots. Revealing a story of massive but passive defiance and a demonstration of what power music and art can have in uniting people and changing the course of events.

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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 @ Mandela Gardens, Barnsley

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

Roundabout (cred. The Other Richard)

Bring on week six of the Roundabout national tour. This week we’re in Barnsley, our only Yorkshire venue, and we can’t wait to open on Thursday with another jam-packed schedule of wonderful events in Roundabout. We’ll be popping Roundabout up right outside The Civic on Mandela Gardens from Thursday 13 October until Sunday 16 October. If you need help finding us, dont worry here’s a map.

We’ve got an exciting mix of events for you this week from stand up comedy to a concert performed in-the-round, not to mention two one off talks from the Barnsley Trade Council.

Thursday 13 October:

13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
19:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Friday 14 October:

10:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
18:30 // Ensemble 360
20:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris

Saturday 15 October:

10:30 // The Yorkshire Rising of 1820 (Barnsley Trade Council)
12:00 // Readings from “The Annals of Barnsley” by John Hugh Burland (Barnsley Trade Council)
13:30 // The Civic Scratch
16:00 // LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
18:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
20:30 // Cabaret Boom Boom

Sunday 16 October:

10:30 // Sponge (Turned on its Head)
12:00 // The Life of A Bee (Manasamitra)
14:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
19:00 // Two Pianos (American Rock and Roll Concert)

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Roundabout being built (cred. Caitlin O’Reilly)

You can book for all events through The Civic’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01226 327000. Or just wander over to The Civic – tickets will be available for all Roundabout events from the Box Office up until the performance.

Did you know?

The original Civic was built as a Public Hall by Charles Harvey in 1877. In 1962 the Hall became Barnsley Civic Theatre, a traditional proscenium arch theatre seating 800 people and attracting some of the biggest names in show business to the town. Big names like Ken Dodd performed here regularly and the theatre continued to entertain audiences until sadly closing in 1998. The remodelled building and site reopened to the public in 2009 and now includes a 316 seat performance space and a design led gallery.

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Civic Hall (cred. The Civic, Barnsley)

Roundabout @ Abbot Hall, Kendal

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Roundabout at Abbot Hall, Kendal.

It’s week five of the Roundabout national tour and we’ve arrived in the gorgeous Lake District where we’re setting up outside Abbot Hall thanks to Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. We’re on the bowling green outside Abbot Hall from Thursday 6 October to Sunday 9 October. You can find directions here.

We’ve got another fantastic programme including curtain raisers from the Brewery Young Actors who have been working on responses to the plays by Alan Harris and Luke Norris. Also joining us will be comedian Ed Gamble, spoken-word and musical improv ensemble Some Some Unicorn and The Hey Down Treaders, back after a raucous sell-out show in Roundabout 2015.

Thursday 6 October:

19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:00 // STAMPEDE by Ed Gamble

Friday 7 October: 

10.30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas (Schools)
13:30 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas (Schools)
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
21:00 // SOME SOME UNICORN – VERBALISE SPECIAL

Saturday 8 October:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
17:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
19:30 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
21:00 // THE HEY DOWN TREADERS

Sunday 9 October:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
17:00 // GROWTH by Luke Norris
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

You can book for all events through Brewery Arts Centre’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01539 725133. Or just wander over to Roundabout – there’s Box Office is right next to us!

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The build

Did you know?

Roundabout is popping up next to Abbot Hall, a beautiful Georgian house situated on the banks of the river Kent, which houses Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Well worth a visit between shows.

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Abbot Hall (cred. Visit Cumbria)

Roundabout @ POP OUT Festival, Lincoln

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Roundabout outside Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Another week, another Roundabout location. This week we’re so proud to be part of the first POP OUT Festival produced by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. We’re on the lawn outside LPAC on the University of Lincoln campus from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October. You can find us here.

As usual we’ve got a jam packed schedule with theatre, music, comedy, Shakespeare and more. We’re even hooking up with our Edinburgh friends Walrus who are touring PP Playwright Fellow Sam Steiner’s LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS. Here’s the full schedule.

Thu 17:00 Lincoln Arts Mash Up Meeting
Thu 18:30 GROWTH
Thu 20:30 TOM WEBB: Mega Games
Fri 08:00 Culture Connects / Culture Café Breakfast Meeting
Fri 10:00 LIL PACS: Dance with Beth
Fri 11:30 SCRIPT THIS
Fri 13:00 HAPPY TOGETHER
Fri 14:30 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY
Fri 19:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Fri 21:00 ROB AUTON: THE SLEEP SHOW
Sat 10:30 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Sat 11:45 ENCORE: Sing! From Broadway to Brayford
Sat 13:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Sat 15:00 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY
Sat 17:00 LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS
Sat 18:30 GROWTH
Sat 21:00 THE RUBY DOLLS
Sun 10:30 I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Sun 11:30 BABY SENSORY CLASS
Sun 15:00 O DUO
Sun 17:00 GROWTH
Sun 19:00 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Sun 21:00 LOVE, LIES & TAXIDERMY

You can book for all events through LPAC’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01522 837600. Or just wander over to Roundabout – LPAC’s Box Office is right next to us!

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Did you know?

The programme in Lincoln includes Much Ado About Nothing by a certain William Shakespeare. This is the first time The Bard’s words will fill Roundabout. Catch the performance by Lincoln Stage Company on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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Roundabout @ Marine Gardens, Margate

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Roundabout beside the seaside (cred. Francesca Moody) 

Last week we were in sunny Poole and this week we’re in sunny Margate. We are lucky. Theatre Royal Margate have programmed a fantastic four-day festival popping up on the seafront in Marine Gardens from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September.

We’re on the seafront  close to the sea,  the beach and most importantly fish and chip vendors. See the full programme below with theatre, comedy, dance, life drawing, workshops and more.

Thursday 22 September – 2pm (relaxed performance)
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Thursday 22 September – 7pm
Rachel Mars
Our Carnal Hearts

Friday 23 September – 10:30am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Friday 23 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Friday 23 September – 1pm
Annie Sutton/Black Theatre Live
Rehearsal Room Workshop on HAMLET
by William Shakespeare

Friday 23 September – 4:30pm
b by the sea…

Friday 23 September – 6:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Saturday 24 September – 10am
An Introduction to Drawing

Saturday 24 September – 12 Noon
Roundabout Tour (No need to book, just come along and say hello.)

Saturday 24 September – 1:30pm
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Saturday 24 September – 3pm
Workshop: Acting and Directing in the Round

Saturday 24 September – 5:30pm
The Invisible Man
inspired by Ralph Ellison

Saturday 24 September – 6:45pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Saturday 24 September – 9:30pm
A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd production
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
By Alan Harris

Sunday 24 September – 10:45am
A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
By Katie Douglas

Sunday 25 September – 1pm
A Paines Plough production
Growth
By Luke Norris

Sunday 25 September – 3pm
Rob Auton
The Sleep Show

Sunday 25 September – 5pm
Looping the Loop
Scratch-a-Round

Sunday 25 September – 8:30pm
Billy Bottle & The Multiple
The Other Place

You can book for all events through the Theatre Royal’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01843 292795. Or just wander over to Roundabout – we’ve got a pop up Box Office right next to it!

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The sun sets on Roundabout in Margate (cred. Francesca Moody)

Did you know?

We’ve got an exhibition in the Turner Contemporary foyer at the moment. It details the story of Roundabout. The ideas, the designs and the construction.

It’s free and you can pop in anytime.

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The story of Roundabout (cred. Dan Thompson)

Huge thanks to Dan Thompson who helped us set it up. Check him out here.

A postcard from Eccles

Roundabout Assistant Director Anna sent us this postcard from Eccles. We had such a lovely four days working with The Lowry to pop up as part of Love Eccles Festival.

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This week we’re in Margate. Next week we’re in Lincoln. And after that we just keep touring. See full tour dates here.

Roundabout @ Poole Park, Dorset

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Roundabout being built in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

It’s week two of the Roundabout tour and we’re heading south to Poole! Thanks to our brilliant partners Lighthouse, Poole with a little help from Activate we’re popping in the gorgeous Poole Park from Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September. Roundabout is right next to The Kitchen – our favourite place to be.

The programme includes Katie Douglas’ epic adventure I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY for superheros 7+ (co-produced with Half Moon Theatre), LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by award winning Welsh writer Alan Harris (co-produced by Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and the Scotsman Fringe First winning GROWTH by Luke Norris.

Praise for GROWTH:

Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.”
★★★ Financial Times

Genuinely hilarious from start to finish… consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.”
★★★★ The Stage

Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny… heart-stoppingly human.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

Praise for LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY:

A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Perrin and his cast delight.”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Praise for I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY:

“This is fast-moving, energetic and exciting storytelling at it’s very, very finest.
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival for Kids

“Watch the kids’ drop-jaw, knee-hugging body language…they are hook, line and sinkered with this utterly captivating show.”
★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

If only all children’s theatre could be performed in the Paines Plough Roundabout…endlessly dynamic and frequently funny.”
★★★ The List

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Roundabout in Poole Park (cred. Callum Thomson)

Here’s the full schedule for our four-day festival in Poole Park:

Thursday:

19.30 // GROWTH

Friday:

11:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
14:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
19:30 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY

Saturday:

12:00 // I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
16:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
19:30 // GROWTH

Sunday:

12:00 //  I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
15:00 // LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY
18:00 // GROWTH

You can book for any of these events on Lighthouse’s website here. Or call the Box Office on 01202 280000.

Did you know?

Lighthouse’s building has been closed for redevelopment but will be re-opening on Wednesday 12 October. While the building has been getting a make-over Lighthouse have been programming pop-up events all over the city including Roundabout.

Roundabout audience Rich Lakos

Inside Roundabout (cred. The Other Richard)