Play Readings

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Our next play reading, via Zoom, will be on Wednesday June 10th 2020 at 7.45pm.

June 10th 2020 – This May Hurt a Bit by Stella Feehily

A witty, tender, and occasionally surreal exploration of one family’s experience of the NHS. Stella Feehily’s play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved institution?

If you would like to take part (either to read or just listen) please let me know by Sunday June 7th and I will send you joining instructions. (01442 843155,

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June 24th 2020 – Storm in a Flower Vase  by Anton Burge

Set in London in the 1930s, the play explores the early career of Constance Spry, founder of the celebrated business Floral Decorations that supplied floral arrangements to the upper ranks of society including the artist Gluck and interior decorator Syrie Maugham.

Spry’s unconventional relationships, professional ambition and the conflicting demands of career and domestic duties reveal the complex internal life of the woman later famed as a cook and inventor of the dish Coronation Chicken.

Inspired by the biography The Surprising Life of Constance Spry by Sue Shephard, Storm in a Flower Vase is a powerful and moving piece examining themes of class, gender and sexuality that still have a profound resonance today.

July 8th 2020 – Peter (Sobieski) by Stacy Sobieski

Peter Llewelyn Davies was just an infant in his pram when he served as the inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s most famous creation, Peter Pan. With the story proving to be a smash hit, a reluctant Peter was thrust into the spotlight. But then one day, Peter did the unthinkable: He grew up.

Based on a true story, Peter presents another side to one of the world’s most beloved tales. As Peter enters adulthood, he struggles to separate himself from what he calls “that terrible masterpiece” and begins to spiral into a deep depression. Will he succeed in overcoming the demons of his past, or do happy endings only exist in fairy stories?

July 22nd 2020 – Nigel Slater’s Toast  by Henry Filloux-Bennett, Nigel Slater

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.


Nan Newberry
01442 843155

in normal times…

Our informal play readings usually take place on the 2nd 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 contact me, Nan Newberry, on 01442 843155 or at

Nan Newberry
01442 843155