Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Switching between 1809 and 1993, this fascinating play explores the nature of truth and time, as modern academics researching the past are juxtaposed with what really happened.

In 1809, the gardens of an aristocratic country house have already been transformed by a Capability Brown equivalent, and are now being subjected to the Romantic Gothic, complete with a stylised grotto ready for its hermit. Meanwhile, the precociously brilliant daughter of the house and her young and attractive tutor are examining the possibilities of mathematics, while around them love affairs, misunderstandings, arguments and even duels blossom.

Years later, research into what actually happened dives down mistaken alleyways. In the final scene, the two periods mingle, and the audience, if not the characters, finally understand what actually occurred.

Part mystery story, part romance, highly theatrical, and bursting with humour, 'Arcadia' is a tour de force - 'brilliant, brilliant ... consummate theatricality ... sophisticated entertainment ... and heartache' (The Sunday Times).

Frome Drama Club are delighted to welcome Gill Morrell as the director of this extraordinary play.

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

Performances: 21st, 22nd & 23rd November 2019


Tickets: 10.00 and 8.00 (concessions)

Recommended: suitable for age 12 and over

Merlin Theatre Box Office: 01373 465949


The Weir

by Conor McPherson

The Weir is a powerful ensemble piece with humour and pathos. Set in a pub in rural Ireland the locals spend their evenings gossiping and telling each other spooky stories. One evening a young woman from Dublin comes into the pub, and immediately the whole dynamic changes. Through banter, and strange tales the locals try to scare her, but she has a story far more powerful and unsettling than anything they have told.

First produced at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1997, The Weir then transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End in February 1998, where it played for two years. It went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 and was voted one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the Royal National Theatre, London.

We are lucky to have Simon Blacksell back again after his success directing Pygmalion for Frome Drama Club in 2018.

See under play readings and auditions for details of Auditions

The Weir will be at the Merlin Theatre in April 2020 and directed by Simon Blacksell who directed Pygmalion and Heroes.