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Fresh, frantic, fruity and fun!

Those are the key words for our magnificent Spring season here at The Rondo. We’ve got a dazzling mixture of theatre, comedy, music and magic, featuring many companies and performers new to us, and a few old friends with new things to say for good measure. You can browse our site for details of upcoming shows, or take a look at our Spring 2015 brochure here.

 
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On This Week...

The Arrest of Ai Weiwei: Production Image The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Bath Drama

On the 3rd April 2011 at Beijing Airport the internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei was suddenly arrested. He vanished from public view into a shadow world. Friends never expected to see him again. Then 81 days later he was just as suddenly released, seven Kilos lighter and with his long standing diabetes cured! This play is the story of those 81 days.

 

By turns surreal, comical and unsettling and with the added mix of Mozart and noodles, this production is full of surprises.

 

Eminently worth catching to see what happens when the irresistible force of artistic imagination confronts the immovable object of the state.  Michael Billington, The Guardian.

Book now: http://ibty.in/DXTYt1

 

On Next Week...

Susan Calman: Lady Like: Production Image Susan Calman: Lady Like
Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Presents

Her first UK tour!
 
Award-winning comedian Susan Calman is embarking on her first ever UK tour. 
 
If you’ve seen her before, ‘Lady Like’ will be a reassuring couple of hours spent with the woman her neighbours call “the mad cat lady”. If you don’t know who she is, ‘Lady Like’ will, at the very least, make you feel better about your own life.   A show about being older, wiser and liking yourself whatever anyone might say.
 
Comedy from Calman, as seen and heard on The News Quiz, Calman is Convicted (Best Radio
Comedy 2013 – Writers Guild Award), QI, HIGNFY, Fresh Meat and Would I Lie To You.

“Confident, compact…cracking.”  EVENING STANDARD ★★★★

Alaska: Production Image Alaska
Black Fish

Alaska, a desolate wasteland at the borderline of civilization... A place where you can easily lose your way, your bearings and your very mind! One man goes in search of adventure, freedom and “a piece of the good life”, but soon finds that the reality is no picnic.

Plummeting temperatures, technical disasters (and a severe lack of any practical skills) soon plunge our hero into a nightmarish world of extreme survival, haunted by all things living, dead and Athabaskan.

Blackfish Theatre’s highly acclaimed show boldly follows in the intrepid footsteps of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. This masterful trio; Giles King, Craig Johnson and Ian Ross (Kneehigh Theatre) use film, firelight, live music and a whole host of forest wildlife to cleverly transport you into the unknown; Alaska is a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

Blackfish returns for a second tour with their sell-out original comedy written by Carl Grose (Soho Theatre, BBC TV and Radio, Kneehigh, RSC, National Theatre and o-region) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, Cscape Dance, O-Region and Theatre Damfino).

 

From the fur-coated singing of the “good ol’ boy” nutty commercial to the audience helped entry of various cuddly beasts of the wild, from its superb soundtrack to its high level of performance and production values, it is faultless and very funny West Briton

Alaska’s comedy and charm have captivated for the entirety of its duration. And, beneath its frozen surface, it has an uplifting message which will melt even the most frozen of hearts York Post 

Louise Jordan: Production Image Louise Jordan

Veritas is Louise Jordan’s third album and it confirms the distinctive singer, musician and songwriter she has become. Veritas develops stylistically from her previous three recordings which have been described as “Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant” by Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 ‘a master class in songwriting’ R2 and ‘absolutely glorious” FATEA Magazine. Reviewing a live performance, The Telegraph described Louise’s music as having ‘A stirring, lilting grace… She also has an engaging stage presence… featured in Vogue this year as a rising star’.

Accompanying herself on piano and guitar Louise’s songs fuse classical sensibilities, folk influences and acoustic songwriting.

The Rondo Theatre is supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

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