Free Events
To Book Tickets Call Box Office 01843 292795 or Book Online*

*Booking fee 50p per ticket in person /on phone, £1.50 per ticket online

Friday 22 September - 1pm

Big Foot - Free workshop for male residents in Thanet

Led by Annie Sutton

Big Foot by Joseph Barnes Philips is based on his own and imagined story of becoming a man - coming to Theatre Royal Margate on Oct 12. This is a chance to share your own teenage footsteps using story telling and rhyme.
For Young Men 14+ and Older Men (all male genders welcome)
Special offer - £5 Big Foot tickets for all participants.

Age 14+

Running Time: 1 Hour


Friday 22 September - 2.30pm

Robot Arena

Marine Studios

Join one of three teams and help to turn Roundabout into a place of high energy and spectacle.

GEEK-play events are a chance to Meet Make and Play.

Come and cheer on your team. Instruct, race, plan and play with agile robots last seen as part of the Maker Faire Singapore.

Age: All

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


Saturday 23 September - 5.30pm

A Glimpse of Inspiration

Inspiration Inclusive Youth Theatre

Inspiration Inclusive Youth Theatre brings together children with and without disabilities to work together on art projects including BSL. The BBC’s Children in Need Charity fund the project, helping it reach many children within the local community.

Tickets FREE ( Bucket collection for future Inspiration projects)

Age: All

Running Time: 30 minutes


Sunday 24 September - 12-1pm

Creatives Call Out w/ Dan Thompson

Want a really unusual space for a show, performance, talk, or workshop in Margate? Every year, Roundabout comes to Margate for a long weekend; and next year, you could be part of the programme.

Roundabout is a state-of-the-art travelling theatre that flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country. Roundabout needs no special skills to assemble and the only tool you need is an Allen key. It takes six people about a day to pop it up and plug it in, and away we go. What's created is a contemporary circular auditorium, 11.5 metres in diameter, with a 4.6-metre diameter playing space, seating up to 168 people. The theatre uses ‘plug and play’ technology - 627 individual LED light fittings, and six speakers positioned in the ceiling that are focused onto the back-wall and which reflect the sound back into the space.

Roundabout is a theatre-in-the-round - but we think there are lots of more creative ways to use the space, too. Roundabout's a small theatre, but what happens inside is as big as your imagination.

Interested? Come and see the space, meet the team, and start planning what you could do with this incredible space in a prominent location next year.

Sunday 24 September - 2pm

Utter Thanet!

Mischievous Theatre

We have been talking to 1000 people about living in Thanet. Our aim: to create a provocative and uplifting roller-coaster-ride through their thoughts and words! This is the first sharing of an exhilarating piece of theatre that will tour nationally in 2018.

Age: 12+

Running Time: 45 minutes


Sunday 24 September - 5.30pm

Scratch -A- Round

Looping the Loop

scratch-a-round at Roundabout Festival
Join us for what has in recent years established itself as Thanet’s most exciting new performance showcase!

Paines Plough's state-of-the-art stage will be bursting with local artists revealing new solo material from shows they have in development. This year’s scratch-a-round features Tom Adams, Marianne Dissard and Lizzie Willis.

Come and witness the first steps of these adventures in performance!
Watch talent emerge in front of your very eyes!
Gasp at the originality and scope of Thanet’s latest pretenders!
Support a future smash hit show with your aftershow feedback!

Tom Adams - My Dad the Magician
  “It was 1991. My Dad was a Magician. And I was his 11-year-old assistant.” Using his original handmade magic tricks, live music and some gentle audience interaction, this is a scratch extract of a humorous, poignant family show for ages 7+ about the varied, desperate things our parents do to help provide for their family. Tom will definitely perform one magic trick.  'A totally unique comedy experience' Time Out London. 

Marianne Dissard
is a Tucson chanteuse who moved to Ramsgate in 2017. Her first book, 'Not Me', is a poetic, caustic and intensely personal rock & yoga memoir of her battle with longstanding eating disorders. Think, for this scratch performance, John Burnside-meets-Patti Smith.
‘Beautiful and coherent, understated and entrancing’ Blurt Magazine/USA

Lizzie Willis
 will be presenting a 10-minute work-in-progress exploring Motherhood using Physical and Verbatim Theatre. Lizzie is a Performing Arts Teacher and Performer (& Mother) who has made it her mission to 'give birth' to another baby: her own piece of devised theatre. After a successful Kickstarter Campaign, Lizzie is developing ideas to create a full length show to be performed at the end of the year in Canterbury.

Age: 12+

Running Time: 90 mins inc Q&A


What is Roundabout?

Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre. It flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country in theatres, school halls, warehouses, sports centres, town centres, car parks and fields.

Roundabout needs no special skills to assemble. Anyone can help put it up, the only tool you need is an Allen key. No piece of the auditorium takes more than two people to carry
and can be powered from 13amp plug sockets, so the whole theatre runs off the same power supply as your kettle. It uses state-of-the-art LED lighting technology to minimise energy consumption.

What is Roundabout Festival?

A unique, intimate pop-up theatre coming to Margate. You’ll 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. You can read more about Roundabout here.

We spent four years developing Roundabout before its launch in 2014. We built it because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people
as possible to be able to see them.

We know that many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.
We’re proud to present outstanding plays by some of the nation’s finest writers in Roundabout, along with fantastic local companies, artists and musicians.
Everywhere it pops up Roundabout brings a festival of brand new plays, live music, comedy and anything else we dream up.

What People are saying:

“Paines Plough’s travelling Roundabout Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” - The List
‘‘A national tour should brighten many hundreds of lives, young and old.” -



Roundabout Festival 2017, Margate, Theatre Royal