The Semi-Circle
   English Language Theatre in
   Basel since 1975
 

 

Play readings

The Semi-Circle 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: The Library, Centrepoint Building, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel (see map).  The doors open at 7pm, and we start the play reading promptly at 7.30pm.



Please note:

Due to the current Covid-19 situation we plan to continue with our, very succesful, virtual monthly play readings and do not expect to return to live readings at Centrepoint during 2020. We will monitor the situation and, of course, let you know if circumstances change.


The next play reading will be on 24th September 2020 - AT HOME via Zoom!


We shall read:


"Six Characters in Search of an Author"

by Luigi Pirandello (translated by Frederick May)

 

Luigi Pirandello was one of Italy's most famous playwrights, winning the Nobel Prize in 1934.

The Plot:- During the rehearsal of a play, six characters from an unfinished piece appear. Their stories are so dramatic, that the director takes them for the piece he is presently rehearsing. But the characters are too uncontained to allow the actors to portray them successfully, frustrating everyone. When this pre-absurdist play was first premiered in Rome in 1921, Luigi Pirandello had to escape from the disgruntled cat-calling crowd though a side-exit of the theatre. The audience responses, though perhaps always mixed, became more favourable over the years and the play had a long award-winning run in New York in the 1960s.



You can join us for this play reading by replying to me (Alison) at info@semi-circle.ch.



As we have been doing recently:

I will send a Zoom meeting invitation to all those who let me know that they wish to join the reading. I will project a rolling copy of the script on to the screen at the reading.

As usual Tony O'Sullivan will introduce the play and will direct proceedings. 

Please note that there is no need for you to have Zoom set up on your device as logging in to the meeting will automatically trigger a Zoom download. If possible, you should use your laptop/PC and microphone and loudspeaker. A tablet should also work if you prefer and you can try a mobile phone although this is not ideal. For those of you new to this technology as well as the script, you should expect to be able to see and hear all participants.

As always you do not have to read but can still join in to say hello and listen.

We look forward to "seeing" you on the 20th and in the meantime, stay well and stay safe.

Regards

Alison Bolton

Secretary, The Semi-Circle

Future dates 2020
  • October date TBD
  • November date TBD
  • December date TBD

     


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    The Semi-Circle is pleased to announce that we have received a generous gift of a large number of books and play scripts  from the estate of long time Semi Circle member Richard Levitt who sadly died in 2017.


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    A little bit of history ...

    The origins of The Semi-Circle date from the 1960s when some British Circle drama enthusiasts took the opportunity to meet together and hold informal play readings. These British Circle members eventually began to rehearse some plays, which they then performed for family and friends.


    In 1976, The Semi-Circle (see picture below) was formed and has continued to explore drama through play readings and fully-staged performances ever since. 


    Down the years the play readings took place in many restaurants and other venues, during ski-weekends, while enjoying a Basel-based barbecue, and occasionally on Sunday afternoons in the small amphitheatre in Bruglingen in the Merian Gardens.


    Through the years the play readings have experienced ups and downs, but enthusiasm for them has never waned as you can see from the photos below.


    Here is a list of the recent plays that we have read from 2010 to 2020.


        


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


    Below is a picture from our latest reading in December 2019 - still going strong!

         

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