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).








Graham Andrews will lead us in reading 


The Return of A J Raffles 



Graham Greene


We will meet Chez Middletons

Rue des Atrebates 27, 1040 Brussels


The Return of A. J. Raffles, first published in 1975, is an Edwardian comedy play in three acts, written by Graham Greene and based somewhat loosely on E. W. Hornung’s characters in The Amateur Cracksman. Set in the late summer of the year 1900, the story revolves around the infamous burglar and cricketer, A. J. Raffles—presumed dead in the Boer War—who returns to Albany where, with his friends Bunny and Lord Alfred Douglas, he plots to rob the Marquess of Queensberry, partly for the money and partly for revenge against the Marquess for his treatment of their friend Oscar Wilde. The robbery takes place at The Marquess’ house in Hertfordshire, where Raffles and Bunny are interrupted by the Prince of Wales and a Scotland Yard detective, who discover the Prince’s personal letters have also been stolen.  Fans of Raffles will already be aware that Radio 4 has recently aired some old Raffles episodes, and at time of writing they are available to ‘listen again’ here:






6 March 2019


Sheila Hewitt will lead us in reading 


Nell Gwyn



Jessica Swaile


We will meet Chez Fiona

Ave Roger Vandendriessche 35, 1150 Brussels


In January we had a change of play and read Playhouse Creatures which is about the first female actors to legally tread the boards during the restoration period. In this play we met Nell Gwyn, and by chance a play about this famous actress/courtesan had already been purchased to read with the group. 
Nell Gwyn (1650-87) was a celebrity figure of the Restoration period. Praised by Samuel Pepys for her comic performances as one of the first actresses on the English stage, she became best known for being a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called “pretty, witty Nell” by Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella she had two sons by Charles II.
This play about her life debuted at The Globe, and caused controversy because a mixed-race actor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, was cast in the  lead role.



If you would like to join us please sign up on the Doodle here:

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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 at

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.