Welcome to Semi-Circle

The English Language Theatre Group



Semi-Circle is a non-profit English language theatre group, based in Basel.  Founded in 1975, we operate entirely with volunteers, staging two productions every year - usually in June and November.  We also hold monthly Play Readings.  It is our aim to bring to life on stage dramatic works in the English language.  Scroll down for links if you would like to join us and/or support us.


The curtain rises this Friday (24th June) on our third and final weekend of 'DRACULA'!


Originally dramatized by John L Balderston & Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker's world-famous novel, as adapted by William McNulty

Don't miss your last chance to see this Production . . .

Remaining performance dates: 24 and 25 June

at Rampe Theater, Zentrum Borromäum, Byfangweg 6, 4051 Basel (Rampe Theatre map.JPG)


Click on poster image to see the details


Tickets: From vendors (see poster) or Starticket.ch via this direct link (Dracula tickets) and some tickets will be available at the door on the night


Director Luca Manganelli:

"I wanted to create a horror atmosphere  but with a strong visual impact: aesthetically rich and striking, where horror and beauty combine."


For more information about the play, characters, etc, click on this link (more info).

Rehearsal Photos by Davide Germano (click on image to enlarge):





Producer Sue Newstead and Director Luca Manganelli were interviewed on The English Show on local Radio X.  Links below:



Quality Semi-Circle performances at FEATS 2016!

Congratulations to the Syrinx cast and crew who represented Semi-Circle at FEATS 2016 in Brussels in May!


Since their performance in November 2015 in the Semi-Circle evening of one-act plays True Colours, the group made the production of Syrinx by Kate Mosse even more engaging and impressive.  The play is set in the office of a school principal who is about to retire.  She sets out to bring closure to a fatal episode from the past, involving one of her students.


The FEATS adjudicator described the performers as four very strong experienced actresses.  Rita Felder received special mention as an engaging actress.  Zuzana Cox was nominated for Best Actress, her opening monologue being described as ‘very powerful’.  The adjudicator commented on the lovely live flute playing by Sylvia Bach, and on the impressive quality of her musicianship in singing the closing ‘Lacrimosa’.  

The Syrinx cast and crew were:

Director: Christine Archer

Cast (from L to R in photo): Sylvia Bach (musician), Zuzana Cox (Marion), Diana Zuger (Julie), Rita Felder (Sarah), Liz Shaw (Susan)

Crew: Susan Aeschbach, Jonathan Apted, David Cox, Kirsten Gräser, Tibor Gyalog, Berndt Reiss

In addition, at the FEATS Fringe David Laurie and Stephanie Feddern gave a strong performance of David Ives’ Sure Thing.  In this one-act comedy a couple meeting for the first time try to navigate through the maze of wrong things to say.  From their laughter, the audience appreciated the looping conversation-openers the characters adopt to finally succeed in going out on a date. Thanks to Susan Aeschbach for stepping in to ring the bell!


Sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone from Semi-Circle who participated and represented the Club at FEATS 2016!

Pictures from Semi-Circle's 2015 Productions, 'True Colours' and 'Entertaining Angels':





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