The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975

 

Before The Semi-Circle - The Drama Group of the British Circle 



Before The Semi-Circle


As you can see from the list of the Semi-Circle productions, the first public performance of the Semi-Circle was in May 1975. But even a drama group like the Semi-Circle doesn't just appear, and it may be of interest to you in a nostalgic kind of way to learn of the very first efforts of our drama group before it became the Semi-Circle. Our theatre group really dates back to 1967, when a few members of the of the British Circle in Basle got together regularly to read English plays for our own entertainment. We reproduce a programme below of the very first public performance of what was then called "the Drama Group of the British Circle". You will see that several of the play readings performed later became productions of the Semi-Circle:





The Drama Group Presents


an Entertainment in play reading


Pygmalion       by G.B Shaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   "Eliza Comes to Stay"

       Mrs Pearce (the housekeeper) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Joan Lamprecht

       Eliza Doolittle (a flower girl) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Hazel Day

       Professor Higgins (a speech specialist) . . . . . . . . . . .   Bryan Taylor

       Colonel Pickering (an English Gentleman) . . . . . . . .    David Pughe




Blithe Spirit     by Noël Coward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     "Darling! Go Home!"


        Elvira (spirit of the first wife) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Molly Cooper

        Charles (the husband) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Louis Chesner

        Madame Arcati (a medium) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Barbara Haener

        Ruth (spirit of the second wife) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Audrey Spinnler

        Edith (the maid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Jeanne Pümpin




The Importance of Being Earnest    by Oscar Wilde . . .   "The Interview"


        Ernest (or Jack) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Raymond Jones

        Gwendoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Sadie Eigensatz

        Lady Bracknell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Muriel Taylor




A Letter from a Modern Student to her Parents       (poor things!)      


         Read by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Esmé Chesner

        Mother mimed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Sadie Eigensatz

        Father mimed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Peggy Hürzeler


Finale and much applause


        Curtains managed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Daisy de la Coze

        Introductions by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Esmé Chesner






This play reading was on Tuesday 19th November 1968 at the Restaurant RIALTO, Bühnensaal, at 8.00 pm for 8.15 pm with admission free to members of the British Circle, Basel. 


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