Three-day festival for pop-up theatre

Paines Plough performing in the Roundabout Theatre
Paines Plough performing in the Roundabout Theatre
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The Assembly Room at the Barnsley Civic Theatre will house a pop-up theatre-in-the-round developed by acclaimed theatre company Paines Plough next week for a three-day festival.

A selection of new work performed by the Paines Plough acting ensemble will be showcased next Thursday to Saturday alongside a variety of local entertainment.

The centrepiece of the company’s 40th anniversary programme, Paines Plough’s transportable amphitheatre was tried and tested at the Crucible Studio in Sheffield in 2011, then unveiled at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Summerhall.

Ex-Emmerdale star Sian Reese-Williams (Gennie Walker) and Casualty actor Abdul Sallis (Curtis Cooper) are appearing during the festival.

Duncan MacMillan’s play Lungs, which was seen in 2011 at the Crucible Studio, follows a 30-something couple who want to have a child for the right reasons.

But in a time of overpopulation and unrest, what exactly are the right reasons?

Alexandra Wood’s The Initiate is a thrilling tale of altruism, greed and the search for how to belong.

There’s also a show for families in Dennis Kelly’s play Our Teacher’s A Troll, following two terrible twins.

They rule their school with terror and tyranny until the arrival of a new headteacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs and a long spiky tail!

There will also be music from the Barnsley Metropolitan Band and an intimate acoustic evening with Kevin Kitchen.

Alongside this there will be comedy, spoken word entertainment and pies at the Lunchtime Reading event hosted by local theatre company 12 Miles North and Word Life return with their open mic sessions, featuring Rommi Smith.

The Civic’s very own Civic Scratch performance will allow emerging artists have the opportunity to test out their new ideas and ask the audience what they thought.