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Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT makes London debut at Southbank

ROUNDABOUT - EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2014Artistic Directors of Paines Plough, James Grieve and George Perrin, today (Monday 1st June) announce the London debut of Roundabout at the Southbank Centre as part of the Festival of Love from 7th June to the 18th July. After a successful launch at Edinburgh last year, the company’s award-wining portable in the round auditorium is making its way to the Southbank Centre ahead of a run in Edinburgh this summer, and a further national tour this autumn.

Paines Plough presents Alexandra Wood’s Fringe First Award-winning The Initiate, Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, and Dennis Kelly’s Our Teacher’s a Troll that will play in rep, with additional performances of Every Brilliant Thing. All productions are directed by George Perrin.

Cast: Sian Reese-Williams, Abdul Salis
Sidney Cole will also perform in The Initiate only

Direction: George Perrin; Design: Lucy Osborne; Lighting: Emma Chapman
Sound: Tom Gibbons; Movement: Kate Sagovsky; Associate Sound: Dom Kennedy
For Our Teacher’s a Troll only, Creative Consultant: Chris Elwell

Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin said today ‘We’re thrilled and excited to unveil Roundabout in London at The Southbank Centre. Our beautiful pop-up plays host to four outstanding new plays, a host of special guests and events in a sizzling summer programme of theatre on the South Bank. It promises to be this year’s unmissable pop-up experience – a festival of stellar new work in the most exciting new theatre in the country nestled next to Waterloo Bridge. We can’t wait to welcome people to Roundabout’.

Roundabout Auditorium Design: Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman
In collaboration with Charcoalblue and Howard Eaton
Roundabout auditorium was built and developed by Factory Settings

Roundabout, Paines Plough’s portable in-the-round theatre, was the centerpiece of the company’s 40th anniversary programme, and Thanks to the generous support of principal funder Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation along with J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, John Ellerman Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation, the brand new pop-up theatre will form an integral part of future Paines Plough programmes.

Roundabout 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
The Roundabout can be erected in a day and a half 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

Monday 1st June 2015


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