Since 2003, Roundabout Theatre has been creating unique roving acts and tailored performance installations for arts, cultural, music and children’s festivals and community events. In tandem, it has devised highly successful, engaging educational theatre for schools, councils and government agencies.
Roundabout Theatre’s distinctive performing style combines improvisation, clowning, tableaux and circus to create delightfully idiosyncratic displays of human frailties, foibles, delusions and aspirations. Each act is beautifully presented with elegant costuming, elaborate props and a carefully crafted back-story. The result is a captivating aesthetic with an unfolding narrative that transports crowds of all ages into a mischievously absurd parallel universe.
The same spontaneity, perception and sensibility apply to devising issue-based, educational youth theatre where the objectives are to increase awareness, provoke conversation and leave memorable impressions.
From its base in Mullumbimby on the NSW north coast, the company travels extensively across the country to enchant crowds of all ages, including; WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival, Mildura/Wentworth Arts Festival, Tasmania’s Taste Festival, Mackay Arts Festival, The International Melbourne Flower and Garden Show, and Cairns Festival, to name a few.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ...............
" Roundabout is one of the most interesting and hard working small arts companies in Australia. Their professional delivery of site specific and roving arts work has been lauded in Mackay for the last two years. Their attention to detail… make them a joy to work with and their audiences respond in kind."
Festivals & Events Producer | Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre | Mackay Regional Council
" The best events become festivals when they transport the patrons to a different place. A place where their everyday hum drum life is nowhere to be found, a place where all the cares and worries of modern life are forgotten and where there is nothing but fun and enjoyment. Each year Roundabout Theatre provide this escape, to a place where snails are 7 foot tall, where backpackers are lost, dazed and confused, and where stylish old world pilots ride around on strange and wonderful bicycles. It’s always a delight to engage Roundabout Theatre for new and exciting performances. "
Director, Mullum Music Festival
“ On behalf of our Director, Ian Scobie, and all of us behind the scenes at WOMADelaide, THANK YOU for your wonderful roving performances last weekend. I think all three shows were a hit and it was lovely to have you back in the Park! “
Operations & Program Manager Womadelaide 2014
“Roundabout were terrific, and really captivated the crowds. I’m so glad we were able to bring you down for the day.”
Associate Producer, Sydney Opera House 40th Birthday 2013
“We’d like to thank you wholeheartedly for contributing to Cairns Festival 2012 as one of the most successful seasons to date! Your acts were energizing, creative and contributed so much to the scale of this year’s Festival. We look forward to seeing future work from you and again thank you for your time and dedication to this year’s event. “
Cairns Festival Event Coordinator Creative Cairns | Cairns Regional Council 2012