by George Bernard Shaw

Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and

the Bible; and don't sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.

'Not bloody likely'! Ever since Pygmalion opened in London in April

1914 it has proved a very controversial play, from the (then) shocking language, to arguments about its correct ending.

A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor, Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, phonetics expert Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.

We are delighted to welcome the experienced and highly respected director, Simon Blacksell, who will be making his FDC directorial debut with this classic piece of which he says: "Pygmalion is a play about the way men treat women as things and not as people, let alone as equals. It is also about class and the way the working classes are patronised by the upper classes. Shaw makes certain that we are left in no doubt where our sympathies must lie".


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