Steve Peake, Director of Indigenous People and artistic director of the coming tour, confirmed he was delighted to be bringing the show to Frome. “I was brought up in Taunton,” he said “so the opportunity to launch what promises to be our best tours ever is an amazing one.” Tanya Sheriff, owner of Drum It Up Somerset, said “It’s a real privilege for us to welcome such amazing and accomplished traditional musicians to Frome. I am very excited to see this inspiring fusion project and to see some of Africa’s leading drummers playing in my home town. Frome Town Council have supported this cultural event by a grant of £300 through the Majors Grant, of which we are very grateful for"
Friday 31st May
Doors 7pm performance 8pm
Join landscape architect and urban designer, Sarah Jones-Morris for an exploration of our relationship with the natural world and find how putting bio-diversity at the heart of our urban environments is essential for our future survival. Sarah Jones-Morris is the director of Landsmith Associates based in Bristol.
Tuesday 4th June
Doors 7pm Talk 7.30pm
Join us for two acoustic sets, including singer-songwriter Phil Cooper, recently featured on BBC Radio 6 BBC Music Introducing show with Tom Robinson. Sara Vian will be performing a 30-40min set at the exquisite Rook Lane We're also delighted to announce that local legend and the mind behind Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, will be giving a talk and taking questions at WHYacoustic. WHY receives no central government funding so relies on community fundraising and the generosity of individuals and grant-making trusts to survive.
Friday 7th June
Fashionably menopausal character comedian Rose Wadham takes a hilarious look at the absurdities of regret - making darkly comic light of the terrible life choices made by 5 extraordinary women.
Friday 21st June
doors 7pm Performance 7.30pm
The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe at Rook Lane for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
Wednesday 26th June
Arrive 6pm performance 7pm
We very much look forward to hosting this wonderful Exhibition together with Frome Museum, which is brought to you by Rook Lane Arts Trust. The Exhibition will also include Talks and Walks, as well as demonstrations of the processes used in casting. There is something for everyone.
Saturday 29th June - Sunday 28th July
open daily from 10am to 4pm (Closed Sat 13th and 20th July)
A talk by Chris Romer Lee on his practice's collaborate work with artists and water. Linking with the Rook Lane Exhibition " Casting The World, The story of JW Singer & Sons' via his relative Hamo Thornycroft. Thornycroft not only had multiple sculptures cast by the Singer Foundry in Frome, but also came from a family of world famous naval engineers.
Tuesday 2nd July
Doors 7pm Talk 7.30pm
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