Roundabout, the world’s first portable, pop-up, plug-in and play theatre returns to Bournemouth from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 29 September with an exciting programme of theatre, music and comedy for all the family.

Roundabout team

Once again Lighthouse is partnering with the Arts By the Sea festival to bring this inspiring creative hub to Bournemouth Gardens where audiences will be able to enjoy four days of unforgettable theatre, live music and comedy in one truly unique and intimate setting with the audience seated in-the-round and close to the action. Roundabout combines comfortable seating with cutting edge sound and lighting technology to create an unmissable theatrical experience.

This year Roundabout will showcase three world premieres from Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd – On the Other Hand, We’re Happy by Daf James, Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency by Nathan Bryon (probably best known from TV sitcom Benidorm) and Daughterhood by Charley Miles.

As she did tlast year, all three plays will be directed by Stef O’Driscoll, Artistic Director of Nabokov theatre company and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and Lyric Hammersmith.

Announcing the programme, Artistic Directors of Paines Plough, James Grieve and George Perrin said: “We are privileged to premiere three extraordinary new plays by three of Britain’s boldest, wittiest and most distinctive playwrights.

“This trio of plays will take you on adventures, teeter you on cliffhangers, transport you to other worlds, make you howl with laughter then rip out your heart. Both Charley and Nathan are former recipients of the Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship so we are particularly thrilled to now be premiering their full length plays. Along with Daf we think they are amongst the most entertaining and exciting new writing talent and we can’t wait to share their stories across the country in our beautiful Roundabout.”

The programme will be performed in rep by Charlotte Bate, Toyin Omari-Kinch and Charlotte O’Leary who appeared at Roundabout in Bournemouth last year.

The plays:

On the Other Hand, We’re Happy by Daf James is a tender, funny, hopeful play about being a mum when your name is Dad. It’s the story of what happens when a single Dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth mother. When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences? It’s a one-off meeting, but three lives will be changed forever.

Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency by Nathan Bryon is a mad-cap adventure story for all the family from one of the writers behind CBeebies hits Rastamouse, Apple Tree House and Swashbuckle. When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free Mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries.

Daughterhood by Charley Miles is a beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us and how we sometimes need to break them. As sisters Pauline and Rachel reunite under their childhood roof they unearth more than the ten years between them. It’s a huge gap. Almost insurmountable. One sister stayed at home to care for Dad, the other set out to ‘make a difference’, now each is determined to let the other know exactly who has done things right.

Roundabout 2019 will also feature Middle Child Theatre’s production of The Canary and the Crow, brand new gig theatre by Daniel Ward who combines grime, hip hop and theatre to tell the semi-autobiographical story about a working class black boy who is accepted into a prestigious school.

As well as the theatre programme Roundabout will also host stand up comedians presented by Coastal Comedy, the monthly comedy club at Lighthouse, and music from Live & Unheard, the sensational new band showcase that has made its mark at Lighthouse this year. The comedy and music line ups are being finalised, as are details of a community theatre project.

Pictured: The Roundabout 2019 Team: Daf James, Nathan Bryon, Charley Miles, Charlotte Bate, Charlotte O’Leary, Annie Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Stef O’Driscoll, Janisè Sadik, Peter Small, Rachel Graham, Tom Davis, Dom Kennedy, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Wesley Hughes
Photo Credit: Rebecca Need-Menear


Published 16 May 2019