…and The Rondo has the hottest shows around. This season really sizzles, with fabulous theatre, delightful music, fabulous community theatre and brilliant comedy: all in all, the recipe for the perfect summer. You can view our lovely Summer 15 brochure here.
|Dreamtime: Ellie Frank & Josh Byford
The Rondo Theatre
Ellie Frank is an upcoming singer/songwriter on the South West scene. With experience in various musical outlets, her songs encompass jazz, folk and soul influences with her own originality! Her songs contain observations of the world through the eyes of a pensive, optimistic dreamer. Josh Byford is singer/songwriter from Swindon, making a racket at open mic nights in the West Country since 2011, keen to bring the folk sounds, styles and stories of Bob Dylan & Woody Guthrie into a 21st Century setting, an antidote to the artificial overproduction and superficial lyrics in the charts. Out to sing songs that prove to you that this is your World, songs that help you take pride in yourself and your work, and because the World needs more harmonica...
Josh Byford is singer/songwriter from Swindon, making a racket at open mic nights in the West Country since 2011, keen to bring the folk sounds, styles and stories of Bob Dylan & Woody Guthrie into a 21st Century setting, an antidote to the artificial overproduction and superficial lyrics in the charts. Out to sing songs that prove to you that this is your World, songs that help you take pride in yourself and your work, and because the World needs more harmonica...
|Dreamtime: A Modern Military Mother / Women on the Verge of Extraordinary Recognition
The Rondo Theatre
A Modern Military Mother - Tales from the Domestic Frontline is for people who hate housework and being told what to do. If you feel you are a domestic slave to your family then you’ll enjoy this show. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes crazy. Clare Macnaughton speaks openly and honestly about life as a non singing, non baking, feminist military spouse. It’s a theatrical light snack.
Women on the Verge of Extraordinary Recognition - Old Bag Theatre Co present a rehearsed reading of a new work by Nancy Jones, commissioned by the W.I. to help celebrate their centenary, which explores the legacy of five extraordinary women from the early 20th Century.
|Robin Ince's (almost) Farewell Show
Robin Ince is retiring from stand up and will never perform again...well, he's not, but by his standards he is. He is going to attempt to stop touring until 2017 and it all ends here.
The show will mainly be his latest solo show - Reality Tunnel - plus some of his least worst stand up from the last two years.
|Mark Thomas: Trespass
Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Presents
Trespass carries on from where Mark's previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off. It is his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, a dash of journalism, activism and a dollop of mayhem.
Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930's were here now what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds? He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk.
No one knows where this show is going to end up so join him on the journey.
|Wizard of Oz (RSC Version)
St Mark's School
St Mark’s School presents the RSC version of The Wizard of Oz, with music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Allen and E Y Harburg
Light & Lark
Papillon, why do you fly above the trees, across the sky?
Be immersed in the world of Papillon, a butterfly with a thoughtful perspective on life. Follow him as he explores his environment, watches the changing of night to day, encounters a host of lively insects and makes memories along his way.
This highly energetic and visually expressive production uses live music, puppetry, physical theatre and integrated animation to enthral and engage children aged 3-6 and their families. This is Light and Lark's debut production, and will include a 15 minute 'stay and play' with the performers and puppets - and you can tell them what you thought of their show.
This performance 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.
|Keith James: Always
Performing in its entirety, his brand new original Album, entitled Always.
After more than a decade of continued and dedicated study of much admired Poets and Songwriters: Cohen, Lorca, Drake, Neruda, Blake and Dylan Thomas, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled Always.
These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural and three dimensional, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and compelling sadness.
Expect an amazing concert!
Keith currently has a worrying heart condition. Proceeds from this concert and sales of this new Album will be deposited separately in the event that Keith requires an operation
Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear The Independent