We founded studio three sixty° following a commission to design ‘Roundabout’, the world's first flat pack theatre. Roundabout was designed and built for Paines Plough, a theatre company who specialise in touring new work. Roundabout enables them to fulfil their remit of being a national touring company, having identified large areas of the country they were unable to access due to a lack of infrastructure.
Roundabout has now been on the road for five years, travelling everywhere from Margate to Lincoln, Preston to London's South Bank. Take a look at their current tour schedule here and you can watch a video here.
Roundabout can be put up by just six people in two days using no tools except an allen key; the simple modular design has been key to its success. It has a diameter of 10 metres and seats 168 people in the round. Roundabout allows the community the opportunity to take ownership and mould the space to support their vision with the venue returning to the same location at the same time each year, and a programme which is partly driven by local stakeholders alongside Paines Plough’s own work. We are delighted that Roundabout has just been granted a renewed three-year Arts Council Strategic Touring Grant which will guarantee funding until 2021.
We were responsible for the design and fabrication of the structure, leading the team through an extensive design and prototype period and working with our stage engineering, lighting and scenic fabrication partners Total Solutions, Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd (HELL) and Factory Settings to deliver the build. We prototyped Roundabout in two different versions which each housed a season of fully realised new plays at Sheffield Crucible Studio and Shoreditch Town Hall in London in 2013. We launched the completed venue at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.
Roundabout won The Stage Awards "Theatre Building of the Year" in 2015 and was voted "Best Fringe Venue" at the Edinburgh Festival.
We set up studio three sixty to design and build more venues using the ethos and technology we developed for Roundabout, and our next venue was The Mix, which launched at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire in 2016. The Mix is a fully flexible, multi-purpose event space and has a diameter of 22 metres and seats 360 in the round. We designed and built The Mix in collaboration with HELL, and they now hire it out commercially to clients such as ITV. It has been the flagship venue for High Tide’s festival of new work in Walthamstow for the last two years.
Our backgrounds are in theatre set, costume and lighting design. Lucy is a set and costume designer who has worked extensively in Europe and North America, including work at the Donmar Warehouse, the Armory and the Public Theater New York and Wermland Opera in Sweden. Her current projects include Rutherford and Son which will be performed at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in Spring 2019. Lucy was a member of the editorial board for the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018. Emma is a lighting designer who has worked extensively in Europe, most recently at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and Grand Theatre, Luxembourg. She is currently writing and researching a new book on Advanced Lighting Design which will be published by Crowood Press at the end of 2020. It features in-depth conversations and lighting plan analysis with designers including Rick Fisher, Paule Constable, Neil Austin and many others.
studio three sixty° have been invited to participate in the International Theatre Architecture Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019, showcasing our work on Roundabout and The Mix.
Both Emma and Lucy also take on theatre consultancy projects with the theatre consultants Charcoalblue. Recent projects include a feasibility study for the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and Emma is overseeing the consultancy team on the forthcoming Haworth Tompkins renovation of Theatr Clwyd.