Paines Plough Roundabout SeasonShoreditch Town Hall
Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:52 AM
3 new plays, previously staged outside London, now in a pop up venue at Shoreditch Town Hall. I've seen 2 of the 3 plays so far and both were excellent, in particular Lungs by Duncan Macmilllian, directed by Richard Wilson who I'm told was also good enough to pay for the cushions at the venue!
We were due to see all three shows on the same day, but sadly one had to be cancelled due to some lighting issues, so we are now seeing that on Friday.
These shows really deserve a wider audience. I think the capacity is about 100 and generally have not been selling out.
Anyone seen any of these? If not, had you not heard about it or were you put off by the venue? I'm interested to know. Maybe people were missing it on the new NT website?
Posted 15 October 2012 - 12:19 PM
These three plays were co-produced by Sheffield Theatres and premiered last autumn in this mobile Roundabout auditorium which sat inside the Studio theatre in the Crucible. Obviously the Roundabout is designed to tour, to theatres like in Sheffield and to other buildings like Shoreditch Town Hall. It's disappointing, if true, that this isn't packed out in London. It disproves today's Shenton's View thesis in The Stage online that tiny venues guarantee exclusivity. It suggests that it could be tricky to attract audiences in some locations if Paines Plough do ever manage to afford to tour the Roundabout. Which is a shame because I thought the original idea, of creating an intimate portable theatre which could pop up anywhere and play without any need to accommodate to the local venue, was a fantastic one.
Which prompts me to ask if Kneehigh's larger portable theatre, Asylum, has yet ventured away from its summer Cornwall home?
Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:39 PM
I think maybe if it had been at somewhere like Hampstead I would have gone for it but it does take a little to tempt one to a new (uncomfy?) venue!
Similarly I don't always go for Donmar at Trafalgar as tickets there are all £22. We need some variation!
Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:15 PM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:07 PM
I wonder what he is going to do with all those cushions after the run...perhaps he could do a deal with the print room!
Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:24 PM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:39 PM
Latecomer, you've missed the whole point of the Roundabout with your comment asking where will all Richard Wilson's cushions go after Shoreditch. The entire theatre is portable - the seating, the lighting, the walls, everything, including the f***ing cushions.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:19 AM
I didn't book due to limited free weekends and assuming that the location would be a bit of a pain to get to - I come from outside London and Shoreditch isn't an area I know at all. Although looking at google maps it's not too difficult.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:36 AM
Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:31 AM
I think many people would have looked at the name of the area and think it's difficult to get to, which is not. I work around the corner and it's very central. Of course, if you were a party animal you would know that as it's party town on Friday and Saturday night.
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