Roundabout in Margate

UPDATE: Having received a severe weather warning from the Met Office due to Storm Ali, we regretfully have to close Roundabout in Margate this week. Thanks to Turner Contemporary and Dreamland Margate for rehousing most of the programme. All Paines Plough plays will now be script in hand performances. If you've booked, we have sent you an email detailing the status of the performance you've booked for. Please contact our Production Assistant Phill on if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you to everyone here in Margate for your support and understanding.

We'll be in Margate 20 - 23 September with four days of theatre, comedy and more. 

Check out the full programme below. 


STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel (theatre)

Sometimes you can’t find the right word. Sometimes the wrong word slips out. And sometimes that ruins everything. A razor-sharp satire about the search for sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

“This sharp-as-a-tack satire is brilliant at showing the pitfalls and pratfalls of using the wrong [word] at the wrong time.”
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The i News
★★★★ British Theatre Guide 
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ A Younger Theatre
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ British Theatre
★★★★ London Theatre Guide
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ North West End

Thu 20 Sept 6.30pm, Sat 22 Sept 8.30pm & Sun 23 Sept 3.30pm.

Buy your £5 tickets here.


ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman (theatre)

Kate, Sam and Pete live in a dead-end town but who cares when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them? A play about friendship and dreams of escape by award-winning writer Simon Longman.

"Smashing state-of-the-nation play."
★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Whats On Stage
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ Theatre Bubble
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ British Theatre
★★★★★ North West End

Fri 21 Sept 7pm & Sun 23 Sept 6pm.

Buy your £5 tickets here.


HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou (theatre)

Why isn't anyone allowed in the attic? Jelly and Jonjo are suspicious. Maybe Aunt Leina has something to hide. A fantastical search for alien life in a quest full of fun, friendship and flying saucers.

"An absolute romp... the children in the audience spent a lot of time on the edges of their seats."
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ Edinburgh Festival For Kids

Sat 22 Sept 2.30pm & Sun 23 Sept 11am.

Buy your £5 tickets here.


I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. BY COMPARISON. by Charlie Partridge (comedy)

Beatboxing and storytelling. A comedy about pretending to be someone you're not. Charlie tried to play it cool whilst falling in love with a woman who wanted an open relationship. This mistake and others took him on an adventure.

"A force of nature well worth going to see" ★★★★ Broadway Baby

"A surreal rambunctious act" The Telegraph

"Cult Festival Favourite" Grazia

As seen/heard on BBC 3, Radio 4 and 6 Music

Thu 20 Sept 8.30pm.

Buy your £5 tickets here


YOUR ENGLAND by Dan Thompson (spoken word)

Award-winning artist and writer Dan Thompson tells the story of England Now, as he sets out to write 100 poems about 100 places. A journey from an Ancient Egyptian temple in Leeds to Margate Caves, from Brixton Market to a park bench in Penrith.

Fri 21 Sept 2.30pm.

Reserve your free tickets here.  


GIVING UP MARTY by Karen Bartholomew (theatre)

'Don’t you want to find your Birth Mother?’
‘It’s history, what’s the point of raking up the past?’

But what if the past comes to you?

Joel is found by his Birth Mum and sister. He’s only eighteen and scared. Identity means a lot, particularly to a teenager. His life is about to change forever.

We will be presenting some short extracts from the play, as part of a rehearsed reading, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring the perceptions around adoption and reunions.

We are delighted to be working with Coram who will lead a Q&A session following the performance. We particularly welcome fostering and adoption communities to be part of the conversation. This event is programmed before an Arts Council England funded R&D week culminating in dates programmed at Coram and Soho Theatre during National Adoption Week (15 to 21 October).

Fri 21 Sept 3.30pm.

Reserve your free tickets here.


A Taste of Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre (theatre workshop)

Join Darren Hill, professional actor and leader of the Margate Youth Theatres, in an exciting hour long session imagining, acting and playing with others of your own age group

For ages 7+.

This event is free and participating kids get a free ticket to see HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN at 2.30pm.

Sat 22 Sept 12.30pm.

Reserve your free tickets here.  


Acting Workshop hosted by The Actors Centre (workshop)

This one-hour intensive workshop offers a practical, informative and lively introduction to the craft of acting. In small groups, participants will work through a series of exercises based on theatre devising, which will touch on the fundamental skills required for performing. No experience necessary, just the willingness and enthusiasm to give it a go!

This workshop will be led by a tutor from the Actors Centre’s professional programme. 

Participants should wear clothing they are comfortable moving in and bring a bottle of water.

Sat 22 Sept 10am and 11am.

Buy your £10 tickets here.


HANNAH AND HANNA IN DREAMLAND: Improvisation Workshop (theatre workshop)

Hannah and Hanna In Dreamland Improvisation Workshop Join this fun and informal workshop to explore themes of how we see ourselves, others, and the place we live in. Using improvisation and games inspired by the text of Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland by John Retallack, you will create and film short scenes that may be used in the final performances! The workshop is led by Lisa Payne who plays Hannah in the forthcoming production.

Sat 22 Sept 4pm. 

Reserve your free tickets here.


INSPIRATION INCLUSIVE by Inspiration Creative (theatre)

Come a join Inspiration to get a little glimpse of their work. This performance focuses on the adult groups, featuring the sing and sign choir, the dance and some dialogue touching on their main theme this year of ‘Changing Labels’ to be performed in Spring 2019. ‘Inspiration’ is an Inclusive group, bringing people together with and without disabilities, from young children to mature adult, with the aim of breaking down the social and communication barriers in society. The group use BSL in their workshops and performances.

The group would love to welcome you to this taster of unique and beautiful performance.

Sat 22 Sept 5.30pm.

Reserve your free tickets here.


SCRATCH-A-ROUND by Looping the Loop (theatre)

Come and join Looping the Loop for an Adventure in Performance, as new shows and ideas are presented in front of your eyes. Forget stuffy sitting back and watching, this is no one-way conversation and it's Made in Thanet! With some of our best performance-makers taking part, the Looping the Loop Scratch events always bring out some priceless and mind-boggling gems, and there's a chance to talk afterwards with all the artists about the ideas.

Sat 22 Sept 7pm.

Buy your £2.50 tickets here.

Looping the Loop's Madventure Van will be parked up next to Roundabout in Marine Gardens as part of Margate Festival.

Find out more about Looping the Loop and their Madventure Van here.


DRIP - words by Tom Wells & music by Matthew Robins (theatre / musical)

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.

'Matthew Robins' music and Wells' lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).

'This is a show with bags of charm, with performer Andrew Finnigan carrying the audience away on a tide of affection.' ★★★★ British Theatre

Sun 23 Sept 1pm.

Buy your £5 tickets here.



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