A four-day family theatre event, Roundabout, is coming to Prince’s Park in Irlam this weekend.

The touring theatre experience is the UK’s first ever portable plug-and-play theatre. The Lowry has partnered with theatre company, Paines Plough, to bring Roundabout to areas across Salford since 2015.

The distinctive yellow tent has been set up in open spaces in Eccles, Little Hulton, Ordsall, Broughton and Swinton in previous years and it is now Irlam’s turn to welcome the event from October 6-9.

The pop-up performance space, with state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound, seats 168 people in the round and completely flat packs into a lorry.


Sarah Whitehead, who works for The Lowry as a community collaborator for the event, said:  “Roundabout offers people the chance to experience theatre in a new way – often compared to a miniature version of The Globe theatre where performances are held in the centre of a circle surrounded by the audience also known as performing ‘in the round’.”

Photo: The Lowry

Following its appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Roundabout tours the country in the autumn of each year to bring a range of theatre, music and comedy to local communities.

Performers from Paines Plough will be showcasing four new plays, as well as other musical and comedy performances. All tickets are priced at £5 or less. There will also be a number of free community events and family activities across the weekend.

The shows this year are:

  • The Ultimate Pickle – for audiences aged 5+
  • A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain – for audiences 12+
  • Half Empty Glasses – for audiences age 12+
  • Caste-ing – for audiences age 12+
  • Gag Reflex Comedy Club – for audiences 18+

“Alongside this we offer local community groups and performers the opportunity to host an activity or performance in the Roundabout to showcase their work and talents, inviting people to attend and take part for free,” said Sarah.

“Working with local groups and organisations such as Irlam and Cadishead Music Festival, Irlam Stage and Screen Academy and Irlam Mixed Voice Choir, we have a fantastic line up of community activities and performances that are free to access.

“It all kicks off on Thursday at 5.30pm with a performance from Salford Community Theatre of a script written by local playwright, Jane McNulty, called Dare to be Free: Exploring the Life of Trade Unionist Mary Quaile.

“There will also be disco bingo, art workshops, children’s performances of songs from Wicked!, The Ice Queen Show with songs from Frozen, a sound bath, beat boxing workshops and much more.”

Follow the link here to find out more and book a space.

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