Dennis Potter Double Bill






A fabulous double bill of Dennis Potter will be our spring 2019 treat.

Blue Remembered Hills is set in the Forest of Dean in the summer of 1943. Adult actors play seven-year old children, and we are invited to see their aggressions, fears, and rivalries as a microcosm of adult interaction, whilst questioning any preconceptions we might have about the innocence of childhood.

Brimstone and Treacle is a cautionary, Mephistophelean drama commissioned by the BBC in 1974 only to be mothballed for some 13 years as it was considered too controversial for viewers of the time.  A mysterious young man named Martin ingratiates himself with an older couple, Tom and Amy Bates, who are full time carers for their adult daughter, Pattie. The arrival of Martin heralds catastrophic change and the impact is no less shocking some 44 years later. Please see age recommendation.

Both plays will be directed by John Palmer who may be new to FDC but is very well known and respected as a South West director of huge experience and diversity including Opera, Shakespeare and a host of theatre productions from the classics to contemporary.

Venue: Merlin Theatre, Bath Road Frome, BA11 2HG

Performances: 4th, 5th & 6th April 2019

Time:  7.45 P.M.

Tickets:  £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)

Recommended: suitable for age 16 and over

Merlin Theatre Box Office: 01373 465949












by Gerald Sibleyras ADAPTED by Tom Stoppard.


FDC's contribution to this year's Frome Festival will be this wonderfully funny play - winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2006. It is 1959 and Philippe, Gustave and Henri, three veterans of the First World War, dream of making their escape from the old soldiers' home - if not to Inochina then at least as far as the poplar trees on the hill......! Indeed, the original title was "Le Vent Des Peupliers" -  "The Wind in the Poplars".

While it might be described as a gentle comedy, it is jam-packed with 'laugh out loud' moments. The orginal French playwright described it as "a British play" and this is confirmed by the brilliant adaptation and translation into English by Tom Stoppard.

Reviews at the time of its premiere included the Evening Standard's Nicholas de Jongh: "A theatrical hit, a boulevard comedy bullseye"; Charles Spencer of the Telegraph: "Line by beautifully delivered line the play proves wonderfully entertaining"; Benedict Nightingale of the Times: "Delicacy, melancholy, a rueful humour are the qualities that mark Sibleyras' study"; and The Guardian's Michael Billington:"a delicately acted piece of sentimental Gallic whimsy".

It will be directed by Simon Blacksell who has only recently had his FDC directorial debut with the hugely successful production of Pygmalion.

Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EB

Performances: 9th, 10th & 11th July 2019

Time: 7.45 p.m.

Tickets: £8.00 (no concessions)

Recommended: suitable for age 12 and over

Cheese & Grain Box Office: 01373 455420 or in person

N.B. Tickets will also be available on the door on performance nights.