Online Playreadings under the Lockdown

Plays read so far include

(alternative theatre plays in bold, New Women plays in italics)

14/4/20 Go West Young Woman by Pam Gems (The Women’s Company, Roundhouse, 1974)

21/4/20 Act I of The Finding of Nancy (1902) by Netta Syrett; Cousin Mary (1912) by Catherine Dawson-Scott; The Common Round (1917) by Katherine Mansfield; Miss Tassey (1910) by Elizabeth Baker

28/4/20 Friends of Alice Wheeldon by Sheila Rowbotham (DAC Theatre, 1980)

5/5  Chains of Dew (1922) and Trifles (1916) by Susan Glaspell (US)

12/5 Son of a Gun by John Burrows (Sidewalk Theatre, 1976)

19/5/20 Cicely Hamilton’s Just to Get Married (Little Theatre, 1910)

2/6/20 Wyre’s Cross by Peta Master and Geraldine Griffiths (Mrs Worthington’s Daughters’ Daughters, 1982) pt 1

9/6/20 Wyre’s Cross by Peta Master and Geraldine Griffiths (Mrs Worthington’s Daughters’ Daughters, 1982) pt 2

16/6/20 The Parasites by Rose Mathews (UK, 1908) and A Man’s Own by Sophie Treadwell (US, 1905)

23/6/20 Loaded Questions by Neil Hornick and Joel Cutrara (Phantom Captain 1976).

30/6/20 Leaguers and Peelers (1911) by Susan L Mitchell and Not Made in Heaven by Mary Costello  (1909), both Irish

6/7/20 A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner (Bush Theatre, 1988)

14/7/20 Material from Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown including April De Angelis’s Breathless (1986), Nicola Werenowska’s Behind Doors (2020), Margaret Wynne Nevinson’s monologue A Daughter of the State (c1911), Susan the Indispensable  by Evelyn Sharp (1890s)

24/11/20 The Komagata Maru Incident by Sharon Pollock (Half Moon, 1976)

10/12/20 Karin by Alfhild Agrell (translated by Florence Bell, 1892), Swedish

22/12/20 Betty’s Wonderful Christmas by Pam Gems (Cockpit Theatre, 1972)

7/1/21 Fanny Whittington and her Glorious Pussy by Sue Frumin (Oval House, 1988)

21/1/21 is Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale (US, 1920)

4/2/21 Squat Now While Stock Last by Rough Theatre and Squat by James Saunders (Richmond Fringe at the Orange Tree, 1976)

18/2/21 Rejected Addresses (1882) and Careers (1883) by Emily Susan Ford

Forthcoming Readings

4/03/21 Out! On the Costa del Trico devised by Women’s Theatre Group, 1977

25/03/21 Readings from Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown including In the Workhouse (1911) by Margaret Wynne Nevinson, April De Angelis’s Breathless (1986) and Nicola Werenowska’s Behind Doors (2020), plus poems, short stories and music. This is a live performance on zoom as part of Women’s History Month. For tickets book here

Go here to explore and contribute to Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown
See here for details of Writers’ Workshops on Tuesdays 16th and 30th March!

8/04/21  To be confirmed

If you would like to take part or if you have a play from the alternative theatre movement or a New Woman play you would like to submit / suggest we read, please email contact at with Playreadings in the subject line.

We also with a separate community group:
27/4/20 How the Vote was Won  and The Pot and the Kettle by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John;

May 2020 One of the Old Guard by Constance Campbell (1914) and Lady Geraldine’s Speech by Beatrice Harraden