We're all getting excited about the return of Roundabout - Paines Plough's unique pop-up theatre, which this year will be a part of Bournemouth's Arts by the Sea Festival from 27-30 September. Look out for the Roundabout tent from week commencing 24 September as it is installed in the Lower Gardens on the Pavilion Dance South West Terrace.
Building on their reputation for championing fantastic new plays from red-hot up-and-coming writers, Paines Plough have programmed another cracking trio of world premiere plays for you to delve into. All three Roundabout plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors - Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.
Artistic Directors of Paines Pough James Grieve and George Perrin said: "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."
Director Stef O'Driscoll tells us: “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 vibe with them.”
In addition to the three Roundabout plays, during the festival you can also enjoy top stand-up from Coastal Comedy headlined by Angelas Barnes, a Comedy Club 4 Kids, the return of John Foster's hard-hitting play Ride! and Life and Death in an Ocean Full of Hope, a new piece written by Andrew Muir and performed by Bournemouth & Poole College.
Image: The creative team behind Roundabout