BTC Monthly Play Reading

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We are currently trialling 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 May 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!

November’s play reading takes place on Wednesday, 4th November 2020 starting at 8 pm.

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

We’re pleased to invite you to our third BTC Zoom monthly play reading on Wednesday, 4th November 2020 at 8 pm!

This month we will be reading Death of a Salesman, an award-winning stage play written in 1949 by American playwright, Arthur Miller. It is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.

Death of a Salesman addresses loss of identity and a man’s inability to accept change within himself and society. The play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman’s life. The play concludes with Willy’s suicide and subsequent funeral.

If you are interested in reading, just dropping by and listening, or have any queries about the play and the reading, please contact me, Phil Cohen, via email at I will send you details as to how to access the script together with the Zoom link for joining the play reading before the 4th November. You will need to have the Zoom app either on your computer, tablet or mobile phone, or be able to access the Zoom website via the link I send you, to be able to join the play reading.

Death of a Salesman was recently performed at the Young Vic in an award-winning production directed by Marianne Elliot and Miranda Cromwell and starring Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke, who has just won Best Actress for her performance at the 2020 Olivier Awards. If you haven’t had a chance to see it performed, now’s your opportunity to discover why it is such a great play!

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th November for some pre-Bonfire Night Fireworks!