PLAY READINGS

We generally hold one Play Reading (Stammtisch) per month at 19:30, depending on impact of on-going productions and other activities. Since 2020, these take place online using Zoom.

Online Stammtisch instructions:

To join us you will need to download the Zoom app. You can do this by going to https://zoom.us/signup and registering. It is free to use.

Then, on the evening in question, just before the start time, click the link either in the invitation email or on our homepage and follow the instructions. If you have any problems or questions, please let us know.

A PDF of the script will be available during the Stammtisch using Zoom's 'screen sharing' option, therefore a tablet or PC would be easier to use rather than a mobile phone.

Our Stammtisch events are not rehearsed readings or performances from the group. Instead, they are casual meetings where we read a script together. Sometimes just for fun, and sometimes to review them as a potential production. You do not need to be a Member to participate, so if you're curious, come and join us!


2023 Play Readings - held online

  • January 12th - "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog


2022 Play Readings - held online

  • December 16th - "Making God laugh" by Sean Grennan

  • November 17th - "Art" by Yasmina Reza

  • October 14th - "Gidion's Knot" by Johnna Adams

  • September 8th - "Picasso At the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin

  • August 11th - "Gladys Night" by Becky Kimsey

  • July 1st - "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza

  • June 2nd - "Unmute Me!" by Rich Orloff

  • May 5th - "Making God Laugh" by Sean Grennan

  • April 8th - "Art" by Yasmina Reza

  • March 18th - "4000 miles" by Amy Herzog

  • February 11th - "Dinner With Friends" by David Margulies

  • January 14th - "John" by Annie Baker



2021 Play Readings - held online

  • December 9th - "Gidion's Knot" by Johanna Adams

  • November 18th - "Unmute me!" by Rich Orloff

  • October 22nd - "Master Harold ...and the Boys" by Athol Fugard

  • September 24th - "Riverside Drive" by Woody Allen

  • August 27th - "Blasted" by Sarah Kane

  • July 13th - "Red" by John Logan.

  • June 24th - "The Flick" by Annie Baker

  • May 27th - "The Monkey's Paw" by W W Jacobs & "Queens of France" by Thornton Wilder

  • April 29th - Selected short plays by Harold Pinter

  • April 1st - "Quelques Fleurs" by Liz Lochhead

  • March 4th - "Gaslight" by Patrick Hamilton

  • February 4th - "Unmute Me!" by Rich Orloff

  • January 7th - "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon


2020 Play Readings

  • December 17th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Rumors" by Neil Simon

  • November 26th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Dementia Dreaming" by Stuart Marlow

  • October 29th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks"

  • October 1st - (Virtual Stammtisch) - second reading of "The Apple Situation" by Bruno Sousa

  • September 24th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "The Apple Situation" by Bruno Sousa

  • September 17th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Three Task Women" by Edward Albee

  • September 10th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Margulies

  • September 3rd - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire

  • August 27th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Surprise Stammtisch!"

  • August 6th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Fleabag" by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

  • July 30th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Whale Music" by Anthony Minghella

  • July 2nd - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "The Clean Room" by Sarah Ruhl

  • June 25th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling

  • June 18th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Round and Round the Garden" by Alan Ayckbourn

  • June 11th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Splitting Issues" by Sam Bobrick.

  • June 4th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Living Together" by Alan Ayckbourn

  • May 28th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "All my Sons" by Arthur Miller

  • May 21st - (Virtual Stammtisch) - Selected plays by Alan Ayckbourn

  • May 15th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Blood and Ice" by Liz Lochhead.

  • May 7th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Linda" by Penelope Skinner

  • April 30th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "A Little Like Drowning" by Anthony Minghalla

  • April 24th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "That Almost Unnameable Lust" by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

  • April 16th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "Art" by Yasmina Raza

  • April 8th - (Virtual Stammtisch) - "The Smell of the Kill" by Michele Lowe

  • February 17th - (The Curious Room) - "You Can't Take It with You" by George S Kaufman & Moss Hart

  • January 16th - (The Curious Room) - "Proof" by David Auburn


2019 Play Readings

  • November 29th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - Selected plays by Sam Bobrick

  • October 21st - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre

  • September 9th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Twelve Angry Men" by Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel

  • August 19th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "27 Short Plays" by Christopher Durang

  • July 15th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Aladdin" by James Barry

  • June 28th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "French Without Tears" by Terence Rattigan

  • April 26th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Puss in Boots" by Angela Carter and "The Jackpot" by John Lewis

  • April 9th - (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Don't Drink the Water" by Woody Allen

  • March 25th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie

  • February 18th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Sense & Sensibility" by Kate Hamill

  • January 17th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang

2018 Play Readings

  • December 6th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett

  • October 4th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Time Flies" and "Babel's in Arms" by David Ives (spring proposals)

  • September 26th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Family Album" by Noel Coward and "The Jackpot" by John Lewis (spring proposals)

  • August 28th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room" by Christopher Durang

  • July 9th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Old Actors Never Die...They Simply Lose the Plot" by Lynn Brittney

  • June 26th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Jackpot", an original script, by John Lewis

  • April 20th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "We are Three Sisters" by Blake Morrison (autumn proposal)

  • March 23rd (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder

  • February 20th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Closer" by Patrick Marber

2017 Play Readings

  • December 4th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Man Who Came to Dinner" by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart

  • November 30th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" by Arthur Miller

  • October 27th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "We are Three Sisters" by Blake Morrison

  • August 24th (The Curous Room) at 19:00 - "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett

  • July 24th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "Butterflies are Free" by Leonard Gershe

  • June 15th (Zucker) at 19:00 - "Play it Again, Sam" by Woody Allen

  • April 12th (Green Sheep) at 19:00 - "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball

  • March 16th (Zucker) at 19:00 - "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Alan Bleasdale

  • February 20th (The Curious Room) at 19:00 - "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr

2016 Play Readings

  • December 7th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, David McGillivray, Walter Zerlin Jr.

  • November 30th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Men are Beasts and Women are Cruel" by Bruno Sousa

  • October 12th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh

  • September 7th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes

  • August 10th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The Underpants" by Carl Sternherim, adapted by Steve Martin.

  • July 27th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Guards! Guards!" by Terry Pratchett

  • May 18th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The 39 Steps" by Patrick Barlow (proposed for the November production)

  • April 27th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The Day They Kidnapped the Pope" by Joao Bethencourt (proposed for the November production)

  • April 6th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - 'God of Carnage' by Yasmina Reza

2015 Play Readings

  • December 2nd (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "William Shakespeare’s STAR WARS" by Ian Doescher

  • October 14th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Harvey" by Mary Chase

  • September 9th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth" by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin

  • August 19th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Quatermass and the Pit" by Nigel Kneale

  • July 15th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang

  • June 24th (ESOC) at 19:00 - "The Shadow Box" by Michael Cristofer

  • June 17th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The day they kidnapped the Pope" by Joao Bethencourt

  • May 12th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The Visit" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

  • March 7th (West Side Theatre) from 9:45-15:45 - Play reading day for selection of November 2015 production

2014 Play Readings

  • December 3rd (West Side Theatre) at 18:00 - "Season's Greetings" by Alan Ayckbourn

  • November 5th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr - cancelled

  • October 15th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "The BFG" by Roald Dahl

  • September 10th (West Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "A friend of a friend" by Bruno Sousa and "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" by Christopher Durang

  • July 16th (Wet Side Theatre) at 19:00 - "Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee

  • June 18th (West Side Theatre) at 18:00 - "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" by Dario Fo

  • May 14th (West Side Theatre) at 18:00 - "A friend of a friend" by Bruno Sousa / "The visit" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

  • April 9th (Restaurant Sardegna) at 18:00 - "A view from the bridge" by Arthur Miller

  • March 12th (West Side Theatre) at 18:45 - "Art" by Yasmina Reza

  • February 5th (Hotel Restaurant Bockshaut) at 18:45 - "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett

2013 Play Readings

  • November 20th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "Bouncers & Shakers! by John Godber and Jane Thornton

  • October 2nd ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "Frankenstein the Pantomine" by Martin Hailey

  • August 8th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - tbd

  • July 10th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "Blythe Spirit" by Noël Coward

  • June 5th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "Black Comedy" be Peter Shaffer and "Frankenstein the Panto" by David Swan

  • May 8th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "39 steps" by John Buchan

  • April 3rd ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman

  • March 13th ("Glasschrank") at 18:00 - "The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle" by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr.

  • February 13th ("Glasschrank") at 18:30 - "Trail of Stones" by Gwen Strauss

2012 Play Readings

  • November 27 (ESOC Room K112) at 18:00 - "Black Horse" by Bruno Sousa

  • April 4th ("Glasschrank")

  • March 6th ("Glasschrank") at 18:30 - "Allo. Allo!"

  • February 2nd (ESOC, HVI)

  • January 24th ("Glasschrank") at 18:30

2011 Play Readings

  • December 20th ("Glasschrank", Pützerstrasse 6, 64287 Darmstadt at 18:30)

  • August 16th ("The Sea" at the new venue "Glasschrank")

  • June 21st (ESOC) - starting at 18:00

  • June 19th (ESOC)

  • June 7th (The Wyrd Sisters)

  • April 27th (The Whole Shebang)

  • March 23rd (The Disorderly Women)

  • February (Revenge)

2010 Play Readings

  • December (The Physicists)

  • November - 9th (The man of la Mancha)

  • October - 12th (The Physicists, Merry Lynch)

  • July - 6th (The Opposite Sex)

  • June - 8th (A Matter Of Husbands, A Question Of Sex, King Arthur's Socks and The Judgement of Paris)

  • April - 21st (Inherit the Wind)

  • March - 3rd (The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth)

  • February - 16th (Wyrd Sisters)

  • January - 19th (One for the Road)

2009 Play Readings

  • December - 17th (Revenge, White Liars)

  • September - 30th (The Tragedy of..., Elephant Man, a Night Out)

  • August - 18th (The Opposite Sex)

  • July - 22nd (Our Country's Good)

  • May - 20th (sketches David Ives, Pulp Fiction)

  • April - 28th (no reading, just a lot of talking)