This list is offered to give prospective directors and committee members a steer as to the ambition and vision of Frome Drama. As such, it should be seen as suggestive rather than prescriptive. Many of these plays have been read and recommended by the open, monthly play-reading group as a potential fit for Frome Drama. Others have been proposed and discussed by members of the Play Collection Group which periodically reviews the list to keep it up to date and relevant.
Selection of plays for production should be guided by a number of considerations, not least of which is finding a balance between audience appeal, the necessity to generate income and, perhaps most importantly, the creative satisfaction of the club’s members.
Some of these plays are obvious, tried-and-tested drama club standards. Others are more challenging, and their inclusion here may be seen as wildly ambitious, but no harm in that. Some call for a small cast, some for a large-scale community approach and there isn’t always what you might call a gender balance. Across a season or two, however, it should be possible to provide that equality of opportunity, whilst enhancing the club’s reputation for quality and artistic endeavour.
The list includes nothing by Shakespeare, Stoppard, Pinter or Ayckbourn, for that matter. The omission simply reflects the size/stature of their catalogue and it is hard to recommend any one play. They remain sturdy contributors to the club’s output.
In conclusion, please use this list as a point of guidance. If something on the list sparks your interest, then all well and good, but the committee is also always open to suggestions of plays not on this list, from any potential directors out there. The most important thing is that you, the director, have a passion and vision for your chosen play that we would love to know more about.
Suggestions for Directors. Frome Drama 2023
|Pravda||David Hare/Howard Brenton||Up to 30|
|Accidental Death of an Anarchist||Dario Fo/Gavin Richards||1F 5M|
|An Inspector Calls||J B Priestley||3F 4M|
|Tartuffe||Moliere/Roger McGough||6F 9M|
|Jerusalem||Jez Butterworth||5F 8M, 1boy|
|The Trackers of Oxyrynchus||Tony Harrison||1F 4M +chorus|
|Top Girls||Caryl Churchill||7F|
|Cider with Rosie||Laurie Lee/James Roose-Evans||4F 5M|
|The House of Bernarda Alba||Federico Garcia Lorca||10F|
|Blood Wedding||Federico Garcia Lorca||9F 9M|
|One Million Tiny Plays About Britain||Craig Taylor||Various|
|How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found||Fin Kennedy||3F 2M doubling|
|Swive (Elizabeth)||Ella Hickson||2F 2M|
|After Electra||April de Angelis||5F 3M|
|The Children||Lucy Kirkwood||2F 1M|
|All My Sons||Arthur Miller||4F 6M|
|The Master Builder||Henrik Ibsen||3F 4M|