Roundabout

Roundabout

July - August 2021

A co-production between Belgrade Theatre and Paines Plough for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Roundabout

With the Belgrade Theatre

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 is proud to have invested in the Belgrade programme, supporting them to explore the vital role of a producing theatre in a modern and diverse city and how they can ensure that the theatre is informed by and represents all communities in the city, and explores new stories relevant to our communities that are locally sourced but globally relevant.

A festival of new world-class plays and community-led activities in Paines Plough’s Roundabout auditorium, the world’s first plug-in, pop-up and play theatre.

The four new plays that will be played in repertory throughout the festival are Hungry by Chris Bush, Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Eclair-Powell, May Queen by Frankie Meredith and Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba, with music by the Ringham Brothers. Roundabout will also host an exciting range of creative opportunities for everyone to get involved in.

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Image: Inside Paines Plough's Roundabout. Seating circles centre stage.

Image: Inside Paines Plough's Roundabout. Seating circles centre stage.

Roundabout Events

Image: May Queen image, teenage girl in pink dress sits with can of scrumpy jack cider on the pavement, background has blue filter

Image: May Queen image, teenage girl in pink dress sits with can of scrumpy jack cider on the pavement, background has blue filter

MAY QUEEN

May Day in Coventry, 2022. Sixteen-year-old Leigh has been chosen as May Queen, she’s buzzin, as is the rest of the city.

The cider is flowing and St George’s flag is flying - but an encounter during the day’s festivities will soon change everything.

As the year moves on in the City of Peace and Reconciliation, Leigh must face up to the events of that hot May Day, and dig deep within herself to ask – how did she get here?

Age Guidance: 12+

REALLY BIG AND REALLY LOUD

By Phoebe Eclair-Powell

This is a story. Charli's story.

It’s about losing your voice and going on a big adventure to find it again. It features a rageful rhino, a very helpful fly called Stephen and some really good songs about chips.

A show for all the family from award-winning playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell.

Age guidance: 5+

Image: Young girl stands in front of tree branches and blue sky, wearing a rucksack she looks over at a hand illustrated bee

Image: Young girl stands in front of tree branches and blue sky, wearing a rucksack she looks over at a hand illustrated bee

Image: Woman's head appears behind large cake in the foreground, hands wrapped around both sides. Solid pink background.

Image: Woman's head appears behind large cake in the foreground, hands wrapped around both sides. Solid pink background.

Hungry

By Chris Bush

“I’d watch you eat. I’d eat you up. You’re not like them, are you? You’re real.” 

Lori is a professional chef. Bex waits tables to make ends meet. One night together in a walk-in fridge and the rest is history.

Lori has big plans, but Bex is struggling. If we are what we eat, then Bex is in real trouble. It's not her fault though - the system is rigged. No-one on minimum wage and zero hours has the headspace to make their own yoghurt.

HUNGRY is a new play about food, love, class and grief in a world where there's little left to savour.

Age Guidance: 12+

BLACK LOVE

By Chinonyerem Odimba, with music by the Ringham Brothers.

Introducing Roundabout’s first-ever musical.

Love freely. Love freedom. Love.

Meet Aurora and Orion: Sister and Brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam.

They look after each other in their small London flat, filled with the memories of their parents’ Black Love.

When that love is threatened, they have to find their way back to each other and to what it means to love whilst Black. Using real-life stories, imagined worlds and new songs inspired by an R&B heritage, they begin a  journey to confronting their own worst fears.

BLACK LOVE is an explosion of form busting storytelling, an ode to Black music, and those real stories we rarely hear.

Age Guidance: 12+

Image: Theatre auditorium, woman in background looks across at man in foreground.

Image: Theatre auditorium, woman in background looks across at man in foreground.