Past Performances

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GEMINUS

Tuesday 03 June 2014 – 10.30AM & 1.30PM

Geminus is a visually and musically stimulating show, featuring dance, rhythm and object manipulation and tailor-made for Early Years.


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GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE

Sunday 01 June 2014 – 3pm

The first outdoor performance of 2014! Following their enormous successes with JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and FANTASTIC MR FOX, and a record-breaking sell-out season of THE TWITS, Illyria returns with yet another Roald Dahl classic full of (literally) larger-than-life characters, plenty to join in with, and just a twist of malicious fun!


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DOUBLE BILL: BUTTERCUP & BARRY THE BEAVER

Saturday 24 May 2014 – 7.30PM & 9PM

A surreal, hilarious and entertaining double-bill from up-and-coming writer/performer Tom Wainwright. His work has been produced by Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath, Tobacco Factory, Theatre Bristol, MAYK, Myrtle Theatre, ATC, Paines Plough, Hull Truck, and BBC Radio 4, now you can catch him in Frome!


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National Theatre Live

Thursday 22 May 2014 – 7pm

Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to venues.


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FROME YOUTH CHOIR

Sunday 11 May 2014 – 4PM

Fifty young people from Frome Youth Choir combine their voices with a live band to provide an afternoon of unforgettable musical entertainment.


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CAESAR MUST DIE

Thursday 08 May 2014 – 8PM

Endearing and hard-hitting drama-documentary about the redemptive and liberating power of art. Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani


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PIRATES OF MEN’S PANTS

Sunday 04 May 2014 – 7.30PM

Courage Performers have a brand new treat for you to enjoy, a new musical production which they will be taking to the Edinburgh Festival in the summer of 2014. Fun for the whole family. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart!


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ABIGAIL’S PARTY

Thursday 01 May 2014, Friday 2 May, Saturday 3 May – 7.45pm

Beverly has the party under control – nuts, pineapple on a stick, Bacardi on ice and “Love to Love you Baby” playing on the Hifi – What could possible go wrong? Frome Drama Club take a fresh look at this hilarious play by Mike Leigh,set in the seventies.


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INSIGHT

Saturday 29 March 2014 – 7.45pm

Insight celebrates and shares the similarities and differences between our cultures through dance. Based on the apparent simplicity and repetition of kissing each other, the performance develops as if behind closed doors. Sometimes absurd, sometimes cynical, it is a performance reminiscent of human relationships.

Tri.art Dance Academy and Theatre School will provide guest performances to kick-off the evening


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An Evening with…SUNNY ORMONDE

Thursday 27 March 2014 – 7.45PM

THE MERLIN RECOMMENDS!

Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 12 years and has become one of the listeners’ favourite characters. Join her for behind the scenes stories about the world’s longest running soap opera – an evening of anecdotes, banter, and favourite pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career.


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HOPELESSLY DEVOTED

Monday 10 March 2014 – 7.45PM

THE MERLIN RECOMMENDS!

Following her smash-hit debut WASTED, rapper and spoken word poet Kate Tempest’s incendiary new play combines lyrical fireworks with exhilarating live music.


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LAST MAN STANDING

Saturday 08 March 2014 – 7.45PM

Danger, the fragility of existence and the desire to survive; we’re surrounded by these things in the relentless challenges of life. How do we respond? With fear, anger, determination? Renowned for exhilarating choreography that leaves you breathless, James Wilton’s work draws on martial arts, break dancing and capoeira to create raw, earthy and ground-breaking performance.


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PRIMARYFEST

Monday 03 March 2014 – 6pm

As part of the Spring Forward Festival 2014, Take Art’s dance and drama services will be collaborating with InspirED primary schools around the county to showcase an evening of dance and drama performances from local primary schools and groups.


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ONCE UPON A TIME IN A WESTERN

Friday 28 February 2014 – 7.45PM

THE MERLIN RECOMMENDS!

Award-winning clown troupe Le Navet Bete bring their new show to the Merlin- a whirlwind of live music, physical comedy, audience participation, pistols at dawn and sugar glass bottles. Will outlaw and all-round bad guy Loco Perdro rid the town of Kidneystone of all it’s gold? There’s only one way to find out…


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POETRY PLATTER: NATHAN FILER

Thursday 27 February 2014 – 7.45PM

Fabulously entertaining poetry from award-winning poet, Nathan Filer. Nathan will read and talk about both his poetry and fiction and reveal why he was deported from Israel on his 2012 truth-finding trip …


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DOUBLE BILL: CHURCHILL & ADOLF

Wednesday 19 February 2014 – 7.30PM & 9PM

Merlin Associate Artist Pip Utton brings two of his award-winning, one-man shows to the Merlin. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Edventure, Frome

“Utton is a national treasure” Fringe Review


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100 ACTS OF MINOR DISSENT

Wednesday 22 January 2014 – 7.45pm

Award-winning TV comedian Mark Thomas takes to the Merlin stage with his latest show, a hilarious, subversive and inspiring account of his decision to commit 100 acts of minor dissent in a year.

“Touching but brilliantly funny" -The Times


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THE SNOW SPIDER

Sunday 12 January 2014 – 3pm

A beautiful family show from Io Theatre. Join Gwyn as he is drawn into a dangerous adventure on his 9th birthday. With dark forces to confront he is helped in his quest by Arianwen, a silver spider from another world…


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Alice’s Adventures in wonderland & through the looking glass

Thursday 05 December 2013, until 14 December – Various

The award winning Merlin Theatre Company’s musical Christmas show has become a ‘must see’ as a start to the festive season. This year with over forty different characters on stage it promises to be a fun packed, visual delight for all of the family to enjoy. Join us as we re-tell this timeless classic.


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Betrayal

Thursday 28 November 2013 – 7.45pm

Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, she has been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend.

Betrayal begins after the end of the affair, and pursues an intricate, gripping journey back to its very beginning.


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A Chorus of Disapproval

Wednesday 20 November 2013, Thursday 21 November, Friday 22 November, Saturday 23 November – 7.45pm

Guy Jones, recently widowed and looking to expand his social life, joins PALOS – his local amateur light operatic society – who are in the early stages of rehearsal for their production of The Beggar’s Opera. Unable to say ‘no’ to anyone, he quickly finds himself in the arms of one frustrated wife, and in the bed of another, whilst a succession of casting mishaps results in his being rapidly promoted out of the chorus and through a range of roles, until he ends up playing the lead!


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Andrew O’Neill is easily distracted

Friday 15 November 2013 – 7.45pm

Andrew O’Neill, struggling to maintain concentration for long enough to write a new comedy show, decided to write about the fact that he was struggling to maintain concentration long enough to write a new comedy show.

Also, he has been on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and heard on Radio One and Radio 5 Live.


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Dracula

Saturday 09 November 2013, Sunday 10th November – 7.45pm

“THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT.”

Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count, whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. As his victims and opponents rally against him they must face the darkness and savagery within themselves.


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You and Me

Saturday 02 November 2013 – 7.45pm

A bitter-sweet physical comedy for everyone who is a day older than yesterday! Two elderly Spanish sisters in a foreign land live against the backdrop of a battered rug and a mountain of mysterious boxes.


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The Elephant Bridesmaid

Thursday 31 October 2013 – 3PM

“There are no elephants in Australia. Well, no elephants except this one…” Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, The Elephant Bridesmaid is a magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant the world has ever known.


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Winston On the Run

Wednesday 30 October 2013 – 7.45pm

It’s 1899 and escaped prisoner-of-war Winston Churchill is in a fiendish spot of bother: lost in the African savannah, wanted ‘Dead or Alive’ and hounded by the scathing words of his dead father.


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Snow White

Thursday 24 October 2013 – 7.45pm

Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their world premiere production of Snow White.


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Le Moulin Magique (The Magic Windmill)

Monday 21 October 2013 – 1pm

The poor Miller Jean-Pierre and his wife are starving. The wind does not blow to turn the mill to grind the corn. The rain does not fall, the plants do not grow and there’s no food for the animals. In desperation, Jean-Pierre appeals to The Wind and The Rain for help with fantastical results.


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Shakespeare School Festival

Friday 18 October 2013 – 7pm

The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre.


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Afro Cuban Sensibility Weekend

Friday 11 October 2013, Saturday 12th October, Sunday 13th October – 7.45pm

Afro Cuban Sensibility is a weekend of events celebrating the root of Afro Cuban culture and beliefs. Taking place at the Merlin Theatre and Rook Lane Chapel, this weekend-long celebration will encompass film, food, workshops, visual art, live music and discussion sessions.


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Ange Hardy

Saturday 05 October 2013 – 7.45pm

Folk recording artist and songwriter Ange Hardy is appearing at the Merlin as part of her Bare Foot Folk tour.


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The Price of Everything

Friday 20 September 2013 – 7.45pm

How much is beauty worth? Can I have a glass of milk? These urgent questions and others are answered in The Price of Everything, a performance lecture about value.


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ORDURES ET MENAGERE

Sunday 15 September 2013 – 3pm

The story of Mr & Mrs Anybody… living a quiet life, following a comfortable routine. But things aren’t always what they seem. No more routine for these characters as logic is rethought, new uses are found for everyday objects and fantasies are intensified.


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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Thursday 22 August 2013, FRIDAY 23 AUGUST and SATURDAY 24 AUGUST – 7pm

Performed by Tri.art Theatre Summer School students this wonderful musical features fantastic dance routines set to a glorious score including the classics Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.


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Happy Feet

Saturday 20 July 2013 – 1pm & 6pm

Expect fantastic Feet tapping fun with all the music coming from the wonderful “Happy Feet” films.


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AS YOU LIKE IT

Tuesday 16 July 2013 – 7pm

No other touring open-air theatre company has performed so many different Shakespeare titles to so many people, winning so many awards, as Illyria.


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JO BRAND’S WINTER WARM UP

Monday 15 July 2013 – 8pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

Long established as one of the UK’s best female comics Jo Brand returns to her stand up roots this winter trying out brand new material.

Sold Out


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UNDER MILK WOOD

Saturday 13 July 2013, SUNDAY 14 JULY – 2pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

This much-loved ‘play for voices’ is presented as an open-air community theatre production, directed for FDC by Philip de Glanville.


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PHIL JUPITUS

Saturday 13 July 2013 – 7.45pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

The team captain of “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, a regular on “QI”, Phil Jupitus follows his Frome Festival debut last year with the Idiot Bastard Band.

Sold Out


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LEKAN BABALOLA AND THE AFROBEAT MESSENGERS

Friday 12 July 2013 – 7.45pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

Larger than life Nigerian percussionist Lekan Babalola, described by the Washington Post as a “wizard percussionist”, is bringing members of his band The Afrobeat Messengers to The Frome Festival for a musical and cultural treat.


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WITNESSPORTRAITS OF WOMEN WHO DANCE

Wednesday 10 July 2013 – 6.30pm & 8pm

Witness is a large scale three screen cinematic dance event.


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FROME FASHION SHOW

Tuesday 09 July 2013 – 7.45pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

A firm festival favourite but this year with a new home and a new look.


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IAN McMILLAN & LUKE CARVER GOSS

Monday 08 July 2013 – 7.45pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

Poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss present a hilarious night of poems, music & improv – like nothing you’ve ever seen before!


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WAITING FOR GODOT Frome Festival

Sunday 07 July 2013 – 7pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

Deadly serious and seriously funny!


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IMAGINE – A Celebration of 21 Years of the ECOS Amphitheatre

Friday 05 July 2013 – 5.30pm

A FROME FESTIVAL EVENT

Join us to celebrate 21 years of Frome’s very own unique amphitheatre. During the celebrations a plaque will be unveiled illustrating the stones and their history.


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MOONFLEET

Tuesday 25 June 2013 – 7.45pm

Smugglers, shipwrecks, a haunted crypt, hidden treasure, vengeance and enduring love are the ingredients of J. Meade Falkner’s classic tale.

Moonfleet, brought vividly to life in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s latest West Country touring production.


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Around the World in Eighty Days

Thursday 20 June 2013, Friday 21 June – 7.30pm

A bank robbery. A wager. Two determined men. A race across the globe in eighty days.


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THE TALES OF PETER RABBIT AND BENJAMIN BUNNY

Sunday 09 June 2013 – 3pm

Peter Rabbit knows very well that he is not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden; especially as it was there that his father met his untimely end – put into a pie! But he cannot resist….. and it’s only after several nasty scrapes (and minus all his clothes) that he finally escapes home to a severe telling-off from his mother.


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BALLET CENTRAL

Friday 07 June 2013 – 7.45pm

Ballet Central 2013 will feature an exciting programme of ballet, contemporary, jazz and narrative dance. The varied repertoire includes a mixture of newly commissioned works and celebrated revivals, which showcase the talent of the company’s young and emerging dancers.


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MAKESHIFT MUSICAL – A MERLIN FUNDRAISER

Friday 31 May 2013, Sat 01 June – 7.30pm

Daisy and Lottie came up with the idea for Makeshift Musical because it gave them the creative freedom to devise a production around their favourite musical numbers from the West End shows that inspire them.