Touki: Amadou Diagne & Cory Seznec

Wed 25 May • 8pm • Full £15 Concs £12 • Music

Who would have guessed that a chance encounter between buskers in the streets of Bath, England over a decade ago would lead to a new musical adventure in 2021? Amadou Diagne from Senegal and French-American Cory Seznec hit it off that Spring day, planting the seeds of a future collaboration in their minds.

Life embarked them on different touki (journey in Wolof), but in 2020 Amadou and Cory joined forces to release their debut album Right of Passage, which Rolling Stone France calls “scintillating…the sequel to Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder’s Talking Timbuktu, revisited and enriched with unique kora-banjo-acoustic guitar combinations of a rare elegance.”

Opening for them will be Bath-native Lawrie Duckworth. In another age, Duckworth would have been a troubadour, a flaneur, a mariachi… going from town to town playing his songs in return for a flagon of wine and a meat pie. In this age… Well, what kind of pies you got? He is a showman, a gunslinger, a lover and a storyteller.

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The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton

Thu 26 May • 8pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written and Performed by Mark Farrelly 
Directed by Linda Marlowe 

Mark Farrelly’s riveting, kinetic solo show portrays one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) and Gaslight, and classic novels Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit darkened as his inner and outer worlds collapsed.

Covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s thrilling life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges, asking: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person?

★★★★ “You won’t be able to take your eyes off this magnetic actor Mark Farrelly. He inhabits the character of Hamilton with a blazing fluidity” The Times
★★★★ “Farrelly’s performance is electric” What’s On Stage
★★★★ “Master of the monologue Mark Farrelly intriguingly deploys his many skills and all his talents” Broadway Baby
★★★★ “Clear and sharp-eyed characterisation and performance of a very high order” Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ “Farrelly’s achievement is to portray a life so lacking in personal happiness so entertainingly” British Theatre Guide
★★★★ “Wonderful passion and charisma…a complete embodiment of a complex character” Exeunt
★★★★ “Horrifyingly funny snapshot of the wit, novelist and playwright… brilliant” The Spectator
★★★★ “Farrelly’s revelatory autopsy of a cauterised heart of darkness is intimidatingly implosive: stand well close” The Reviews Hub

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Matt Winning: HOT MESS

Fri 27 May • 8pm • Full £12 • Comedy

 

HOT MESS both enlightens and lightens audiences about climate change.


It answers questions like ‘Are We Screwed?’ and ‘What Can I Do About It?’ and explains why we’re playing the world’s worst Choose Your Own Adventure. Find out why we are fighting to save proper big chips, and how to solve climate change we need actual snakes on a plane and a new reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Plans for Loft Insulation. After all, why does the end of the world need to be so depressing?

 

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The First Broadcast: The Battle for the Beeb in 1922

Sat 28 May • 8pm • Full £15 Concs £13 • Professional Theatre

By Paul Kerensa
Presented by The Comedy Agency

A one-man play written and performed by British Comedy Award-winning writer Paul Kerensa (MirandaNot Going OutTFI Friday).

100 years ago, two rival voices in The Marconi Company unite art and science to create British broadcasting. Arthur Burrows seeks to inform and educate. Peter Eckersley just wants to entertain. Before Reith, this ‘BBC two’ duel for the soul of British broadcasting – but who will give The First Broadcast?

Based on the podcast The British Broadcasting Century (podfollow.com/bbcentury).

“Ingenious” Evening Standard 
“As effortless a writer as he is a performer” The Stage 
“Dazzlingly funny” The Spectator 

Please note that there is a theatre restoration levy of £1.50 per ticket. This levy 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 £1.80 booking fee per transaction.

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The Predicament of Jackson Scott

Wed 1 Jun • 8pm • Full £11 • Professional Theatre

Written by Josh McGrillen
Presented by Black Hound Productions

Deadly secrets don’t stay hidden for long. 
Jackson has killed his boyfriend Ted and has no choice but to cover up his death. However, a vision of Ted still lives on in his mind, tormenting him about his new secret. His friends and his counsellor are concerned for Jackson’s welfare, realising something’s not quite right with his recent behaviour, as Ted plays on Jackson’s mind.

The Predicament of Jackson Scott is about queer relationships, grief, and secrets, showing how keeping them from others can have disastrous consequences.

This debut play from local writer Josh McGrillen is brought to life by Lex Kaby, co-founder of Greedy Pig Theatre Company.

Please note that there is a theatre restoration levy of £1.50 per ticket. This levy 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 £1.80 booking fee per transaction.

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Get The Blessing

Thu 2 Jun • 8pm • Full £17.50 • Music

Presented by RMT Music Live as part of Bath Fringe Festival

Influenced by jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and his free-spirited albums of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Get The Blessing will have you on the edge of your seat with their uncategorizable and thrilling world of post-jazz.

Grounded by a rhythm section who take to the world’s biggest stages with Portishead & Radiohead, and led by two of the most distinct horn players in the South West’s jazz scene, lauded for their captivating live performances and heralded in national press for their self-recorded and self-produced six album output, it is an honour to be hosting Get The Blessing in the intimate setting of the Rondo Theatre as part of Bath Fringe Festival.

Clive Deamer – Drums
Jim Barr – Bass
Jake McMurchie – Saxophone
Pete Judge – Trumpet

“at last, a noisy, thrashy post-jazz combo that sounds like a proper band” The Independent
“mixes scorching rock with Ornette Coleman-like sax and much more besides to thrilling effect” The Guardian
“excellent… unmissable” Jazz Journal

Please note that there is a theatre restoration levy of £1.50 per ticket. This levy 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 £1.80 booking fee per transaction.

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Nick Harper: Phantastes

Fri 3 Jun • 8pm • Full £17.50 • Music

RMT Music Live present as part of Bath Fringe Festival

Phantastes inhabits an ethereal realm and explores the parallels of the seminal C19th fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick’s own love story from 1982.

The album was recorded, and is performed live on solo electric guitar, simultaneously triggering percussive electronic soundscapes. This is the dream-like backdrop to a coming-of-age story set on the edge of an ancient magical forest and a year-long journey that culminates in a kiss.

Divorced from 2020 in many ways, the album and the live show have been enthusiastically supported by fans seeking a temporary refuge from the here and now.

“Harper has so much musicianship in him it just leaks out all over the place.” The Times 
“He deserves to become a major figure in his own right.” The Guardian
“Dylan for the iPod generation… Betjemen with a guitar.” Guitarist

Please note that there is a theatre restoration levy of £1.50 per ticket. This levy 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 £1.80 booking fee per transaction.

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DOG/ACTOR

Sat 4 Jun • 8pm • Full £11 • Professional Theatre

By Steven Berkoff
Presented by Threedumb Theatre 

Two explosive and comedic short plays written by Steven Berkoff, performed back-to-back by the same one actor. 
DOG follows a day in the life of a racist football hooligan and his beloved pitbull terrier, Roy, who changes his life.

ACTOR is a spoken word monologue which delves into the heart of the acting industry, humorously and poignantly portraying the trying life of a struggling artist.

Without the use of any set or props, DOG/ACTOR presents a masterclass in physical theatre and comedic storytelling, promising a thrilling theatrical experience.

★★★★★ “An exceptional example of Berkovian theatre” Everything Theatre
★★★★★ “Truly a masterclass in both physical and comedic theatre” North West End
★★★★★ “Tour de force… Riveting and stylish” Broadway Baby

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Failure Studies

Wed 8 Jun • 8pm • Full £11 • Professional Theatre

By Marco Biasioli
Presented by Precarious Theatre 

A journal editor, a co-editor, and their intern explore what it means to work, live and rebel in our world today. Our society constantly reassures us that failure is an intermediate stage in a process that eventually leads us to happiness, but how truthful is this? Do we fail better, or do we fail ‘worse’? 

“A highly confident production… Satirising the absurdities, petty cruelties and extreme practices of the modern workplace” 
BTG

“A brilliantly acted piece devised from a novel concept that feels as if it is ready to immediately hit a much bigger stage.” The GM Reviewer

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Pope Lonergan: Bangin' On (Work in Progress)

Thu 9 Jun • 8pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Comedy

Pope Lonergan is a comedian, Quaker, (recovering) drug addict and creator of ‘Pope’s Addiction Clinic’ and ‘The Care Home Tour’.

In this show he’ll talk about elderly care, opioids and accidentally breaking a woodlouse’s pregnancy sack.

In 2022 he has a book coming out. It’s a funny memoir called I’ll Die After Bingo (Penguin/Ebury).

“Outrageous material […] rambunctious delivery” The Guardian

“From fearless and funny to heart-stoppingly raw “ Evening Standard

“The stories are awkward, humiliating, awful and hilarious, occasionally shocking but deeply compelling” iNews

Age guidance: 16 + 

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