Roundabout Festival

From 27th September to 30th September Lighthouse (in association with Arts by the Sea Festival, Activate and Pavilion Dance South West) are bringing back Roundabout, a unique, intimate pop-up theatre to Dorset.

In the stunning outdoor location of Pavilion Dance Terrace, audiences will be seated around the stage with a great view of the actors. Roundabout combines comfortable seating with cutting edge sound and lighting technology to create an unmissable theatrical experience.

The Roundabout concept is brought to you by renowned and respected theatre company, Paines Plough who will be bringing 2 acclaimed shows for audiences to experience. In all there are 7 fantastic events to select from. Why not see them all!

To book visit the Lighthouse website:


27 September - 30 September

Sticks and Stones

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other? 

A razor-sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production

(Thursday 27 September at 7pm - Saturday 29 September at 6pm - Sunday 30 September at 7pm)


28 September


Based on a true story, Foster’s play is about racism and highlights the 1998 incident in which the African-American James Bird Jr was taken by three members of the Ku Klux Klan and murdered. 

Directed by Charmaine K Parkin, Foster draws on the racist messages communicated before the Brexit campaign and draws parallels with the political rhetoric communicated in Texas at that time and currently by Donald Trump.

A Doppleganger production

(Friday 28 September 8pm)


29 September - 30 September

How To Spot An Alien

Children's Theatre event.

Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers. 
Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship. 

For space cadets age five and up. 

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production

(Saturday 29 September noon - Sunday 30 September 2pm)


29 September

Comedy Club 4 Kids!

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like "why is that your face!?"

(Saturday 29 September 1.30pm and 4pm)


29 September - 30 September

Island Town

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 else. Right? 

Island Town is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. 

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG: Royal Court, MILKED: Pentabus Theatre Company).

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production

Age guidance: 14+

(Saturday 29 September 8pm - Sunday 30 September 8pm)


29 September

Coastal Comedy (Roundabout Festival)

The Coastal Comedy Show sponsored by DJS Limited at The Arts by the Sea Festival presents the stupendous Angela Barnes! 
As seen on:
Mock the Week (BBC2)
Live At The Apollo (BBC)
Host of Newsjack (BBC Radio 4) and many more!

Angela won the BBC Radio 2's New Comedy Award in 2011, and has continued to be a regular on the stand-up circuit, playing even bigger venues. She has also appeared on: Russell Howard's Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour for Radio 2, Stand up for the Week, written for Radio 4’s The News Quiz, played on Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park on BBC Two, and developed her own series with BBC Radio Comedy.

“Brilliantly Funny” Sarah Millican “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” The Guardian

plus supporting acts

(Saturday 29 September 9.30pm)


30 September

Life & Death in an Ocean Full of Hope

Every year young people leave home to travel the world and gain experience. In the same world other young people leave home because if they don't, they will die. One planet, two very different worlds. 

A new piece of work.
Book by Andrew Muir 
Original Score by Ryan Murphy
Lyrics by Claire River

Contains strong language: Age Guidance 14+

(Sunday 30 September noon)




Schedule info: 
Various Times and Prices
Lower Gardens
Phone: 01202 28 00 00