Roundabout at Summerhall 2017

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Roundabout at Summerhall 2018

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Roundabout at Summerhall 2019

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Roundabout at Summerhall 2016

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Roundabout at Summerhall 2015

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Roundabout at Summerhall 2014

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This Is Not A Coup

Posted on: May 19th, 2023 by ppEditor

An international group of young democrats are working for an NGO called Democracy in Action in Zimbabwe in the run up to the elections.

Their goal, to educate and help register voters, but an increasingly violent run up to elections brings chaos their way testing the very reason for their commitment and presence in the country.

Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz

Posted on: May 11th, 2023 by ppEditor

Trim? Fresh.
Skin? Glowing.
Vibes? Immaculate.  

Nathaniel is a serious romantic who sees love as a fine art. He’s looking for the Mona Lisa to his da Vinci, and tonight is the night: his date with Destiny…’s Child. 

Winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022, Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ debut play is a love letter to Birmingham, exploring Black masculinity through Beyonce lyrics, techno raves and the deeply intimate relationship between a man and his barber.

Roundabout at Summerhall 2023

Posted on: May 11th, 2023 by ppEditor

Scroll down to see the full Roundabout @ Summerhall 2023 programme.

Welcome back to Roundabout, Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and where every seat is the best seat in the house. 168 people are wrapped around the stage, watching new plays from the UK’s most exciting writers, in a thrillingly atmospheric, spaceship-like theatre.

Since its beginning, the big yellow tent has existed to serve our mission as a company; to showcase the breadth of new writing talent that the country has to offer, and to platform stories from all sections of society. There will be deep reflection, hope, righteous fury, and lived experiences you might never have considered before.

Oh, and there will be laughter as well. Lots of it.

We’d like you to take these stories home with you, to keep them with you for a while, and hopefully you will fly the flag for new writing wherever you are.

Read more about all the productions in the e-Postcard Pack here (scroll down to view pages):

One Off

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 by ppEditor

Born in Denton Burn, Ric Renton had a troubled upbringing that led to him spending his young adulthood in prison. Whilst in HMP Durham he learned to read and crucially to write. This is his story. Relived and performed by him.

Three young men Knox, Brown and Shepherd pass their time in a prison with the highest suicide rate in the country. Energised by their friendship but with the walls around them getting smaller, haunted by the repeated pronouncements of another life lost, the arrival of a nightwatchman, Jock, offers Shepherd an unexpected way through the darkness.

Rich with emotion but sizzling with high energy and the blackest humour, One Off is one of the most urgent pieces of new writing you will likely see.

‘One Off was all the dignity afforded to those who could take no more. No names. Not even their number. One off.
I am DV7786.
And I write this for all the dead boys, and for night watchman Jock, who, without his invisible, persistent presence, unseen in the corridors of HMP Durham, I too may have just been another One Off.’
Ric Renton