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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.



Semi-Circle's Autumn Production 2016


Two one-act plays to give you the full range from tragedy to comedy, and everything in between! 


Performance dates:

   17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 November

Venue (map):

    Theater Arlecchino

    Walkeweg 122

    4052 Basel

Poster with details here.


Tickets now on sale from Starticket (link), vendors in Basel (Bider&Tanner, Stadtcasino, SwissPost, SBB, Manor, Coop City) , or from the theatre box office on the night.


Artwork by Ruth Lowe (click on images to enlarge)


  "The Zoo Story”

                    by Edward Albee


            Richard Brown



          Peter - Scott Holland

          Jerry - Luca Manganelli



Synopsis:   Peter is spending Sunday afternoon reading his book in New York’s Central Park.  A disheveled Jerry, who wants to talk about his trip to the zoo, disturbs Peter's peace and tranquility.  Peter is too polite to dismiss Jerry and the banter of conversation, which seems harmless enough to begin with, soon descends into a dark and intense conflict over the right to sit on the park bench.

This American classic was Edward Albee's first performed work (1960)

  "Alas, poor Fred"

              by James Saunders


          Stephanie Feddern


          Ethel - Cathy Barker

          Ernest - Edward Atkinson


Synopsis:  Ernest Pringle and his wife, Ethel, are sitting quietly in their armchairs, chatting about how funny it must be to get cut in half, as Fred was.  At first they appear to be two conventional people talking about something that does not interest them all that much - which, as the story unfolds, is clearly not the case at all.

First presented in 1959, this play put James Saunders on the road to becoming one of the leading British exponents of the "Theatre of the Absurd".


The curtain has risen for the last time on 'DRACULA'!


From Bram Stoker's world-famous novel, as adapted by William McNulty. 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." Performances in June 2016 at the Rampe Theater, were played to a full house every night.

Semi-Circle thanks all of you who supported this production in whatever way you could - as cast, crew, helpers, in the audience, or just helping us to spread the word.  We appreciate it!

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, Clare Austin (who filled in when Kirsten was taken ill - thanks!).


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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