Just a small message from the new chairman –

 Hi! I’m Will. You might have seen me on the Rondo Stage at some point, either acting or stage managing. I’ve taken over from Paul who I would just like to say a big thank you to for his tenure as chairman and the support he gives both to the RTC and has given to productions I have been involved with.
I’d also like to congratulate Louise Wallace on her excellent adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles. We had an excellent cast, two most satisfying reviews and even sold out at one stage!
We have an excellent couple of seasons planned with auditions taking place shortly (more about that below!)
I won’t keep you, but if you have any questions or ideas for shows for 2021, we are very interested in hearing them.
Feel free to email me on [email protected]

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MACBETH AUDITIONS!!!

The Rondo Theatre Company Summer 2020 Charity Production will be MACBETH, to be jointly directed by Will Jesmond and Matt Nation.
Our production will be set in the post first world war period, amongst the shady gangsters and organised crime that erupted in the inner-city areas of England following the return of the soldiers to a country that was struggling to support them. Duncan, a much respected (and feared) leader keeps the peace between the gangs, but is usurped by one of his own - Macbeth - pushed on by his ambitious wife.
The three witches - from their opium den (bubble bubble) predicted this future and set Macbeth on a path for greatness and, of course, ultimately...destruction.
So, come and be a part of our dark and gritty journey by attending our auditions at the
Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath, on:
Sunday 5th Jan 2020 at 6pm and Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 7pm.
You only need attend one audition; no experience is required to audition - we welcome all. All parts are available, so do let us know if you are interested in a particular role, so that we can ensure you are properly considered.
More information on the structure of the auditions will be released shortly. But if you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know,
Matt and Will
[email protected]

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4000 MILES STILL AUDITIONING FOR BEC

Directed by Alana Wright and Will Jesmond

Spring Production – Performances 25-28th March 2020.

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.

 

Bec Playing Age early 20s
Young but sensible, Bec has her head screwed on and wants to do well in her studies. Physically fit, she cares for Leo but no longer wants to be his girlfriend. An American accent is required. Bec is key to two scenes and is great for character work but the role would suit somebody with limited time, wanting to keep working on stage.

If interested, please email

[email protected]

to arrange a convenient time to audition.

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Outgoing Chairman's Report

Rondo Theatre Company AGM. 27.10.19.

Productions.
In November 2018, The Ladykillers was performed. Meticulously directed by Matt Nation and Yvonne Paulley and brilliantly acted by a very committed and enthusiastic cast. It was a major technical challenge, with the set built on three levels, even with a roof scene. To this end, we acquired sponsorship to help fund the production and were generously supported. We enjoyed good audiences, had a suitably affirming review and regard this show as one of our flagships. Many thanks to the cast and crew involved. It raised the bar for us, which is something we always aspire to. As a well-known Ealing Comedy, it proved to be a good choice, appealing to a cross section of ages.
In March this year, Sue Sedgwick, one of the founder members of the RTC, formerly the Octagon Theatre Company, took up the directorial reins and proved herself still very able with a well received performance of Angela de Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures. With a predominantly female cast, we were able to offer several parts for women. An interesting piece, exploring the lives and conditions of the first women to perform on a public stage. From the review - - ‘The principal joy of this production is the sheer skill of the acting, as the supremely talented cast take us through pastiches of 17th century acting styles This is a high quality piece of theatre about theatre; about the seventeenth century; about our time; and about life and human emotion altogether. Redolent images from it will remain in the mind for quite a time. A richly rewarding evening.’

In July, we performed a play in aid of charity and this year, we agreed on another Terry Pratchett play, Going Postal after success of Wyrd Sisters, two years ago. There were a few problems to overcome, but it became a fine collaborative effort with an enthusiastic, committed and talented cast and crew pulling of a fast paced and entertaining show. We received a very creditable review, ending with the comment, Terry Pratchett would have been proud’ – a fitting tribute. We are indebted to Kelvin Players, Bristol, for the loan of specialist props – including one of their actors in the Golem costume. We were able to donate £1,000 to the Rondo Theatre.

All these productions have been costumed by Chrissy Fryers. Her commitment, talent, time, eye for detail and simply beautiful fitted costumes are very much part of the high standard of performance that we are always striving for. We don’t know what we would do without her.


Upcoming productions.
The Hound of the Baskervilles at the end of next month. Adapted by Louise – a lovely, talented cast and crew. Rehearsals are going and we look forward to performing it at the end of November. Tickets already going well, so do book in advance.

4,000 miles by Amy Herzog, to be directed by Will Jesmond and Alana Wright in mid March. This is nearly fully cast and rehearsals begin in January. Production dates 25 – 28 March.

Next summer, for our charity production, Will Jesmond and Matt Nation will direct Macbeth in aid of Marie Curie Care.

In November 2020, Andrew Fletcher and Lisa Thrower will direct Terrence Rattigan’s Deep Blue Sea.


As you can tell, we are planning well ahead and are open to proposals for 2021 if you have anything you would like to direct.


Committee.
We have two very welcome new additions to our committee this year, Alana Wright, whom you will have seen on stage, back stage and in her new role as director. Then Ross Lewis, whom you will not. He is hidden away in the box and has designed and operated on several of our shows now. His knowledge, professionalism and talent is a great asset to our committee.

I am standing down as chairman today after two years as in the role and many on the committee.
I leave it in the very capable hands of Will Jesmond, who impressed us 18 months ago with his directorial debut, All New People and has been involved in nearly every show since! With a drama degree and a track record to be proud of, on the committee, he will be taking things forward.

Thank you all for an Excellent Year!

Looking forward to seeing you all at auditions and shows!