Play Readings

play readings

Photo of playscriptsOur 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 me, Nan Newberry, on 01442 843155 or at

We begin the 2020 season of Play Readings with a couple of European Classics (the first of which was Chekov’s Uncle Vanya), followed by three plays to commemorate the end of World War II.

Cancelled: March 18th – Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
We’re sorry to say that this play reading has been cancelled as a precaution because of the coronavirus outbreak.  It is ironic that we’ve had to cancel this reading, as the plot of the play is remarkably relevant:

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.

At the moment, we are only cancelling this March Play Reading.  We hope that the remaining three this season will be held, but we can’t be sure that they will. Please check back here from time to time, or sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date.

Our apologies to our regular Play Reading attendees.

dates for your diary

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 13th 2020 – Single Spies by Alan Bennett
This two 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 10th 2020 – Pressure by David Haig
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
01442 843155