Community Event / Theatre

Online play reading group: The Twelve-Pound Look

Sunday 28 March 2021

Unleash your inner thespian! All ages and backgrounds are welcome at our new online play reading group. Each month the group will read a different play via Zoom. No experience is required. It's more fun than a Book Group and with no homework to feel guilty about forgetting.

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Starts 3:30 P.M.
Play Reader £0.00
Listener £0.00

Tickets available online and over the phone on 0333 666 3366.

10% booking fee applies. An additional booking fee of £1.75 per order applies to telephone bookings.

Unleash your inner thespian! All ages and backgrounds are welcome at our new online play reading group. Each month the group will read a different play via Zoom. No experience is required. It's more fun than a Book Group and with no homework to feel guilty about forgetting.

Would you like to read a part in a play? Would you like to listen to a play being read aloud?

Each month we will be reading and enjoying a play out loud.

It’s an opportunity to spend time with others doing something fun. 

There are two plays this month, with two sessions for each.

Play titles are shared in advance below so you can pre-read if you wish but there is no requirement to do so.  

The event is free, but must be booked in advance. Donations are welcomed. Tickets are available for both readers and listeners and there are two sessions for each play.

The play for this group: The Twelve-Pound Look by J.M. Barrie

On the eve of his knighthood, Harry Simms is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of congratulation. She turns out to be his former wife, Kate, who was so oppressed by his hardness and petty mindedness that she secretly learned to type and left him as soon as she had earned 12 pounds, the price of a typewriter. She is quite contented with her lot, and her fearlessness and humour contrast strongly with the cowed and joyless expression of the second Lady Simms who, when Kate has gone, asks the price of a typewriter.

A Message from the organiser Claire Horsburgh

This online play reading group was formed because I really wanted to read more plays. I thought there might be a few others out there who would like to do this but it turns out that there are loads of us!

I now facilitate four groups for the Marine Theatre, choosing a play or extract for us to read each month. Parts are assigned at the start of each session and we have a few minutes at the end to talk about what we have read. Everyone who wants to read gets a chance to do so. You do not have to have any play reading experience to join in. You can even just come along to listen if you want to get a feel for things; we have a few listening places available in each group.

We meet on the last Sunday of each month and the Monday after that. It is a great way to spend an hour and really brings the text to life. It’s been a real joy to discover the plays we have read so far and I look forward to adding more to that list.

Groups are capped at 10 readers & 4 listeners. We have small groups so that we can all get to read and talk about the play. For this reason, if you get a ticket, please make sure you attend. If you have a ticket and discover that you can’t attend after all, please return the ticket in good time for someone else to take it.

Claire is an author, educator, and facilitator. In 2015, after teaching Film Studies, English, and Media Studies for over a decade, Claire decided to have a go at doing other things. She currently writes content for textbooks and teaches a module at UWE. As well as writing, her interests include film, literature, walking, art, crafts, and theatre. She likes talking to people and drinking tea.