Allen key to pop-up theatre from Paines Plough

Published: 6 October 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is co-producing with the award-winning Paines Plough Roundabout next year, bringing three world premières and a trailblazer short play to Oldham town centre in June 2020.

Roundabout is a portable in-the-round auditorium which pops-up across the country. 2020 is Roundabout’s seventh consecutive year.

The Roundabout programme will include world premieres: Hungry by Chris Bush (Steel, The Changing Room), Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba (The Sweetness of a Sting) and family show Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (Fury, Epic Love and Pop Songs) performed in rep, directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director Katie Posner, plus a new ‘trailblazer’ 30-minute short play, The Inconvenience Store by Charlotte Keatley.

Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events. Full listings will be announced in due course.

The Roundabout will be pitched next to the Queen Elizabeth Hall before transferring to Summerhall, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and York Theatre Royal in September and then touring to Salford, Ramsgate, Doncaster, Bournemouth and Lincoln. The award-winning venue flat packs into a lorry and can be assembled in a day with six people—and an Allen key.