Second Face Theatre Co
Wed 4th Dec 8:00pm
Follow a performance in the lives of three am-dram actresses. As they struggle to fight personal demons and on-stage traumas, will they emerge at the end of the evening with their integrity still intact?
In a world where you keep your friends close and your enemies even closer, alliances are easily made and broken; but with a battle of wills as strong as this, sometimes there need be no winner. This comedy is guaranteed to have you laughing all the way home. From the company who brought you The Devil at Midnight by Brian Clemens.
My Stepson Stole my Sonic Screwdriver
Written and performed by Toby Hadoke
Thurs 5th Dec 8pm
Join Toby as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between.
‘Like the new generation of Doctor Who, Hadoke’s show has the capacity to wrong-foot you with its emotional kick.’ The Times
‘Laugh-out-loud lines and spot-on ad-libs… you’ll want to applaud his virtuosic performance.’ **** Exeunt
Fri 6th December at 8:00pm
Bringing bucketloads of Christmas spirit and festive cheer in December 2013 is Near-ta Theatre’s yuletide comedy, Christmas. Time.!
Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!
Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly festive show that puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!
Performed by Daniel Richards and Lewis Howard, written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey, Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family that’s a fun, festive and fantastically funny Christmas offering!
Tales from the Shadows
The Gothic Horror Stories of Edgar Allen Poe
Sat 7th Dec 8pm
Edgar Allan Poe is the undisputed master of gothic horror. His dark tales have for successive generations thrilled, excited and terrified. His macabre imagination explores the darkest, deepest recesses of the human mind and the furthest reaches of the paranormal. Claustrophobic nightmares of murder, madness and torture are his signature and with these retellings by master raconteur Andrew Meller (An Audience with Sherlock Holmes; Talbot House and An Evening with the humour of Bob Newhart & Tom Lehrer) you will be left transfixed and petrified.
Terror fills the auditorium when Andrew brings to life, in his own, inimitable style, Poe’s greatest characters and most menacing scenes. Audiences leave his performances paranoid, looking over their shoulders for unseen predators. His words haunt their dreams for nights after.
Most definitely not for the faint hearted or weak minded, this is a show for those who revel in being scared!
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 14
Adapted by Alison Farina
Thu 12th December to Sat 14th December at 7:30pm
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MATINEES AT 2:30PM ON SAT 14 DEC, SUN 15 DEC & SAT 21 DEC
It’s Christmas, but in Tyltyl’s family, times are hard. There are no presents under the tree, the hearth fire flickers pitifully through the ash and Tyltyl’s tummy is rumbling. As he wraps himself in his threadbare blanket grumbling and wishing for more, a cantankerous Fairy appears in a puff of smoke and Tyltyl’s adventures begin!
Butterfly Psyche Theatre is pleased to present this new adaptation of Belgian Playwright and theatre practitioner, Maurice Maeterlinck’s Nobel Prize winning play The Blue Bird exclusively for The Rondo Theatre this Christmas.
It originally premiered in 1908 at Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre before transferring to the London Haymarket for Christmas 1909 where it became an artistic and cultural success (including coining the concept of The Bluebird of Happiness).
This beautiful and enchanting fairy-tale has delighted families for generations and tells the story of child’s Christmas search for The Bluebird of Happiness. Through a journey that spans the Lands of Memory, the Palace of Night, and the Kingdom of the Future, we learn that true happiness can only be found from seeking, rather than finding.
What critics have said of Alison Farina’s writing:
“She’s created very human characters whose journeys pull you entanglingly along on a bed of witty, warm and accomplished writing.” What’s on Stage
“The piece reaches its depths of emotions through some great humour, the lightness of touch.” Remote Goat
“Thanks to Alison Farina`s powerful portrayal, I was living it.” British author and historian, Alison Weir