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.


Next Play Reading will be on 2 July
We will read
Three one act plays by Tennessee Williams

The Magic Tower (1936): The story of a young artist and his ex-actress wife living in a slum they refer to as their "magic tower" but which gradually loses its charm as their optimism fades.

The Pretty Trap (ca.1944): Derived from the final act of “The Glass Menagerie” but with what Williams calls "a lighter treatment and a different ending."

Interior Panic (1946): A precursor to “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Future dates 2018
  • 3 September
  • 1 October
  • 5 November
  • 3 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.



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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