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).


Mary & Barbara have organised and run the play reading group for over 21 years: the ECC, especially those of us who have enjoyed their hospitality, are extremely grateful to them for their generosity with their time and their generosity in opening their homes to us.  They are still active members of the group, and we hope they will enjoy having less to worry about!  THANK YOU BOTH!





Before giving you the play reading information, I would like to publicise the fact that Mary and Barbara would very much like to find other venues for the play readings as they find the shifting of the furniture and tidying away after is becoming more difficult.  I am happy to host whenever I can, and our lovely ladies have  not turned us out of their homes yet, but if anyone else is happy to host please do not be shy in coming forward.
We are also very happy to receive offers to lead plays – we have a list of scripts that are available, don’t be shy!
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!


Appointment with Death

By Agatha Christie

Venue:  Chez Janet & Tim, Rue des Atrebates 27, 1040 Brussels, 6 September, 7.45pm

The play opens as the Boynton family are introduced through the perspective of Sarah King and Dr. Gerard, who discuss their behaviour. Mrs. Boynton is a domineering personality and her family cowed by her. Sarah is attracted to Raymond Boynton, while family friend Jefferson Cope admits to wanting to take Nadine Boynton away from her husband, Lennox, and the influence of her mother-in-law. On a trip to Petra family tensions reach a deadly climax.

Main Characters


  • Colonel Carbury, senior figure in Transjordania
  • Mrs Boynton, a matriarch
  • Ginevra Boynton, the stepdaughter
  • Raymond Boynton, the youngest stepson
  • Lennox Boynton, the eldest stepson
  • Nadine Boynton, the stepdaughter-in-law (Lennox’s wife)
  • Jefferson Cope, a family friend
  • Dr Gerard, a French psychologist
  • Sarah King, a young doctor
  • Lady Westholme, a member of Parliament
  • Miss Pryce, a former nursery governess
  • Alderman Higgs, fellow traveller



If you intend to join us in SEPTEMBER please register via Doodle by clicking HERE


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.

Can You Help our Play Reading Group?
Mary and Barbara have gamely hosted us for many, many, years – but now it really is time for them to be given some time off! Many thanks to Malinda for offering to host from time to time … is there anyone else who would be willing to let us invade their sitting room from time to time?
It would also be great to hear from anyone willing to lead a play reading – with or without a play in mind! We have a list of plays you can choose from! Just contact Many thanks.  Janet