BTC Monthly Play Reading

Hits: 178

We are currently running monthly “virtual” play readings using Zoom. These are for adults only as not all the chosen plays are suitable for younger members and the trial will run initially until December 2020 but probably will continue into the New Year as we won’t be reopening our doors again until the summer of 2021 at the earliest.

The plan is to hold a play reading at 8 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. It will be facilitated by Phil Cohen who, if you don’t know him, is a long-standing member of the theatre and often works with Bromley Little Theatre and South London Theatre as well. Phil also runs our Zoom socials on a Friday evening and would love you to join in with those too if you can!

Anyone is welcome to join these play reading groups so, even if you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, please do not let this put you off as Phil would still be pleased to hear from you and will discuss how to get you set up with the Zoom program – it’s very easy once you know-how! The theatre also now has a Zoom Pro account to help facilitate the length requirements of a play reading and to enable our socials to go on for longer than 40 minutes – barely time to open the bottle!

December’s play reading takes place on Wednesday, 9th December 2020 starting at 8 pm. It’s been delayed by a week due to the theatre’s AGM which is on Wednesday, 2nd December.

Here’s Phil to give you some information about our Christmas play reading:

This month we will be trying to find a little festive fun —and my, do we need it at the moment!! Our play will be “A Kick in the Baubles” by Gordon Steel. It’s a 2 act play – Act One has Eight Scenes & Act Two has Two Scenes.

 Here’s a description of what takes place:

 It’s another peaceful Christmas in the Bauble household, but chestnuts aren’t roasting on an open fire. And although a Silent Night would be welcome, all is not calm and all is certainly not bright.

Frank does not wish it could be Christmas every day – in fact, he’s dreading the arrival of snobbish in-laws who only ever bring a single bottle of wine for the entire festivities. Throw in a couple of larger-than-life neighbours, let the drink flow merrily, and everything is set for a car-crash Christmas. But when Frank and Jean’s estranged daughter Milly suddenly appears, the rug is pulled out from underneath the chaos and the heartstrings are firmly tugged.

Once I know who wants to take part, I’ll work on the casting. As those of you who have read before will know, I do gender blind casting as appropriate and tend to swap people between roles to even up the reading. So everybody who wants to join in gets a go.

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please contact me on I will then send you details as to how to join up with a link to the script to download and the Zoom login information. You will need to have the Zoom app on your computer, mobile or tablet or be able to access the Zoom website via the link I send you.

I look forward to seeing as many readers as possible on the 9th of December. Don’t forget to bring your Santa hat, a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for his reindeer! And a large sherry for me, of course!