PlayTalk is co-ordinated by Peta Barker and Katie Smith and is run a bit like a book club, with participants reading a pre-selected play script and coming together to exchange their thoughts about it.

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. 

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! 

The meetings normally take place bi-monthly, and details are announced in Noises Off and here on the web site.
If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Peta Barker

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