An Evening of Play-Reading

Image credits: A scene from a production of ‘La Ronde’ performed by The REP, Point Park University’s theatre company

Join us for ‘La Ronde’ read-through!

Thursday 21 January 2021, 7.30pm

As you know, since the onset of the COVID lockdowns we have been holding play-reading sessions online. Our most recent get-together, on 14 December, proved another great success and you will soon be able to view clips from a video recording in the ‘Play-reading recordings’ section on our website, where extracts from previous sessions have already been posted. It’s clear from online responses that viewers have enjoyed these performances – and we’d welcome further feedback.

The great news is that we are now planning a special online event, this time taking a single play and organising a complete read-through. It will take place on Thursday 21 January at 7.30.

The play in question is ‘La Ronde’ by Arthur Schnitzler, in a new translation / adaptation by our own Ian Gledhill. Its structure lends itself particularly well to the online format, as Ian’s resume and commentary makes clear. It provides for some twenty roles so it offers the chance for us collectively to get our teeth into a substantial drama under Ian’s expert eye. We shall be getting together via Google Meet once more, and all are invited to attend – either as ‘performers’ or simply as ‘audience’. In the longer term, we have in mind the possibility of online workshops / rehearsals with a view to a ‘proper’ online performance; but for now this event is intended simply as another opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of hearing words come alive through the voice.

Make a note of the date and time: Thursday 21 January at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. This is an invitation to all who wish to take part to let us know by sending an email, preferably by Friday 15 January, to ian.gledhill11@gmail.com, cc. David.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk.

Just tell us that you wish to attend (indicating whether you want to read or simply be an ‘audience’). We propose to liaise with all involved to allocate sections of the script, ‘casting’ roles as best we can, in advance of the online event itself – with the aim of ensuring that things run smoothly on the night.

Ian and I look forward very much to hearing from you.

David Walker
Chair, Sheffield University Drama Society

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