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
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris
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.
Paines Plough present
GROWTH by Luke Norris
Time 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.
Paines Plough & Half Moon present
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas
Time 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.
Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Time 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).
EARLIER / LATER
Time 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.
Prime Cut productions presents
SCORCH by Stacey Gregg
Time 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).
LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS by Sam Steiner
Time 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).
Jonny & the Baptists
EAT THE POOR
Time 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).
Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with SOHO Theatre present
ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT by Katie Bonna
Time 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).
Ghost Quartet presents
Time 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.
Fly By Night Productions presents
DES CLARKE’S ALL STAR COMEDY IN AID OF STV CHILDREN’S APPEAL
Time 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.