Wrestling with a new programme at the Rondo
The Rondo Theatre in Bath has just launched a new summer programme packed with great theatre, comedy and music.
Always hot on community theatre the new season opens on April 18 with a new production from Bath Drama. This time they are doing Noel Coward's The Vortex an unflinching expose of the hedonism of the elite of post war society.
Reform Theatre romps through the bubblegum years of teenage life with Gordon Steel's Like a Virgin in which two 16-year-old girls attack life with laughter and excitement. As the title suggests, both are besotted with the singer Madonna.
The Traffic of Clothes is based on The Trial by Franz Kafka while The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a fast-paced adaptation of Robert Tressell's classic book.
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Here we spend the evening with a group of painters and decorators renovating a three storey town house.
In Riot in early May The Wardrobe Ensemble explain how at the stroke of midnight the British public kicks strangles and eventually stabs its way to cheap sofas and bed frames at knock down prices at their favourite furniture store's sale. Riot is a true story set in a lamp lit flat pack universe.
There is more community theatre when the Rondo Scriptwriting group presents Alliance. In this International Year of Co-Operatives the writers explore the theme of alliance.
In mid May Bath Unity Players fresh from their success with the Christmas panto will be set to perform Six for the Charleston – and Two for Love.
Cross dressing and crossed wires are features of this musical farce set in the 1920s.
Every Saturday on TV from 1976 to 1988 millions of Britons watched transfixed as two fat men prepared to fight each other. Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks from the Foundry Group is the wrestlers' story.
Doublespeak Theatre Co go down the devised route too with A State of Silence a play inspired by Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four transposed into a world that is frighteningly familiar.
Bursary Boy is a searing new drama by Dougie Blaxland and is performed by Provocation in early June. Peter is about to enter the priesthood but already has some doubts when a visit to an old headmaster and mentor leads to questions about the past.
Bish Bash Bosh Productions perform The Tin Violin which looks at the life of musician Joseph Emidy born in West Africa and first captured as a slave by the Portuguese at the height of European colonialism.
Asone Theatre perform The Cabinet Maker's Daughter about a 19th century fossil hunter in the last days of her life.
Fertility Objects is a play about three couples who have broken down on the road to parenthood while Mouthing Off follows a performance in the lives of three am-dram actresses as they struggle with personal demons and on stage traumas.
In late June Bath Opera perform Bizet's Carmen while Core Theatre Productions turn from their recent production of The Crucible to the fun and laughter of Ray Cooney's Out of Order.
Exit Stage Left who had success with A New Brain last year return with the longest running off Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Seabright Productions perform Oliver Reed: Wild Thing in July.
It is a new play based on the life of the actor.
If you are looking for laughter try James Acaster on April 25 or Alfie Moore who explains how he predicted a riot and who is not afraid to as a policeman where he kept his truncheon.
Music at the Rondo as usual comes in many guises including the different strings of Appalachia to Silly Songs of Shakespeare from New Old Friends in a show originally commissioned by the Theatre Royal Bath's Shakespeare Unplugged festival.
For tickets call 01225 463362.