Category Archive: Roundabout

Roundabout Autumn Tour

Following an incredibly warm reception in Edinburgh, Roundabout will embark on its inaugural tour this Autumn.

We’ll be popping up at Newbury Corn ExchangeMargate Winter GardensHackney Downs Studios and Barnsley Civic.

Tour dates:
Newbury Corn Exchange: 27 – 30 August 2014
Margate Winter Gardens: 3 – 7 September 2014
Hackney Downs Studios: 22 – 27 September 2014
Barnsley Civic: 2 – 4 October 2014

We hope to see you there.

Find more information about the Roundabout here.
View the Roundabout trailers.
Find out about naming a seat in the Roundabout.
For enquiries and general information, visit our website

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Fringe review round-up

We can’t believe we’re now two-thirds of the way through the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Having officially launched our Roundabout auditorium at the start of this month, cheese comas, kebab slumbers and burger babies aside, it’s been weeks of non-stop shows three times a day as we present this year’s Roundabout season of plays.  We couldn’t be prouder of our incredibly dedicated team, who’ve trooped on each day come rain or shine to deliver their best to Fringe audiences.

So here’s the skinny on what critics are saying:

EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan

★★★★ The Guardian - “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”

★★★★ The Telegraph - “Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting.”

★★★★★ BroadwayBaby – “Both devastatingly sad and incredibly uplifting…one of the most engaging, warm and funny performers you are likely to see at the Fringe this year.”

★★★★ Time Out London - “Filled to the brim with joy…beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny.”

★★★★ WhatsOnStage – “Beautifully directed…perfectly cast…deeply personal.  I defy anyone not to laugh and cry.”

★★★★ The Independent - “Dual interest in joy and sorrow… a perfect balance.”

★★★★ A Younger Theatre - “Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love.”

★★★★ TheatreguideLondon - “Impeccably directed…tears and laughter combine in one of the most uplifting shows on at the Fringe in 2014.”

 

LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan

★★★★★  British Theatre Guide - “Rapid-fire…precise…seamless. The script fits like a glove.”

★★★★★ Official Theatre - ”Brutal, honest and moving… A must see.”

★★★★ Exeunt Magazine - “Assured, grab-you-by-the-heart theatre that will live on in your mind long after the actors have taken their bows.”

★★★★ TheatreguideLondon – “George Perrin’s outstanding revival… is like a thrilling rollercoaster ride, bringing every emotion in equal measure.”

★★★★ Edinburgh Guide - ”Delivered with raw honesty and machine gun speed… powerful, thought provoking stripped back theatre.”

 

OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly

★★★★ The Times - ”Fun, funny…comic perfection.”

★★★★ The List – “Clever wordplay…equally clever staging. If there’s something to be said, a new and interesting way has been unearthed to deliver it.”

★★★★ British Theatre Guide –  ”A lovely, simple production…an enthusiastic ensemble of actors ensure that their guests have a great time.”

★★★★ Scots Gay Magazine – “A joy and delight. Don’t miss it.”

 

THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood

WINNER of Scotsman Fringe First Award 2014 - “An intense, original and memorable play for today, with outstanding performances.”

★★★★ TVBomb - ”A complex show that finds power in its simple execution… quality storytelling.”

The Guardian – “A wonderfully slippery and always intelligent play… Beautifully performed.”

Time Out London – “An unsettling, forthright piece of writing that will leave you thinking.”

 

Join in the conversation online with #RoundaboutPP @painesplough.

Catch our shows in the Roundabout @ Summerhall until 23 August 2014.

Sean’s Fringe Essentials

It’s the biggest arts festival on the planet. Three and a half weeks of theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, cabaret, circus, exhibitions and music. At times the fringe can be as bonkers as it is breathtaking but ultimately, it’s the most exciting, surprising and unforgettable month on the theatrical calendar.

Half of Team PP moved north of the border last weekend so are already getting into the swing of all things fringe. With the other half speedily following this week before the unveiling of our Roundabout Auditorium at Summerhall here’s our #edfringe essentials to help see you through the month:

EdFringe Guide

You can pick them up everywhere, they’re free and contain EVERYTHING you need to plan your time in Edinburgh. No messing about, just get one.

Pac-a-mac/Emergency Poncho

Not God’s gift to fashion but after a couple of days running between performances/pubs/parties in the rain one minute and blazing sunshine the next a pac-a-mac will be your new best friend. Portable, practical and most importantly- not porous. Trust.

Berocca

Late nights, early mornings, and the fast food/coffee/alcohol diet all take their toll. Get a vitamin hit to help stave off the dreaded FringeFlu. (Alternatively you could just eat plenty of fruit and veg, but who’s got time for that?)

Healthy (ish) sustenance

There’s only so many burgers you can eat in a week. We know. We’ve tried.* We like 10 to 10 in Delhi on Nicholson Street for it’s curries and cushions (what more do you need?) and The Potting Shed on Potterow serves food in plant pots and has a pretty impressive cocktail list- our favorite? Rosie and Gin.

*If you do want a burger we can safely say that the Summerhall one has kept us fueled during tech.

Drinking

We’ll be spending most of our time at The Royal Dick in Summerhall. A playlist of soulful classics, veterinary related art all over the shop and their own gin distillery (not to mention the aforementioned burger). Festival win.

(We also like Brass Monkey on Drummond Street, The Trav Bar and The Fiddler’s Arms on Grassmarket)

Downtime

Wandering up Arthur’s Seat is a must for the epic views across the city and to get an hour away from flyering and the relentless festival pace. Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last day when you’re knackered, hungover and the rain’s lashing down because you’ll hate every minute. No one wants that. Especially not Arthur.

What are your top tips for getting through the festival? A Black Medicine coffee? An Elephant and Bagel? Or just red bull, pro plus and a diet coke? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting at us.

See you in Edinburgh!

Name a seat in the Roundabout

Just a few more days to go until we open the doors to Roundabout. Are we excited much? Yes, it’s fair to say we are.

Roundabout is our beautiful new portable in-the-round theatre: a completely self-contained auditorium that flat packs into a single lorry and can pop up anywhere from theatres to school halls, sports centres to warehouses.

It opens for the first time, in partnership with Northern Stage, at Summerhall on Saturday 2 August. Throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe four Paines Plough productions will play in rep, and we welcome a host of exciting work from visiting companies including The Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Manchester.

We’ve created Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. In the coming years, Roundabout will travel the length and breadth of the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling theatrical experience right to people’s doorsteps.

We need all the help we can get to make that dream a reality, and that’s where you come in.

You can help keep Roundabout on the road by naming a seat in the auditorium. Simply make a donation on our Justgiving page, and we’ll be in touch to ask you what name you want on your very own seat. Our designers will then create a bespoke, lasting thank you for your support, which will travel around the country on your seat in the Roundabout.

By naming a seat you will join our growing band of friends and supporters helping us raise funds to support our work. In this tough funding climate, your support is more valuable than ever. We can only do what we do because of you.

So take a look at our Justgiving page and get your name on a seat in the most dynamic new theatre in the country:

https://www.justgiving.com/roundaboutauditorium/

Thank you so much for supporting Paines Plough.

ROUNDABOUT Rehearsal Photos

With half our team already in Scotland’s capital, building and tech-ing and line-learning and generally perfecting Roundabout Season 2014 to an inch of its life in the lead-up to next Sunday’s launch, here are a few snaps of our talented team hard at work.

 

All images by Richard Davenport

For the full set, visit our Flickr page.

Catch Paines Plough’s Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh, from 2 – 23 August 2014. 

Join the online conversation with: #RoundaboutPP @painesplough

www.painesplough.com 

Roundabout pops up in Edinburgh

Roundabout is our beautiful new pop-up in-the-round theatre.

It’s a completely self-contained 168-seat auditorium that flat packs into a single lorry and can pop up anywhere from theatres to school halls, sports centres to warehouses.

We throw open the doors for the first time on 2 August at Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with plays by three of the UK’s most exciting playwrights, performed by an ensemble of actors:

Paines Plough presents
LUNGS BY DUNCAN MACMILLAN
In a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple want a child but are running out of time. What will be the first to destruct – the planet or their relationship?

Paines Plough presents
THE INITIATE BY ALEXANDRA WOOD
A British couple are seized by Somali pirates. In East London, a Somali taxi-driver decides to rescue them. A thrilling tale of altruism, greed and the search for how to belong.

Paines Plough and Half Moon present
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL BY DENNIS KELLY
Two terrible twins rule their school until the arrival of a headmaster with scaly skin and a spiky tail. An outrageously entertaining comic caper from the writer of Matilda The Musical.

Plus, the return of…

Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING BY DUNCAN MACMILLAN
You’re six-years-old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. You start a list of everything that’s brilliant in the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice Cream. 2. Me. 3. Burning Things

At the end of the Festival, Roundabout will head out on its inaugural tour to NewburyMargate, Hackney and Barnsley.

We’ve created Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. In the coming years, Roundabout will travel the length and breadth of the UK bringing a the nations’s best playwrights and a thrilling theatrical experience to people’s doorsteps.

We’ve spent four years developing Roundabout, We are hugely grateful to the organisations and individuals whose belief and support have made it possible, including The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The John Ellerman Foundation, Universal Consolidated Group and Avolites Ltd, and the many of you who have made donations and sent us messages of support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Roundabout was designed by Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman in collaboration with Charcoalblue and Howard Eaton.

We can’t wait for you to see it…

We’re Recruiting Street Team Volunteers

Do you want to be in Edinburgh this August at the world’s most vibrant arts festival?

This August, we’re launching our portable in the round theatre at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  From 2– 23 August, the Roundabout will sit in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall and house a season of four extraordinary plays all performed in a thrilling 360 degree setting.

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan
The Initiate by Alex Wood
Our Teacher’s a Troll by Dennis Kelly
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan

We’re looking for dedicated volunteers to join our PP Festival Street Team, and help us tell Edinburgh about Roundabout and the shows.

We’re seeking people with loads of energy, boundless enthusiasm and the stamina to flyer come rain or come shine, and help us spread the word. And have lots of fun while you’re at it!

Previous experience is not essential, although a passion for new plays is.

Volunteer benefits include:

One return journey to Edinburgh
Shared accommodation in central Edinburgh
A free ticket to all four Roundabout plays
An invite to the official Paines Plough Roundabout Launch
A Summerhall pass which allows you to see all shows (including Paines Plough, Northern Stage & Lyric Hammersmith) at the venue during the festival for free (subject to ticket availability).
Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays
An invite to our Street Team end of Edinburgh drinks

We’re holding a volunteer recruitment evening in London on either Monday 14 July or Tuesday 15 July at 6:15pm

All volunteers are required to be in Edinburgh from Monday 28 July – Saturday 23 August 2014.

Application details can be found here. We advise that you read the information sheet thoroughly before submitting your CV.

Application deadline: Friday  11 July at 12pm. 

Roundabout Schedule: what, where and when

So, Fringe breakdown: we have four shows – of which we present three – in one space, everyday. The what, the where and the when is hard enough for even us to get our heads around sometimes…so here’s hoping we demystify things a tad with our full PP Roundabout schedule, from 2 – 23 Aug 2014.

(Artwork by threaddesign.co.uk)

Sat 2 AUG:   
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20
LUNGS – 13:50 : 15:10

Mon 4 AUG:
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30  -11:20
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Tue 5 AUG: 
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
THE INITIATE – 13:50 – 15:10

Wed 6 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Thu 7 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
THE INITIATE – 13:50 – 15:10

Fri 8 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Sat 9 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Mon 11 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20
LUNGS – 13:50 - 15:10

Tue 12 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20 (relaxed performance)
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10 (relaxed performance)
LUNGS – 13:50 - 15:10 (relaxed performance)

Wed 13 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
THE INITIATE – 13:50 – 15:10 (relaxed performance)

Thu 14 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Fri 15 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10 (signed performance)
THE INITIATE – 13:50 - 15:10

Sat 16 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20 (signed performance)
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20 (signed performance)
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10 (signed performance)

Mon 18 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Tue 19 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20 (relaxed performance)
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10 (relaxed performance)
THE INITIATE – 13:50 – 15:10 (relaxed performance)

Wed 20 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10 (relaxed performance)

Thu 21 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 - 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT – 12:00 – 13:10
THE INITIATE – 13:50 – 15:10

Fri 22 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
EVERY BRILLIANT THING – 12:00 – 13:10
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Sat 23 AUG
OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL – 10:30 – 11:20
THE INITIATE – 12:00 – 13:20
LUNGS – 13:50 – 15:10

Here’s your stop for tickets, full deets on LUNGS, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL, THE INITIATE, EVERY BRILLIANT THING or general Roundabout information here.

Alright, folks. Catch you at the Fringe.

Roundabout: Dispatches from the rehearsal room #1

So, if you haven’t already heard, PP HQ is upping sticks and moving north of the border for the whole of August this year as we launch our Roundabout auditorium at the Edinburgh Fringe in partnership with Northern Stage and Summerhall.

We’re producing four plays by three of the country’s hottest writers – LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly and THE INITIATE by Alexandra Wood.

This week, we started an epic eight week rehearsal period at PP’s London home on Aldwych with our top flight company comprising of Andrew French, Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis. (Don’t panic, Jonny Donahoe will be reprising his role in the one man show Every Brilliant Thing).

After long discussions about how to plan our eight weeks rehearsing three plays we decided that we’d split the weeks across the three plays rather than rehearsing each individual show in two and a half week blocks. The benefit to this is that every time we come back to the play is that it will be fresh after a break and in the meantime, even though we haven’t been directly working on it, all the ideas and thoughts we’ve been forming has had some space to breathe which we decided could only be a good thing.

This week, following the obligatory meet and greet/read through, we’ve been taking it pretty leisurely- reading over all of the plays and breaking them down into sections. Sian has been an absolute hero – rehearsing with us in the morning and then hopping on a train and heading up to Leeds each day to perform in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of Alan Bennett’s ENJOY. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for updates and insights into how we’ve been getting on.

- Sean.

#RoundaboutPP @painesplough

Introducing…The ROUNDABOUT CAST

Following last week’s announcement of our Roundabout launch at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe followed closely by an Autumn tour, here’s a little more on the stellar cast of our Roundabout Season.

Andrew French

His recent theatre credits include: The Flesh Is Mine (Border Crossings), The Jungle Book, Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Julius Caesar (RSC), Six Characters In Search Of An Author, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aquila Theatre USA), Measure For Measure (Almeida Theatre), Our Friends In The North (Northern Stage), Monster (Royal Exchange Manchester), I Like Mine With A Kiss (Bush Theatre), and As You Like It (Wyndham’s Theatre London).

For television, his work includes: Perfect Parents, Primeval, Trust, In Deep and Tough Love; and for film, Artificial Horizon, Breaking The Bank, Song for Marion, Exorcist: The Beginning, Exorcist: Dominion and The Tailor of Panama.

 

Sian Reese-Williams

Her theatre credits include: Enjoy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Children Of Fate (Bussey Building), Be My Baby (New Vic Theatre), As You Like It (Derby Playhouse), The Future Perfect Season (Paines Plough/Rose Bruford), Coltan (Paines Plough), and Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough/Hull Truck). 

For television, her work includes Emmerdale (series regular), and Cowbois Ac Injians.

 

Abdul Salis

For television, his work includes: Hacks, Strike Back, Outnumbered, Victoria Wood Christmas Special, M.I. High, Doctor Who, Gifted, Roger Roger, and The Hidden City; and for film, Fly Boys, Animal, Welcome Home, and Love, Actually.

For a full list of dates and further information on our Roundabout season, click here.