...That's Autumn here at The Rondo, as we bring you a truly wonderful mixture of theatre, comedy, film & music. As the nights grow darker, the stage glows brighter and our cosy bar fills with laughter and conversation. Welcome to a truly fabulous season.
|The Real Inspector Hound and The Open Couple
Rondo Theatre Co
Two one act plays and an evening of metadramatic farce for consenting adults: plays within plays – plays whose starting point is us, the audience, watching plays…
Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound is a hilarious spoof on the classic country-house who-dunnit thriller, which takes on an extratheatrical dimension of spoofiness when the lives of the two theatre critics, Birdboot and Moon, observing the play that we are watching, become mortally entangled with what’s onstage. It’s theatre critics wot dunnit! Pirandello 2 Stoppard 20.
Dario Fo’s The Open Couple offers a different kind of metadramatic fun with an equally classic formula – the battle of the sexes. In a farce that openly invites the audience to polish their rolling pins, the flour dust never settles. Strongly recommended for divorcees and newly weds – and prejudiced audiences.
|Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe
Comedy Store Management
Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. Yorkshire man, Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle & Time Out Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth returns with an exquisite new show.
In turns, poignant and hilarious, Tom takes an emotional journey exploring his profound relationship with his granddad. Throughout childhood, they would frequently make tape recordings of themselves interviewing each other. Reflecting on these early conversations, Tom comes to fully understand the influence this man has had on his own life, and explores the fantasy of being able to make ‘one final interview’.
Expect elegant flourishes of language, twisted logic and whimsical storytelling courtesy of one of the finest and most original comics in the UK. You could also expect next week’s lottery numbers, but let’s deal with one thing at a time. Simply put, it’s about Tom.
Magical storytelling…a rare talent…hysterical & accomplished ««««« time out
The gods of comedy chose Tom Wrigglesworth for greatness ««««« scotsman
Undeniable gift for comic storytelling... A lovely turn of phrase, an ear for allowable exageration...and a born entertainer’s grasp of structure... Bound to go far. «««« telegraph
Lazibyrd have shown that they have all the necessary ingredients to take it to the next level and are definitely one to watch - FRUK.
Award winning Lazibyrd, South West Music Awards, best folk act of 2013, are Sharon Martin, vocals, violin and ukelele and Tom Chapman guitar and vocals. They play energetic, passionate, original folk with clever lyrics and beautiful music. Their debut album, Under the Sky, has been critically acclaimed and received extensive radio airplay including BBC Introducing, BBC 6 and BBC Bristol. Bob Harris has described it as “a lovely album” and they recently recorded a session for him and the WBBC.
They were included on the FATEA showcase sessions in 2013 and were shortlisted for a Dave Swarbrick EP in 2014 featuring songs by emerging artists and they were invited to support Dave Swarbrick as part his tour in May 2014 at The Colston Hall. They have engaged audiences across the South and in Ireland with their heartfelt performances and excellent musicianship and have performed at many festivals and prestigious venues.
“As well as their beautiful harmonies and captivating musicianship, lyrically they offer a refreshingly frank view of modern life which, wrapped in a joyful melody and their own sense of enjoyment, makes for music that is sure to resonate with any listener.”
Thank folk for that!
|The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!
Squashbox Theatre's new show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!
Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy...
Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!
“...a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured." The Cornishman
|Casting the Runes: Two Ghost Stories by M R James
Nunkie Theatre Company
M R James wrote his ghost stories to perform to friends in the years leading up to WW1. Today they’ve lost none of their power to terrify and amuse. Now Nunkie returns with two more James classics, in another thrilling one-man show.
In Casting the Runes we meet the unforgettable Karswell – magic lanternist, occult historian and scourge of academe.
It’s partnered here by one of James’s most neglected masterpieces The Residence at Whitminster in which a dark shadow looms over the precinct of a peaceful English church…
**** “Lloyd Parry's beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine.” Metro