Play Readings

play readings

Our informal play readings usually take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm in the Village Hall Committee Room. They give as an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of plays throughout the year, some that we might consider performing or couldn’t perform for various practical reasons, and for us to become characters that we couldn’t possibly be on stage. All without having to learn any lines!

There’s no need to book – just come along and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee, read a part or two, or just listen; you’ll be very welcome. For more information please email us or contact Nan Newberry on 01442 843155 or at

October 16th – Gaslight  by Patrick Hamilton

This classic Victorian thriller was first produced in 1935. Jack Manningham is slowly, deliberately driving his wife, Bella, insane. He has almost succeeded when help arrives in the form of a former detective, Rough, who believes Manningham to be a thief and murderer. Aided by Bella, Rough proves Manningham’s true identity and finally Bella achieves a few moments of sweet revenge for the suffering inflicted on her.

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November 20th – Rough Justice by Terence Frisby

James Highwood, the host of a popular television program called ‘British Justice’, is on the stand at the Old Bailey, accused of murdering his mentally disabled child. He refuses his solicitor’s plea to obtain legal representation and conducts his own defence, admitting responsibility but pleading manslaughter. His claim that the jury alone is responsible for the verdict brings him into conflict with the judge, while his battle to have his intentions understood brings him into conflict with the prosecutor, a well known Catholic pro-lifer. There is also the question of whether Highwood actually killed his child after all. This adroitly written courtroom drama starred Diana Quick and Martin Shaw in London’s West End.

December 11th

A Christmas Special

Play readings generally take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Watch this space or subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll let you know what’s coming up.