In addition to ‘Virtual Tower’ evenings, there are three regular online events.
While we’re delighted now to be able to meet in real life, we are still pursuing our theatrical interests online as well …
The fourth meeting of the Tower’s monthly play reading group Play Talk will be held on Zoom on Thursday 17th June at 7.30. The play is not yet decided, but will be announced here shortly.
The group is coordinated by Ian Hoare and Ciara Robley and is run a bit like a book club, with members reading a pre-selected play script and coming together to exchange their thoughts about it. One aim of the group is simply to provide an entertaining and stimulating forum, but we’re also hoping to support and feed into the artistic direction of the Tower by, for example, putting forward recommendations for programming.
We’d like to include in our discussions a pretty wide range of work, with a particular emphasis on the following:
- Exploring contemporary work
- Rediscovering classics
- Catching up on plays we’ve missed
- Uncovering hidden gems
- Seeking out plays that help promote cultural diversity in our programming
- Familiarising ourselves with the work of local authors
We want to stress that we plan to approach the plays primarily as theatre rather than literature. We are especially keen that the group should include technicians, designers, stage managers, the marketing team and all the other creative people needed to bring plays to an audience, in addition to actors, directors and writers.
The group is open to all Members and Friends so just let Ian and Ciara know if you’d like to take part, and they’ll send you the Zoom link. Please also get in touch with them if you have any questions about the group or proposals for its development.
You can contact them via email : [email protected]
We’ve all got used to watching plays online at home but do you miss the chance to chat about the play afterwards? Why did the Director decide to set Macbeth in a prison…how did they achieve that lighting effect … was that performance daring and outrageous – or just misguided … ?!
One of the things we love about theatre is the communal audience experience. Now you can recreate that with our Play Away Saturday matinées. Every month we watch a play online followed by a Zoom discussion. There’ll be a brief introduction to the play at the start and plenty of time for chat afterwards, hosted by one of our mystery guest facilitators who will get the discussion started. Then all you need to do is settle down with your refreshment of choice and join us for some delightful theatre chat!
The next session will take place via Zoom on Saturday 26th June. Details of the play to be discussed and the Zoom link will be in Noises Off.
Emily Carmichael and Janet South co-ordinate the Tower Theatre Writers’ Room. This is a monthly session where any Tower Member or Friend can explore and develop their interest in playwriting. The main aim is to support new writers (or experienced writers looking for fresh challenges) and will include sharing fun exercises, inspiring tasks and advice from professionals to help build confidence and advance skills.
The next session will take place via Zoom on Sunday 13th June. If you’re interested, contact [email protected] for the link.
We hope there’s something for everyone. And remember that, as live events restart, you can now also meet in (socially distanced!) person, at the Tower.