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
May 6th 2019

We will be reading:

"Daisy Pulls it Off" by Denise Deegan

How can a working class scholarship schoolgirl gain acceptance in a 1920's boarding school for young ladies who are all paying pupils from wealthy backgrounds?  Daisy is the poor girl and she does manage to "pull it off" by scoring a winning hockey goal and solving the mystery of the Grangewood Treasure - at the same time she manages to find an even greater personal "treasure".

Denise Deegan's witty parody of a "gels" boarding school is perfectly ripping, absolutely spiffing and a quite scrummy entertainment which ran for 1180 performances at London's Globe Theatre from 1983 to 1986 (produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and directed by David Gilmore).

 

Denise Deegan (born London 1952 and not to be confused with the Irish author of the same name) is an English novelist and playwright.  She is best known for her play "Daisy Pulls it Off".

Future dates 2019
  • 3 June
  • 1 July
  • 2 September
  • 7 October
  • 4 November
  • 2 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 2018.



    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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