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Hello, we’re Paines Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide.

We spent four years developing Roundabout before its launch in 2014. We built it because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. We know that many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.

Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre. It flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country in theatres, school halls, warehouses, sports centres,
car parks and fields.

Roundabout needs no special skills to assemble. Anyone can help put it up, the only tool you need is an Allen key. No piece of the auditorium takes more than two people to carry. And it’s powered from 13amp plug sockets, so the whole theatre runs off the same power supply as your kettle. It uses state-of-the-art LED lighting technology
to minimise energy consumption.

We’re proud to present outstanding plays by some of the nation’s finest writers in Roundabout, along with fantastic guest companies and one-off performances and events.

Wherever you are, Roundabout is coming to a town near you soon.

James Grieve
and George Perrin,

Paines Plough Artistic Directors

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FACTS AND FIGURES

- Roundabout seats 168 people.

- It is 11.5 metres in diameter, with a 4.6 metre diameter playing space and top height of 5 metres.

- There are three entrances to the theatre which are opposite the three sets of steps into each auditorium block.

- Roundabout can be erected in a day by six people. It does not require any specialist tools or skills in order to be assembled.  The only tool required is an Allen key.

- There are no visible conventional lighting units or speakers. The theatre uses ‘plug and play’ technology. The lighting facilities consist of 627 individual LED light fittings – a mixture of colour mixing and tuneable white – installed in the roof of the theatre.  This pixelated lighting has the ability to project images.

- The sound system consists of six speakers positioned in the ceiling that are focussed onto the back-wall of the theatre and which reflect the sound back into the space.  There are also three base pins situated under each seating block.

- The roof weighs approximately two and a half tonnes. The auditorium weighs between three and four tonnes.

- The seating is made from plywood with aluminium backs.

 

Roundabout was designed by
Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman
in collaboration with
Charcoalblue and Howard Eaton.

It was built and developed
by Factory Settings.

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PRESS

“A beautifully designed masterpiece in engineering...a significant breakthrough in theatre technology.”
Theatre Building of the Year 2015 -
The Stage Awards

“Something strange and delightful has landed... it's Paines Plough's new portable Roundabout auditorium, a colourful, comfortable, spaceship-like venue that, delightfully, can be assembled in each new place it visits using only an Allen key.”
Evening Standard

“Paines Plough’s travelling Roundabout Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.”
The List

‘‘A national tour should brighten many hundreds of lives, young and old.”
Whatsonstage.com

‘‘Three new works by playwrights at the top of their game... an ingenious in-the-round plywood amphitheatre... a vivid and immediate theatre experience.”
Exeunt

RESPONSES

“Roundabout is a beautiful, magical space. Hidden tech make it Turkish-bath-tranquil but with circus-tent-cheek. Aces.”
@evenicol on Twitter

‘‘Love the Paines Plough Roundabout auditorium. Wonderfully intimate. Demands great writing and playing... nowhere for anyone to hide.’’
Lyn Gardner, Guardian Theatre Critic, on Twitter

“New pop-up touring venue for @painesplough is so beautiful it makes my heart lift.”
@KateSagovsky on Twitter

‘‘Being so close to the action makes it feel as though it’s happening in your own living room.’’
@Gillot_John on Twitter

“The Roundabout is an incredible space - can’t wait to go see some of the other shows on tour. Just extraordinary.”
@GeorginaPeriam on Twitter

 

“Perhaps 'cool venue' doesn't sum up #RoundaboutPP. Magic happens inside that space!”

@jack_vogler

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Venues

We’re always looking for venues to partner with so Roundabout can pop-up across the UK. If you’re interested in bringing Roundabout to your town and working with us to create a unique, exciting and local programme of work then please get in touch.

For more information please email hanna@painesplough.com

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Roundabout takes just a day and a half to build. If you’re interested in hiring Roundabout for a special event then we’d love to hear from you.

 

For further information please e-mail hanna@painesplough.com

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Artists and Theatre Companies

 

We want Roundabout to be a space for everyone. If you’d like to make work for Roundabout or have something you think is perfect for the space then get in touch.

hanna@painesplough.com

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CONTACT US

Address

Paines Plough

4th Floor

43 Aldwych

London WC2B 4DN

 

T: + 44 (0) 20 7240 4533

office@painesplough.com

Paines Plough Limited is a
company limited by guarantee
and a registered charity.

 

Registered Company no: 1165130

Registered Charity no: 267523

OUR THANKS

Roundabout was only made possible thanks to the belief and generous support of the following Trusts, companies and individuals.  We are hugely grateful to you all. Without you we’re nothing.

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable

Trust John Ellerman Foundation

 

CORPORATE

Universal Consolidated Group

Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd

Charcoalblue

Avolites Ltd

Factory Settings

Total Solutions

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19 anonymous donors

Alice Flynn & Family

Alison Falconer

Angela Cory

Anne McMeehan &
Jim Roberts

Caroline Mathison

Charlotte Macleod

David Lan

Deborah Joseph

Edward Smith

Emma Keele

Emma Perrin

George Perrin

Gillian Kirk

Glen Pearce

Hannah Rodger

Hilary Puxley & Michael Crane

James Atkinson

James Grieve

Jemma Gardner

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Juliet Wrightson

Karen Bartke

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