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Our next Play Reading is on Wednesday 17th February at 7.45pm, in the Village Hall Committee Room. Do come and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee, read a part or two (or maybe more!), or just listen, you'll be very welcome. 

Wednesday February 17th

'Adam Bede' by George Eliot, adapted by Geoffrey Beeves

In this rich and humorous portrayal of eighteenth-century rural life, Geoffrey Beevers remains true to George Eliot's original novel. Adam Bede, a young carpenter of integrity, loves Hetty Sorrel, a pretty and self-centred dairymaid, who herself dreams of Arthur Donnithorne, the young squire. Arthur cannot resist seducing her, and their passion has tragic consequences for the whole community. 

Wednesday March 16th

'The Secretary Bird' by William Douglas-Home

A wife whose husband takes her for granted finds romance with a dashing man, but has misgivings when the husband offers to be caught in a compromising situation with his secretary to give her grounds for divorce. 

Wednesday April 20th

'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter (tbc)

On a much more serious note than 'The Secretary Bird', 'Betrayal' was inspired by Pinter's own affair with TV Presenter Joan Bakewell. The play  begins in 1977, with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the play, we move back in time, through the states of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's best friend.

I look forward to seeing you there

Nan Newberry

Play readings

are generally held every couple of months in the Committee Room of the Village Hall. They are very informal occasions, specifically, they are NOT AUDITIONS!. We have a cup of something and just sit and read plays, swapping roles, depending on the numbers who turn up.

It is an opportunity for those who do not wish to tread the boards, or who have not the confidence to do so, or those who say they cannot learn lines to take on a role.

Of course it is open to all even the experienced amongst us as we can take on roles we could not play on stage.

You can email us at; or you can contact the Secretary at the address or telephone number below.

Mrs Lyn Hyde, Secretary,
Little Gaddesden Drama Club,
22 Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NU
Phone 842267

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