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 READING

 

 

4th February

 

Janet will lead us in reading

 

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

 

by Jay Presson Allen, based on the novel by

Muriel Spark

 

We will meet Chez Tim & Janet

Rue des Atrebates 27, 1040 Brussels

 

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jean Brodie is a teacher at Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1930s. Brodie is known for her tendency to stray from the school’s curriculum, to romanticize fascist leaders like Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco, and to believe herself to be in the prime of life. Brodie devotes her time and energy to her four special 12-year-old junior school girls, called the Brodie Set: Sandy, Monica, Jenny and Mary.

Characters

Jean Brodie:  “She thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin.” In some ways she is: in her prime she draws her chosen few to herself, much as Calvinists understand God to draw the elect to their salvation. With regard to religion, Miss Brodie “was not in any doubt, she let everyone know she was in no doubt, that God was on her side whatever her course, and so she experienced no difficulty or sense of hypocrisy in worship while at the same time she went to bed with the singing master.”

Sandy:  Of the set, “Miss Brodie fixed on Sandy,” taking her as her special confidante. She is characterised as having “small, almost nonexistent, eyes” and a peering gaze. Miss Brodie repeatedly reminds Sandy that she has insight but no instinct. 

Jenny:  In contrast to Sandy, Jenny is an attractive blonde with (according to Miss Brodie) instinct but no insight. Though somewhat undeservedly, Jenny is “famous for sex”, and the art teacher Mr. Lloyd asks her to model for his paintings.

Mary Macgregor:  Dim-witted and slow, Mary is Brodie’s scapegoat. Mary meekly bears the blame for everything that goes wrong.

Supporting characters

  • Monica – one of the set; famous for mathematics and her anger
  • Teddy Lloyd – the art master
  • Gordon Lowther – the singing master
  • Miss Mackay – the headmistress

 

Intertextuality!  Other things to bear in mind – in brief!

La Traviata:  An opera about a courtisan that was considered morally corrupt when it was first produced in the mid 19th Century.

The Lady of Shalott:  A poem about the cursed effect that the glance of Sir Lancelot has on the Lady of Shalott, imprisoned on an island.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Pre-Raphaelite poet and artist, renown for his affairs with various models and the wives of fellow artists.

 

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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 ecco@ecc.theatreinbrussels.com

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