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Three Card Trick

Bath Drama’s spring production, running each evening at 7.30pm from 17th – 20th April at the Rondo Theatre, is a feast of originality.

Featuring three separate plays, each written by local authors, three directors, and three casts, all striving to be the most exciting and thought-provoking, this should provide a truly entertaining evening.

The opening play, with the intriguing title ‘Jeff Meets the Devil in a Little Chef’, is being directed by Valerie Izzard, in her first show for Bath Drama, who says of the play that it deals with whether ‘everyone – including the worst of us – given the chance, can rise to the challenge and redeem ourselves, even in the face of utter futility … if faced with the end of the world, it’s only right we go out with a bang.’

The writer, Helen K Parker, lives in Bristol, has had several pieces put on at the Tobacco Factory Theatre and is thrilled to have this longer play produced at the Rondo.

After an interval, audiences will see ‘Scam’, described by experienced Bath Drama director John Pamplin as ‘a real play for today’, dealing with the dilemma of an email out of the blue that may, or may not, be a matter of life or death.

Writer Clare Reddaway, with a BBC script editing background and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, has had work broadcast and published on local radio, magazines, anthologies and online, as well as on stage, and last year not only won the Wells Short Story prize but was honoured to be the winner of the first Rondo Scriptwriting award, presented in memory of Carolyn McCormac.

The final play is written by Bath Drama member Colin Barnes, who adapted and directed ‘Tom Jones’ for a highly successful summer production in 2011. His writing career is now really taking off, with several projects on the go, and he will also be directing for the Rondo in the autumn.

His play, ‘In Place of Truth’ is described by director Sue Sedgwick, familiar to audiences as an actor in numerous plays at the Rondo, as making her laugh but also making her think, as it explores the interaction between two tomb builders three thousand years ago.

Tickets for ‘Three Card Trick’ are available now at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk. , from the tourist office on Abbey Green, or by phone – 01225 463362 – for only £9 (concessions £7) for what promises to be an evening of high quality and unusual entertainment.