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The University of the Third Age - Welwyn Hatfield


Play Reading Study Group

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Leader: Hazel Bell, 01707 265201

We're currently meeting via Zoom.

On the third Tuesday morning of each month, the Playreading Group convenes to enjoy an armchair-excursion into the world of drama. We get to immerse ourselves in the characters of a play, sometimes well-known but often completely new to us, taking on a part and speaking the words, without having to worry about make-up, props, audience, or remembering lines. Not all of the members of the group are steeped in knowledge and experience and no one is expected to turn in an Olivier-style performance (fortunately!). We enjoy the opportunity to explore a new piece or to re-visit and learn more about a title we recognize, but don’t always remember clearly.
All kinds of plays have been enjoyed over the years, from light comedy to more thought-provoking dramas, from any era. Titles we have read include Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (intense and rather perturbing), and Yes, Prime Minister by Anthony Jay (so hysterically funny that at one point we were all incapable of speaking our lines due to spluttering and giggling). We meet in the home of one or other of our members and those who wish to can take a turn at choosing what we will read, also deciding on casting.
We are a smallish group and everyone gets to read at least one part during each play. On a couple of occasions when fewer than usual have been able to attend, this has required serious concentration (“Oh, sorry – am I Claire as well as Harold?”) but we rise to the challenge!
Jill Longman


Meetings for 2021 will be on

This Group met for the first time in September 2011, and the plays that we have read to date are:

2011 - September

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

(Zoom meetings)
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