Playreadings: Autumn and Spring 2021-22

The new season of playreadings as it stood at Nov 2021 (subject to change) is as follows (For updates email, sign up to the UH newsletter or watch this space). Unless otherwise specified playreadings take place at 7.30 p.m GMT/BST on Thursday evenings on Zoom.

Unfinished Histories has been running a playreading group on zoom since April 2020, focusing on scripts from the alternative theatre movement of the 1970s and 80s and New Women scripts from the late 19th / early 20th century. (To purchase copies of Thousands of Noras: Short Plays by Women 1875-1920 ed. Sherry Engle and Susan Croft, source of many of the New Women plays, at a special reduced price please email)

Playreadings are unrehearsed but those who would like to read will be emailed scripts in advance so they can, if they wish, familiarise themselves with the play in advance – or just discover it as they read. Please email for further details.

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

Season so far

Thurs 28th Oct The Subjection of Kezia (UK 1915) by Edith Ellis and The Rib Person by Rita Wellman (US 1918)

Thurs 11th Nov  Better Times  Barrie Keeffe’s 1985 play originally staged at Stratford East, exploring in this 100th anniversary year, the events of the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921.

Thurs 25th Nov   Her Inside event including Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood.  A public zoom event featuring material from Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown was planned. A small group reading of Maryland took place. The larger Her Inside: Stepping Outside event has been held over till 17th March.

Thurs 9th Dec The Amiable Courtship of Miz Venus and Wild Bill (1974) by Pam Gems, originally produced by Britain’s first Women’s Theatre Festival at Inter-Action‘s Almost Free Theatre in 1974

Thurs 6th Jan  Rutherford and Son (1912) by Githa Sowerby

20th Jan  Twice Over (1988) by Jackie Kay, originally produced by Gay Sweatshop

Thurs 3rd  Mar Wild Justice (1896) by Margaret L. Woods

Thurs  17th Mar  Her Inside: Stepping Outside event.  Event recording coming soon. This was a live public event on zoom. Further details her  of Her Inside the blog.  (Viewers are encouraged to donate to Her Inside support future events and workshops)

Thurs 14th April  Forest Song (1911) by Lesya Ukrainka, the classic Ukrainian feminist writer in a new translation by Virlana Tkacz & Wanda Phipps of Yara Arts Group

Thurs 19th May: Three Women (1911) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edge O’ Dark by Gwen John (1909) – and if time allows Feed the Brute by George Paston, 1908).


Thurs 9th June: two Age Exchange Plays What Did You Do in the War, Mum? by Joyce Holliday (1985)and On the River (devised, 1988)

Thurs 30th June Precious Moments from the Family Album To Provide You with Comfort in the Long Years to Come (1967) by Naftali Yavin. Yavin went on to become the founder of TOC, The Other Company, an experimental, physical theatre company that was a key part of the early  Inter-Action.

Future plays are planned to include alternative theatre work such as  Men (1976) by Noel Greig & Don Milligan, The Waiter Speaks (1913) by Miles Franklin,  Bohemian Rhapsody by Sue Frumin and David Holman plays

If you would like further information or to attend as an audience member or a reader please email for details and the zoom links. Watch this space or the Unfinished Histories newsletter for further details of how to sign up.