CONVENOR - Philip Cheung
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TIME - 14.30 - 17.30
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In the thirty or so months that we have been in existence, we have read twenty-two plays, taking in:
- four monarchs in Oedipus at Colonnus, The Madness of King George, and Vivat Regina (Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots),
- foreign lands, The Cherry Orchard in Russia, Ring Round the Moon and French without Tears in France, Dancing at Lughnasa in Ireland, and Murder on the Nile in ‘no prizes for the correct answer’ land,
- ghosts in Blithe Spirit and Dear Brutus,
- crime in The Mousetrap and Dangerous Corners, and
- matters serious and jovial (for you to decide) in An Inspector Calls, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Winslow Boy, A Small Family Business, The Reluctant Debutante, Pygmalion and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Not least, we read two plays by the Bard, Much Ado About Nothing last year and a hugely enjoyable A Midsummer Nights Dream only ten days from midsummers night 2019, in Sheila Minet’s Garden.
We are now a group of about fifteen - a different ten or so take part in each reading. Our main aim is to enjoy an afternoon reading a play and I think we succeed very well. In reading aloud, we notice details in the text far more than watching the play. At times, we also become deeply engaged with the characters whose words we utter. We do not read equally well but that is of no importance. We enjoy and applaud those who do so very well while we try our best. Our reading is nevertheless no substitute for going to the theatre. There we enjoy and applaud those who really do ‘read’ and act well.
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