Play Reading (Modern)


Where and when

We meet at 2pm on the third Tuesday of the month in the Bowden Room.

Other information

New members are very welcome so if you would like to join us please contact me.

Contact details

David Ginns 01536 505773


Play Reading (Modern) – October meeting

In October we’ll be completing Somerset Maugham’s farce ‘Home and Beauty’, featuring the delectable yet insufferable Victoria who, as a result of a War Office error, has ended up married to two men at once, each of them more than willing to make way for the other!  We’ll also start a new play, title as […]

Play Reading (Modern) – August & September meetings

In August, reading Somerset Maugham’s ‘For Services Rendered’, we witnessed the disintegration of the comfortable certainties of a family’s existence in the wake of the First World War and the Depression.  Sorely in need of something to cheer us up this month, we’ll be giving Maugham another chance, this time in a farce – set […]

Play Reading (Modern) – July & August meetings

Last month we finished reading a superb play by Agatha Christie ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ featuring a murder trial at the Old Bailey.  This trial had many twists and turns, keeping us guessing what the verdict was likely to be and it was not until the last page that we read the dramatic end that […]

Play Reading (Modern) – July meeting

At our next meeting we’ll be back at the Old Bailey, following a murder trial which is turning out to be anything but an open-and-shut case.  Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ continues on July 18th – still a few seats available in Courtroom No 1!  David Ginns.

Play Reading (Modern) – June meeting

Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, her own adaptation of a short story written early in her career, will have you guessing till the very end.  Test audiences for a TV version in 1957 had to sign a pledge, promising not to tell!  Join us in the Bowden Room on Tuesday, June 20th, for this […]

Play Reading (Modern) – April meeting

It’s ‘Buy one, get one free’ this month!  For a start we’ll be completing the final act of Dial M for Murder, with all its skullduggery.  Frederick Knott’s play was the inspiration for the 1954 Hitchcock film, for which Knott also wrote the screenplay.  But then we’ll still have time to fit in another final […]

Play Reading (Modern) – February meeting

Greg, besotted with the delectable Ginny, has made the journey to leafy Bucks to ask her parents’ blessing.  But the chap he takes to be Ginny’s father is actually her (married) former lover – who contrives to get the impression that this pleasant young man is in fact asking to marry Sheila, his wife!  Somehow, […]

Play Reading (Modern) – January meeting

Our next meeting takes place on January 17th, when Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Relatively Speaking’ will be chasing away winter’s gloom.  Young Philip has fallen head over heels in love with Ginny and can’t wait to tie the knot.  When Ginny goes away for the weekend, ostensibly out of filial devotion, Philip, who by chance has discovered […]

Play Reading (Modern) – November meeting

A:  What kind of paint are you using? B:  The shade is crushed mimosa. A:  But it’s gloss paint.  You want car enamel. B:  Don’t tell me about paint.  I was in the infants’ school.  I won a prize for painting. A:  But it’s all lumps.  You’ve got to mix it. B:  I have mixed […]