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.

Come and join us in the Summerhall courtyard, from 2 – 27 August.

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

Roundabout at Summerhall 2022

Posted on: July 8th, 2022 by ppEditor

In August 2022, our portable pop-up theatre venue Roundabout will take over Summerhall at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Our in-the-round auditorium will host three premieres from trailblazing playwrights Dipo Baruwa-Etti (Half-Empty Glasses), Sami Ibrahim (A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain) and Laura Lindow (The Ultimate Pickle) and the return of Chris Bush’s critically acclaimed play Hungry which premiered at Roundabout in 2021.

These will be performed in rep alongside visiting artists presenting theatre, cabaret, comedy, family shows, drag and more from 3 – 28 August.

Visiting artists also presenting work include YESYESNONO, Ellie Keel Productions, Maimuna Memon, Francesca Moody Productions and Nouveau Riche.

Read more about all the productions in the E-Postcard Pack here:

We can’t wait to be back, welcoming the best in new writing to the big yellow tent.


Posted on: April 28th, 2022 by ppEditor

‘I’m sticking with you. You, my chum, my little chipolata, have got yourself your very own, real life, wolf!’

Everything is awesome in Dill’s life. A loving mum, good mates at school, a granddad who plays the drums, and Jack Tornado: the oldest and best goldfish in the world.

But when a little ball of fluff falls from grandad’s book, everything changes forever. Could that be a…  wolf!? Join Dill on an adventure through the unexpected surprises in life.

A new play by award-winning writer Laura Lindow, The Ultimate Pickle is about the importance of stories, the imagination, and how our little ones deal with grief. A show for all the family and any friendly wolves!


Posted on: April 28th, 2022 by ppEditor

Toye is preparing for his piano exam to get into a prestigious music school. He’s doing it for the contacts, the opportunity, the love of art. But when he notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he begins to question himself and the world around him. Is this really his dream, or is he letting these institutions write his story?

He starts offering his own school lessons on Black cultural icons, but he quickly discovers that maybe not everyone wants Black history to be celebrated…

An empowering new play by Channel 4 bursary winner Dipo Baruwa-Etti about the pressures of being young, gifted and ready to change the world.

‘I still play to their chords.
Livin’ within conventions.
Livin’ within restrictions.
Livin’ within a structure.
Lettin’ someone write my story.’


Posted on: April 28th, 2022 by ppEditor

‘We all live under the same sky.
It’s just that, beneath that sky, there’s some arsehole saying “don’t stand here, stand over there and shut your mouth”.’

Elif shears sheep for a rich landowner. Every other waking hour she spends queuing outside the palace, hoping that the King will let her live within the city walls. 

She comes from a far-away land.
She is searching for sanctuary.
And this is what we call a hostile environment.

A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain from award-winning playwright Sami Ibrahim is a poetic fable of an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own. Directed by Gate Theatre’s Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji.


Posted on: June 22nd, 2021 by ppEditor

Join Sindhu Vee (Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, QI) and some of her comedy pals for an evening of brilliant stand-up.

Featuring extended closing set from Sindhu plus guests.


Tom Ward
Kae Kurd
Jayde Adams
Sindhu Vee 


Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by ppEditor

Join Sukh as she tries to figure out how to move forward in reverse. From dealing with mental illness to moving back in with her parents, Sukh explores mental health, identity, and living a double life in a searingly honest look at what happens when life doesn’t go to plan.

“As poignant as it is funny…Sukh’s show can speak to you on many levels”
★★★★★ Funny Women


Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by ppEditor

University is stressful enough, early morning deadlines and late-night parties, drinking drugs and everything in between, but Jacob attempts to make it through in one piece via a newfound faith and spirituality. However, constant interruptions from his friends and ex-girlfriends leads to a crisis of confidence, and a breakdown in his mental state. Merging physical theatre, hip hop dance, clowning, mime and spoken word Resonate takes a deeper look into the hyper sexualisation of culture and society and asks, “where can we truly find peace?” A pulsating lyrical journey into the soul of a young man.


Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by ppEditor

This story starts like all stories about a man who eventually turns out to be a total shit and that is that in the beginning he is not a total shit he is The Shit and everyone loves him. Including me. Especially me. But that’s not first, that’s second, I’m sorry I’m getting confused, I should start earlier…


Rossetti wants you to know why he’s agreed to be here this evening but this is Lizzie’s night and she doesn’t think it matters.

Famous as a model and muse for the Pre-Raphaelite painters, but an artist and poet in her own right, Lizzie Siddal led a ‘tragic life’.

She’s done being tragic.

A cabaret about love, art and legacy. Who really suffers for our great art?