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
November 5th 2018
We shall be reading 

"Good Grief" by Keith Waterhouse

June Pepper is still a young woman when her husband, a colourful and successful newspaper editor dies. In Keith Waterhouse’s sparkling text we follow June Pepper’s bereavement from directly after the funeral, to some months later as she meets new people and comes to understand her husband and his family.
Touching, hilarious . . . a journey of hope and courage (The Times)

Future dates 2018
  • 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 from 2010 to July 2018.



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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