Reading Theatre: A Play a Week

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Participant studying using a book and tablet

Key information:

Course dates:
Wednesday evenings, 25 January–01 March 2023
Course times:
7.15pm-8.45pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)
Art form:
Drama | Other Art Forms
5pm, Friday 20 January 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Evening | Spring

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity. 

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Wednesday evenings on 25 January, 01, 08, 15, 22 February and 01 March 2023
7.15pm-8.45pm, weekly, GMT (UTC+/-0)

About Reading Theatre: A Play a Week 

This six-week online evening course will see you form your very own theatre book club. You will read a different play text each week, in your own time, and each session will give you the opportunity to discuss and explore it with your group, course tutor and industry professionals, including actors and directors. The plays will cover a range of playwrights, genres, styles and subjects.

Reading List Updated - Reading Theatre Spring 2023
Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 18 and over with an interest in theatre, who would like to gain a deeper understanding of different theatre genres and playwrights.

What can I expect?

Extracts from the texts will be read aloud with the course tutor and guest speaker who will host open, relaxed discussions about the themes, ideas, language, and most importantly your responses to the play.

You will explore six different texts and each week a guest speaker from the Film, TV and Theatre industry will join the session to discuss these and how they would go about approaching them. Visiting speakers include Prasanna Puwanarajah, Luke Thallon, Stefan Adegbola, Oscar Batterham, Amber James and Henry Pettigrew (please note, guest speakers may change due to availability). 

You will be encouraged to offer ideas and opinions to the discussions, but with no pressure or expectation. If you simply want to listen, that is welcome too!

Do I need anything for the course?

You will need to source your own copies of the texts on the reading list, either by purchasing hard copies/eBooks or from free online resources where copyright is not infringed. 

Reading List - Reading Theatre Spring 2023.pdf
“This course is excellent if you want to learn more about plays and playwrights, but also to be able to discuss them in a group with like-minded people. Moreover, it was very inspiring to listen to the guest speakers & tutors about their experience performing in the plays and to be able to ask questions.”

– participant on Reading Theatre: A Play a Week, Jan–Feb, 2022

Course Fee


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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity. 


    Online Short Courses Requirements

    All sessions will take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the course start date with further instructions.

    To participate in online classes you will need the following:

    • An email address
    • A reliable internet connection
    • A laptop/tablet/desktop computer with a microphone and camera (most have these included)
    • Speakers/headphones (the speakers in your laptop/tablet/computer should be sufficient)
    • A fully updated web browser able to use the most up to date version of Zoom, or a fully updated Zoom client

    If you have any questions regarding joining one of our online courses please contact us.

    About the Course Tutor

    This course is led by actress Charlotte Bate. Charlotte will be joined by a guest speaker from the Film, TV and Theatre industry each session. 

    Charlotte trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2015. 

    Theatre credits include: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe), I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly), On The Other Hand We’re Happy, Daughterhood, Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency (Paines Plough/ Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Rivals (The Watermill Theatre), Blackthorn (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Paines Plough), King Lear (The Orange Tree Theatre), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible).

    Television credits include: The Sandman (Netflix/ Warner Bros.), Casualty (BBC), White House Farm (NPX/ITV), Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (Channel 4/Amazon).

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