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Paines Plough Announces the Return of its EARLIER/LATER Roundabout Programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

EARLIER/LATER returns to Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Summerhall this August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after a successful series of events in 2015.

This year the EARLIER mornings will be filled with free industry workshops, aimed at introducing stage lovers to the professional world of theatre.  Leading experts in areas such as casting, producing, directing etc will hold concise, 45/60 mins long sessions that aim to lift the curtain and allow people to see behind the scenes and into diverse career opportunities within the theatre industry.  Workshops will be held by experienced professionals including Soho Theatre Casting Director Nadine Rennie and Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve.

LATER will be filled with an eclectic late night line up of modern poetry sessions, live music, theatre, comedy and scratch nights.  The line-up includes award-winning writer Rob Auton’s The Sleep Show, following on from 2015’s The Water Show and 2014’s The Face Show; a new work in progress from Josie Long with Every Brilliant Thing co-writer Jonny DonahoeTamasha theatre company’s Split/Mixed, a captivating one-man show about a boy growing up in Rwanda in the 90s; and the return of Poleroid Theatre’s Write It: Mic It, an eclectic performance platform for the UK’s best emerging and established playwrights, comedians, spoken word artists and sketch groups.

Paines Plough’s EARLIER/LATER series offers an amazing opportunity for Festival audiences to discover some of the UK’s most up and coming and exciting new performance makers, and a dynamic space for artists to develop their work.  Paines Plough is the “UK’s national theatre of new plays” and renowned for discovering and championing exciting new artists.  Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner and Walrus Theatre returns to the daily Roundabout programme after premiering at EARLIER/LATER in 2015.

The Programme

Poleroid Theatre presents
Write It: Mic It

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 its second year at the Roundabout!

Triple Off-West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre bring together the UKs most exciting emerging artists, offering audiences a sneak peak into new work at the first stage of its development and snippets of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Artists include KATIE BONNA (Dirty Great Love Story/Soho Theatre), LUKE COURTIER (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2015), MIXED DOUBLES (Dave Comedy Shorts Winners), TOM GILL (Kate Tempest Award Winner), PHOEBE ECLAIR-POWELL (Soho Theatre/Verity Bargate Award Finalist) & LAUGHING STOCK(Sketchfest Audience Choice Winners).

Tamasha Theatre presents
Split/Mixed

A Portrait of a Boy and a Country.

Split/Mixed is a captivating coming-of-age tale that tells the story of Eddy, a boy growing up in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Writer/performer Ery Nzaramba brings to life nearly a dozen characters, merging memories into a compelling narrative exploring kinship, cultural expectations and self-discovery, weaving the fantastic with the ordinary in his search for a singular voice.

Eddy’s memories of home and his changing country merge into a narrative that explores the search for personal identity of those who grew up during the genocide in Rwanda.

Josh Coates
Get Yourself Together 

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. A show about being ill and being fit for work. A show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is the new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

PLAY Theatre Company presents
PLAY: Edinburgh

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. We’ve brought together some of the industries’ brightest and best – 4 writers, 4 directors and 10 actors – to share a PLAYroom. Starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create four brand new PLAYs.

Art with Heart presents
Declaration 

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.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Dr. thought it was sugar. Her current Dr. thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?

Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in. With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on vibrant and daring adventure.

Obviously We Only Want the Best for our Daughter

You’re sitting down to eat when there’s a knock at the door.  A couple introduce themselves.  They make their way inside. They seem at home here. You seem to have a lot in common. In fact, there’s something vaguely familiar about them.

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 ShoreditchRIFT).

Barrel Organ present
Nothing

Barrel Organ’s award winning debut production returns to Edinburgh after selling out in 2014. Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things –cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.

“This young company are the future”– Lyn Gardner

Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe: We Need To Talk (work in progress)

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. That’s what they think their politics is.

If you think lefties are naïve and immature, or you don’t agree with how they see the world, come along, let’s talk.

Let’s try and be kinder to each other.

Let’s argue, but without being dicks about it.

This is a show about politics and identity and by the end of it; maybe, we will have sorted everything out and can just have a singalong.

Tap Tap Theatre present
Hansel and Gretel 

There’s one for the kids as well, with an EARLIER performance from Tap Tap Theatre: the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales.

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. Climb in to the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find? A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart.

Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+

Tongue Fu presents
Tongue Fu

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). Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown- XFM; Pick of the Week- BBCR4), it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.

With special guests from across the fringe.

Theatre Uncut presents
Theatre Uncut: Refugee

‘Theatre’s rapid response unit’ (Guardian)

Fringe First winners Theatre Uncut return with 6 brand new international short plays, responding to the refugee crisis, by British, Turkish & Danish writers including award winning Sabrina Mafhouz & Athia Sen Gupta. These plays were created in collaboration with Danish Teater GROB for the Copenhagen STAGE Festival.

A discussion with invited, expert guests will follow the performance.

Not Too Tame presents
TuckShop

Previous Roundabout collaborators Not Too Tame invite you to sample their TuckShop, 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. A night that’s not too well behaved, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. So satisfy your sweet tooth, come get your fill and tuck into a night of fun, excitement and guaranteed good company!

Bang Said The Gun present
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.

A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. Normal rules do not apply here. Featuring a rich mix of the best and freshest talent, they will grab you by the collar and drag you into another world.

As recommended by Kate Tempest, ‘It’s like mud wrestling with words’, or as ex poet laureate, Andrew Motion puts it ‘BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm.’

Rob Auton presents
Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

Rob Auton has been standing up and saying things to audiences since 2008.

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.

The Workshops

Producer Workshop

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.

Thinking about touring your show after Edinburgh? Join Paines Plough Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a first steps workshop on how to tour.

General Management Workshop 

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Acting / Directing Workshop 

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Casting Workshop with Nadine Rennie

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.

Whether you’re a budding young Casting Director, or an actor looking to find out more about the process and get advice, come along and join us for a morning of insight into casting.

Nadine has been Casting Director at Soho Theatre for the last ten years;  working on new plays by writers including Dennis Kelly, Roy Williams, Shelagh Stevenson, D C Moore, Steve Thompson, Vicky Jones and Oladipo Agboluaje. Directors she has worked with include Rufus Norris, Roxanna Silbert, Indu Rubasingham, Michael Buffong, Max Stafford Clark, Paulette Randall, Tim Crouch and Steve Marmion.

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Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Paines Plough, the UK’s leading new writing company, is delighted to announce full cast and creative team for its Roundabout 2016 productions.

Accomplished stage and screen actors Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform the company’s three new plays which will premiere from 5 to 28 August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK.

The productions will be directed by Paines Plough’s Joint Artistic Director, George Perrin with Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta completing the creative team.

ROUNDABOUT 2016

ROUNDABOUT 2016

Remy Beasley is best known for playing Beyonce Evans in Sky1’s recent Welsh set comedy drama Stella, written and starring Ruth Jones MBE (Gavin and Stacey). Recent stage credits include playing the lead role in the National Theatre Wales’ festive theatre-gig The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, created by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price.

Richard Corgan, is also well known for his TV credits playing the lead role in BBC Wales’ drama Baker Boy as well the BBC medical drama Doctors. Recent stage credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (2015). Richard received a Scotsman Fringe First in 2013 for his performance in the one-man show Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated.

Andy Rush will soon appear in ID2: Shadwell Army, (the sequel to cult 90s film I.D.). Recent stage credits include the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed production of TIPPING THE VELVET (2015). Previous Paines Plough credits include the critically acclaimed Tom Wells play Jumpers for Goalposts (2013).

Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta recently worked together on Sabrina Mahfouz’s hugely popular garage-influenced drama With A Little Bit Of Luck which is currently touring the UK.

The three new plays are; Growth, a comedy about growing up and manning up by rising star actor/writer, Luke Norris; Love, Lies and Taxidermy, an offbeat love story about trying to fit in by renowned Welsh writer Alan Harris and I Got Superpowers for My Birthday, a magical quest for ages 7+ from acclaimed Scottish writer Katie Douglas.

2016 marks the third year of Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. The Roundabout season will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 5 – 29 August, hosting over 225 performances over 24 days before touring the UK this Autumn.

Having brought hit productions including Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, The Human Ear and 2014 Fringe First winning The Initiate to the Fringe in previous years, the pop-up venue within a venue at Summerhall is becoming the place to debut exciting new writing and theatre.

Roundabout will bring together three Paines Plough and partners’ world premieres, the return of international hit Every Brilliant Thing and a host of visiting companies and productions, with two further premieres. EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more will also return.

The packed daily programme includes relaxed performances, as well as captioned and BSL interpreted performances.

FULL LISTINGS INFORMATION

ROUNDABOUT TOUR DATES 2016

 

Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Full listings information

Three Paines Plough grown World Premieres:

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production – World Premiere

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

By Alan Harris

This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. At a medical research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First date in Tesco and things are going well.

But it’s difficult to fall in love when your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat of a prison sentence.

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).

5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 24, 26, 28 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough production – World Premiere

Growth

By Luke Norris

“That? That’s. I mean.

Yeah.

It’s a lump in a bag of lumps.

I mean.

It’s normal.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way. Cramping his style and worse than that – affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

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).

6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production – World Premiere

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

By Katie Douglas

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.

Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from The Darkness. An evil overlord with plans to turn everything to ice.

Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save the planet in this brand new play for ages 7+ from award winning writer Katie Douglas.

5 Aug – 21 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

11.00am (45mins)

All performances of I Got Superpowers For My Birthday are Relaxed Performances.

Joining these three new productions from Paines Plough and its collaborators are a further seven works of fresh, funny, poignant, brilliant theatre, comedy and music.

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Following an international tour, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe will embark on its third nationwide tour in autumn 2016. A sell-out success at Fringe 2015, this play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love has won plaudits around the world, Every Brilliant Thing will return to the UK in Edinburgh before going out on tour.

Saturday 6 – Sunday 28 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

3.15pm (60mins)

Prime Cut Productions presents

Scorch

by Stacey Gregg

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, online is a place to be yourself.

“Happiness. Aching, constant, consuming- on there it’s. More real than real life. I’m honest on there. I’m being honest.”

Out in the real world though, things can be very different. 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 and Best New Play at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards. It brings the very talented young actor Amy McAllister, with already many stage and tv credits to her name to Festival audiences.

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 Aug (not 9, 16 or 23)

6.05pm (60mins)

Fly By Night Productions for STV

Des Clarke’s All Star Comedy

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.

This unique comedy experience features the very best stand-up talent from around the world.

Proceeds from the performances will go to the STV Children’s Appeal. This series will be broadcast on STV later this year.

“Des Clarke is so funny it’s almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.” (METRO)

“Frighteningly talented.” (CHORTLE)

Tuesday 16 August

2.00pm, 5.00pm and 8.00pm (1hr50mins)

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis production in association with Soho Theatre – World Premiere

All the Things I Lied About

by Katie Bonna

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. Well, that’s not quite true. TED haven’t actually asked her to do one – yet.

From duping her sister into drinking her wee to repeated infidelities, Katie unpicks her history to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs.

Previous work:

‘Restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe’ **** (Telegraph)

‘Laughs are frequent, unsignalled….. brilliant.’ **** (Times)

‘Bonna puts in a simply dazzling performance’ (Stage)

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

4.40pm (60mins)

Ghost Quartet presents

Ghost Quartet

by Dave Malloy

Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A camera breaks and four friends drink, in four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse astronomer and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder.

Murder ballads, doo-wop, angular bebop, Chinese folk, Islamic adhan, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide in this chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

9pm (65mins)

Supporting Wall presents – World Premiere

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat The Poor

In 2009, future Prime Minister David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness had doubled. A riotously funny musical epic about inequality, friendship and betrayal. Satire, silliness and song combine in the latest show from Jonny & the Baptists, multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show – fresh from a critically-acclaimed 40-date UK tour.

**** ‘Superbly crafted… very funny’ (Metro).

**** ‘Wickedly amusing’ (The Times).

**** ‘Gigglesome wordplay… broad, daft and punchy’ (The Guardian).

**** ‘A seriously funny dose of satire’ (The Stage).

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

7.35pm (60mins)

Walrus presents

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

By Sam Steiner

Walrus’ award-winning show returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre Roundabout.

‘Let’s just talk until it goes.’ The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. 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.

“About as promising as debuts get.” – Time Out

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

12.10 (60mins)

Following the run in Hackney and Edinburgh, Roundabout will tour to eight corners of England bringing audiences three brilliant new plays produced by Paines Plough alongside a range of specially programmed music, comedy, locally created work and arts activities for all in week long pop-up festivals. Starting in Salford, Roundabout tours to Margate, Lincoln, Kendal, Barnsley, and Stoke before finishing in Luton in late October (full details in notes).

Paines Plough’s Roundabout Tour dates for 2016 including Edinburgh Festival Fringe

On sale dates for Roundabout will be announced in due course
19 – 24 July – Hackney Showroom
Box Office: 020 3095 9758
www.hackneyshowroom.com

5 – 29 August – Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Box Office: 0131 560 1580
www.summerhall.co.uk

8 – 11 September – The Lowry, Salford
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

22 – 25 September – Margate Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01843 292795
www.theatreroyalmargate.com

29 September – 2 October – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Box Office: 01522 837600
www.lpac.co.uk

6 – 9 October – The Brewery, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133
www.breweryarts.co.uk

13 – 16 October – The Civic, Barnsley
Box Office: 01226 327000
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

20 – 23 October – Appetite, Stoke on Trent
Box Office: 01782 454404
www.appetitestoke.co.uk

27 – 30 October – Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate, Luton
Box Office: 01582345555
www.revolutonarts.com