On Wednesday the 14th of January our doors open again offering up a fantastic programme of theatre, music comedy and more! So dust off those last mince pie crumbs and get ready for a fresh, new season at The Rondo Theatre!
Theatre wise, we kick off the season with Return to Wonderland, a brand new family show written by our very own Associate Director, Alison Farina. Produced and directed by Rondo Theatre favourites, Bath Drama, follow adult Alice back to the healing world of Wonderland where she re-encounters her childhood friends in an effort to find the White Queen’s daughter and the strength to face the challenges of adulthood. With original music, magical costumes and a lightness of touch this seasonal show will appeal to the whole family.
If Ben Johnson’s your game we’ve got a hilarious new contemporary production of The Alchemist by Second Face Theatre. We’ve also got the long awaited return of Miracle Theatre’s new show Dr Livingstone, I Presume. Through the wonder of the Victorian Music Hall, the story of one man’s obsession to discover the heart of Africa is told through Miracle’s own unique style. David Shopland’s Macbeth (or The Scottish Play if you like…) will transfer to The Rondo from a London run and Gerundagula visit with the ground-breaking new show Meet the Real Maggie Thatcher. There is also another chance to catch Butterfly Psyche Theatre’s ‘Full Brontë’ with a one-day-only showing of The Brontë Season.
Did you know that 100 laughs a day is as good for you as a 10 minute jog? So, between the High-Octane Robin Ince, Maths-Man Matt Parker (contains graphic content, i.e. actual graphs…)some Snarky Singing Sock Puppets and Musical-Comedy genius Andrew Lawrence with Reasons to Kill Yourself, there is more here to bust even the most serious gut with 100s of laughs per hour. Take that, treadmill! And if that’s not enough to get your giggle on, from April 1– 11th we play host to some of the greatest new comedy work as part of The Bath Comedy Festival. With names like Monkey Poet, Johnny and the Baptists and Mitch Benn, you won’t want to miss a beat!
If “Music be the food of love” then we’ve got enough to whet the most discerning appetite. First up are the Bristol-based bards The Devil’s Violin with their acclaimed show, The Forbidden Door, bringing together the ancient art of storytelling with live music. We’ve also got The Croutons with Crunchy and Smooth and inventive world of harmony with almost no instruments and a special Valentines performance of Wartime Women – the Khaki Cabaret.
Something for the kids…
Every season The Rondo Theatre runs the super-popular Rondo Drama Club. Open to young people ages 7-14, theatre director and educator Paulo Baigent runs weekly afterschool workshops from 4.45-6pm at St Stephen School in Lansdown, Bath.
The Rondo Drama Club is a unique experience for children to share their creative ideas. Our approach is to start off with the children’s own creativity and to put no limits on what they can explore. Together the group devise a show completely based on their own ideas and choices. This thoroughly child-centred approach gives the children confidence, empowerment and an amazing sense of achievement, not to mention an incredible amount of delight and fun.
“You get to meet amazing new people and are given a voice. I have been coming for a few years now, it is very confidence building along with being a challenge all the same” – Coco, aged 13
We look forward to seeing you soon!