Pop-up Roundabout Festival

POOLE Lighthouse has joined up with the Arts by the Sea Festival, Activate and Pavilion Dance South West to organise the 2018 Roundabout Festival, running from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September.

This year Roundabout, the world’s first pop-up, plug-in and play theatre, will be erected on the Pavilion Dance Terrace, overlooking the sea and Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens. It will host an exciting programme of theatre and comedy for children and grown-ups.

The programme includes five plays, a Coastal Comedy night with three professional stand-ups and a comedy club for kids. The focus of the festival is three new plays from Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd.

Sticks and Stones, performed on Thurs­day, Saturday and Sunday, is Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

In How To Spot An Alien, on Saturday and Sunday, 12-year-old Jelly and her brother Jonjo suspect that their aunt is an alien? She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Island Town, also on Saturday and Sunday, is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them. And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere. Right?

Coastal Comedy, on Saturday 29th September, offers a chance to see famous comedians up close and personal in an intimate setting. The line-up is still to be confirmed. And there are plenty of laughs for younger visitors to the Roundabout when the Comedy Club 4 Kids (on Saturday) features stand-up and comedy acts doing their thing for a family audience.

Following a sold-out performance at Poole’s Lighthouse in January, locally-based Doppelganger Productions perform Ride! on Friday. It’s based on the true story of African-American James Byrd Jr, murdered by three Ku Klux Klan members in Jasper, Texas, in 1998 .

The festival ends with the performance of Life and Death in an Ocean Full of Hope, a new work from Bournemouth & Poole College students, on 30th September.

For more details, phone 01202 280000 or visit the website, www.lighthousepoole. co.uk