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).
NEXT PLAY READINGS
AUGUST PLAY READING
Wednesday 7 August
Janet Middleton will lead us in reading
by Patrick Hamilton
We will meet chez Janet & Tim
Rue des Atrebates 27
7.45pm for an 8pm start
This 1938 thriller (and its film adaptations) gave rise to the term “gaslighting”, meaning a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making them doubt their own memory and perception.
The play is set in fog-bound London in 1880, at the upper middle class home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. It is late afternoon, a time that Hamilton notes as the time “before the feeble dawn of gaslight and tea.” Bella is clearly on edge, and the stern reproaches of her overbearing husband (who flirts with the servants) make matters worse. What most perturbs Bella is Jack’s unexplained disappearances from the house: he will not tell her where he is going, and this increases her anxiety. It becomes clear that Jack is intent on convincing Bella that she is going insane …
If you would like to join us please sign up to the Doodle here:
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 email@example.com
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.