Ten years ago Mark Ravenhill launched PP’s hugely influential late-night playwright’s salon LATER. We’re reviving its renegade spirit in Edinburgh this year with EARLIER / LATER – a series of early morning and late night one-off events in ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL 2015.
We’ve put together a smashing line-up including an unmissable show from the Royal Court, performances from Roundhouse Resident Artists and alumni Sophie Rose, Cecilia Knapp, Yolanda Mercy and Caleb Femi, a poetry battle of epic proportions presented by Luke Wright, SAVE THE MALE – headlined by pop-punk poet Brigitte Aphrodite, comedians Jack Rooke and Lynn Ruth Miller (she’s 81 by the way – expect swearing), new-writing champions Poleroid Theatre, the final leg of Josie Long‘s side splitting Alternative Reality Tour and a dangerously dark physical comedy from Encounter Productions.
Music, poetry, theatre and comedy – we’ve got it all, so if you’re looking for us at 10am or 10:30pm just head to ROUNDABOUT, we’ll be hanging out there. Bring croissants or beer. Here’s the programme in full:
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM – EDINBURGH
12 August, 10:00
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is. Since 2010, more than 100 playwrights from across the UK have written plays about the places that shaped them.
Now we’ve invited Edinburgh’s finest to pen plays about Auld Reekie. At this very special one-off show they will perform those plays themselves.
For the line-up of writers, keep an eye on @painesplough and #PPEarlier
Written by an anonymous woman
Performed by an unprepared man
14, 21 August, 10:00
10, 15, 19 August, 22:30
So I think it’s fair to say that most women almost definitely do masturbate. We just wait to discuss it until we’re in an oddly anonymous but public situation like this one.”
A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man.
Each show begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They will read the script for the first time, out-loud live in front of an audience; all about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex and men.
Performers will include comedians James Acaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Nick Helm. More to be announced.
This piece is a work-in-progress being piloted at the Edinburgh Festival. It is being developed in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.
With direction and dramaturgy by Lucy Morrison, and dramaturgical input from Ryan Nobel, Lisa Heledd Jones, and Christopher Brett Bailey.
Special thanks to previous performers Tim Key, Mike Wozniak and Nathaniel Martello-White.
Roundhouse Young Artist
ON THE EDGE OF ME by Yolanda Mercy
13 August, 10:00
ON THE EDGE OF ME is a relatable dark comedy, exploring themes of graduate blues, love, anxiety, JSA and mental health. Follow Remi (a recent university graduate), as she confronts life as she knows it, through the medium of Live literature, theatre and storytelling with YOU the audience as the centre piece!
The Good Grief Project
SAVE THE MALE
14 August, 22:30
Save The Male is a comedy, poetry and music showcase raising awareness of male suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), who exist to tackle the statistic of suicide being the single biggest killer of young men in the UK & Scotland.
Curated by comedian Jack Rooke and poet Cecilia Knapp, Save The Male’s aim is to encourage more of us to engage in creative expression as an outlet when times get tough. Whether it’s writing lyrics, performing poems or even doodling (Jack likes to draw moustaches on the attractive cast of Hollyoaks in the TV Guide.)
This Roundabout performance features Brigitte Aphrodite, Jack Rooke and some very special guests.
For info on Save The Male visit www.thegoodgriefproject.com and for info on CALM visit www.thecalmzone.net
LUKE WRIGHT PRESENTS A POETRY BATTLE
17 August, 22:30
A spoken word quick-fire starring Elvis McGonagall, Rob Auton, Jemima Foxtrot, John Osborne, Luke Wright and more. Each poet has to respond to the piece performed by the previous performer. Expect linguistic gymnastics, breath-taking salvos and a fair bit of crow-barring. Laughs and tears and all the rest, in a never-to-be-repeated show.
SXWKS / Roundhouse Resident Artist
19 August, 10:00
SXWKS present, Still Dreaming, a submersion into the intangible substance of dreams through words and music. An amalgamation of the various artistic disciplines within SXWKS creating one unique experience that will stay with you long after the show. See features from Roundhouse Poetry Slam Winner 2015, Caleb Femi and Shortlisted Young Poet Laureate Jolade. A show not to be missed.
The Good Grief Project
JACK ROOKE AND LYNN RUTH MILLER LAUGH ABOUT DEATH
20 August, 10:00
Jack Rooke is a 21-year-old comedian who writes about grief. Lynn Ruth Miller is an acclaimed 81-year-old comedian who talks about death. Together the two of them are gonna sit down, laugh and have an open chat about all the things we’re too scared to talk about, whilst performing extracts from Jack’s debut comedy-theatre show ‘Good Grief’ and Lynn’s new comedy hour ‘Get A Grip’.
For more information visit www.thegoodgriefproject.com
WRITE IT: MIC IT
20 August, 22:30
Poleroid Theatre are back in Edinburgh this Summer with WRITE IT : MIC IT, their legendary Open ‘Write’ Platform. After two years of sold out nights in Hackney and Manchester, Poleroid head to the Roundabout for one night only with an eclectic mix of new material from some of the UK’s most exciting emerging playwrights, comedians & performance poets. Fresh from debuting their new play Plastic by Kenneth Emson at Latitude Festival 2015 and nominated for three Off-West End Theatre Awards in 2014, Poleroid Theatre is working to discover and develop the contemporary image of emerging artists in the UK and give this talent a platform through eclectic, fast-paced and immediate theatre.
Roundhouse / Sophie Rose
QUIET VIOLENCE by Sophie Rose
21 August, 22:30
A show about blue plastic bags and wearing shoes that don’t fit.
Squeezed between tight jeans, jenga block flats and clip-on earrings, a young woman is making bad decisions and an old man is eating too much cheese.
They’re sharing biscuits on an inflatable sofa; something has to pop.
Fast, physical and full of anarchic poetry, shards of life collide in this powerful story of punishment and rescue.
An exciting new voice in spoken word theatre, co-produced by Roundhouse.
‘Bold, brave and very special’ (Polarbear, spoken word artist)
Josie Long with Show and Tell
ALTERNATIVE REALITY TOUR WITH JOSIE LONG
22 August, 22:30
Where is the fucking joy? It’s summer. It’s supposed to be like in films. It’s supposed to be magical. Beautiful sunsets and whirlwind romances; the promise of friendship, adventure, discovery, love and fun. The days last forever because school’s out forever.
So why isn’t it here? What do we get instead? Every day we are reminded that this country is miserable, skint and exhausted. That this is just the way it is and that we deserve it. That there’s no other way and we can’t change it. We’re all in it together. It’s the plan. We are tired, we are angry and we are bored.
We are all better than this.
We are coming to your town in August. We are going to bring something strange, fun and unexpected. Led by the multi award-winning comedian Josie Long, we are a group of performers, musicians and people who make things happen and we want to make something unforgettable.
We want another type of life. We want it to be better. We want a summer that doesn’t end.
The summer 2015 Alternative Reality Tour finishes up in Edinburgh on August 22nd.
FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp
23 August, 10:00
Along the cycle paths, alleyways and canals of London comes a spoken word theatre coming¬-of-age story that maps the journey of a young girl from Brighton to the tenements of East London as a 20 ¬something.
Writer and performer Cecilia Knapp’s debut piece is a journey through flashbacks to her father singing, her mum’s cassette tapes in the car and the sound of the sea. Cecilia explores loss and circumstance in an attempt to reconcile her past, telling stories and reflecting on the characters she meets along the way who help her make sense of the world, and realise that things can be ok in the wake of it all.
Supported by Arts Council England and Roundhouse, London, with an original soundtrack from world champion beatboxer and double bass musician Bellatrix and sound design by Chris Redmond (Tongue Fu) and direction by Stef O’Driscoll (Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted).
I HEART CATHERINE PISTACHIO
23 August, 22:30
“I Heart Catherine Pistachio is outrageous and it is deplorable but it is also a fucking sickening tragedy performed as if a sinkhole is about to bury us all…fucking great.” (Megan Vaughan)
Following sold-out runs at Soho Theatre, London and the Sophiensaele, Berlin, Dance and Theatre combine in the latest show from Encounter.
Directed by Jen Malarkey, with writer Lee Mattinson and movement director Simone Coxall,I Heart Catherine Pistachio is a dangerously dark physical comedy about a square-eyed young girl stuck in a suburban swamp of abuse.
EARLIER/LATER shows will be listed daily outside ROUNDABOUT and announced at 11am and 5pm on Twitter so keep your beady eyes on @painesplough because you never know, we might just have a few extra events up our sleeves…
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