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.


The next Play Reading is on Monday 4 December and, for this last play reading of the year - and the last before Christmas - we thought you might enjoy something more on the light-hearted side:


Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

by David Tristram


Those of you who saw Semi-Circle's award-winning "The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish" know that David Tristram is one of Britain’s funniest comic playwrights.  Two years ago we enjoyed reading his Inspector Drake and the Time Machine.  This month we again join Inspector Drake and his intellectually-challenged assistant, Sergeant Plod, as they “solve” a murder mystery with a mixture of silliness, slapstick and double entendres.


Other Play Reading dates for your 2018 calendar:
  • 8 January
  • 5 February
  • 5 March
  • 9 April
  • 7 May
  • 4 June
  • 2 July
  • 3 September
  • 1 October
  • 5 November
  • 3 December

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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 play readings, 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.
Here is a list of the recent plays.

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


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