An American Evening at the Chesil – 28 April

     DSC00839An American Evening: Playgirls and Partners present a rehearsed reading of sketches, plays and songs

An exciting evening of American sketches and songs will take place on Saturday 28 April in aid of the Chesil Development Fund performed by local female play-reading group Playgirls.
Established in 2007, Playgirls meets once a month to read classic and contemporary plays. Partners and relatives have been co-opted to play the male parts and provide music in An American Evening – featuring short plays mostly from the 20’s and 30’s, by Dorothy Parker, Susan Glaspell, Lucille Fletcher, and Edward Albee and accompanied by classic songs from the great American composers.
Members of the group include women of all ages and backgrounds; professional actors, academics, teachers, lawyers, media and PR specialists, visual artists and writers, all of them based in Winchester. The idea of play reading has proved so popular that a second group, Playgirls 2, was formed earlier this year.
Dr. Cecily O’Neill, the founder of Playgirls and director of An American Evening, feels a play reading group is more rewarding than the more familiar book club.  She said: “No particular talent is necessary, just enthusiasm. We read in the moment, so there’s no homework. And because we’re an all women group, we get to read all the great dramatic parts, which are so often male. Members suggest plays they’d like to read, and the play collection at the Discovery Centre is a great resource. We’re very excited about the staged reading at the Chesil on 28 April – It’s the group’s first attempt at performance.”
Performance times: Saturday 28 April 2012 at 7.45
Tickets are £5, and can be booked online from, (fee applies) or by post from Ticket Sales, Chesil Theatre, Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HU. (Send cheque and SAE).


About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at
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