The beautiful pop-up theatre brings four days of world-class shows, performances and community events to Queen’s Park, Longton this Autumn.
Following the success of Museum of the Moon at King’s Hall in Stoke and The Big Feast ‘18 in the City Centre this summer, we are set to serve up another feast of world-class fun this time in the south of the city with pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT in Queen’s Park, Longton from 11 to 14 October.
Created by renowned theatre company Paines Plough, ROUNDABOUT is a 168-seater cosy pop-up theatre in which audiences sit around the stage and in the heart of action, combining award-winning performances, comfy seating and cutting-edge sound and lighting technology to create a unique theatrical experience. The world’s very first ‘pop-up, plug-and-play theatre’, ROUNDABOUT flatpacks into a lorry and pops up all over the country touring world premier shows for the stage.
This year ROUNDABOUT brings three brand new shows by some of the country’s greatest writers premiered to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and brought to life by an ensemble cast of three, including Stoke-on-Trent born actor Jack Wilkinson. This year’s lineup features:
How to Spot an Alien (★★★★ Broadway Baby) - a hilarious family show for space cadets aged 5 and up following the adventures of Jonjo and Jelly who suspect their Aunty may be from outer space.
Island Town, written by award-winning West Midlands writer Simon Longman, a bittersweet story about friendship and hope following three friends trapped in a bleak town who plan their escape, described as a ‘smashing state-of-the-nation play’ by The Sunday Times (★★★★).
Sticks and Stones (★★★★ British Theatre) by BAFTA nominated, Doctor Who writer Vinay Patel, is a razor-sharp, hilarious satire set in an office and following the spectacularly dramatic consequences of a colleague’s misjudged joke.
Also appearing on Friday 12 October will be Barbara Nice’s RAFFLE!, a fun, life-affirming comedy show about chance and luck created by and starring Phoenix Night’s star Janice Connolly, in which audiences also get the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.
Now on its fourth visit to Stoke-on-Trent, ROUNDABOUT will pop up in Queen’s Park in Longton and will be delivered by Appetite in collaboration with local residents from the South Stoke Community Partnership and Queen’s Park Partnership who support the park.
Residents have been working with Appetite and artist-in-residence Rebecca Davies to shape a programme of events and performances that will bring the local community together in the space. This programme will include:
On Friday 12 October a Young Philosophers session, script readings, craft workshops with local charity Landau and in the evening a chance to boogie in the unique venue in The ROUNDABOUT Karaoke & Great Night Out.
On Saturday 13 October the park will host family music workshops in which audiences can make their own instrument and take part in band rehearsals ready for an appearance at The Family Cabaret in the afternoon, which will feature a selection of local and national talent from puppetry and poetry to Northern Soul dancers for all ages. Following this, The Variety Show will showcase a thrilling line-up of local and national acts for adults only.
On Sunday 14 October, the community will be reflecting on the past and future in a series of events including Bring Your Own Heritage in which people are asked to bring along an object, memory or story about the past to share in a workshop with photographer Sam Ivin; A History of Longton talk and The ‘fAntiques Roadshow’ in which you can get your antiques valued by host ‘Fiona Spruce.’
Local resident Barry Harrington from Normacot, who has helped to programme the events says, “We’re really looking forward to having ROUNDABOUT in our park. It’s a brilliant chance to bring the diverse communities in the area together, to break down barriers and get people talking and having fun together.”
Gemma Thomas, Appetite Creative Producer says, “ROUNDABOUT is a really special space so we are thrilled to be bringing it and its remarkable shows to the south of the city in October. We’ve loved working with members of the South Stoke Community Partnership over the last year to dream up fantastic ideas for activities that will celebrate the area’s past and future.”
Standard tickets for the ROUNDABOUT shows and RAFFLE! are £5.00 with Family Offers also available. The Family Cabaret and The Variety Show are ‘Donate What you Decide’. Community events and workshops are free. Book tickets in advance here or call Box Office on 01782 717962. Discover the full lineup here or download the ROUNDABOUT 2018 Programme.