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 4 September

Janet Middleton will lead us in reading


by Alan Ayckbourn

We will meet chez Fiona Shotter

Ave Roger Vandendriessche 35, 1150 Brussels


Metro & Tram Stops :  Montgomery, Boileau & G J Martin


IMPORTANT:  Fiona can only host a maximum of 12 people

Therefore this month is a strictly first-come-first-served basis.  If you are uncomfortable using the Doodle please email and I will add you to the list – which will not accept any more names once the limit of 12 is reached.


7.45pm for an 8pm start


I had hoped that we could read Allelujah! by Alan Bennett in September, but it’s a piece that has an awful lot of characters coming and going and is quite difficult to prepare. So rather than rush it I will get that ready for October, and in September we will read instead Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn.  
Snake in the Grass actually only has 3 characters, so this might mean (advance warning!) that you might not get to read more than once – but each time will be for a good chunk of reading!
It’s a bit of an unusual Ayckbourn, written in 2002, Snake in the Grass is a ghost story about a middle-aged older sister who returns to the family home where her younger sister still lives, shortly after their abusive father’s death. All is not as it seems!!  I have read this with the WIC ladies who meet here, and it went down very well!
  • Annabel Chester, fifty, was a successful married business woman, now divorced and her business collapsed
  • Miriam Chester, forty-four, Annabel’s younger sister, eternally house-bound to her late father’s house
  • Alice Moody, nurse for Annabel and Miriam’s father shortly before his death 


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

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.