Roundabout is a beautiful new pop-up in-the-round theatre, with shows from Paines Plough and Northern Stage. It’s a completely self-contained 168-seat auditorium that flat packs into a single lorry and can pop up anywhere from theatres to school halls, sports centres to warehouses.
Paines Plough / Half Moon
Two terrible twins rule their school until the arrival of a headmaster with scaly skin and a spiky tail. An outrageously entertaining comic caper from Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda The Musical.
A British couple are seized by Somali pirates. In East London, a Somali taxi driver decides to rescue them. A thrilling tale of altruism, greed and the search for how to belong by Alexandra Wood.
Lungs by Duncan Macmillan. A couple are deciding their future. They want to have a child for the right reasons. But what exactly are the right reasons? 'The most beautiful, shattering play of the year.' (Sunday Express).
By Mark Ravenhill
A provocative new thriller from award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill written for the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre Company.
Gareth Farr / Royal Exchange Theatre
When Carl Jackson joins the army he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of his life. But when he finally comes home, it’s not as a hero but a changed man.
Paines Plough / Pentabus Theatre Company
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. You begin listing everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1: Ice Cream. 2: Rollercoasters. 3: Me. Written by Duncan Macmillan.
Gary Kitching and Co in association with Greyscale
Disturbingly funny story about a man and his troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide. Living people can be cruel. The dead are easier to deal with. ‘Very funny for all the wrong reasons’ (WhatsOnStage.com).
Two surprise guests each week chat on stage about life, art, the festival and everything else. Hibrow showcase the arts online: world-class names from theatre, music, dance, film and literature. Top name-dropping.
Company TSU in Association with Curious Monkey
Is this a man’s world? Beats North explores the soundtrack to our lives through the eyes and ears of two northern lads who are still trying to figure it out. By Luke Barnes and Ishy Din.