Bristol Playgoers Club
Bristol Playgoers Club

2018/19 Readings and Programme 

Our rehearsed play readings, as the name suggests, involves presenting a play with the actors reading from scripts.


Each reading’s director brings their cast together for three or four rehearsals before presenting the reading to an audience of club members and guests. Guest tickets are £5.50 for each reading (available on the door).


Readings are presented on stage with the actors in costume.  Sets, props, lighting and sound are all used.


Our rehearsed readings differ from other types of amateur drama:

  • A much shorter time commitment for those involved – usually only a couple of weeks
  • We don’t have to sell tickets, so we can be more adventurous in in our programme

Our readings take place at Newman Hall, Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 4DR 

Season 2018/2019 Programme

(A) Indicates play with adult content and/or strong language


25th September, Tuesday at Newman Hall

ENTERTAINING ANGELS by Richard Everett. Directed by John De Barham.

A vicar’s widow can now do and say what she pleases, but finds her past and her relationships are not quite what she thought.  A new comedy for Playgoers and free entry for guests on this evening.


9th October, Tuesday at Newman Hall

THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Terence Rattigan. Directed by Tessa Garrett.

Rattigan’s masterpiece portraying the destructive love affair between a judge’s wife and an ex-RAF pilot.
A raffle will be held.


30th October, Tuesday at Newman Hall

WAITING IN THE WINGS by Noel Coward. Directed by Edwina Lloyd.

An unrehearsed, reading circle approach to Coward’s comedy that is set in an actresses’ retirement home. Come along to watch or read if you wish!


13th November, Tuesday at Newman Hall

COMMEMORATION: WORLD WAR ONE IN WORDS AND MUSIC. Directed by Edwina Lloyd and Betty McInerney.

A Playgoers’ compilation marking the anniversary of the Great War’s armistice.  


27th November, Tuesday at Newman Hall
**Unfortunately this reading has been cancelled**

A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Christopher Warren.
As financial security beckons cracks gradually appear in a couple's relationship and an intense struggle develops between love and truth, honour and betrayal.


11th December, Tuesday at Newman Hall

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Roger Meadowcroft.

Three couples come together on three Christmas Eves for festive celebrations with darkly comic results.
Mince pies and punch will be served and a collection taken for POD, the club's adopted charity.


8th January 2018, Tuesday at Newman Hall

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD (A) by Charlotte Keatley. Directed by Sue Jeffrey.
An award-winning play about the relationships, bonds and influences between mothers and their daughters set over four generations. 


22nd January, Tuesday at Newman Hall

THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE by Harley Granville Barker. Directed by Sally March.

An Edwardian play with enduring and enthralling things to say about financial sharp practice, social values and personal crisis.


5th February, Tuesday at Newman Hall

THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE by John Dighton. Directed by Janet Adams.

A boys’ school and a girls’ school are forced to co-locate during WW2 with comic and farcical results. Frank Launder, of St Trinians fame, made it into a hit film.

A raffle will be held.


19th February, Tuesday at Newman Hall

THE FATHER by Florian Zeller. Directed by Jane Meadowcroft.

A father copes with the onset of dementia. This play confounds expectations and has the edge of a mysterious, sinister thriller. A Playgoers’ premiere.


12h March, Tuesday at Newman Hall

OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles. Directed by Edwina Lloyd.

A rare excursion into Greek Tragedy for Playgoers, as we present the towering tale of the flawed and cursed king.


26th March, Tuesday at Newman Hall

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Nikolai Gogol. Directed by Adrian Brown.

A new take on this classic comedy of corruption and greed – and another Playgoers’ premiere.

The end-of-season supper will be served during the interval. Details to follow.

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