The Rondo Theatre is dedicated to the production of high quality new writing, and The Gift, by Ross Dunsmore (Winner of The Rondo’s 2014 Quick and Dirty Playwriting competition) is no exception.

Nicole and Dan are new parents. Dan has always wanted children and is besotted with his new baby boy, but Nicole is struggling to accept her new role as ‘mum’.

In a morning of relevations, Dan and Nicole must fight to come to terms with their new situation; how they feel about each other, and how they feel about their son. It’s a true battle of the sexes, mixing comedy and pathos whilst dealing sensitively with the difficult subject of post-natal depression.

The Gift will be directed by The Rondo’s Intern Director, Jazz Hazelwood.  Jazz is the Artistic Director of Second Face Theatre Company and Creative Producer for Butterfly Psyche. Recent credits include a regional tour of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Dougie Blaxland and All The Ghouls for the Rondo Scriptwriting Network.

Dan Gaisford is playing Dan. He trained at The Poor School and has undertaken stage and screen acting classes with Mark McGann. Theatre credits include As You Like It (Ripped Script),and Kidnapped (Brass Works Theatre)He has featured in a number of films; recently Pot Plant (a winner at the 2013 London 48hr Film Festival).

Laura Fautley is playing Nicole. She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2007. Laura is enjoying the theatre and short film scene in Bath & Bristol, with her most recent short film Pot Plant winning the Audience Award for London’s 48 Hour Film Festival. Recent Theatre Credits include: As You Like It, An Act of Twisting, Measure for Measure, Ward 7 and Godspell.

The Gift will run at the Rondo Theatre from Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th June. Tickets are £12 full / £10 concessions and can be booked through the Bath Box Office, either online at or over the phone, 01225 463362.