Monthly Play Readings


The club holds monthly play readings on the first Wednesday of each month. This acts both as a way of introducing new plays to the members, of providing a club activity for members not currently actively involved in a production, and also as a social event for club members. The evenings are held at members houses, and the only requirement to take part is to turn up with enthusiasm (and a small contribution to the refreshments).




We aim to start reading at 8pm (because some of the plays are rather long), HOWEVER  if you arrive after this time it’s REALLY not a problem! Don’t be embarrassed, we all know that work/transport/parking can cause delays!


7 February – 7.45 for 8pm

William Mulhern will lead us in reading

London Assurance

Chez William

159 Avenue Jupiter, 1190 Forest/ Vorst***



London Assurance was written by Dion Boucicault, an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. By the later part of the 19th century, Boucicault had become known on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the most successful actor-playwright-managers then in the English-speaking theatre. The New York Times heralded him in his obituary as “the most conspicuous English dramatist of the 19th century.”  In London Assurance he addresses marriage in all its forms and idiosyncrasies! 



List of Characters


  • Sir Harcourt Courtly, cultured 57-year-old fop
  • Charles Courtly, his dissolute son
  • Dazzle, Charles’ equally dissolute companion
  • Max Harkaway, country squire
  • Grace Harkaway, Max’s 18-year-old niece, betrothed to Sir Harcourt
  • Lady Gay Spanker, horse-riding virago
  • Adolphus “Dolly” Spanker, her ineffectual husband
  • Mark Meddle, lawyer
  • Pert, Grace’s maid
  • Cool, Charles’ valet
  • James (Simpson)
  • Martin, servant to the Courtlys
  • Solomon Isaacs, moneylender, in pursuit of Charles


If you wish to join us please sign up on the Doodle: or email Janet at


*** William warns that parking can be tricky after 7pm. Avenue Jupiter is a one-way street which forces you into a big loop if you don’t find a parking spot.


He would recommend using 72 Avenue Besme as your GPS destination if you are arriving by car. There will always be parking spaces in this area (beware of CD spots!), and there is a (very steep) path short cut up through the grassy bank towards Avenue Jupiter.


His  main recommendation would be to arrive by public transport:

  • ALBERT is 4 mins walk away and is on the 3,4,51 tram lines.
  • Tram 51 even stops almost in front of the apartment building (stop: JUPITER) -1 min walk away.
  • Bus stop 54: Stop JUPITER
  • Bus line 48: Stop ALBERT

For those of you who are new to the play reading group, we meet at 7.45pm aiming to start reading at 8.  We have drinks and nibbles, and a small contribution in the form of a bottle or something to eat is always welcome!

Every month Janet emails a reminder to people who have attended in the past and wish to be on the mailing list for these reminders.  If you would like to be added to the ECC Play Reading Email List, please email Janet. 

How to Doodle:  All you have to do is click on the link above, add your name to the list under ‘Table View’, click in the box to show you are coming (or do nothing if you’re not!) and then ‘Save’ your entry.  If you have any problem with this, please do not hesitate to contact Janet.