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Winter Season: October 2011

Provocation More Detail
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Life & Soul
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Ian McGlynn
Wed 28th September to Sat 1st October, Sat 1st October at 8:00pm

Meet Katie: she’s young, she’s funny, she’s full of energy.

Katie loves to drink. It makes her funnier. Livelier. And it makes her forget about everything except the here and now. It’s brilliant.
You stop caring when you drink. You forget about opinions. About people's opinions. You don't care if they laugh at you or what anyone thinks and when you drink is the only time you don't have to stress about what people think. So it makes you feel free and alive.
Katie’s the life & soul of the party. Except the party’s over.

Life & Soul is the funny and moving new play from Rondo artistic director Ian McGlynn, author of An Act of Twisting (“Full of razor-sharp wit, passionately delivered... Unmissable” 5 Stars, Venue) and Shelter (“...Punctuated with moments of laughter or hope, which make its impact all the more powerful” 4 Stars, Venue).

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Professional
Rich Seam Theatre Company More Detail
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Beef: Production Image John Godber
Wed 5th October at 8:00pm

Dave Cookson was tormented by schoolyard bullies, un-noticed by the girl he loves, ridiculed and laughed at by everyone else. His only escape was the homemade gym in his dad’s garage where he could try to get the physique of his bodybuilding idol Arnold Schwarzenegger. Trouble was, although he’s got the weights and the gear, his muscle fantasy is just a weedy dream. But then Dave’s life is changed forever. Now he’s 17 stone of rippling muscle, ready to take control of his destiny and get revenge. A funny, shocking comedy about a young man’s struggle to better himself in a world that doesn’t seem to make sense.

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Professional
Jon Briley at Best Medicine Management More Detail
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James Sherwood: One Man And His Piano
James Sherwood: One Man And His Piano: Production Image
Thu 6th October at 8:00pm

As seen and heard on Radio Four, Five Live and Sky News 

James Sherwood is one of the UK's foremost musical comedians. If you like your comedy tuneful, or your music hilarious, his new show is a must-see, and coming to The Rondo as part of his latest national tour. 
A veteran of 6 consecutive Edinburgh Festivals, and a regular presence across television and radio, James taps out his "acclaimed, inspired ditties" (Three Weeks) in a beguiling evening of comic song and biting satire. 
“His entire set, from humorous songs to witty repartee, is beautifully, painstakingly sculpted. There's no flab and no filler” The Scotsman
“A distinguished gentleman comic if ever there was one… he rarely strays from his piano stool, where he knocks out a series of imaginative musical jokes and beautifully-crafted original comedy songs. But don’t mistake him for some tired old cabaret act. He may look old-fashioned, but the material he offers is fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original” The Guardian
Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
Company Boudin More Detail
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Henry V
Henry V: Production Image William Shakespeare directed by Andy Burden
Fri 7th October at 8:00pm

Back by popular demand – the lightning sharp, acclaimed production of Henry V by director Andy Burden. The risks are huge and the pain is certain as Henry V commits his troops to war. Is it bravery or bravado, national interest or personal vendetta? 

Four soldiers tell the story of a king maturing to the demands of office. Playing each character with accurate skill, Shakespeare’s classic history (and sometimes comedy) comes to life. An energetic, exciting and rousing production, trimmed but faithful to Shakespeare’s words, featuring four outstanding actors from RSC, Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory and West End productions.
4 stars “an engaging drama with a playful ingenuity and great spirit” The Guardian

4.5 stars “it works brilliantly.... a fascinating reimagining for old hands and a vibrant introduction for those who think Shakespeare might not be for them” Venue

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Professional
Different Strings More Detail
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Steve Tilston, Keith Warmington & Stuart Gordon
Steve Tilston, Keith Warmington & Stuart Gordon: Production Image
Sat 8th October at 8:00pm

Steve Tilston celebrates the release of his latest recording “The Reckoning” coincidentally, 40 years after his debut CD “An Acoustic Confusion” on the Bristol-based Village Thing label. The writer of classics The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and A Pretty Penny, he’s on as fine form as ever and is still one of the UK’s finest songwriters. Tonight he’s joined by old-friend, virtuoso harmonica player and blues singer (and popular BBC Radio Bristol presenter) Keith Warmington & Stuart Gordon one of the best improvising violinists in the country, in a special double-bill and collaborative finale, presenting an evening of acoustic traditional blues and original songs

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Music
Bath Drama More Detail
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Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra: Production Image William Shakespeare
Wed 12th October to Sat 15th October at 7:30pm

One of the most famous love-stories in history, and one of Shakespeare's greatest portrayals, come to life in this crisp adaptation of the all-consuming passionate affair of two great empire-builders. The glamour of Egypt and the splendour of Rome are woven into their fateful time together, and how that affects the lives of those near to them. Acclaimed productions in 2010 began a resurgence of this enthralling story. Now, with Bath Drama's production, comes the chance to be in on the 21st century rebirth of one of Shakespeare's great plays. Don't miss it.

Tickets: £9.00, Concessions £7.00 Community
Makin Projects More Detail
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Monkey Poet: Welcome...
Monkey Poet: Welcome...: Production Image
Wed 19th October at 8:00pm

A double-bill of critically acclaimed shows - packed value for wallet-tight times!

Act 1 – Welcome... to Afghanistan
See history repeat itself! A play adapted from Lt. Greenwood’s memoir published in 1844. 
“Deadly historical accuracy and wicked barrages of humour.” THE STAGE, (A Stage Must-See Show, Edinburgh 2010)
Act 2 – Welcome... to the UK
Satiric Stand-Up in Rhyme.
“A throwback to the 80’s and that’s no insult. Comedy with a real viewpoint.” THE SCOTSMAN
Think Bill Hicks meets Mark Thomas, with a dash of rhyme thrown in thrown in, and you’ve got Monkey Poet. As a performer Monkey Poet has won 7 fringe awards around the world.  So there.
Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
Barnstormers Comedy More Detail
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Kevin Precious: Not Appropriate
Kevin Precious: Not Appropriate: Production Image Thu 20th October at 8:00pm

'Not Appropriate' is the most overused term of disapproval in the teacher's canon. Join Kevin Precious as he explores his former life as a teacher. A show that will appeal to anyone who has ever taught or – for that matter – been to school; parts of which are likely to be 'not appropriate'

"Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts."
- The Times

"Instantly recognisable stage presence and boundless wit."
- Leicester Mercury

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
Different Strings More Detail
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Stephen Fearing and Andy White
Stephen Fearing and Andy White: Production Image
Fri 21st October at 8:00pm

Stephen Fearing is known internationally as one of Canada’s most accomplished song-smiths and for his work with super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Andy White, Northern Ireland born and raised has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet's sensibility.After years of writing together, touring together and performing together finally... these two friends have recorded a wonderful album together; Fearing & White - Canada meets Ireland in 13 deliciously crafted songs … a big success in Canada, the duo now debuts in the UK and are here tonight to share their songs with the Rondo audience.

Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Music
Phil McIntyre Entertainment More Detail
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Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good
Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good: Production Image Sat 22nd October at 8:00pm


Lovable comedian Patrick Monahan blends a high energy style with hilarious and engaging stories of his Irish/Iranian/Teeside heritage. Pat is coming to The Rondo direct from headlining the huge national tour following winning ITV's hit search-for-a-stand-up-star show. He won over both critics and judges with his trademark 'mucking-about' but over the course of the series really worked hard to present more material with fantastic results. Come and see Britain's next stand-up sensation in the intimacy of The Rondo.

“Raised the roof”- The Sun
“Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen” - Daily Mail
“Funniest Show in Edinburgh” - Guardian
“Lovable stuff” - Independent
“Born to be a stand up” - Metro


Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
BODS More Detail
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Shakers (re-stirred)
Shakers (re-stirred): Production Image
John Godber and Jane Thornton
Wed 26th October to Sat 29th October at 7:30pm

Every town has its local trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen, from the local check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads tittering at the thought of a ‘long comfortable screw’. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses who work there. Rushed off their feet, underpaid and overworked, they try to smile and help the difficult customers whilst coping with their own personal problems. A fascinating and often hilarious view of the reality which lurks behind the plastic palms and the pina coladas.

"Another excellent piece of theatre which leaves the audience well entertained and also thinking. Highly entertaining." — Edinburgh Festival Times.

Tickets: £8.00 Community
Oxfam More Detail
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Oxjam: Production Image Local music, global impact.
Sun 30th October at 8:00pm

Come & enjoy local musicians and raise some money for Oxfam at the same time. The Rondo presents 2 hours of acoustic sounds followed by a funky disco from the Nostalgic Jukebox. Your chance to feel good in so many ways! If you would like to perform or help out  please go the Oxjam website & follow the links to this event (

Oxjam is Oxfam's month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world.
Oxfam GB is a registered charity (England and Wales No202918, Scotland SCO039042) & a member of Oxfam International. Oxfam works with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering
Tickets: £5.00 Music

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