My Brave Face

Wed 16 & Thu 17 Oct • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Provocation in association with The Rondo 

Bam! You’re suddenly, unexpectedly single. So can you try to move on with your life?
But what on earth do you do to get a date when you’re middle-aged, confused and confronted with a weird world full of websites and apps? When all you’ve ever done in your life before is ask someone out down the pub? And even that not for a few decades. When everyone else seems to know the rules, but you haven’t got a clue.
Rondo Artistic Director Ian McGlynn’s first one-man show (in an updated and reworked version) looks at the ups, downs, ins, outs and total, mystifying confusion of being abruptly single when you’re of a slightly more mature vintage – and explores the darker side of middle age male loneliness.
Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre, Wells College, New York.

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George Egg: Movable Feast

Fri 18 Oct • 7:30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry).
George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.
“Brilliantly funny”Jay Rayner, Guardian
“trust us, you won’t believe how good the food tastes”Scotsman

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Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Sat 19 Oct • 3pm, 8pm • Full £15 • Comedy

After a sellout national tour in Spring 2019, Ed Gamble’s tour has been extended. Live at The Apollo (BBC2) Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Royal Variety (ITV) Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Hypothetical (Dave), Drunk History (Comedy Central), The Apprentice You’re Fired (BBC2), Man Down (Channel 4), Conan (TBS) and a short film he can’t remember the name of where he killed a man from The Bill (ITV) with a spade.

Co-host of the hugely successful Off Menu podcast, with James Acaster which has reached no.1 in the iTunes charts.

“…this is a super show from a comic who may be about to become more of a force in the game.” (Chortle on Ed Gamble’s Mammoth, 2017)

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The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera

Thu 24 – Sat 26 Oct • 7:30pm • Full £15 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Composed and Written by Paul Shapera
Presented by Drama Llama Productions

This 4-act play is set in the fantastical steampunk city of New Albion. The history and culture of the city is described by Kate, the narrator. As each new generation passes the city grows and evolves, along with the people in it. 

The story follows four generations of McAlistairs, beginning with the mad scientist Annabelle, who is attempting to raise the love of her life from the dead by placing him within the body of a mechanical mannequin, Jasper. Each generation’s meddling with these Dolls contributes to the gradual fall of New Albion itself. 

You are welcome to dress up in your steampunk finery or come as you are. It will be an unmissable evening! 

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AFTERMIRTH October

Wed 30 Oct • 12pm • Full £10 • Comedy

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one, so what better way to cope with it than through stand-up comedy! AFTERMIRTH is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to.

Each week we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and sweary with the odd birth story flash-back…. The only difference is it’s during the day. Babies under 18 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle!

This special afternoon gig has reduced amplification and a dimmed room so no one will notice those red eyes from sleepless nights. You’re encouraged to bottle, breast or Haribo feed and you can walk about or shake Mittens the Special Rabbit in order to soothe your offspring and no one will moan or mutter if your little one cries or screams.
The gig is also open to parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grans, carers, in fact anyone who needs some afternoon comedy and doesn’t mind some cute babies in attendance.

AFTERMIRTH is lovingly curated and compered by Angie Belcher, and will recur throughout the Rondo’s Autumn Season.

Please note! There’s limited space, so ditch the buggy and bring a sling if you can. 

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Maisie Adam: Hang Fire

Wed 30 Oct • 7:30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

Fresh from her run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, So You Think You’re Funny and Amused Moose winner Maisie Adam is touring her second hour, following her Best Newcomer-nominated debut in 2018. This time she is working out who is to blame and for what. When Maisie was 13, she googled herself on a school computer. The top result was a news story, accompanied by two mugshots. It would seem – unbeknownst to Maisie – she was part of something very dramatic years before, and was only just discovering it now.

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show.

“Go see Maisie Adam now and have bragging rights for years to come” – The Herald

Effortlessly charming…a magnetic stage presence” – The Skinny
★★★★ – The List          ★★★★ – EdFest Mag          ★★★★ – The Skinny
★★★★ – Voice Mag          ★★★★ – Thee Wee Review

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Trick or Tease: The Halloween Burlesque

Thu 31 Oct • 8pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Cabaret

Presented by Cici Noir in association with Flipside Productions

Calling all ghouls, goblins and lovers of the supernatural: celebrate Halloween at the Rondo Theatre this year and let us raise your spirits in an evening of chilling, thrilling entertainment.

Cici Noir and Flipside Productions are proud to present their fourth Burlesque at the Rondo, staying true to their mission of showcasing local cabaret talent and providing a platform for emerging and established performers. Trick or Tease promises to be a night of contemporary, empowering and sometimes provocative burlesque – along with music, comedy and even a few surprises! Headlined by the tantalising, TERRIFYING Violent May who puts the gore into gorelesque in her sinfully seductive performances. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’ll also be a Costume Competition for those wishing to partake – because if you’ve got it, haunt it!

So come along, bring your ghoulfriends, and let us bewitch you in a night of strictly grownup entertainment.

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Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us - Work In Progress

Fri 1 – Sat 2 Nov • 8pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Comedy

In his new show 50 Things About Us Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich fuckers.

And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.

(In the vein of the Manifesto meets a sweary history channel)

50 Things About Us is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition… in Liverpool January 2020.

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Lysistrata

Wed 6 – Sat 9 • 7:30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Community Theatre

By Aristophanes
Presented by Playing Up

There’s something rotten in the state of Athens. The Athenian men are permanently at war with someone; anyone and everyone! Currently it’s The Spartans, last month it was the Trojans, the year before The Peloponnesians… Now Lysistrata has had enough. She persuades women across Greece to go on a sex strike until their husbands lay down their arms. No peace – no sex!

Aristophanes’ timeless comedy has been skilfully upgraded with moments of commedia dell’arte slapstick and modern music, but without losing any of the naughtiness or feminist ideals. She’ll laugh, he’ll cry, they’ll stop fighting… if he knows what’s good for him!

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Getting The Third Degree

Wed 13 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written by Dougie Blaxland
Presented by Roughhouse and Live Wire Theatre Companies

Getting The Third Degree was commissioned by Kick it Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against discrimination in football. This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. The first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, he inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps.

In dramatising Laurie Cunningham’s meteoric rise to stardom Getting The Third Degree also explores how he and his fellow black players – Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis – triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity.

Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.

★★★★★ “Entertaining, thought-provoking and far transcends the rugby field.”  British Theatre Guide on Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot

“A real tour de force”  Deep Extra Cover on When The Eye Has Gone

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