Like desperate understudies surrounded by the fragments of a huge shattered glitter-ball, five performers present the musical Carousel barefoot, on a floor of over two hundred mirrors. Re-tracing the dance steps, singing at inappropriate moments, and taking the acting far too seriously, they play the kind of dangerous games that anyone would if they were waiting for a call that was never going to come.

Pared down to the bone, stripped to its essentials, round-about re-discovers 'Carousel' as an incisive and dynamic statement on contemporary life and the possibilities of theatre. Gone is the frivolous optimism, the excessive sentiment and the trappings of Americana - this kind of escapism is a serious business, and let no one forget it.

Niki Woods
Anna Wilson
Russell Armstrong
Mike Farrimond
Noel Byrne

Original soundtrack by
Spencer Marsden

Directed by
Neil Mackenzie

Supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Metropolitan University and Zion Arts Centre, Manchester

A video of round-about is available on the website.

Article on Plane Performance by Jane Turner, published in New Theatre Quarterly.

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