Not About Heroes

by Stephen MacDonald

What passing bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle can patter out their hasty orisons.

Beginning with their awkward first encounter at the Craiglockhart Hospital for Nervous Disorders, Not About Heroes charts the growth of an intense relationship between the confident, upper class Siegfried Sassoon and the stuttering, provincial Wilfred Owen. Already an established poet, Sassoon initially dismisses the younger man, yet is soon to recognise and nurture his extraordinary talent.

Weaving dialogue from their letters with their celebrated poetry, Stephen MacDonald's play elegantly pieces together the mysteries of this most unlikely friendship.

Frome Drama Club remembered those who fell and those who survived hell between 1914 and 1918. In this centenary year of 2018, this eloquent and touching play was our contribution to the Frome Festival.

This extraordinarily moving production was heaped with praise by all who came to see it at the Assembly Rooms in Frome.

Please see a review and photographs in our Past Productions section of this website.



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".

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

Performances: 22nd, 23rd & 24th November 2018

Time: 7.45 P.M.

Tickets: 10.00 (8.00 concessions)

Recommended: suitable for all ages

Merlin Theatre Box Office: 01373 465949