Play Readings

video play readings by zoom

Photo of playscripts with Zoom logo

Our Zoom Play Readings have now moved to THURSDAYS. We begin 2021 with a season of three plays chosen by Trevor and Jackie, and three celebrating the lives of famous scientists.

We began on 14th January when we read Pravda by David Hare and Howard Brenton.

January 14th – Pravda by David Hare and Howard Brenton

Pravda (which means ‘truth’) is a comedy of excess which puts modern Fleet Street on the stage for the first time. It is an acerbic satire on the ruthless newspaper culture of the 1980s, in particular an insatiable media mogul eating into the liberal, loss-making establishment.

If you would like to take part in future play readings (either to read or just listen) please let me know.  You will need to be a member of LGDC to take part, so if you’re not already a member please ask about joining.

dates for your diary

January 28th – Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

February 11th – tbc

February 25th – Radiance – the Passion of Marie Curie by Alan Alda
With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize. When her beloved Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression. Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career – just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize.

March 11th – tbc

March 25th – Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler
Photograph 51 focuses on the often-overlooked role of the X-Ray crystallographer, Rosalind Franklin, in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA whilst working at Kings College London. The title comes from Photo51, the nickname given to an X-ray diffraction image taken by Raymond Gosling in May, 1952, under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin.

I look forward to seeing you soon

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