Play Talk

Online playreading group

The next PLAY TALK session is on Thursday, 15th April at 7.30.

A big thank you to all who participated in our first session which saw a suitably lively discussion of Sarah Kane’s Blasted. The second meeting of our new Play Talk group will be held on Thursday 15th April at 7.30. We’ll be discussing By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage. First staged in Chicago ten years ago, the play was described by the New York Post as “A dazzling comedy about racial identity in Hollywood…wildly entertaining.” Nottage is the first woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice: in 2009 for Ruined and in 2017 for Sweat, which was the last play to be produced at the Tower before the Covid closure.

The group is coordinated by Ian Hoare and Ciara Robley and is be 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]

Participants will need to find their own copy of each play but we are also exploring other ways of providing scripts – so if anyone has access to large numbers of scripts we’d love to hear from you!

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