Roundabout @ Summerhall: LATER

Today we announce the first batch of LATER shows happening at 23.15 throughout August. We’ve got four cracking shows for you and they’re all £5.

LATER is a series of one-off shows from the hottest companies and artists on the Fringe. Round off your day in Roundabout with exclusive new theatre, comedy, music, spoken word and more.

Come on down. And yes, you can bring drinks in.

All tickets £5.

More shows to be announced soon. Watch this space.

Browse the full programme here.

4 Aug @ 23.15 – ITCH + SCRATCH : BIG NIGHT OUT

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After sell-out shows at Hackney Showroom and The Old Red Lion, Itch + Scratch are hitting the ‘Burgh for an almighty celebration.

 We’ve chosen 4 of our fave short plays from our back catalogue to bring to the Fringe in this ONE OFF show to, in the words of P!NK, get the party started.

Expect big laughs, tears, dancing, bucket hats, confetti, gunfire, Freddos, snogging, and people off the telly. 

Plays by: Luke Barnes, Aaron Gordon, Lucy May Rothwell + Jessica Burgess, David Hendon.

Cast: Sope Dirisu, Grace Chilton, Simon Lennon, Anna Spearpoint. 

Get tickets here.

 

9 Aug @ 23.15 – GOOD GIRL by Naomi Sheldon 

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Growing up in the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. But there’s a problem. Living feels too extreme. To be one of the good girls, GG learns to make herself numb. But at what cost? Bold and provocative, Good Girl tells a darkly comic coming of age tale about learning to live un-apologetically.

Naomi Sheldon’s award-winning debut storytelling show returns to Edinburgh.  Chortle called it ‘an outstanding performance (of) the pressure young women are under to please other people and the vulnerabilities that exposes’.

This is for the people who burst at the seams.’

Good Girl is a winner of Funny Women’s Best Show and Voice’s Pick of the Fringe Award.

Get tickets here.

 

10 & 11 Aug @ 23.15 – NORTHERN SOULS by Toria Garbutt (presented by Not Too Tame)

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Award Winning Not Too Tame, deliver a raucous and raw night of lyricism, laughs and live music in the world premiere of NORTHERN SOULS.

NTT’s first one woman show performed by Louise Haggerty takes the autobiographical work of performance poet, Toria Garbutt (currently touring with Dr John Cooper Clarke) and blends it with the comedy, pathos and electrifying style of an NTT production. Big tunes, big heart and the true story of a voice that rattles with excitement and demands to be heard; beautiful and bold! Ladies & gents, lads and lasses, NTT are back so charge your glasses!

Get tickets here.

 

12 Aug @ 23.15 – DIRTY PROTEST PRESENTS… ON HEAT 

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Fancy getting dirty later?  Three Welsh writers. Three Scottish writers. Six short plays. One dirty late night extravaganza.

Come join the Dirty Protest gang as we shake up the theatre world with six new short plays from six of Wales and Scotland’s most exciting writing talent. Grab your beer, sit back and let us entertain you.  

Since 2007 Dirty Protest has been the company to follow to see the next big stars in writing and acting. Breaking down theatre barriers by performing in yurts, kebab shops, pubs and clubs they kickstarted a new writing theatre revolution in Wales.

Tickets on sale soon.

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More shows to be announced soon. Watch this space.

Free captioning workshops at EdFringe

Here at Paines Plough we’re passionate about bringing great theatre to everyone.

In 2015 we realised that there was a big gap in our programming for people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. When we thought about programming captioned performances on tour we pictured transporting huge LED screens up and down the country. It felt like a daunting prospect.

So we did some research. We consulted with the teams over at StageText and Digital 4. The following year we fundraised to buy 15 portable individual captioning tablets. We went from 0 to 72 captioned performances in our first year captioning on tour, and have never looked back.

We wanted to make sure that others knew how achievable it all is so we’re running two Captioning on Tour Workshops in Roundabout @ Summerhall this Fringe.

As well as demonstrating everything that a portable closed captioning system has to offer, we will give you a chance to have a go at it yourself, followed by a Q&A looking at sourcing the equipment, integrating captioning into the creative process, communicating with tour venues, and finding the right captioning partner for you.

We’ll be running the workshop twice during the festival:

  • 10-11am, Friday 3 August, Roundabout @ Summerhall
  • 10-11am, Friday 24 August, Roundabout @ Summerhall

Please RSVP using this form but, in the meantime, please do let us know if you have any questions and feel free to pass this onto anyone else who you feel may benefit or who can share their captioning experience / knowledge.

We’re still learning and would welcome any thoughts on how we can improve this part of our work, we’d love to hear form you.

Throughout the festival Roundabout will host 66 captioned performances:

  • All 19 performances of Vinay Patel’s STICKS AND STONES will be captioned. Book here.
  • All 19 performances of Simon Longman’s ISLAND TOWN will be captioned. Book here.
  • All 8 performances of Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN will be captioned. Book here.
  • BLACKTHORN by Charley Miles will be captioned on 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Aug. Book here.
  • TREMOR by Brad Birch will be captioned on 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug. Book here.
  • SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris will be captioned on 4, 11, 18 Aug. Book here.
  • DRIP by Tom Wells will be captioned on 22 & 26 Aug. Book here.
  • ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicols will be captioned on 8, 15, 22 Aug. Book here.
  • ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes will be captioned on 22 Aug. Book here.

You can find a full list of captioned performances at EdFringe here.

For more information on Roundabout’s accessibility you can check out an interview we did with the brilliant team at Euan’s Guide last year.

Roundabout embarks on a national tour this autumn with captioning offered for STICKS AND STONES, ISLAND TOWN and HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

Our show POP MUSIC, co-produced with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, opens in Birmingham on 12 September before touring. POP MUSIC features integrated British Sign Language (BSL) and creative captioning. Full tour dates here.

Recruitment: Technical Stage Manager

We’re recruiting a Technical Stage Manager for ROUNDABOUT.

About Paines Plough

History

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon. Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead.

Current

Over the last two years we’ve produced 22 shows and performed them in 180 places across four continents. We tour to more than 30,000 people a year from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands; in village halls and Off-Broadway, at music festivals and student unions, online and on radio, and in our own pop-up theatre Roundabout.

Our current season consists of new work by Zia Ahmed (I WANNA BE YOURS), Anna Jordan (POP MUSIC) and Isley Lynn (ALBATROSS). As well as these, there will also be some reprised work from Brad Birch (BLACK MOUNTAIN), Elinor Cook (OUT OF LOVE), Sabrina Mahfouz (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK) and Sarah McDonald-Hughes (HOW TO BE A KID). The world premiere plays which will be performed in rep in Roundabout this year will be by Georgia Christou (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN), Simon Longman (ISLAND TOWN) and Vinay Patel (STICKS AND STONES).

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About ROUNDABOUT: The world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre.

We built Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. Many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.

Since its launch in 2014, Roundabout has toured the length and breadth of the UK from Brighton Festival to Edinburgh Festival fringe, to London’s Southbank Centre to the hills of North Wales. In 2016 we received three-year funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to partner with eight national organisations and present a mini festival every weekend between September-October in Margate, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent, Kendal, Poole, Luton, Darlington and Lincoln.

In it we present a rep of three brand new Paines Plough plays, one specifically for young people, performed by a company of three actors. And in partnership with our hosts we programme a wider festival of local theatre, music, comedy and a range of activities in the space.

The aim is to use the Roundabout space as a resource for local communities to engage with its possibilities, with the ultimate aim to increase footfall from a wider audience and encourage theatre going. Now in 2018, we’re preparing for another epic tour and we’d love you to join us.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.

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Guidance Notes for Applicants

Job Description and Person Specification
The purpose and main duties and responsibilities of the post are set out in the job description and the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for in the successful candidate are listed in the person specification.

Application

To apply send us a CV and covering letter.

CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form should be submitted by email only to charlotte@painesplough.com. 
The covering letter is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant. It is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 12pm

Please address applications to Sofia Stephanou, Producer and clearly mark the email subject: ROUNDABOUT TSM APPLICATION.

If you are unable to submit your CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form by email, please contact Charlotte Walton on 020 7240 4533.

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification.

You will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted or not via email.

Interviews: Friday 20 July 2018

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you by phone to invite you to interview and follow up with an email.

Offers
All offers are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, proof of identity, address and eligibility to work in the UK.

For any more information email charlotte@painesplough.com.

We hope you find the above helpful and good luck with your application.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER

Responsible to: Producer

This is an exciting and varied role with strong prospects for skills development and career progression into the role of a Production Manager.

The Technical Stage Manager is a key member of the team, working closely with the Technical Director, Company Stage Manager and the Producer. The Technical Stage Manager will liaise with the Visiting Companies on tour and plays a crucial role in supporting on technical elements in absence of the Technical Director.

Dates: 03 September – 21 October 2018

w/c 3 September:       Roundabout @ Ordsall
w/c 10 September:     Roundabout @ Grasmere
w/c 17 September:     Roundabout @ Margate
w/c 24 September:     Roundabout @ Bournemouth
w/c 01 October:          Roundabout @ Lincoln
w/c 08 October:          Roundabout @ Stoke
w/c 15 October:          Roundabout @ Luton

The Technical Stage Manager Duties include but are not limited to:

SCHEDULES

  • To write and manage the TSM rota on tour.
  • To manage tech schedule for Paines Plough and Visiting Companies.
  • To deliver the rota to the Producer.
  • To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.

VISITING COMPANIES

  • To send out and administrate technical questionnaires for all Visiting Companies in Roundabout and to report back to the Producer and Technical Director weekly.
  • To ensure that all known technical elements of Visiting Company shows on tour are signed off by the Producer and Technical director.
  • To be the first point of contact for all technical questions from Visiting Companies performing in Roundabout on tour.
  • Supporting Visiting Companies on tour.

HEALTH & SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • To be responsible for safe working methods within the Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure the safety of public in Roundabout at all times in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure that Roundabout complies with regulation fire safety guidelines and is fire safe in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To report any issues which contravene Roundabout’s H&S procedures in a timely manner to the Technical Director and Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Technical team & Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all equipment, set, props, furniture and dressing is accounted for and kept securely at all times.
  • To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.

AUDITORIUM

  • To take joint responsibility with the Company Stage Manager on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road, including sole responsibility of all technical elements of the Roundabout Auditorium.
  • To support the Technical Director with fit-up and strike of Roundabout including lifting and crew work.
  • To be jointly responsible with the Company Stage Manager for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.

ACCESS

  • To communicate with Front of House daily on any audience access requirements.
  • To ensure the venue is accessible by restoring wheelchair spaces in a timely manner and supporting Front of House staff in quick turnarounds between shows.
  • To assist in setting up ROUNDABOUT captioning units for any captioned performances

ON TOUR

  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • Supervising local crew and local Technical Managers and train individuals in the use of Roundabout
  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Company Stage Manager take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
  • Support the Company Stage Manager in the management of Venue Front of House as necessary

MAINTENANCE

  • To complete day to day maintenance-work as required and report any maintenance issues to the Producer and Technical Director.
  • To ensure that tools and all fit-up equipment is kept in a tidy, complete, adequately stocked and secure state at all times and to replace any consumable items within budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.

BUDGET

  • To manage a petty cash budget within the parameters set out by the Producer and Technical Director.

OTHER

  • To send out a daily Roundabout Venue Report.
  • In the absence of the Company Stage Manager, cover the running and/or operating of all three Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
  • To provide tours of Roundabout to industry and members of the public as requested by the Producer
  • To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
  • To attend production meetings
  • To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.

Person Specification

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Technical Stage Manager role:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • Minimum of 4 years professional mid to large-scale touring experience, preferably with temporary, demountable structures.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
  • Demonstrable experience of supervising crew during get ins and get outs.
  • Working knowledge of lighting control especially with regards to LED technology and pixel mapping
  • An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
  • Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
  • Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
  • A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
  • Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice.
  • Experience of and ability to operate QLab
  • Good team player
  • Bright, proactive and energetic, with an evident record in the delivery of productions at the highest technical level.
  • Good working knowledge of industry H&S regulations Experienced in monitoring and enforcing H&S regulations and ideally H&S trained (IOSH certified)
  • Rigging qualification
  • Able to demonstrate a recognisable level of credibility within the industry.
  • IT and AutoCAD literate.
  • Degree in technical theatre practice or equivalent qualification.
  • First Aid trained

Terms and Conditions

Salary:                         Buyout of £550 p/w plus subsidence of £297p/w on tour, in line with ITC minimum rates of pay.

Contract:                     Fixed Term.

Pension:                      3% employer contribution and 2% employee contribution to the pension scheme that you are enrolled in.

Holiday:                       Holiday paid at ITC rate.

Paines Plough strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Registered charity: 267523.

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Download the application pack: Technical Stage Manager Application Pack

Download the Equal Opportunities form: Equal Opportunities Form 2018

Recruitment: Festival Team

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Team PP is packing up and moving to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre lovers to help us deliver a packed programme of shows in our beautiful pop-up theatre Roundabout. Once again this August Roundabout will be in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall housing a season of extraordinary work in a thrilling 360-degree setting.

Roundabout will host more than 200 performances over 26 days with over 30,000 available tickets for 300 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. Roundabout is the place to be at EdFringe 2018. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to join our Festival Team and work across two roles for the duration of the festival. These are:

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

Working in the Festival Team is flexible so would suit students living in Edinburgh, anyone who might be working on their own shows at the fringe – whatever brings you to the festival we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage all team members to see as much as possible whilst at the festival, and offer shifts at varying times to allow this.

“You really are the loveliest venue at the fringe. You enhanced my fringe experience, my shifts were good and being given different timed shifts made it great to see all shows over the month…You just create a really relaxed and friendly environment, which is so productive in enhancing an audiences experience. I’d recommend you to anyone wanting to work for a company at fringe next year.”  Natasha Ravenscroft, Festival Team member 2017

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Hasan Dixon performs Black Mountain by Brad Birch. Photo: The Other Richard.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The venue is open to the public 1-26 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 4 and 5 hours, and will be available between 10:30am and 1am each day, depending on your position and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during this period as dictated by our rota.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £7.83.

Additional benefits of working as part of Paines Plough’s Festival Team include:

  • Training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 140 shows.
  • Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“Summerhall’s 2017 programme was as eclectic and invigorating as we’ve come to expect over the past few years, and nowhere more so than in the Paines Plough Roundabout; it’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.” The Stage

“Paines Plough’s travelling Roundabout Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” The List

“Summerhall has effectively rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work at the festival.” The Stage

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Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.

WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?

Visitor Services

  • Welcoming audience members into Roundabout, including assisting any patrons with access needs.
  • Taking tickets and seating audience members.
  • Assisting with the set up for accessible performances.
  • Managing latecomers.
  • Selling merchandise.
  • Updating any signage and maintaining the appearance of the site.
  • Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
  • Talking to the public about the shows.
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews.
  • Watching the Roundabout productions so you can confidently promote the shows when flyering.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Experience in a customer services role.
  • An ability to work independently with the stamina to keep going at the world’s most vibrant arts festival.
  • Extremely friendly, enthusiastic and comfortable with talking to anyone.
  • An interest in and passion for theatre, performance and visual arts.
  • Natural ability to think on your feet and use initiative.

Desirable

  • Front of House experience.
  • Street Team experience.
  • An understanding of Fringe audiences and how the festival operates, even if you have not previously attended.

“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people…my Edinburgh experience was a lot of fun, largely due to everyone I met working with Paines Plough. It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.” Rory Horne, Festival Team member 2016-17

 

TO APPLY

To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or problems just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Charlotte an email on charlotte@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 12 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be Tuesday 31 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

In order to apply we require all applicants to have a UK bank account and required visas to work within the UK. Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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:

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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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Roundabout 2018: Meet the team

Team Roundabout
Team Roundabout. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

We’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Roundabout 2018. Here’s what James and George had to say:

“We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up ROUNDABOUT.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Here’s what Roundabout 2018 Director Stef said:

“It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Keeping scrolling to meet the team working on Roundabout. You can find tickets for our run in Wales here.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale throughout the year, keep an eye on the venue’s websites for details.

TOUR

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry

13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

19-22 September Margate

26-29 September Lighthouse Poole

04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite

18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

 

THE ACTORS:

CHARLOTTE O’LEARY 

Charlotte O'Leary
Charlotte O’Leary. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Charlotte Trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas.

Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

KATHERINE PEARCE

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Katherine trained at The Royal Welsh College.

Katherine’s theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith).

Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC).

Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

JACK WILKINSON

Jack Wilkinson
Jack Wilkinson. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Jack trained at Drama Centre London.

Theatre includes: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre.

TV: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect).

Film: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

Radio: CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR (BBC).

THE DIRECTORS:

STEF O’DRISCOLL 

Stef O'Driscoll
Stef O’Driscoll. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith.

For Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest.

For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude).

For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

BALISHA KARRA 

Balisha Karra
Balisha Karra. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts).

Trainee Assistant Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation).

Assistant Director: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Nowël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme).

Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).

THE WRITERS:

GEORGIA CHRISTOU

Georgia Christou
Georgia Christou. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

SIMON LONGMAN 

Simon Longman
Simon Longman. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Simon from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us last year. You can listen to Simon’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

VINAY PATEL 

Vinay Patel
Vinay Patel. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Vinay from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us in 2016. You can listen to Vinay’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End Awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the  BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

CREATIVE TEAM: 

We’re delighted to be able to reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Carroll-Jones.

PETER SMALL (Lighting)

Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Website: www.pslightingdesign.com

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound Design)

Dominic Kennedy is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Website: www.sounddesigndom.com

JENNIFER JACKSON (Movement)

Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of BRIGHTON ROCK.

Website: www.jenniferjackson.net

SIMON CARROLL-JONES (Movement Associate)

Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle).

Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School.

As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath
Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House.

Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre.

Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Website: www.simonjonestheatremaker.com

STAGE MANAGEMENT:

Two Roundabout stalwarts return to us this year. Caitlin O’Reilly will be our CSM after working on Roundabout in 2016 and Wesley Hughes will be our TSM after being part of the crew that builds and maintains Roundabout for the last few years.

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Roundabout in Wales

Roundabout Wales II

We’re off to Wales again! Last summer we partnered with Theatr Clwyd to present Roundabout on the rolling hills of North Wales. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re going back.

From June we’ll be on the lawn outside Theatr Clwyd in another co-production. Roundabout will host performances of our co-productions HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONES and ISLAND TOWN. You can read more about them below.

Plus we’ll be joined by our friends from the Sherman Theatre who are transferring their production of Brad Birch’s TREMOR. We can’t wait to see what’s next from the BLACK MOUNTAIN writer.

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

HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN Landscape

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12-year-old Jelly and her cousin 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.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full length play, YOUS TWO, was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot in 2018. YOUS TWO played to critical acclaim at the Hampstead Theatre in 2018.

Get tickets for HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN at Theatr Clwyd here.

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

STICKS AND STONES Landscape

“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. And sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey into the night, looking for answers. In an age when language is ever-shifting and technology multiplies every little mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

Written by BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel, STICKS AND STONES is a side-splitting satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world.

Vinay’s debut play TRUE BRITS premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and transferred to the Bush’s RADAR Festival and VAULT Festival.  His second, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama as well as being nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay.

Get tickets for STICKS AND STONES at Theatr Clwyd here.

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

ISLAND TOWN Lanscape

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 a new play about friendship, hope and trying to make an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG premiered at the Royal Court. He won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2018. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Get tickets for ISLAND TOWN at Theatr Clwyd here.