Theatre with a difference as Pop Out Festival returns

The LPAC’s annual three-week festival of Art Outside of the Ordinary returns this weekend, taking events out of a traditional theatre setting and putting them in unexpected places.

Pop Out Festival 2018 starts on Saturday, September 29 and runs through until Saturday, October 13 with a range of grassroots and nationally acclaimed acts taking place on the streets, in a car park, in a nightclub and even in a shipping container.

Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre will take over the lawn outside of the LPAC with a trio of new shows and a programme of events curated by the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre will host some of the events at the Pop Out Festival.

Inside Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre.

Pop Out Festival 2018 top 10 picks:

Urban Astronaut

Urban Astronaut.

When: Saturday, September 29 (12.30pm and 2.30pm) Where: High Street & Cornhill Price: Free

Physical theatre meets aerial circus to create stunning gravity-defying choreography. A spaceman, suspended from a rig, will ‘float’ down Lincoln High Street. The astronaut meets a young girl at Cornhill who gives him something he has lost…hope.

Block

Block.

When: Sunday, September 30 (11.30pm and 2.30pm) Where: Cornhill Price: Free

A troupe of performers will climb, leap and tumble from a giant jenga-like structure in a fusion of contemporary dance and circus.

Séance

Séance.

When: Wednesday, October 3 to Monday, October 8 (6pm-8.40pm Wednesday, 1pm-3.40pm and 6pm-8.40pm (Thursday-Monday) Where: Shipping container outside LPAC Price: £5

A 20-minute theatre experience inside a shipping container in absolute darkness. Warning: not recommended for those who are claustrophobic, pregnant, suffer back or heart conditions.

King Lear Retold

King Lear Retold.

When: Thursday, October 4 (6pm) Where: Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Price: £12.50 (Full), £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s).

This explosive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, in Paines Plough’s Roundabout is described as “dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting”.

Island Town

Island Town Square.

When: Thursday, October 4 (8.30pm), Friday, October 5 (2.30pm) & Sunday, October 7 (3.30pm) Where: Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Price: £12.50 (Full), £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s)

Island Town speaks to the disillusioned teenager inside all of us and is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of escape.

Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones.

When: Friday, October 5 (7pm), Saturday, October 6 (4.30pm) & Sunday, October 7 (1pm) Where: Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Price: £12.50 (Full), £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s)

BAFTA Breakthrough Brit-winning theatre and screenwriter Vinay Patel wrote this quick-witted satire about what can happen when the wrong word slips out.

How to Spot an Alien

How to Spot an Alien.

When: Saturday, October 6 (10am-2pm) Where: Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Price: Free

One for the kids. Jelly and Jonjo have their suspicions that their aunt is an alien and are on a quest for the truth.

A 100 Different Words For Love

A 100 Different Words For Love.

When: Sunday, October 7 (6.30pm) Where: Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Price: £12.50 (Full), £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s)

James Rowland of Tangram Theatre describes it as “a story with all of the fun and heartache of a good rom-com just with none of the unreality”.

Urban Soundings

Urban Soundings.

When: Wednesday, October 10 (7.30pm) Where: Lincoln Central Car Park, Melville Street Price: £10 Full, £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s).

This event is at the heart of what Pop Out Festival is all about as musicians from Lincoln fill a floor of Lincoln Central Car Park to take people on a journey from medieval plainchant to ambient electronica.

One Life Stand

One Life Stand.

When: Friday, October 12 (7.30pm) Where: Home nightclub Price: £12.50 Full, £5 Live Pass (Students & Under 26s)

The LPAC has teamed up with Home nightclub to host a gig theatre night. The award-winning Middle Child Theatre blur the boundaries between theatre and a live gig so that the audience became as much a part of the night as what is seen on stage.