Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

Wed 4 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Closer Each Day Company

Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised.
Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.” ★★★★ Stage Talk
“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!” David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter
“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.” Visit Bristol

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Dead Men’s Eyes: Two Ghost Stories by M R James

Thu 5 & Fri 6 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Nunkie Productions

“Put it down, you fool! Do you want to look through a dead man’s eyes?” 

Two chilling and thrilling tales from M R James, the master of the English ghost story.

In A View From a Hill a pair of binoculars reveal the grisly history of an idyllic stretch of English countryside. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well.

Dead Men’s Eyes is one of a series of one-man shows that seek to revive the tradition of supernatural storytelling perfected by Montague Rhodes James.

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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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And Then They Came For Me

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

And Then They Came for Me is a unique experience…a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.
Ed was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend. Eva was the same age and lived across from Anne in Amsterdam until she and her family were arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.
Part oral history, part drama action, part remembrance, this play by James Still brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. The ensemble-driven play breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions.

“After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.” Eva Schloss
“one of the most important events I have seen…” 
Damian Todres, Wells Cathedral School
“it was stunning and has left an incredible impression on me. I’ve been to Auschwitz twice and to Anne Frank’s house twice too and yet your production added a new layer of emotion and connection to those unimaginable events.” 
Peter Kyle, MP Hove & Portslade

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There’s Nothing There

Fri 15 & Sat 16 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Professional Theatre

Written by Russell Eccleston
Presented by Apricity Theatre and Black Dog Productions 

What is there to do when you’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods? Read a book? Play some Scrabble? Hide from the monsters lurking outside in the dark?

When their holiday becomes a living nightmare, six friends find themselves fighting for their lives. With night closing in and paranoia tightening its grip, even familiar people begin to feel like strangers. When fear twists everything out of recognition, what do you believe? Who can you trust?

Join critically-acclaimed Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre for this chilling, heart-stopping new show. Sometimes night is darkest with the lights on.

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Cracking

Thu 14 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £10 • Professional Theatre

Written by Cally Hayes
Presented by Alright Mate?

A frank and heart-warming play about love, loss and parenthood from a father’s perspective. What happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Cracking is a tender & deeply relatable look at a relationship under pressure.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing.

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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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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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Bath Scratch Night!

Thu 21 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £5 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Flipside Productions & Rondo Theatre

Bath Scratch Night is an evening of new plays created by Bath’s brightest emerging theatre-makers. Each bitesize extract or short play will be followed by a feedback session where you’ll get the chance to ask questions and give your thoughts on the pieces.

Scratch Nights are an invaluable tool for writers, directors and actors: they get to test their pieces in front of a real audience – finding out what works and what doesn’t – and you get a sneak-peek at some top-notch works in progress.

So come along if you want to support Bath’s homegrown talent, and gain bragging rights when they become the next West End smash hit! Remember: you saw them at the Rondo first!

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The Story of Christmas

Thu 12 Dec – Sun 23 Dec •  Prices Vary • Professional Theatre

By Ian McGlynn

The Story of Christmas is long and complicated and hotly debated by serious historians. Luckily, this Yuletide, you can experience the short, simple and seriously funny version! 

The Rondo presents a family Christmas show packed full of songs, jokes, silliness and Festive frivolity, as we take a rip-roaring comedy ride through history to look at the weird and wonderful origins of some of our barmy Christmas traditions – and meet some of the whacky characters who invented them! 

So come along to The Rondo this Christmas and celebrate mistletoe, mince pies, turkey, presents, tinsel, crackers, Father Christmas (or is it Santa Claus?), Christmas carols, Christmas pudChristmas cards, Christmas Trees, Christmas cake – in fact, EVERYTHING Christmassy in the whole world ever! (Except Brussel Sprouts. We’re a Sprout free zone.) 

The Story of Christmas – the most fun you can have south of the North Pole. 

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 Relaxed Performances  

Christmas shows should be for everyone – and The Rondo is committed to accessibility, with several Relaxed Performances of The Story of Christmas. Relaxed Performances are for everyone, but lighting is less harsh, house lights remain on and audience members are free to make noise and move around the theatre. A breakout area will be available in the foyer. The only rule is: no shushing! 

Big Scream!  

Big Scream performances accommodate very young children – these performances will operate a ‘Babes in Arms’ policy which means that a child of 18 months or younger does not need a ticket providing they can be held by a parent/guardian. 

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