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


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Modern Play Reading – November

In Ayckbourn’s ‘Improbable Fiction’ the stage is now set, after a typically awkward and inconclusive meeting of the Pendon Writers’ Circle. Flitting between Victorian melodrama inspired by the literary aspirations of farmer Jess, a 30s crime scene featuring journalist Vivvi’s poetry-loving DCI Jim Rash, and the futuristic world of alien-detection unmistakably the creation of local […]

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Modern Play Reading – October

Modern Play reading At the pre-Christmas meeting of a very disparate and frustrated bunch of would-be authors, the idea of a collaborative effort between all of them gets a predictably  lukewarm reception – until a violent thunderstorm alarmingly transforms them into the characters of just such a collaboration! Take your seats for Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Improbable […]

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Moder Play Reading – September

We’re risking a challenge under the Trade Descriptions Act with our current play which, written in mid-19th century Tsarist Russia, is admittedly stretching the notion of ‘modern’! Turgenev’s ‘A month in the country’ is a comedy in which the flowering of passion is threatened by social convention, rivalry and self-interest. Will true feelings finally prevail […]

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Play Reading – August

The tap-dancing class in ‘Stepping Out’ (Richard Harris) somehow managed, in the end, to get it all together and bring off a performance well beyond the wildest dreams of some of its members!  This month we’ll be trying to do something similar when we start a new play, and you would be very welcome to […]

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Modern Play Reading – July

At our next meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, we will once again be sitting in on the rehearsals of the tap-dancing class in ‘Stepping Out’, by Richard Harris, and gradually finding out, beneath all the comic banter, a bit more about the aspirations, preoccupations and anxieties of its members and their warm-hearted dance teacher Mavis, […]

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Modern Play Reading – June

Having taken a break last month, it is to be hoped that we won’t take too much longer ‘Disposing of the Body’ (Hugh Whitemore)! Bring your tap-dancing shoes on June 19th as we start ‘Stepping Out’ by Richard Harris, an acutely observed comedy set in a North London church hall, the venue for the weekly […]

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Modern Play-reading – March

On Tuesday, March 20th we’ll be completing ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, and uncovering yet more secrets at the Brooklyn home of the Brewster sisters who, it turns out, aren‘t quite as innocent as everyone believes. It’s true that their nephew Teddy is as mad as a hatter, but his unshakeable conviction that he’s Theodore Roosevelt […]

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Play Reading (Modern) – December

For our final meeting of the year (Tuesday 19th December) we‘ll be reading a short play and then getting into festive mood with sausage rolls, mince pies etc – particularly if we all remember to bring something!  Please note that until further notice our meetings will be held in the lounge instead of the usual venue.

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Play Reading (Modern) – November meeting

Terence Rattigan wrote ‘Separate Tables‘ in 1954, but more than sixty years later these two one-act plays still hit the mark.  From between the lines of their wittily observed exchanges, the guests at a small residential hotel betray their fundamental loneliness.  Join us if you can for the second play, ‘Table Number Seven’, on Tuesday […]

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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 […]