BTC Monthly Play Reading

We are currently trialling monthly “virtual” play readings using Zoom. These are for adults only as not all the chosen pays 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 April 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 longer requirements of a play reading and to enable our socials to go on for longer than 40 minutes – barely time to open the bottle!

October’s play reading takes place on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 starting at 8 pm.

Here’s Phil to tell you a bit about October’s play:

This month, it’s Noel Coward’s famous comedy, Blithe Spirit.


The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric Madame Arcati, medium and clairvoyant, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. After the séance, Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.