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Discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods with our fun, informal Play-Reading Group. It's competely FREE to join, refreshments will be provided and there's no need to book so come along and join us.

17 October, Pride and Prejudice by Simon Reade
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets Mr Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. A sparkling comedy that follows, the family's lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial life.

Why did we choose this play?  
The REP has Isobel McArthur's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and we wanted the play-reading group to see both versions of this tale.

Read the play, see another version of the show.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is at The REP 15 October - 2 November
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14 November, North Country by Tajinder Singh Hayer
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

North Country is a post-apocalyptic play that follows three young people of different ethnic backgrounds – Jason Alleyne, Nusrat Bibi and Harvinder Singh – over the course of forty years in a plague-decimated Bradford. It looks at how and what they change, preserve and lose over that time.

Why did we choose this play? North Country deals with concepts of identity and belonging which fall in line with My Beautiful Launderette which is on at The REP in November.

Read the play, be inspired to see a play hitting similar themes!
My Beautiful Laundette is at The REP between 5 to 9 November
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12 December, Peter Pan Adapted by Georgia Christou and Liam Steel
7pm-9pm, Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Wendy and her little brothers are feeling lost. Separated from their mother, they've been sent to live in a flat high up above the city. Then one night, a remarkable flying boy arrives offering her an escape.

The boy's name is Peter Pan and he invites Wendy and her brothers to fly away with him to a magical world beyond their urban reality. A world of mischievous Lost Children and boundless dreams called Neverland.

But there's danger lurking  – it's also a place of malicious mermaids, feisty fairies and the devious Captain Hook, who is plotting on Skull Island with a band of fearsome pirates. Can Wendy defeat them to save her new-found friends?

Following last year's acclaimed retelling of The Wizard Of Oz, director Liam Steel brings the classic Peter Pan story into the twenty-first century. This new Birmingham-set version will make you fall in love with the family favourite all over again.

 Why did we choose this play? This reimagined version of Peter Pan is on at The REP this Winter and takes a very different approach to the story of Peter Pan.

Read the play, see the show.
Peter Pan is at The REP 30 November 2019 - 19 January 2020
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23 January, This Restless House by Zinnie Harris
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Aeschylus' Oresteia opens with Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter to the gods; an act which sets in motion a bloody cycle of revenge and counter-revenge. When he in turn is killed at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes takes up the mantle of avenging his father, continuing the bloodshed until peace is ultimately found in the rule of law. Zinnie Harris reimagines this ancient drama, using a contemporary sensibility to rework the stories, placing the women in the centre. Orestes' leading role is replaced by his sister Electra, who as a young child witnesses her father's murder and is compelled to take justice into her own hands until she too must flee the Furies.

Why did we choose this play? Beneath the City is an adaptation of Oresteia and we felt it would be great to see different takes on the Greek Tragedy.

Read one adaptation, see another!
Beneath the City is at The REP 16  -18 January 2020
For more information and to book tickets click here

For more information or if you have any questions, email Bhavik Parmar:

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The group is completely free and there is no need to book in advance.

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