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Roundabout is back!

The wonderful yellow dome returns to Salford for the 7th year, as part of our Lowry Beyond season of events outside our building. This time it finds its way to Prince’s Park, Irlam.

A four day extravaganza of new plays, comedy, music and free family and community events, Roundabout will take place from Thu 6 – Sun 9 October.


What is Roundabout?

Created by theatre company Paines Plough, Roundabout is the world’s first pop up, plug and play theatre.

Seating 168 people in-the-round, it flat packs into a lorry and is completely self-contained with state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound.

The Lowry partnered with Paines Plough on its landmark Roundabout project in 2015 with the aim of bringing live performance and life-changing experiences direct to Salford communities.

Since 2015 The Lowry has worked in collaboration with communities in Eccles, Little Hulton, Ordsall, Broughton and Swinton to bring Roundabout to their local parks and green spaces. Now it’s Irlam’s turn!

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Half-Empty Glasses

Half-Empty Glasses

Written by: Dipo Baruwa-Etti
Directed by: Kaleya Baxe

When Toye notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he starts offering his own lessons. But he discovers that 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. 

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The Ultimate Pickle

The Ultimate Pickle

Written by: Laura Lindow
Directed by: Eva Sampson

A show for all the family and any friendly wolves! Everything is awesome in Dill’s life. But when a ball of fluff falls from a book, everything changes forever. Could that be a…  wolf!?  

Join Dill on an adventure through the unexpected surprises in life. 

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A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

Written by: Sami Ibrahim
Directed by: Yasmin Hafesji

Elif has come from a far-away land.
She is searching for sanctuary.
But this is what we call a hostile environment. 

From award-winning playwright Sami Ibrahim comes a poetic fable of an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own. 

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Community & Music Events

Where is Roundabout?

Half-Empty Glasses

Getting there


Irlam is easily accessible by train on the Manchester Oxford Road – Liverpool Lime Street train line with regular stopping services on all days. Big Top in the Park is just 10-15 minutes walk from Irlam Station.

We highly recommend The Station, a wonderful café bar and heritage hub located in the old train station building. Pay them a visit on your way to or from a show!

For timetable information please visit or

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The 67 and 100 bus services, operated by Go North West, both run past the Big Top in the Park site. Use the Lathom Rd or Broadway stops to alight. You’ll find us in the field just behind Irlam Skatepark.

67 – Manchester to Cadishead via Salford Shopping Centre, Eccles, Irlam

100 – Manchester to Warrington via Salford Shopping Centre, Eccles, intu Trafford Centre, Irlam

For timetable information please visit

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Our recommended site for car parking is the Tesco Extra Supermarket in Irlam (Liverpool Road, M44 6BL) – please park in the area nearest the park site.

There will be some limited spaces available for Blue Badge Holders at Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre, next to the site.