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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...

Monkey Poet:: 300 to 1  Double Bill: Production Image Monkey Poet:: 300 to 1 Double Bill
Rock'n'Role

The mastermind behind smash show LOVEhurtsACTUALLY is back!

 WINNER of the Editors' Award at the Edinburgh Fringe '14 (Three Weeks) 
 
SEE! A schoolboy re-enact the macho film '300' to the ghostly World War 1 poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon
 
HEAR! Reasons for and against “The sweetness of dying for your Country.”
 
LAUGH! Long, Loud and Hard!
 
AFTER THE INTERVAL - Monkey Poet delivers an electrifying set of comic verse.
 
“Hysterical, a pleasure to watch.” THREE WEEKS
“Conjures a cast of thousands through sheer skill.” SCOTSMAN
“Unique. Slapstick comedy, bawdy material and amazing audience participation” DAILY INFO
Maxine Jones: The Invisible Woman: Production Image Maxine Jones: The Invisible Woman

Older women are often see-through. Maxine Jones shakes off her invisibility cloak and steps into the spotlight. Following her popular debut as Embarrassing Mother, she repossesses her life as an older, unattached woman – with superpowers. 

Maxine has been on BBC Radio 4, RTE Arena and has featured in the Irish Times and Independent. Invisible Woman has had sell-out shows in Edinburgh and Dublin.
 
‘Raises questions and issues around gender roles in a gentle yet probing way. The audience loved it.’ Buxton Fringe Review
 
‘Made me laugh a lot’ Jo Enright
 
‘Outstandingly funny’ entertainment.ie
 
‘Hilarious, fresh new stand-up. Brilliant’ Northern Standard
Jonny & The Baptists Rock The Vote: Production Image Jonny & The Baptists Rock The Vote

The UK's hottest musical comedians tackle the big issues ahead of the May 2015 General Election, bringing their acclaimed blend of songs, satire and silliness to the nation. And with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in the public's trust, ROCK THE VOTE is a desperate bid to find at least one good reason to vote.

Stars of Radio 4's Now Show and 2014 British Comedy Award nominees.
 
‘Politically energised... raucously silly... triumphant piss-taking’ Guardian
 
‘Uproarious rock’n’ROFLing’ Independent on Sunday 
 
'The political edge of 80s alternative comedy... a pop soul voice to win X Factor' Stewart Lee, Observer
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Minging Detectives: Production Image Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Minging Detectives

Some criminals put stockings on their heads - now  Earth's funniest Socks get their heads around crime.
 
Doing every genre from TV Detectives and Film Noir to Scandinavian murder mystery, the Socks bring you brand new songs, sketches, socks and violence.
 
"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ***** (Venue)
 
"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)

On Next Week...

The Frogs: Production Image The Frogs
Hecate Theatre

A brand new adaptation of Aristophanes’ zany comedy about summoning dead playwrights to settle a divine score.
 
Join Dionysus, god of drama, on a journey to the Underworld to spark rivalry, ribbiting and an epic battle of wits. Hecate Theatre’s Frogs is an all-female take on this bonkers Greek classic.
 
Featuring a literary smack-down between William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, plus a quirky choral soundtrack, Hecate create an eerie post-apocalyptic world in which the grotesque ‘frogs’ tell their story as an ensemble of five females.
 
“Extremely entertaining, an absolute delight to watch from start to finish” ***** - Theatre Bath.

Alexis Dubus: Cars And Girls: Production Image Alexis Dubus: Cars And Girls
Objective Talent Management

From the creator of A R*ddy Brief History Of Swearing comes a set of poetic true-life tales of travel and heartbreak. A pacey, heartfelt paean to wanderlust and adventure. Contains traces of UFOs, truckers, bean festivals and the Dutch.
 
The UK's favourite Frenchman impersonator brings his first spoken word show to Soho, after highly successful runs at Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival.
 
Winner: Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe.

“A chilled-out, warmed up Jack Kerouac with a hint of a comedy-minded, 21st-century Chaucer... This show is uniquely funny – and I don’t think I have ever said that before... A revelation.” ★★★★★ Scotsman

Mitch Benn - Don't Believe A Word: Production Image Mitch Benn - Don't Believe A Word
RBM

"I'm a skeptic. But don't take my word for it. Or indeed anybody's. For anything... "
 
...and this is the basic premise of Mitch's new critically acclaimed show. It's a show that will make you laugh a lot and think a bit as well as Mitch debunks myths, exposes nonsense and grapples with the very nature of knowledge itself extolling the virtues of an evidence-based approach to life... with amusing consequences - and of course a few songs along the way.
 
The 'Now Show' aside, Mitch has recently co-presented with Harry Shearer BBC Radio 2's 'Anatomy Of A Guitar' as well performing 'Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle' and presenting 'Spank The Plank' both for BBC Radio 4. An occasional series where Mitch takes his unique and quirky look at a few more rock icons has been commissioned by Radio 4 for 2015.
 
'Britain's leading musical satirist' The Times
 
'A truly superb, must see show' Young Perspective *****
 
'Funny and clever' The Sunday Herald
 
'His creative juices have not abated' One4Review ****

 

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