With the latest UK lockdown meaning people are once again finding themselves socially isolated, disconnected from others and struggling to keep occupied, we’ve expanded our much-loved online playreading group to provide a wider variety of plays, dates and times so more people can participate!
When lockdown was first announced back in March 2020, we were quick to adapt our programming and move to a virtual format. As part of the new digital offering, we launched ‘Wine and Wilde’ online playreading sessions.
This affordable online activity (which brought people together via Zoom sessions to read through an Oscar Wilde play) had such an overwhelming response, that we’ve decided to expand it for 2021. The new Plays and Pinot format provides participants with a larger range of plays from different playwrights as well as a wider selection of dates and times.
Plays and Pinot is ideal for adults who are interested in the literary classics but keen to explore them in a new way. The low-pressure environment means it is also perfect for those who are unfamiliar with acting; as there are no lines to learn, and no stages to perform on! Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from a play which they then read through together as a small group. In keeping with the informal nature of the group, participants are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine or alternative beverage of choice for a de-brief afterwards.
The first block of Plays and Pinot (A Country Wife) is already sold out but there are spaces available for upcoming sessions which include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Heartbreak House, Lady Windemere’s Fan and What Every Woman Knows.