Paines Plough Roundabout Festival: Ex-Emmerdale star ‘pops’ into to The Civic, Barnsley

From Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 October, The Civic Assembly Room will house a state of the art pop-up theatre-in-the-round developed by acclaimed touring Theatre Company Paines Plough, as part of their Roundabout Festival tour.


The centrepiece of the company’s 40th anniversary programme, Paines Plough’s transportable amphitheatre was tried and tested with Sheffield Theatres in 2011, then unveiled in all its technically genius glory at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Summerhall. Armed with this experience and following its huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Paines Plough return to South Yorkshire with a repertory of new work by critically acclaimed writers and an ensemble of actors.

All three of Paines Plough’s theatre performances feature a superb cast including ex-Emmerdale star Sian Reese-Williams (Gennie Walker) and Casualty Actor Abdul Sallis (Curtis Cooper). Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs follows a thirty-something, educated and thoughtful couple who want to have a child for the right reasons. But in a time of overpopulation and unrest, what exactly are the right reasons? Alexandra Wood’s The Initiate is a thrilling tale of altruism, greed and the search for how to belong. There’s even something for families in Dennis Kelly’s (writer of West End Musical: MATILDA) Our Teacher’s A Troll, following two terrible twins who rule their school with terror and tyranny – until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail!

The Roundabout Festival’s visit to Barnsley also provides local artists and audience members a completely unique performance and viewing experience. During the three day festival, there will be live music from the Barnsley Metropolitan Band and an intimate acoustic evening with Kevin Kitchen. Alongside this there will be comedy, spoken word entertainment and pies at the Lunchtime Reading event hosted by local theatre company 12 Miles North, and Word Life return with their open mic sessions, featuring Rommi Smith. And finally, The Civic’s very own Civic Scratch performance will be staged within the immaculate structure, where emerging artists have the opportunity to test out their new ideas, and seek critique from the audience after the show.

Paines Plough’s Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin comments:

“Roundabout is the epitome of Paines Plough and everything the company has striven to achieve in its 40 year history. Our beautiful pop-up theatre means we can tour outstanding new plays further and wider than ever before, giving audiences a thrilling in-the-round experience on their doorstep.  Our own productions will sit alongside community shows and events as a mini-festival that will bring new plays and great entertainment right to the heart of local communities.”

ROUNDABOUT FESTIVAL TIMETABLE: Special Ticket offer! Purchase a ticket for 3 different Roundabout Festival events* get the 3rd ticket half price**!

*excluding Civic Scratch, **get the cheapest ticket at half price.

Thursday 2 October

7pm – Barnsley Met Band

8.30pm – Word Life ft Rommi Smith. To sign up for a slot email wordlife@nowthenmagazine.com.

Tickets for both events are £5 advance or £8 on the door.

Friday 3 October

1.30pm – Our Teacher’s A Troll. Recommended for ages 7+ and their accompanying trolls (or parents), with the running time of 50 minutes. Tickets are £7 full price, £6 concessions and £5 children.

7pm – Lungs. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions.

8.30pm – An Intimate Acoustic Evening with Kevin Kitchen. Tickets are £5 advance or £8 on the door.

Saturday 4 October

12pm – Lunchtime Reading. £3 for play or £8 for a meal deal (pint, pie & play)

2pm – Civic Scratch. Pay what you can afford*

7.30pm – The Intiate. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions.

*Reserve your tickets for free by calling the Box Office and pay what you can afford on the day.

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