Unknown

Fri 9 Oct – Thu 31 Dec • 8pm • Full £3 • Professional Theatre

An audio performance written by Dougie Blaxland
Directed by RoughHouse Theatre

In just two years from 2017 to 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK – a significant number of them have never been identified or named.
Unknown is a new verbatim audio performance written for radio, dramatising the story of one young person’s journey from an abusive childhood to a life of homelessness on the streets of Bath – one of the most affluent cities in the UK.
The drama will be launched in Bath on October 9th at Green Park to an invited audience including award winning film director Ken Loach, before being broadcast across the UK by radio and theatre outlets including the Rondo (where the play was rehearsed and recorded), The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Greenwich Theatre London, Salford Arts, and South Street Studio Reading.
Commissioned by The Big Issue, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK a means by which to earn a legitimate income, with the support of Arts Council England and The Big Lottery Unknown has been written by Dougie Blaxland with the assistance of Chris Taylor of The Big Issue in Bath and six people based in the area who have recent experience of homelessness.
Unknown is directed and produced by Moira Hunt and Shane Morgan of RoughHouse Theatre and features Dan Gaisford, Sabrina Laurison and Alex Stedman with an original score composed by Owen Morgan.

This is an online event. When you book your ticket you will be given a link to download the performance. Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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4000 Miles

Wed 24 – Sat 27 Mar • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Community Theatre

Written by Amy Herzog
Presented by Rondo Theatre Company

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother, Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

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Jen Brister: Under Privilege

Fri 2 Apr • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

“A powerhouse performance” ★★★★½ Chortle.co.uk
“A big dose of double up funny” ★★★★★ DeadLinenews.co.uk
“Glorious raging” ★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com
“Brister uses anger to quite stunning comedic effect” ★★★★★ Skinny
“Blisteringly funny” ★★★★ List

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Stiff & Kitsch: Bricking It

Fri 9 Apr • 8pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Comedy

Musical Comedy Award winners 2018 sing about everything keeping them awake at night: tax, wooden cutlery and the consequences of last night’s eight double G&Ts. Each.

From the creators of hit show, Adele Is Younger Than Us, ‘Stiff & Kitsch: Bricking It’ is a story of life’s favourite fears, told through one big night out and one miserable morning after.
Everyone’s scared of something, but there’s safety in numbers: maybe we’ll be braver together.

“Perfectly executed modern musical comedy that left the audience in stitches”
 – British Comedy Guide 

★★★★★ “Properly ‘laugh until your face aches’ hilarious…an absolute delight” – Broadway World 

★★★★ “A comic powerhouse” – The Wee Review 

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Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

Sat 10 Apr • 8pm • Full £12 • Comedy

Star of Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Hypothetical (Dave), ‘tour-de-force’ ★★★★ (Telegraph) Laura Lexx shines a light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Why don’t we just leave each other alone and get on with the big stuff?

Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe which earned her a prestigious Comedian’s Choice Award for the second year in a row, Lexx takes on society’s big issues: social media, mental health, climate change and conceiving…but come for the jokes, not answers.

★★★★ ‘A stand-up star is born. Laura Lexx is a tour-de-force’ Telegraph
★★★★’A must-see for all’ The List
★★★★★ ‘Utterly brilliant’ London Theatre
★★★★★ “utterly brilliant at spinning hilarious narratives” London Theatre
★★★★★ “the jokes don’t stop coming…a magnificent show, one you’d be a fool to miss” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

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Pink Mist

Wed 14 – Sat 17 Apr • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Community Theatre

By Owen Sheers
Presented by Bath Spa University Theatre Society

“Who wants to play war?”

Pink Mist tells the story of three school friends from Bristol: Arthur, Hads’ and Taff, who choose to sign up and are deployed to Afghanistan. After facing physical and mental trauma, the boys return back to the women in their lives and begin to face the horrifying aftermath.

The verse drama encapsulates the relationships, the pain and the smiles of their stories beautifully as the audience are taken on a journey with all three of the boys.

Their tour might be over, but their war has only just started.

Contains loud noises, gunfire, moments of violence, occasional expletives, flashing lights. Age guidance: +14

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Submission

Wed 21 & Thu 22 Apr • 7:30pm • Full £10 • Professional Theatre

By Alicia Pollard
Presented by Black Dog Productions

3 People, 1 Room.

When a woman wakes up in a cold, dark basement, unaware of how she got there, she quickly realises she is not alone; there are two others that share her fate. When their captors’ requests become more and more unnerving, how long will it take for them to submit?

Set in a single room in real time, watch what humans are capable of when they are pushed to their limit in order to survive.

Critically acclaimed Bath based Black Dog Productions are proud to present their sixth newly written production Submission.

Contains strong themes, language and references to violent and sexually violent acts throughout, a full list of content warnings will be available on request.

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Wed 28 Apr • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written and Performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe

Fresh from its Off-Broadway debut and milestone 100th performance, Mark Farrelly’s hugely acclaimed solo play comes to The Rondo.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day. Naked Hope is a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity for all of us to be our true selves.

Mark Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women).

★★★★ “Brilliant”  Time Out

★★★★ “A masterclass”  Broadway Baby 

★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

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Ex-Batts and Broilers

Fri 30 Apr • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

By Haste Theatre

Gail and Gemma are two delightful chickens in a cage, discovering life as it comes. Join them on a touching, egg-citing and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Heroically saved by Jimmy from battery and broiler farms, watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new!! A refreshingly light-hearted and unexpectedly moving story of female friendship and industrial meat farming told through dark comedy, clown, physical storytelling and live music. Haste is a multi-award winning, all female, physical theatre company and this is their fifth, original, devised show.

★★★★★ “Genuinely can’t remember the last time I laughed so much” Stagedoor
★★★★★ “A show so ridiculous shouldn’t be so moving – but it is” London Box Office

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HP Lovecraft: Gallery of Screams

Sat 15 May • 8pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Two tales of Eldritch Horror
Adapted and Performed by R M Lloyd Parry

“Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around and call it a ‘Witches’ Sabbath or ‘Portrait of the Devil.’ But only a great painter can make it scare you…”

In these two tales of terror by HP Lovecraft, the American master of the weird tale, an art critic and a philosopher get pushed to very edge of sanity by the images and sounds they confront.

Pickman’s Model introduces us to the uncannily brilliant work of Richard Upton Pickman – a genius shunned by the artistic establishment because of his sickening canvases. It is paired here with The Music of Eric Zann, an eerie and baffling tale that Lovecraft himself counted as a personal favourite.

Robert Lloyd Parry has spent the last 14 years enacting The M R James Project, a series of one-man shows based on classic English ghost stories. Here he crosses the Atlantic to pay tribute to James’s exact contemporary – a stranger, sadder man but one with an arguably even greater talent for bringing nightmares to life.

“Utterly mesmerizing” The Washington Post on The M R James Project 

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