We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England is continuing to support ROUNDABOUT until 2021.
‘For Roundabout’ by The Poetry Takeaway, Video by TEA Films
Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT has transformed the possibilities of national touring, taking new plays to the heart of local communities. The ROUNDABOUT Auditorium – a pop-up, plug and play in-the-round theatre – provides an environment with a festival feel, open and accessible, and has enjoyed successful seasons in urban and rural environments across the UK since its launch in 2014.
James Grieve and George Perrin said:
“ROUNDABOUT is the nation’s local theatre, popping up in local communities, inviting people to pop in and see a show, take part themselves and experience something new. For five years now we have seen audiences grow as local people have taken ownership of ROUNDABOUT with ever more community generated events and activities alongside Paines Plough productions of outstanding new plays. This is touring at its most grassroots, a theatre for local people run by local people. We are thrilled and grateful Arts Council England has recognised the impact and value of ROUNDABOUT with a significant investment that secures the project for another three years.”
ROUNDABOUT has had a significant impact on attracting audiences from areas of least engagement, particularly amongst young people. Early indications from the Audience Agency are that the proportion of ROUNDABOUT’s audience that come from the least engaged segments has more than doubled since the project began.
From 2019, we will continue to work closely with our partners to grow audiences and participants for ROUNDABOUT in places like Mold, Salford, Lincoln, Poole, Stoke-on-Trent and Stratford.
We are looking forward to continuing to work with the communities that have made ROUNDABOUT such a success so far.
Here’s to the next three years!