Margate based production company that creates socially engaged events and performances.

Events produced by Round in Circles include:


200 years of Xanadu in Margate!
Saturday 10th November 2018
2.30 - 5.30pm
The Lido Cliff Bar
Email: to reserve your place.

Round in Circles presents an afternoon of social dancing, films, performances & informative talks.


As part of producing In Search Of Xanadu,Anna Symes & Bob Chicalors undertook the epic task of researching 200 years of leisure & entertainment culture (nightclubs & dancing!) in Margate. This was through oral testimonies, dance workshops & good old fashioned archive rummaging. The Xanadu Legacy is an afternoon to celebrate and share the results, through short expert talks, live performances and your own opportunities to take to the dancefloor.


This event will also launch the Xana Zine, a publication documenting the production heritage research. It’s all free, just RSVP to reserve a place or join the event on facebook HERE.

Supported by Heritage Lottery & the Dreamland Trust.

A site specific dance & theatre show

“All I want is now! And now is all we have”
Part of Margate Festival ‘Now’

Directed by Tiago Gambogi & Written by Bob Chicalors

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th September 2018

Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start
Store 21, High St, Margate, CT9 1XJ

£7 or £5 conc+ booking fee
BOOK HERE NOW or call 0800 411 8881

Please note this is a promenade show & you will be moving through the sitefor an hour.

In Search of Xanadu takes the cult Olivia Newton-John film as a starting point and reimagines the kitsch classic in a beautiful, iconic Margate location. Dance routines and dramatic scenes draw on the last 200 years of Margate’s rich and eccentric history, as the audience are taken on a trip through nightclubs and dance, regeneration and romance. 

Supported by: ACE, Kent County Council, Margate Pride, Dreamland Margate, Dreamland Trust, Turner Contemporary and Heritage Lottery Fund.

NEWS FLASH: I Mambo Margate Premiere 


Sunday 22 July    12 - 1 pm                     FREE
@ Turner Contemporary in the Foyle Room
Rendezvous | Margate | CT9 1HG

Teas & Coffees available

This is the official premiere of the I Mambo Margate film, let us celebrate our achievement together, Please RSVP by emailing HERE  You are welcome to bring friends & family.

Afternoon Tea Dances at Dreamland

Tuesdays at Dreamland in the ballroom, aimed at those that have retired but open to everyone who enjoy social & sequence ballroom & latin dance. More information click here



Dreamland Sunday Tea Dances 

An intergenerational, large scale dance event every 3 months at Dreamland Margate. Combines performances & workshops accessible to anyone interested in partner dance.



Margate Alive: 200 years of leisure & entertainment culture by the Sea.


An intergenerational, heritage research project inspired by 200 years of Margate's leisure and entertainment history. It explores the relationship between our ephemeral cultural history and the historic built environment - showing how the love of music, dance and performance have shaped our town. In collaboration with Margate Pride. 

Status: Funding confirmation - project a go!

Mar-Xana-Dreamland-u-gate (working title)

A live performance homage to 1980 film Xanadu; in collaboration with local artistic rollerskating club Pegasus. The performance embraces '80s rock & '40s swing via recorded & live music, with more than a frivolous measure of Greek mythology on skates.

Performances as part of Margate Pride August 2018


I Mambo Margate


Community participatory dance film celebrating dance in Margate: see it here!


About the company:


Anna Symes:
Artistic Director

Anna Symes is an actor, dancer, producer and performance-maker. She studied Theatre with Visual Art at University of Brighton & was co-director of Ragroof Theatre (2003–2013). Anna performs with The Ragroof Players, and is creative producer of Bridges y Puentes. She has developed a long history of making work via reminiscence and oral history collection. Now Artistic Director of Round in Circles, she creates site-specific dance & theatre work and hosts regular Tea Dances in Margate. She performs regular dance performances inspired by the golden age of Hollywood as alter-ego Ms Tequila Slammer Anna.

Bob Chicalors:
Creative Producer


Bob Chicalors is an artist, writer and performer living in Margate. He wrote his first zine in 1997 and went on to spend almost a decade writing for Gay Times magazine (where he was deputy editor). He currently creates Rumours zine, leads zine writing workshops and is undertaking an MA in The Contemporary at the University of Kent. His performance work includes the queer cabaret punk band Jean Genet, go-go dancing around Europe with The Hidden Cameras and performing as ‘Tracey Ermine’ all over Margate, at Sink The Pink events and at Tate Britain.

Dan Chilcott:
Strategic Producer



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Contact Artistic Director Anna Symes
** M: 07974 970072 ** T: 01843 297097 **

Strategic Producer Dan Chilcott

Creative Producer Bob Henderson  

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