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Friday 02 July - 7.30PM

Sonic Silents present

Beggars of life

Frome Festival

A trio of master musicians play a live, original score for the black and white Hollywood Silent Movies of a long-gone era.

In an absorbing, poignant glimpse of a bygone time, live Bluegrass and American Old-time music is punctuated with humour to reawaken the work of revered filmmaker William Wellman’s Beggars Of Life, starring iconic actress Louise Brooks.

Join this thrilling journey into another time as Brooks, having killed her predatory guardian, dresses as a man, flees the law and rides the rails with her compadres. Inspiring and engaging musical talent accompanies a feast of imagery as three extraordinary musicians take us on an intoxicating, sometime raw, grim, tale of hobo life. Viewed by many as Louise Brooks’ finest performance, it has a gravitas and storytelling power seldom seen in Hollywood films.

Providing a unique soundtrack are singer and champion fiddler Kate Lissauer (Buffalo Gals), arguably the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarist, Jason Titley and internationally recognized and awarded 5-string banjo great, Leon Hunt.

“Absolutely magical” Stroud Film Festival

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions (18 and under, unwaged) £12
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Recommended: 13+

Running time: 90 mins, no interval

We will allocate seating to our patrons on the night so please arrive in good time. Although we will make every effort to accommodate all parties, it may not be possible for large groups to be seated together. Please bear with us on this.

If you have access requirements or additional needs please email merlincoordinator@gmail.com, preferably a minimum of 24 hours before the performance. If this is not possible, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance and make yourself known to the Front of House Manager.

Masks must be worn whilst inside all public areas and for the duration of the performance. Please feel free to remove your mask outside or in the loo.