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
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.
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.
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:
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 https://www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries/vocal-score-sets-and-playsets
Guide to playreading on Zoom