Subject Advice

Play Reading

Contact the adviser

I would be available for groups initially wanting to set up a Play Reading group to offer advice etc etc. on how to go about this:

  • to advise on the suitability of plays
  • to suggest how one can access plays.
  • to be available as a contact to discuss, advise, and help whenever required to do so

Newsletter - January 2015  Newsletter - January 2015 (16.34 KB)

Play List  Play List (27.91 KB)

Play List 2  Play List 2 (74.08 KB)

Some warm up exercises  Some warm up exercises (64.08 KB) - provided by Sara Gray of Malmesbury & District u3a

Scripts by Brian Freeland  Scripts by Brian Freeland (117.01 KB) - available from at no cost (but postage would be appreciated).

Plays available for download - a folder of many plays, regularly updated with new material.

Scripts for Stage is a website to access some plays which can be purchased or read online. There are several plays on this site and many are murder mysteries.

NEW *  HARDLUCK TIMES By Margaret Fisher

Drama Association of Wales Collection - 

What’s in the DAW collection?

The collection includes several thousand plays, with a focus on sets. "We have been gradually listing and organising the collection and have now added more than 2500 titles to our online catalogue." 

Membership and hire charges

An annual membership subscription is payable by individuals and groups who wish to hire play texts from the DAW collection.
Full details of the current membership and hire charges are listed in the Membership scheme for DAW collection document.

Membership Scheme for Drama Association of Wales Collection October 2014   Membership Scheme for Drama Association of Wales Collection October 2014 (211.12 KB)

DAW order form   DAW order form (1.12 MB)

Roger Stephens, member of the Islington u3a Play Reading group has kindly donated a large number of recordings to the British Library Sound Archive. The audio is a series of talks and seminars from visiting playwrights he recorded, while he was studying for his MA in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University in 1991.

Please click here to access Roger Stephens recordings.
In the 'Simple Search’ field enter ‘Roger Stephens’ and press the Enter key or click the Search button.

The recordings will be listed, and the shelf-location of each cassette is displayed by clicking 'Details'.
The British Library Sound Archive will need to be contacted to make a listening appointment. Further details avaliable here.

The Gutenberg Project is an online library of free eBooks which features plays out of copyright to be downloaded, copied and edited for electronic distribution. Some publishers (e.g. Lazy Bee) will sell an electronic script with specific permission to duplicate and group read.

Examples of plays to download from the Gutenberg Project:

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

The Playboy of the Western World bu JM Synge

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Country Wife by William Wycherley

The Seagull by Anton Chekov

The Inspector-General by Nicolay Gogol


Calling all Barnet Drama & Playreading groups  *NEW *

Any drama or play-reading group in Barnet can register to use their collection.  The Barnet collection comprises approximately 1,000 playsets with new titles currently being added . For a fee of £25 per year , drama groups can borrow up to 6 playsets for 6 weeks. For more information on joining, see our webpage  



Guide to playreading on Zoom

Starting Zoom Playreading





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