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ONE HUNDRED: Commemorating Women’s Suffrage

Posted by Phoebe Wall Palmer, 6th February 2018, 16:14pm

Today marks one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act in 1918, the legislation that brought voting rights to all men and some women over the age of 30 and paved the way for full democratic equality and Universal Suffrage in 1928. Throughout 2018 the cultural calendar across the UK will be alive with events and activities that celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. To celebrate this important anniversary, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will be producing a programme of activities culminating in a mass participatory outdoor event on the evening of 14 December 2018, one hundred years since the first General Election where women could vote. This celebratory event will animate the streets of Lincoln and draw attention to the diverse talent and creativity of the women in our amazing city. This female-led project is still at an early stage and we are looking for expressions of interest to form partnerships with women’s groups and organisations or individuals that might want to take part and help shape this communal celebration. We actively encourage expressions of interest from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled and LGBTQ+. To take part you must be 16

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NEWVOLUTIONS 2018 Programme

Posted by Phoebe Wall Palmer, 9th January 2018, 22:25pm

Look at the programme here: Newvolutions Brochure 2018 If you’re curious about how new theatre and performance is made and excited about the possibility of influencing that work then NEWVOLUTIONS is for you. This year is our seventh micro-season of works- in-progress by local, regional and national performers. Over the past seven years we have supported over seventy productions, artists, choreographers, playwrights and theatre makers to develop their next big project – a number of which have gone on to have national tours and all of which were seen first by Lincoln audiences. Once again, this January – following two weeks of intensive workshops and rehearsals – we will be presenting a range of performance showcases at different stages of development, from the smallest spark of a new idea to pieces that are almost fully-formed. We’ll then invite you to give your feedback to the artists in an informal atmosphere, either as part of a post- show chat or over a drink at the bar. All events are FREE but capacity is limited so advanced booking is recommended. Most events are scheduled to allow you to see an entire evening’s programme back-to-back but do check with the box office for running

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Spring 2018 Brochure is Here!

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 20th December 2017, 16:41pm

We are delighted to share our new Spring 2018 season of events with you. Our new season brochure can be downloaded HERE and viewed online HERE, or you can pick up a paper copy from our box office. 2018 is our tenth anniversary year and to celebrate we have a fantastic range of activities lined up. Our birthday celebration is a chance to explore new possibilities, address challenges and develop different ways of placing our entire community at teh heart of what we do. This includes shows programmed by the community; initiatives such as £10,000 worth of free tickets, which will help to remove some of the financial barriers to engagement in the arts, and large-scale creative interventions in the city, such as Architects of Air’s beautiful luminarium, which joins us by the Brayford for Eggcite, Lincoln’s Easter Arts Festival for Children.

Lincoln Fun Palace Donations!

Posted by Michael Woodhall, 6th October 2017, 17:22pm

Lincoln Fun Palace is just around the corner and with this being our second year taking part in the worldwide celebration, we’ve had an overwhelming number of donations for this years event. This includes a kind donation from who have designed personalised wristbands for our visitors to take away with them as a souvenir. specialise in promotional and branded products for businesses and charities around the world. They have worked with household names such as ASDA, Samsung, the NHS and ITV, supplying them with pens, clothes, mugs, keyrings and much more. Founded in 2010, the parent company Charles Alexander Distribution operates through a group of websites in the print and promotional sector in the UK and abroad. The group offers a best-price guarantee. If you find any of their 30,000 products available cheaper at another distributor they will match the price. EverythingBranded recently launched an American site, This site is their first site outside of the UK and it has made an excellent start. Paul Rowlett, EverythingBranded’s Managing Director, said: “Fun Palaces has developed into a fantastic way to get everyone involved and engaged in the community, all over the country. We were pleased to be in a

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CALL OUT – Community Project for Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre

Posted by Phoebe Wall Palmer, 14th August 2017, 15:20pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre invite you to join them in making a brand-new theatre performance to be shown in the world-renowned Paines Plough Roundabout Theatre. Everything We Are will be an original piece of theatre – created over the course of just one month – by a unique ‘pop-up’ theatre company that you can be a part of. How the final piece comes together will be shaped by you and everyone who volunteers to form the company. By taking part in this project, you’ll attend a series of inspiring workshops, designed to get you thinking, creating and performing. The sessions will be led by theatre maker and performer, Rachel Baynton – co-artistic director of the critically acclaimed Proto-type Theater. These workshops will result in a one-off show, to be performed in the Roundabout as part of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s Pop-Out Festival 2017. Read the full Call Out here You can find out more and get involved by contacting Phoebe at or 01522 837600

POP OUT Festival is on its way!

Posted by Phoebe Wall Palmer, 11th August 2017, 11:38am

11 September – 1 October At POP OUT you can expect the best new plays, family shows, music, comedy and site-specific performance, all taking place in spaces outside of our venue. The festival is a great opportunity to uncover hidden gems and try something different. You can even experience a little slice of the Edinburgh Festival with the return of the wonderful Roundabout, Paines Plough’s touring amphitheatre, visiting Lincoln fresh from the Fringe. This year, as well popping out of our building, we are also popping up at Waterside Shopping Centre. This exciting partnership with one of city’s major retail destinations will see a three-week residency leading up to the main festival, with a programme full of performances and participatory activities suitable for the whole family. Download the festival brochure or view online.

Autumn/Winter 2017 Season Brochure

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 20th June 2017, 15:16pm

We are very pleased to announce our new season of events! We are starting off big with POP OUT Festival 2017; not only will we be welcoming the return of Paines Plough’s Roundabout outside our own venue, we will also be establishing a new performance space inside the Waterside Shopping Centre, bringing even more theatre to the heart of the city. And given that 2017 celebrates 800 years since the Charter of the Forest what better story to tell this Christmas than that of The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian! Our in-house production sees this familiar tale masterfully reimagined in a wintery forest, alive with magic and adventure. You can download the BROCHURE // AUTUMN/WINTER 2017 or view the new season brochure ONLINE. If you’d like to receive a hard copy, JOIN OUR MAILING LIST.


Posted by Craig Morrow, 3rd February 2017, 17:52pm

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 ( 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

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Lincolnshire Day Offer

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 15th September 2016, 15:27pm

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.


Posted by Julie Ellerby, 4th July 2016, 15:18pm

  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

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