|Location||Unitarian Chapel, Kendal|
Our aim is to read full length plays although at times we have also read one act plays and sketches, some written by the Creative Writing Group. We vary our readings between classical and contemporary plays, comedies, thrillers, tragedies etc. As the majority of the group have been members of dramatic societies, they prefer reading a part rather than just sitting and listening.
The plays are chosen by suggestions from the members or the coordinator and given out at the meeting. We do not read the plays prior to our meeting. On some occasions members have to take more than one part when the play selected has a large cast.
If you just like to hear a play read, however, you are most welcome to join the group.
Please note that Linda Wood has now taken over as coordinator
On 25th April, the last meeting of the present group, we will be reading the first play we read - ‘Billy Liar’.
The Play Reading group was founded by Rita Farnsworth and its first meeting was on February 26th 2002. We have read 28 one act plays and over 100 full length plays, several of them more than once, ranging from Shakespeare to Maria Marten and The Red Barn. The group participated in the annual ‘Words and Music’ programmes organized by Kathy Webster presenting rehearsed readings of sketches written by two members of the group Joyce Dean and Terry McIntee. In December 2008 we presented ‘Sleeping Beauty - The Sequel’, a pantomime written by Terry, which, due to popular demand, was repeated in December 2010.
Rita and I have covered the positions of co-ordinator and deputy co-ordinator during the 15 years that the group has been in existence and we would like to thank all members, past and present, for their help and support. Helen Pollard.
If this group is to continue it requires a new co-ordinator. If you can take on this role contact Helen Pollard.
2017 Meetings - 31 Jan; 28 Feb; 28 Mar; 25Apr
In September we read ‘Haywire’ a comedy by Eric Chappell and in October another comedy, ‘Wedding of the Year’ by Norman Robbins.
The meeting on 13th December will be our Christmas get-together.
Previous Report - August 2016
In May we read Much Ado About Nothing, in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and in June, in memory of Victoria Wood, we read one of her sketches.