This POPOUT FESTIVAL we’re hosting a brilliant new kids show Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Eclair-Powell in Paines Plough’s Roundabout from 7-10 October 2021. We spoke to Phoebe about how she created the world of the play and what it’s like writing a show for younger audiences. “To have my own show in Roundabout is a real dream come true. It is an amazing venue, but full of challenges as a writer! You’ve got an in-the-round-space with very few exits and entrances, there’s nowhere for the actors to hide. Also, you need to think about touring audiences, about the fact that the jokes need to work for every location and can’t be too site specific. I’d worked with Charlotte Bennett (one of the joint-Artistic Directors of Paines Plough) before, and I think she thought that my sense of humour would fit the family show. She very kindly invited me to work on the show which was meant to be on in 2020 and is obviously only able to be on the road in 2021. So, it’s been a couple years in discussion and in the making! The inspiration for the play came from seeing a little girl in
Specially commissioned for COVENTRY UK CITY OF CULTURE, May Queen is a state of the nation play by Frankie Meredith and performed in ROUNDABOUT as part of POPOUT FESTIVAL 2021 from 7-10 October 2021. “Roundabout is a gorgeous place to write for, it’s really unique. I was actually really lucky a couple of years ago to have a seed commission with Paines Plough. They got a bunch of writers and for a few days we went and watched some Roundabout shows and then we had a couple of days to start a script. That piece is actually still on my laptop and may become something one day but the experience gave me a really good insight into how to work for a space like that and what kind of shows work there, so when Balisha Karra – one of the co-Artistic Directors at the Belgrade Theatre for Coventry 2021 – got in touch and asked if I would like to pitch some ideas for Paines Plough and City of Culture I jumped at the chance. I pitched May Queen, which they liked, and I think it will be really a special experience in Roundabout. The inspiration for May Queen came
Roundabout’s first ever musical, Black Love is an explosion of form busting storytelling written by Chinonyerem Odimba, with music by by Ben And Max Ringham is being performed as part of PopOut Festival 2021 between 7-10 October 2021. We caught up with Chinonyerem Odimba, who also co-directed the play – to discuss the ideas behind the show. “Of all the plays I’ve written, Black Love is a cumulation of lots and lots of different things. I think I spent a lot of time looking and talking about representation but that’s an easy thing for everyone to talk about. The harder things are about the damage that a lack of representation, a lack of seeing yourself out in the world does. I was interested in what that was. I feel like Black Love as a play is something that has been developing in me for many, many years. It just comes from my desire to show familial love, to show black people in their fullest sense and also to show the ways in which our lives and our loves are interrupted on a day to day basis. I’d written two drafts and then the events of last summer happened and George
HUNGRY is a new play about food, love, class and grief in a world where there’s little left to savour by Chris Bush staged as part of ROUNDABOUT at PopOut Festival 2021 7-10 October. We caught up with Chris to discuss the show. “The initial idea behind Hungry came from something I started working on at Sheffield Theatres when I was a Playwright-in-Residence with them in 2013, so it’s been rattling around my head for a long time now. At the heart of it I am a massive foodie, so I was definitely interested in writing something about what we eat and why. Food is such an emotive thing, in both really positive and negative ways. We cook as a way to express our love and there’s nothing more disappointing than a bad meal. But also, food is such a shorthand for how we value people and how we ascribe worth to them. We can be very judgemental about what others consume, and it’s very often the case that the cheapest food also has the least nutritional value. We can see what our society considers someone to be worth by what they are allowed or encouraged to consume. There is
Hello and Welcome Back! It is an absolute delight to finally be returning to our building this autumn after a few test events over the summer – we can’t wait to see you again! It has certainly been a very challenging eighteen months, for some of us COVID has been truly devastating, but we’ve all been changed in some way, and here at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we are no different. As much as we’re keen to look forward, it is important to hold onto the commitments to a more just and equitable future made in the heat of the pandemic, and also the achievements of those artists and members of our community that worked so hard to keep creativity alive during lockdown. To this end, as we reassess what we do and plan to rebuild, we won’t be looking to simply revert to the status quo. Instead, we’ll be taking a more long-term view about how best we can serve the public, making more of digital technology to share our work but also championing opportunities for more of us to take part in shared experiences across our programmes so that we can truly say the city is our stage.
From the creators of previous PopOut Festival highlights SEANCE and FLIGHT, which thrilled and spooked audiences back in 2018 and 2019 comes a new immersive audio theatre experience – DARKFIELD RADIO. DARKFIELD RADIO is an app, a brand new, innovative form of entertainment directly responding to the new age we are living in, immersing audiences in strange and curious worlds in their own home and bringing new meaning to the familiar spaces we inhabit. We went took a look behind the scenes at the creation of this unique event! Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together since 2011. In 2016 they formed Darkfield with producer Andrea Salazar and began to create a series of shows in bespoke shipping container environments, using darkness and immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety. In 2018 Darkfield brought SÉANCE to PopOut Festival and in 2019 FLIGHT, but for PopOut 2021 the company has something different in store, born out of the restrictions of the pandemic, but remaining true to their unique immersive audio aesthetic – Darkfield Radio. We caught up with Glen Neath to discuss the creation of these innovative new dramas: Darkfield Radio is a bit of a departure
PopOut Festival is back! A lot has happened since our last festival in 2019, and it is with a sense of thankfulness and expectation that we look forward to this year’s PopOut Festival, which offers our trademark mix of outdoor performance, pop-up theatre and unexpected creative experiences that animate our city. It hasn’t been plain sailing and we’ve had to change our plans several times over the past two years to match shifting circumstances but life never stands still and we’ve learnt to adapt our ideas to reflect new challenges and opportunities. One such opportunity is an exciting new location for Roundabout Theatre down on the Brayford Waterfront, courtesy of University of Lincoln. This new site will allow us to spread out, making the most of the space with refreshments and free performance, alongside some top-notch drama fresh from Coventry UK City of Culture. Certainly, we wouldn’t be able to go ahead without the ongoing financial support of University of Lincoln or HM Government and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund, which has enabled us to commission and programme a number brilliant productions from immersive theatre with Darkfield Radio to three days of outdoor circus. We’ve also been able to
This October LPAC will be launching a brand new adult community theatre group in collaboration with Lincolnshire One Venues!
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, owned and operated by University of Lincoln, has received a grant of £71,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including LPAC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was previously successful in its application for £153,363 last autumn, which helped to safeguard local jobs and support its creative programmes. This further commitment to the centre will allow University of Lincoln to plan for a more sustainable future for LPAC, reviewing its business model in the light of changes to the sector nationally and the needs of audiences locally, whilst providing infrastructure support through its transition. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support in such difficult times. This second grant means that we now have the space to plan for our reopening in a way that will better address the needs of local communities, exploring the long term sustainability of the venue and revitalising our role within the city.”
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was lit up red on Friday 20 March for the final time as part of the We Make Events #LightItInRedCampaign, joining 2000 places across 25 countries to raise the plight of the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled professionals serving the events industry. Having previously lit up the outside of the venue, this time our technical team and students studying on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at University of Lincoln shone a new light onto our backstage areas, producing some wonderfully evocative images. Everyone is facing hardship as we collectively deal with the pandemic but the hospitality, events, and cultural industries have been hit particularly hard, with the voices of increasingly vulnerable organisations, small-businesses and freelancers increasingly falling on deaf ears. These normally viable and highly valuable organisations staffed by your friends, relatives, and the person down the street are at risk through no fault of their own and through the #LightItInRed initiative we stand as one with our colleagues across the world to lobby for temporary support until we can stand on our own two feet again. Certainly, some organisations are in a stronger position than others to weather the storm and