Roundabout casting named for Paine’s Plough premieres


Paines Plough’s award-winning portable, in-the-round auditorium, Roundabout, will showcase three world premieres across the country, it has been announced.

This year all three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough associate director, and nabokov artistic director, Stef O’Driscoll.

The 2018 programme, includes premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou.

Island Town is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman.

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? 

Sticks And Stones is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

Georgia Christou’s How To Spot An Alien is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12-year-old Jelly and her brother JonjJo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

They will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

Paine’s Plough artistic directors, James Grieve and George Perrin said: “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; Georgia, Simon and Vinay are among 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. All three 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.”

Stef O’Driscoll said: “It’s an incredible honour to direct the 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.”

Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events. 


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

Plans for Roundabout this summer will be announced on 17 May.

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