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Play readings are held regularly at Manor Gardens and are great opportunities for members and non-members alike to relax in friendly company and read through a play that we are thinking of producing in the future or simply want to read!

There is no compulsion to read any of the parts, if you just want to listen, but it is a fun chance to read and enjoy parts that you wouldn't be able to audition for, because of age, gender or other reasons!

Play readings in 2023/24:


by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 

This is a reading of 3 episodes from season 2

The series is set in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), and sees the principal character, Edmund, Lord Blackadder, as a Tudor courtier attempting to win the favour of the Queen while avoiding execution by decapitation, a fate that befell many of her suitors.


by Martin McDonagh

Wednesday 31st January 2024 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens, led by Vince Sutton 

Hangmen is a play by the British-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It received its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015, 
The West End promotion of the play reads as follows " Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh is back in the West End with his deeply funny and savagely dark new play Hangmen. 
What’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But amongst the reporters and pub regulars waiting for his reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives."
Martin McDonagh is an acclaimed playwright and director. He is the writer and director of Banshees Of Inisherin which was a major award winner in the 2023. His other films include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and In Bruge. Plays include The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001), The Pillowman (2003),  and Hangmen (2015).
Hangmen has a cast of 13, and I hope will make for a highly entertaining reading.


by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Thursday 16th November 2023 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 

This is more of a workshop given the nature of the play. Details below:



by Dario Fo

Wednesday 9th August 2023 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 

by William Shakespeare

Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 



based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte

Wednesday 12th April 2023 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 

by Derek Webb

Thursday 4th May 2023 at 7.30pm

At: Manor Gardens 


by Jenny and Paul Shryane

An original piece   One of the most famous murders ever to have occurred in Cornwall concerned Charlotte Dymond who is said to have been killed by her jealous lover Matthew Weeks near the stream below Rough Tor. Weeks was arrested in Plymouth and tried at Bodmin. He was found guilty and hanged there in August 1844. But was he guilty?

Wednesday 23rd March 2023 at 7:30pm

At: Manor Gardens

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