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Play Reading

Meeting Details

Meeting DayLast Tuesday
Time1.30 pm
LocationUnitarian Chapel, Kendal
Co-ordinator(s)Linda Wood

What we do

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.


May 2018

Our group has continued to be successful in numbers especially with two more men joining us.

We read a risqué play in January called ‘Flying Feathers’ which was about a house of ill repute and very funny. In February we read ‘A Doll’s House’ by Ibsen and in March we are reading ‘Good Old Summer Time’ by Leslie Sands. I think in April we will read a murder/mystery.

November 2017

Co-ordinator: Linda Wood (

We did very well at the Open Day in September but unfortunately this created a waiting list so please be patient.

We read Basinful of the Briny in Septenber, a seaside comedy by Leslie Sands and in October we read Murder in Play by Simon Brett, which speaks for itself. November reading TBA and in December we have our Christmas social get-together at 22 West Street. Helen has very kindly offered to host this meeting as I am unable to attend.

July 2017

Rita and Helen are very pleased that Linda is taking over as Play Reading co-ordinator and wish her every success.

Please note date for December meeting - 12 December

March 2017

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.

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