Blue sky thinking - Rotunda theatre at Buxton Fringe!

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 29th 2018

The Rotunda landed like a sky blue spaceship in Pavilion Gardens last year, and it is back again this year, with one of the UK’s best loved actors of stage and screen heading the bill. Rula Lenska brings to life the memoirs of her mother Elizabeth 'Bisia' Carroll in From Dzikow to Willesden in a moving, funny and sometimes devastating story of a Countess who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland through Yugoslavia, survived a concentration camp and arrived in England as a refugee.

Another famous name in the dome is Maria Callas. Alma Bond’s play follows the great soprano from her birth and rejection by parents, who wanted a boy, to her triumphs at La Scala, and includes arias O mio babbino caro and Vissi d’arte. A different kind of household name features in Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, The O.S. Map Fan Club. Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble and celebrate the simple beauty of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map.

For sure-fire quality, Ross Ericson returns with one of the big hits of last year, The Unknown Soldier, a story of comradeship, betrayal and promises, both broken and kept, following the carnage of the First World War. The classic John Godber comedy, Teechers, is performed by Crewe Lyceum Young Company. Fast-moving and highly entertaining, and with a twist of controversy and humour, Teechers looks at the British educational system through the eyes of three Year 11 students about to leave school.

More comedy comes with The Cat and the Canary from the BBC - that’s the Buxton Broadcasting Corporation, which proudly presents the classic comedy thriller as a live radio broadcast - except it doesn't quite go to plan… And in the Very Perry Show, Kate Perry, a writer for Woman’s Hour and Radio 4 whose hilarious sketches have enthralled audiences worldwide, performs a happy hour of funny monologues inspired by people she has ‘collected’.

On tour from Oxford University, Doom’s Day features Josephe and Phylisse Doom as they prepare for civilisation’s promised end. As their prophecies gain international fame, they begin to hope the apocalypse really does come on time!

In something a bit different, Rotunda's new Pay What You Will event, In for a Quid, showcases new writing for only £1. Audiences are invited to leave an extra donation at the end of the performance, if they think it deserves it. Details of the participating shows can be found at which is also the place to go for bookings.

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