What is Roundabout?

By Paines Plough

Formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines in the Plough pub, Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays and has commissioned, produced and toured more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett.

In 2014 they launched Roundabout, the UK’s first ever fully accessible, demountable and portable plug-and-play theatre. Each Autumn Roundabout tours the country following its appearance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the space becoming an inspiring creative hub that – whilst temporary – aims to be truly embedded in and owned by the communities it visits.

The Lowry partnered with theatre company Paines Plough on its landmark Roundabout project in 2015 with the aim of bringing the thrill of live performance into the heart and fabric of Salford communities where there is little access to or tradition of engaging with new theatre writing.

Previously seen on Salford Quays (2015), Eccles (2016) and Little Hulton (2017), this year Roundabout is coming to Ordsall Park from Thu 6 – Sun 9 September!

With three brand new plays to choose from in the same unique and incredible space as last time you’re spoilt for choice. See a razor sharp satire about finding the right word, and what happens when the wrong word slips out; a play about friendship, dreams and escaping a dead end town; and for kids, a rip roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

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2018 Shows

A picture of Paines Plough Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

By Vinay Patel

A razor-sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

A picture of Paines Ploughs Island Town

Island Town

By Simon Longman

Island Town is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

A picture of Roundabout's How To Spot An Alien poster

How To Spot An Alien

By Georgia Christou

Audiences join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

A picture of Barbara Nice holding raffle tickets

Barbara Nice: Raffle

A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table.


2018 Highlights

2017 Highlights

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