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 will be on
December 2nd 2019

We shall read

"Inspector Drake and the Perfect Crime"

by David Tristram

David Tristram: English comic playwright who is no stranger to Semi-Circle.  Several of his comedies have been produced by Semi-Circle including the successful FEATS submission:

“The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish”.  We have also read a number of his plays at play readings.

He has published 29 plays and comedy novels of his own, and produced and directed three films. In 1985 he founded the Flying Ducks Theatre Company (later Flying Ducks Group), which is a theatre touring company, publisher and event organizer.


Inspector Drake and the Perfect Crime: When a genius commits a murder, the plan is perfect. But is it foolproof? Who is the mysterious Doctor Short, and why did he marry a warthog? Has he murdered his fourth wife or did she murder him first? Has he really got two daughters called Sabrina? What was the Pope doing in the woods? And, perhaps most importantly of all, why is there a lamppost in the living room?  These are just some of the questions facing the indomitable Inspector Drake and his not quite so bright assistant Sergeant Plod.


As this will be our final play reading of the year we will be providing some appropriate Christmas food and drink. Come and join us and don't miss out.


Future dates 2020
  • 6 January
  • 3 February
  • 2 March (to be confirmed)
  • 6 April
  • 4 May
  • 1 June
  • 6 July
  • 7 September
  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 7 December


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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 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 from 2010 to 2019.

    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 S-C member Richard Levitt who sadly died in 2017.

    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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