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).







Wednesday 8 May
Malinda Coleman will lead us in reading


by Matthew Barber

We will meet chez Lyn and Julian
13 rue Nisard Bte 1
1170 Watermael-Boitsfort

7.45pm for an 8pm start


When two proper London housewives rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages they recruit two other, very different, English women to share the cost and the experience.

During their enchanted month in the Ligurian villa they fall under the spell of their surroundings and
rediscover laughter and romance.

The play was made into a film in 1991 starring Joan Plowright and Miranda Richardson.

There are five good parts for women and three for men.

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


How to find us:
Leaving Place Wiener in the centre of Boitsfort follow the Boulevard de Souverain in the direction of
Auderghem and take the first turning on the right which is rue Nisard.

Then, almost immediately, turn right following the sign to ‘Les Fougères’.
This has a sign which says ‘Propriété Privé’ which can be a bit off putting but persevere.
Follow the road up the hill passing several apartment blocks until you arrive at the last one, number 13, which is where we live.
Please ring the bell marked Oliver/Sully.
There is also a gate at the entrance which will be open until 8pm. If you arrive after 8pm please ring the bell at the gate and you will be buzzed in.

Tram and Buses: 8, 17, 95 WIENER. If you come by car, there are parking spaces at the top of the hill.

New members are always welcome to join our group, and there is no requirement to be with us every month.

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month. This is a purely social event and you are welcome to bring along something small to eat or drink to share with others- not a meal, just nibbles!

Ideas for plays to read and offers to host are also very 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.


The Ladykillers
by Graham Linehan
We will meet Chez Kerry Lydon
34 rue de la brasserie, 1050 Ixelles
(Parking is hard but usually a bit better on the bridge on ave de la couronne or in the car park at place Flagey)
This month we will be reading a play that started out as a film! The famous 1955 film was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay. American writer William Rose claimed to have dreamt the entire film and merely had to remember the details when he awoke.
The film holds a rare 100% rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 23 reviews. The British Film Institute ranked The Ladykillers the 13th greatest British film of all time. In 2017 a poll for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the 29th best British film ever.
The film was remade in 2004, but we are not going to concern ourselves with that!! For further information see:
The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will face the music?
1955 Film Cast (Because I know you’re going to ask!)
Alec Guinness as Professor Marcus
Cecil Parker as Major Claude Courtney
Herbert Lom as Louis Harvey
Peter Sellers as Harry Robinson
Danny Green as ‘One-Round’ Lawson
Jack Warner as the superintendent
Katie Johnson as Mrs Louisa Wilberforce
Philip Stainton as the sergeant
Frankie Howerd as the barrow boy
Kenneth Connor as a taxi driver
Please don’t forget to Doodle!