Roundabout @ Summerhall 2018

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Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

We’re delighted to announce the full programme for Roundabout @ Summerhall.

Our Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin said today:

“We’re proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2018, packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our Roundabout rep features three world premieres:  Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire STICKS AND STONES, Simon Longman’s beautiful, elegiac ISLAND TOWN and Georgia Christou’s rip-roaring adventure through space HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

We’re also welcoming some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new writing companies and playwrights to Roundabout. Our Associate Company Middle Child return with an all new theatre gig ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol, Boundless Theatre present musical comedy DRIP by Tom Wells, Olivier Award winning Sherman Theatre present Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. Ed Edwards’ THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic of the 80s with great anger and wit, and we’re thrilled that Fringe First winners Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will join forces for SQUARE GO, a raucous story of playground violence deconstructing myths of masculinity.

Also in our programme we’re thrilled to welcome our newly announced Playwright Fellow for 2018 Charley Miles with her Susan Smith Blackburn nominated debut play BLACKTHORN. Written on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse, BLACKTHORN is a touching exploration of growing up in a North Yorkshire village.

We’ll be welcoming back old friends Dirty Protest as Alan Harris’ SUGAR BABY returns with tales of Cardiff drug dealer Marc and Billy the Seal. After last year’s sell-out run and numerous awards Middle Child’s ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes returns for one week only.

Our LATER programme returns with an eclectic mix of electric new work from the very best companies, comedians, musicians and more throughout the Fringe so keep an eye on our social channels for announcements.”

Tickets are on sale now from EdFringe and Summerhall.

Keep scrolling to read about the whole programme:

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
By Georgia Christou

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What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Get tickets for HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN here.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
By Vinay Patel

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“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B starts to question what being good really means. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Get tickets for STICKS AND STONES here.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
By Simon Longman

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Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right?

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG; Royal Court, MILKED; Pentabus Theatre Company).

Get tickets for ISLAND TOWN here.

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A Middle Child production
ONE LIFE STAND
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood

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When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing.

Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Get tickets for ONE LIFE STAND here.

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An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse
BLACKTHORN
By Charley Miles

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‘What you think’s a completely different plant on ‘surface – it’s all from the same roots.’

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite production in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Get tickets for BLACKTHORN here.

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A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK
By Ed Edwards

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‘The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’

The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Shot through with home truths about the road to recovery this is an epic love song to a lost generation.

Get tickets for THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK here.

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A Francesca Moody production
SQUARE GO
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair

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Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. This is an unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run.

Get tickets for SQUARE GO here.

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A Sherman Theatre production
TREMOR
By Brad Birch

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Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is the world premiere production from the Olivier Award-winning Regional Theatre of the Year. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) explores how society chooses to live in a time riddled with tension, anxiety and division.

Get tickets for TREMOR here.

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A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production
DRIP
Words by Tom Wells
Music by Matthew Robins

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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).

Get tickets for DRIP here.

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A Dirty Protest production
SUGAR BABY
By Alan Harris

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Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest.

‘The packed audience loves it’ ★★★★ (Scotsman).

‘Theatrical tour de force’ ★★★★ (Times).

Get tickets for SUGAR BABY here.

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A Middle Child production
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING
By Luke Barnes
Music by James Frewer

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Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show.

‘Superb gig theatre’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).

Get tickets for ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING here.

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