Play Reading Workshops
Play Readings have proved to be a very popular part of StageOne’s very varied workshop programme and are ideal introductions to acting, scripts and confidence building. Each play reading workshop is usually led by Michael Hale or another StageOne member. The chosen play of the day is read through with every member having a turn at joining in and reading a different character and or any stage directions. Typically it takes two to three workshops to complete a play reading, depending on how long the play is.
In the last 5 years StageOne have read a considerable number of plays including "The Lark" (Joan of Arc) by Jean Anouilh, "Murder in the Cathedral" by T. S. Eliot, "Blithe Spirit" by Noël Coward, "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde, and "Luther" by John Osborne, and “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn.
One of the great strengths of the play readings has proved to be its enviable age-spread, with experienced and inexperienced readers. Another main strength is that members can gradually introduce them selves to acting and build up confidence which can be help members when acting out sketches on the stage. Also, members have tremendous fun reading in male or female parts and put on accents and voices which add to the already funny and hilarious humour found in some of the plays that have been read.