Paines Plough Theatre is coming to Newington
The stage is set for pop-up theatre
Paines Plough brings ‘Roundabout’ theatre to Newington
Formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines in the Plough pub, Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays and has commissioned, produced and toured more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. They tour the best new theatre to all four corners of the UK and around the world. And they’re coming to Newington.
In 2014 they launched Roundabout, the UK’s first ever fully accessible, pop-up theatre. Each Autumn Roundabout tours the country following its appearance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the space becoming an inspiring creative hub that – whilst temporary – aims to be truly embedded in and owned by the communities it visits.
The Roundabout theatre tours to more than 70 places across the UK each year – visiting places that don’t have the luxury of a local theatre or the opportunity to see new plays.
The theatre flat-packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country – from a churchyard in Eccles, to a bowling green in Kendal, to the Margate seafront, a lake in Luton, or on campus in Lincoln. In September, they bring the 168-seat pop-up auditorium right here to Newington.
The theatre will pop up on the Green from 10th to 15th September and host a weekend-long festival of locally programmed performances and events, alongside three outstanding plays by some of the nation’s finest writers. Look out for more information across the community in the next few weeks.