Play Readings

play readings

Our informal play readings usually take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (2nd Wednesday from May 2020) 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 contact Nan Newberry on 01442 843155 or at

We begin the 2020 season of Play Readings with a couple of European Classics, followed by three plays to commemorate the end of World War II.

Wednesday February 19th – Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov

In the heat of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov. However, when Sonya’s father Professor Serebryakov  suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena  declaring his intention to sell the house, the polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge with devastating consequences.

dates for your diary

March 18thEnemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People tells the story of a respected doctor who courageously tells the truth about a health hazard in his small town and is consequentially denounced and ostracized.

April 15th 2020 – Shadow Factory by Howard Benton

The Luftwaffe’s destruction of a Spitfire factory sparks vivid tensions between local people and the state in this Southampton-set play

May 2020 – Single Spies by Alan Bennett (tbc)

This 2 act play is based on the true story of a chance meeting of an actress, with Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge Spy Ring who worked for the Soviet Union whilst with MI6, and Anthony Blunt’s role in the Cambridge Spy Ring and, as personal art advisor to Queen Elizabeth II.

June 2020 – Pressure by David Haig (tbc)

The play centres on the true story of James Stagg and Operation Overlord, in particular the weather-forecasting for the D-Day landings and the resultant tensions between Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Stagg and Irving P. Krick.

I look forward to seeing you at the play readings.

Nan Newberry