Roundabout is Paines Plough’s beautiful new pop-up in-the-round theatre. It’s a completely self-contained 168-seat auditorium that flat packs into a single lorry and can pop up anywhere bringing the nation’s best playwrights to people’s doorsteps. “The loveliest venue at the fringe” The List, 2014. Winner of The Stage Theatre Building of the Year 2015.
Paines Plough and Half Moon
Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.
This two-person show imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.
Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd
An offbeat love story about Mr Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).
Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with Soho Theatre
Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of lying.
Prime Cut Productions
A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines. Inspired by recent court cases, Scorch won Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.
Jonny & the Baptists
A riotous new musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal.
Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky.
Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye to All That, Royal Court)
The worldwide smash-hit is back. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice Cream 2. Kung Fu Movies 3. Burning Things 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes 6. Me A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
After four years at Vault, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel, Wilderness Festival & Standon Calling, Poleroid Theatre’s acclaimed open ‘write’ platform returns for it’s second year at the Roundabout!
Maliza Productions, in association with Tamasha Theatre Company
Split/Mixed is a captivating coming-of-age tale that tells the story of Eddy, a boy growing up in Rwanda during the 1990s.
Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring.
Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.
One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying.
Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our first series of workshops at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round.
Casting Director Nadine Rennie, of Soho Theatre, joins us in Roundabout for a morning Q&A . Having worked with Writers from Dennis Kelly to Shelagh Stevenson, and Directors from Max Stafford Clark to Roxanna Silbert, Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
BRENT ARNOLD is a founding member of Ghost Quartet. In his solo show takes the cello into new realms, incorporating electronics and virtuosic instrumental technique to create vivid sonic worlds.
PLAY Theatre Company
Hold on to your hats, it’s PLAYtime! Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration.
Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.
The first showing of a new play by Joe Harbot (The Boy On The Swing, Arcola). Directed by Kay Michaels (Pelican’s Daughters, Shakespeare in Shoreditch, RIFT)
Fly By Night Productions
Join award-winning comedian Des Clarke at the recording of a brand new stand-up TV show featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow.
“Nothing ever happens to me. In fact I’d go further than that – I’d say Nothing has ever happened to me. I can’t think of a single significant thing that has ever happened to me”
Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting its first series of Producer workshops at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify how we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays, in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.
Show and Tell
Josie and Jonny are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber. They see themselves as optimists who want to make things better.
Middle Child and Luke Barnes’ “Some Tiny Plays About How Fucked We All Are” uses verbatim text from the internet to explore the world we live in. From arguments about how many days in a week to Donald Trump poetry and 1D Fan Fiction we explore whether modern life really is rubbish after all.
Tap Tap Theatre
Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest.
The UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman).
'Theatre's rapid response unit' (Guardian) Fringe First winning Theatre Unuct return with 6 brand new short plays responding to the migration crisis.
Not Too Tame
TuckShop is a pick of new work from some of NTT's favourite writers and a mix of our trademark electrifying energy, blended to create a new writing night with a twist.
Bang Said The Gun
Bang Said The Gun is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Voted the best poetry night in the UK by the Times, Bang Said The Gun has made poetry cool again.
Manchester-based political theatre collective, Take Back, founded by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer, present Take Back Togetherness - script-in-hand rapid responses to the EU referendum result.
This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012's The Yellow Show, 2013's The Sky Show, 2014's The Face Show, 2015's The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016's The Sleep Show.