The Lady in

the Van

by Alan Bennett

One day in 1974, a rather smelly, reclusive lady calling herself Mary Shepherd, drove her van into Alan Bennett's garden in Camden and there she stayed, in his driveway, until her death in 1989.

There were hints that she might once have been a child prodigy at the piano, had studied in France, and had failed eventually in her bid to become a nun. Moreover, she harboured a guilty secret.

And Alan Bennett fell hopelessly under the sway of this cock-eyed character, subsequently writing a heart-warming, and award-winning, play about their 15-year relationship. As he says in the foreword: It is mainly true.

Philip de Glanville makes a welcome return to directing duties with this wonderful play by one of our true national treasures.

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

Performances: 26th , 27th & 28th† April 2018

Time: 7.45 p.m.

Tickets: £10.00 (concessions £8.00)

Recommended: suitable for all ages (come strong language)

Merlin Theatre Box Office: 01373 465949


Not About


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 remember† those who fell and those who survived hell between 1914 and 1918. In this centenary year of 2018, this eloquent and touching play will be our contribution to the Frome Festival.

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

Performances: 10TH, 11TH & 12TH JULY 2018

Time: 8.00 P.M.

Tickets: £8 - available from the Cheese & Grain Box Office and on the door

Recommended: suitable for all ages

CHEESE & GRAIN Box Office: 01373 455420