This unique ‘pop-up’ venue returns to City Centre for 4 days of extraordinary shows and entertainment
Following the summer success of The Big Feast 2017, local arts programme Appetite, led by New Vic Theatre, is bringing another season of exciting new shows to Stoke-on-Trent this autumn, in unique pop-up venue, Roundabout by Paines Plough.
Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays and Roundabout is the world’s first ‘pop-up, plug-and-play theatre’ which flatpacks into a lorry and pops up all over the country touring world class new writing for the stage.
On its third visit to Stoke-on-Trent, and as part of a national tour across the country, Roundabout returns to the city from 19 to 22 October with a line-up of superb new shows for Stokies to enjoy, this time in a brand new location outside the newly built No. 1 Smithfield in City Centre Hanley.
Paines Plough said “We built Roundabout because we’re really passionate about new plays and we wanted more people to see them. We can’t wait to return to the Potteries to do just that! The audiences in Stoke-on-Trent are fab – they’re always up for seeing something new, but are also completely honest. We can’t wait to share the three new shows with them and see what they think.”
Direct from a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Black Mountain by Brad Birch is a tense edge-of-your-seat thriller about betrayal and forgiveness following a couple who run away to an isolated house to try and save their relationship. Out of Love by the award winning Elinor Cook is a funny and tender tale of friendship, love and rivalry told over thirty years. Larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in, family show How To Be a Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes follows 12 year-old carer Molly and features dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase. Following their premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe all three headline shows have received superb national reviews, being championed by The Guardian and Time Out magazine.
This year not only does Roundabout feature three new headline plays but will also include comedy with stand up from TV’s Hardeep Singh Kohli as seen on The One Show. Plus, there’ll be performance from Staffordshire University’s Performing Arts students, in powerful curtain raiser Almost Nothing, and many more events to be announced very soon.
Tim Hodgson, Appetite Creative Producer (maternity cover) said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Roundabout back to Stoke-on-Trent with three smashing new shows. Alongside psychological thrillers and heart-warming stories, we’re excited to be presenting nationally acclaimed stand up from Hardeep Singh Kohli plus some more surprises to be revealed very soon.”
Paul Williams, spearhead for the City of Culture 2021 Bid said, ‘Events like Roundabout are so important in bringing innovative art to more people and show that Stoke-on-Trent is ready and geared up to be the UK City of Culture in 2021. I can’t wait to see this year’s plays.”
The lineup runs from Thursday 19 October, opening with Black Mountain, to Sunday 22 October, closing with the last performance of Out of Love.
Early Bird tickets are on sale until 19 September with a Standard Adult ticket £7 and family offers available. Tickets can be booked online at www.appetitestoke.co.uk or by telephoning New Vic Theatre Box Office on 01782 717962.
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