Our group is small but enthusiastic. Play Reading is not about acting although the group does contain members who have acting talent and who have/or who would like to “read the boards.” It is more about coming together to share a passion for theatre and drama and learn about the great writers and find out more about their craft, and experience their genius in a totally different way than sitting in the theatre or in front of a cinema/TV screen. We have already read plays by among others Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Neil Simon and Alan Bennett.
Members choose their favourite playwrights and one of their plays for us to read. Roles are regularly swopped about so it is perfectly possible for you to be a young boy one minute and a dowager princess another. You don’t have to be able to speak in different accents or with different voices but members do enjoy playing around with them if they can.
Certainly, it can take members out of their comfort zone. Before lockdown and after reading Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter one of the group wrote to me to say that she had always avoided going to see Pinter because she thought that it was too heavy. She did not realise how funny he was.
So, how about giving us a try when this whole pandemic situation unfolds itself. You might find that you enjoy Pinter or even someone as bizarre as Samuel Beckett. We meet (when we start up again) once a month on the last Friday of the month. To find out more information, ring Michael Grinter on 01483 282294 or email him on