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ABTT presents a visit to the ”Roundabout”


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ABTT presents a visit to


Date: Thursday 25th September 2014

Venue: Paines Plough Roundabout

at The Theatre, Hackney Downs Studios,17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

Time: Meeting outside the Roundabout at 12 midday to finish at 2pm.


Registration of Interest: Please complete the online event page here:

Roundabout seeks to address the touring challenges faced by Paines Plough in touring their new writing nationwide.  Designed by Lucy Osborne, Emma Chapman and Howard Eaton in collaboration with Charcoalblue.  The Roundabout can be put up in a day and a half and utilizes plug and play technology meaning every audience sees the work as it was originally designed. All the lighting is custom made by Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd, it is designed to offer lighting designers multiple options with over 620 LEDs in the ceiling capable of all being controlled individually whilst also running images and effects.  The LEDs include a mix of RGBW’s and dynamic whites, challenging whether LED really can imitate tungsten.  In collaboration with Avolites the control system has been tailored to meet the projects demands, allowing pixel mapping to occur whilst also working as a traditional theatrical rig.  No cable or traditional fixtures, either sound or lighting, are visible creating an architectural space unlike any traditional theatre where the work is the key.

Download the PDF.  ABTT Theatre Visit_Roundabout for full information, directions, travel notes.

By Bus: 276.

By Rail: Rectory Road, Hackney Downs, Dalston Kingsland