Play Readings & Auditions

Auditions 


Auditions for our Frome Festival play, The Regina Monologues by Rebecca Russell & Jenny Wafer, have now been concluded and the casting is complete.A big thanks to all who took part in the process. Around 25 people auditioned for just 6 parts.

Our next auditions will take place in the autumn for our production of Richard Bean's One Man Two Guvnors. Watch this space for more details by the end of summer.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Play Readings:-

Our monthly play readings usually take place on the second Monday of the month and are held upstairs at The Cornerhouse situated at the top of Bath Street, Frome. Readings start at 7.45 p.m.  so arrive in good time, get a drink at the bar and head upstairs for a great evening. You don't have to be an FDC member to join in, and there's no pressure to read if you prefer just to listen.

 12th June 2017

Winner of the Olivier Award for best comedy in 2007, The 39 Steps is John Buchan's classic, 1915 spy novel, as adapted by Patrick Barlow. If you're familiar with Barlow's work as half of The National Theatre of Brent, you'll have an idea of what to expect. With four actors playing 130 roles in 100 minutes, this joyous thriller is played mainly for laughs, and is also full of punning references to Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film version. No need, sadly, for the play's frantic quick-changes at this reading, and we do hope to have considerably more than four readers to share the work. Nonetheless, be prepared for plenty of doubling-up. (Pun intended).

 

 

 

 

 

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 8th May 2017

With the arrival of 'Fake News" and "Alternative Facts," and Wikipedia's recent announcement that a certain British tabloid is too "generally unreliable" to be used as a source, this seems a good time to take a look at Pravda, Howard Brenton and David Hare's 1985 satire on the  behaviour of the press. A modern Faustian morality play, it was revived in 2006, when its appraisal of the role of the media, far from being dated, seemed prophetically accurate. At the centre of the play, Lambert Le Roux is a South African media tycoon bearing a striking similarity to his real-life  counterpart, an Australian never far from the the news himself. Pravda was the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party. It also means 'truth.'

 

 

 

 

 

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 10th April 2017

A chance to acquaint ourselves with our production for Autumn 2017, which Calum Grant will direct. It's One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean's successful adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters. Relocating the Commedia dell'arte original of 1743 to Brighton in 1963, the play features a lot of physical comedy, and a live skiffle band. An out-of-work musician is simultaneously employed by two men; one a gangster, the other an upper class idiot. As he tries to keep his two bosses apart, matters are complicated by disguises, cross-dressing, matchmaking mobsters, amateur actors, and unfortunate audience members. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 March '17

Instead of reading one play, we invited you to prepare a dramatic monologue to share, and enjoyed one of our busiest, and most exciting Monday nights. 21 pieces, all under five minutes, varying from Shakespeare to Victoria Wood, (and including several originals), all delivered with passion, humour and panache, to a very appreciative audience. Take note; we will definitely be doing this again, so why not start learning something for the next one, now?


 

 

 

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 February '17

It's official; the Northumbrian accent really is the hardest to reproduce, particularly for the soft southerners amongst us. Hats off, then, to the readers who made such a good job of Lee Hall's moving, and very funny, The Pitmen Painters,  the true story of the Ashington group of coalminers who achieved artistic recognition in the 30s and 40s, and now have a permanent gallery dedicated to their work.  

 

 

 

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 January '17

We tackled Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrynchus. High and low culture, hilarity, horror, and Yorkshire accents - but we stopped short of the clog dancing and the extravagant phallii.

 

 

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November  '16

Our last reading of the year was Henrik Ibsen's deeply weird late masterpiece, The Master Builder. 

 

 

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 October '16

By popular demand, we returned to, (and still didn't finish), Craig Taylor's One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, acting out a bewildering, and highly entertaining cast of characters and situations. 

 

 

 

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September '16

We read two of the many radio dramas Louis MacNeice created for the  BBC, cited as "the best creative work done for the medium in it's twenty year heydey, before television captured the audience."

 

 

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  June '16

We enjoyed Tartuffe, in Roger McGough's jolly verse adaptation, which finds every drop of humour in Moličre's tale of a family divided by the devious, titular interloper.

 

 

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 May '16

"Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century," said the Guardian, and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem didn't disappoint an enthusiastic crowd of readers, who relished the strong characters, (and the Wiltshire vernacular).

 

 

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  April '16

Half a dozen of us gathered to read Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine; a surreal, frequently very funny and forthright exploration of colonialism, sexual repression and conditioning, in which wives are played by men, and sons by women.  

 

 

 

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  March '16

Alan Bennett's adaption of Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, gave us a great evening's entertainment, and many thought it a candidate for a future production. Particularly memorable was the whole cast's redition of "In the Bleak Midwinter" - as fieldmice... 

 

 

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February '16

With David Riley planning to direct Peter Shaffer's The Private Ear as our summer festival production, we read it with its usual companion piece, The Public Eye. They're bittersweet comedies, exploring the tension between order and passion. 

 

 

 

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January '16

A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev. We read the Emlyn Williams version. This 'passionate, moving comedy', which is on our list of possible future productions, contrasts the genteel languor of country life with the desperate passions beneath the surface. 

 

 

 

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November '15

We enjoyed Craig Taylor's One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, a collection of vignettes, each no more than a page or so long, funny, poignant and thought-provoking in turn. As we only got about half way through, there was a general feeling that we would return to these in 2016.

 

 

 

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     October '15

Harold Pinter's once reviled, now revered, The Birthday Party was led by Cheryl St George, and prompted some interesting discussion

 September '15

Steve Scammell led us through The Tempest, which he will direct for the club in Autumn 2016. Shakespeare's late masterpiece offered plenty of magic, humour and some imaginitive characterisation. 

July '15 

Constellations, Nick Payne's award-winning two-hander about free will and friendship, quantum multiverse theory, love, death and honey, impressed us all. It's a short piece, packed with ideas, full of humour, and with a real heart to it. We introduced a suitably random structure to the reading...

 

June '15

A noble attempt to get to grips with J.M. Synge's interpretation of rural Irish vernacular, as we read The Playboy of the Western World, enjoying its rich mix of tragedy and comedy, and wonderful language.

 May '15

 A couple of dozen of us read Keith Dewhurst's adaption of Lark Rise in a variety of Oxfordshire-ish accents, enjoyed the music, sang lustily, and wondered how this would play in Frome as a promenade-style production.                           

April '15

 After a few hefty dramas, we lightened the mood somewhat.....with a tale of death and the supernatural! Noel Coward's 1941 perennial farce Blithe Spirit is currently on our list of possible productions so we took the opportuntiy to unleash a few hidden Madame Arcartis. It was a great read - who would've foreseen that!

March '15

 Keely Beresford led a reading of Thornton Wilder's American classic, Our Town. It was extremely well attended and very much enjoyed. One to watch perhaps in respect of future FDC productions.........

 

February '15

  Tina Waller led a reading of The House of Bernada Alba, the final, and aguably the finest of Federico Garcia Lorca's plays.

January '15

Laurie Parnell led a fast-moving, wildly funny and bitingly satirical reading of Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo.

 November '14

Calum Grant led a reading of Say Goodnight to Grandma by Colin Welland, a wry modern comedy set in't North

 

           

October '14

We read Mrs Warren's Profession, by George Bernard Shaw, and thoroughly enjoyed this superb piece of writing and the sexual politics which inspired it.

September '14

We had an enormous turn-out for Henry Fielding's Tom Jones - almost ran out of chairs! A great read, obviously very popular, and bodes well for the Club's Spring Production next year.

 June  '14

There were 10 of us to read Amadeus by Peter Shaffer; an ideal number, which gave everyone a chance at the very demanding role of Salieri.  A thrilling evening.

May  '14

Another great turnout for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, led by Laurie Parnell. 

April  '14

The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt, led by Mike Walker - an unusual and thought-provoking play; not to everyone's taste but we certainly appreciated the quality of the writing.

March  '14

Ring around the Moon by Jean Anouilh in the translation by Christopher Fry - very well attended and much enjoyed.

February  '14

Jump to Cow Heaven by Gill Adams. This reading of our 2014 Frome Festival production to be directed by Tina Waller gave us a foretaste of a great production later in the year.

January  '14

The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes occupied a record turnout of readers in the New Year.

November  '13

Comfort & Joy by Mike Harding got us well and truly in the mood for our own Christmas celebrations!

October  '13

We read and enjoyed Two Planks & A Passion, by Anthony Minghella.

September  '13

After our summer break we read Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh which will be our Apring 2014 production.

July  '13

 To bring our play reading season up to the summer recess we read The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh.   

June  '13

Ahead of our autumn production we read A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn .

May  '13

Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution attracted a good crowd who provided a suitably dramatic gasp as the denouement was played out!

April  '13

 Anton Chekhov never goes out of fashion and this month we enjoyed two of his finest one act comedies or vaudevilles,  The Proposal and The Bear.