Play Talk

The Tower’s online playreading group

The next meeting of the Play Talk group we be on Thursday 22nd July at 7.30 – the play to be discussed 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.
The group is open to all Members and Friends, so just let Ian and Ciara know if you want to take part.

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 meetings normally take place on the third Thursday of each month on Zoom. 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!