Introduction FUTURESHOCK is Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s response to Frequency 2017, Lincoln’s Festival of Digital Culture, which takes place across the city 20-29 October (frequency.org.uk). From the end of September, leading up to and during Frequency Festival, we will be exploring the role of analogue or ‘obsolete’ technologies within contemporary performance practice. Calling All Analogue Artists FUTURESHOCK is an exploration of the on-going potential of analogue technology in arts and culture. Throughout the fringe we aim to celebrate the value of ‘old/obsolete’ non-digital processes through sited work, public interventions and performance events, these can be rough-and-ready repurposed artworks or more polished integrations. The fringe is not intended to place value-judgements on digital and non-digital practices, nor set them in opposition; rather we view FUTURESHOCK as a forum to promote the benefit of alternative and forgotten media within a wide, diverse palette of creative possibilities. Indeed, we are particularly interested in artworks where digital and non-digital technologies operate in a dialogue to explore the human experience. We are looking for works that either actively or subtly, addresses the theme of Displacement, echoing the wider focus of Frequency Festival 2017 and that engage with our diverse communities through accessible and inclusive content. Timeline Please
The cast of Treasure Island visited Lincoln Ice Rink in costume to see if they could stay on their feet. Not everyone was successful! Check out these photographs below…
To celebrate Lincolnshire Day and local performing arts, we are offering 20% off when you book to see three or more shows that were created in Lincoln. Happy Together by The Lincoln Company (Friday 30 September, 1pm) Much Ado About Nothing by Lincoln Stage Company (Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October, times vary) Company by The Lincoln Company (Saturday 22 October, 7.30pm) Dracula by Push to Shove Theatre (Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 October, 7.30pm) Shakespeare Season by The Lincoln Company -Anthony & Cleopatra, Saturday 3 December, 7.30pm -Timon of Athens, Sunday 4 December, 7.30pm -Othello, Monday 5 December, 7.30pm -King Henry IV Part One, Tuesday 6 December, 7.30pm -King Henry IV Part Two, Wednesday 7 December, 7.30pm Treasure Island by The Lincoln Company (Monday 12 – Saturday 24 December, Times Vary) BRRR! The Lost Polar Bear by Lincoln Stage Company (Friday 16 – Saturday 24 December, Times Vary) Just add the shows into your basket online and the discount will automatically be applied. You can also book in person or over the phone. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and will run from Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October.
Following the buzz around last year’s visit, Paines Plough’s award-winning pop-up amphitheatre’ Roundabout is back as part of Pop Out – our festival of Art Outside the Ordinary. At Pop Out you can expect the best new plays, family shows, classical concerts, acclaimed cabaret, stand-up comedy and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, sitting alongside site-specific performance and hidden gems in unusual spaces. There’s also a free programme of events at our Festival Bar & Music Stage and as part of Lincolnshire’s first Fun Palace held on Sat 1 & Sun 2 October. As part of Lincoln Comedy Festival we are bringing some huge names to the city; most notably Shappi Khorsandi, Julian Clary, and – as seen on America’s Got Talent – TAPE FACE! Our comedy offering for the season doesn’t stop there, in November we will also be welcoming Omid Djalili and Seann Walsh to the stage. Our Christmas family show this year is Treasure Island, an action-packed retelling of the classic pirate adventure. Young and old will be mesmerised by a world of swashbuckling excitement, brimming with buccaneers and buried gold. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that for the first time we will also
Post a photo to Facebook or Twitter using #LPACselfie for a chance to win great prizes! Whether you’re enjoying a Zing coffee, rehearsing in a studio, booking a ticket at the box office, settling into your seat before a show or even waiting in the wings to come on stage – simply take a quick selfie and post it using our special competition hashtag for a chance to win. LPACselfie Competition – Terms and Conditions Competition runs from the first of each month. To enter, post a photo of yourself at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag “#LPACselfie” in the post text. Photos must be taken either from within the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre or outside, with the building in the background of the image. The photo must be of yourself. Anyone featured in the photo must do so knowingly. The winner will be selected from the entrants at random. Winners will be announced within the first working week of the following month. The prize will vary each month and will be announced on all promotional material published each month. Standard theatre etiquette applies; cameras and mobile devices must be switched off during performances,
By their very nature, the arts are always evolving, finding new ways to present ideas, opinions, humour and emotions. And as a venue, we have to adopt a similar attitude; if we want to increase access and provision to contemporary work then as a venue we have to do something different to punch above the noise and excite audiences enough that they want to take a chance on the new. That’s why we will be welcoming the Roundabout Theatre to the city this month, a theatre company and a concept I became familiar with back in 2010, six months before I started at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. I worked on a consultancy project for Paines Plough, looking at touring theatre in the regions, and it was felt that venues were struggling to afford to attract new plays, whilst touring companies often felt the theatre spaces were not the right size for the type of performances they wanted to produce. Sometimes, the problem is simply that there is not a theatre in the local town. It was from these problems that the idea of a touring theatre that could pop-up anywhere was born. I was only there for the initial conversations
Our new What’s On guide at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for Autumn/Winter 2015 is packed full of great theatre and arts events. You can download the BROCHURE // AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 or view the new season brochure ONLINE to see what’s on this autumn/winter. If you’d like to receive a hard copy, SIGN UP to our mailing list. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS From 23-26 September we’ve a very special experience coming to Lincoln – we’re hosting the ROUNDABOUT THEATRE FESTIVAL – Paines Plough’s unique touring pop-up theatre, which includes the critically acclaimed play LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL by Dennis Kelly (writer of West End hit Matilda The Musical) and an eclectic schedule of new writing, stand-up comedy, music and cabaret. This award-winning theatre-in-the-round feels a little like a space ship inside and will land in front of our building this September, within a specially constructed geo-dome. It is lit by hundreds of energy saving LED lights, can run off a 13 amp plug socket (just like your kettle) and can be put up in 24 hours by just 6 people with an Allen key. According to Artistic Director Craig Morrow: “There’s never been anything like it in the city and we’re thrilled that Lincoln is one of
Press Release 21 Aug 2015 ROUNDABOUT THEATRE FESTIVAL POPS-UP IN LINCOLN 23-26 SEPTEMBER Paines Plough’s award-winning flat pack theatre – Roundabout – will be erected outside Lincoln Performing Arts Centre week commencing 21 September and host a mini-festival of critically acclaimed theatre, comedy, music and family performances. Roundabout looks a little like a space ship and will land on the University of Lincoln campus this autumn beneath a specially constructed geo-dome and can be set up in just 24 hours. This intimate theatre-in-the-round combines beautiful design with innovative engineering and pioneering technology to deliver a top class theatre experience. There has never been anything like this in the city, with Lincoln being one of only a few places in the UK to present this distinctive experience, following successful runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s Southbank. Inside the Roundabout the programme is also ‘pop-up’ and unique to its Lincoln visit. Touring productions presented as part of the festival include the critically acclaimed Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, children’s show Our Teacher’s A Troll by Dennis Kelly (writer of West End Hit Matilda The Musical with Tim Minchin), and Fringe First Award-winning playwright Alexandra Wood’s new thriller The Human Ear. Lincoln Performing