Swings & Roundabouts presents
Old Meets New
Old Meets New is a night of new theatre in aid of Shelter England.
The evening will be action-packed with new writing and a circus by Feathers of Dedalus! We will be featuring seven short plays: updated fairy tales, retold myths, revitalised fables – come and see your favourite narratives turned upside down!
Swings & Roundabouts is a new collective of emerging theatre makers. We have been working together to create a supportive and inspiring environment for directors, playwrights and actors to showcase their talents- come along to see the final result at our first night of new writing!
A Black Heart of Petty Malice by Paul Roberts
Directed by Eleanor Warr
Starring Lucy Rose Leonard and Alice Brittain
A Black Heart has shades of the Red Barn Murders and sibling rivalry. It explores classical mythology offhandedly, but also the mythology of working class social realism.
Q&A by Jess Moore
Directed by Imy Wyatt Corner
Starring Sanaa Byfield and Looby Mills
Likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, the secrets we keep and the choices we make – that’s the stuff of love and loss. And, when you love each other, you live happily ever after, right?
Wide Awake by Katie Berglöf and Will Irven
Directed by Georgia Green
Starring Rose Reade, Emily Stride and Joe Sefton
Sleep doesn’t come naturally to this beauty. Aurora struggles to stay awake in this modern take on a beloved fairy tale. Will her prince, or pills save her from her evil stepmother, or herself?
Wings For Philomel by Tabitha Hayward
Directed by Yuyu Wang
Starring Ianthe Bathurst, Eboni Dixon and Joseph Dewey
Wings for Philomel is inspired by the myth of Philomel from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Wings for Philomel transplants this story into a modern setting, with three university friends and a drunken night gone wrong, to explore contemporary issues of consent, sexual assault and the difficulty of telling these stories.
Martha by Jodi Burgess
Directed by Ioana Goga
Starring Amanda Holt, James Aldred and Jonty Weston.
It’s 1938 in The Rocky Mountains, Colorado when 4 year old Alfred Beilhartz disappears without a trace. But in England, 2019, Martha has latched onto this story a little too tightly. Portrayed through a tender but tough relationship, Martha explores the division between memory and reality; and whether we can ever really be sure we know who we are.
Habitable by Jack Stanley
Directed by Imogen Morris-Clarke
Starring Rosie Smythe, Misha Duncan, Leann O’Kasi, Sonal Fricker
Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. On Earth, there are those who watch the sky. Waiting for messages. In space, there are those preparing to send them. To let those waiting know if they’ve found them a new home. Habitable is based on the classic fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, that takes the story out to the stars to tell a modern tale about a future not too far from this one.
The Child in the Forest by Pip Williams
Directed by Jonty Weston
Starring Anna McCormick and Shaun Jenkins
“The Child In The Forest was inspired by Hansel and Gretel. I was interested in the physical act of telling stories and the differences between telling and experiencing. I also wanted to write about siblings, who always seem to have the nicest time in fairy tales…”