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
Wednesday February 20th – ‘Voyage Round My Father’ by John Mortimer. Village Hall Committee Room 7.45pm
John Mortimer’s autobiographical play is the affectionate portrait of a son’s relationship with his father. Growing up in the shadow of the brilliant barrister, who adored his garden and hated visitors, and whose blindness was never mentioned, the son continually yearns for his father.
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Wednesday March 20th – ‘The Constant Wife’ by Somerset Maugham
Maugham’s popular comedy of modern manners espouses that so long as a wife is supported by her husband she must remain faithful, but when the tables are turned freedom becomes the currency with which both must pay.
Wednesday April 17th – ‘An Ideal Husband’ by Oscar Wilde
Sir Robert Chiltern is a promising politician, destined for the highest office,wealthy and adored by his wife. He is unquestionably an ideal husband. Until, that is, the enigmatic Mrs Cheveley appears in London with a damning secret from his past that could ruin both his career and his marriage.
Wednesday May 15th – ‘Entertaining Angels’ by Richard Everett
As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases, usually to the new – female – vicar, Sarah. The return of Grace’s eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront Bardolph’s ghost and the truth of their marriage. At the same time Sarah reveals some un-clergy-like credentials of her own to Grace’s therapist daughter Jo. Entertaining Angels asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all, “Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?”
Wednesday June – ‘All My Sons’ by Arthur Miller
America 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Play readings will take place throughout 2019 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.