A true community theatre; the Merlin offers local performances, friendly film clubs and workshops for adults and young people. Whether its an outdoor folk festival or an indoor art exhibition, Frome’s community enjoy the wealth of culture and artistic variation the Merlin brings.
The theatre opened in the mid 70’s, sporting a humble 240-seat auditorium and an outdoor amphitheatre within Frome Community College’s campus. It was built to provide a hub of the arts to the local community, with the belief that performing arts add value and contribute to our wellbeing. They state that professional and local performers alike, and both those on and off stage, all feel at home at the Merlin.
Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the Merlin is the ECOS amphitheatre (European Community of Stones). The concept derived from Barry Cooper and John Fisher (former Principal of Frome College) who saw the opportunity to create a community sculpture. It produced a symbol for the hope of prosperity, peace and goodwill for the European community; a place that inspired cultural exchanges via international festivals and performances.