The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975



Play readings

Play readings take place once a month.  Members and non-members are welcome to join us at these informal sessions - to read with us, or simply listen.

Location: Centrepoint Library, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel (see map).  We meet from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


The next Play Reading is on Monday 3 April, when we will read "R.U.R." by Czech author and playwright Karel Čapek.


R.U.R. stands for “Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti” or “Rossum’s Universal Robots”.  This play premiered in 1921 and quickly became famous.  By 1923 it had already been translated into about 30 languages.  It introduced the word "robot" into the English language (“roboti” roughly translates as “toil” or “servant”).


Although Čapeks “robots” are not exactly machines as we would understand them today, there are significant parallels to today’s robots, giving cause for reflection.

Although this is a dark play, it is not entirely without hope . . .


Other 2017 Play Reading dates for your calendar:
  • 8 May
  • 12 June
  • 3 July
  • 4 September
  • 2 October
  • 6 November
  • 4 December

The photo above is from one of Semi-Circle's first rehearsed play readings in 1976: "Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw.

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