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Monday Evening Readings

February 6, 2023

Beginning by David Eldridge

It's the early hours of the morning and Danny's the last straggler at Laura's party. Her flat's in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? This tender and funny 2017 play takes an intimate look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance.

February 13, 2023

Nightlands (one-act play) by Jack MacGregor, production candidate for September 2023

A play about how authoritarianism weaponises nostalgia, about Russia today, a psychological thriller located in the ex-Soviet ghost town of Pyramiden, Svalbard. Set in 1999, at the dawn of the Putin autocracy, Pyramiden’s caretakers play out a generational and ideological conflict. Sasha is nostalgic for the collapsed communist past, Slava wants a better future. Their epic struggle rages like the storms of the Polar Night.

February 20, 2023

The Contrarian by Richard Toye, production candidate for November 2023

We will have the opportunity to meet the playwright and discuss the play with him. An evening not to be missed! Vernon Heathrow is an embittered right-wing academic, about to launch his final book before he finally retires from his post at university. However, when one of his PhD students and social media savvy, Anita Pendharkar, accidentally walks into his book launch, he sees an opportunity to benefit both their futures. Vernon presents an agreement that will allow Anita to realise her dream of a career in academia, while Vernon receives his five minutes of fame as a social media sensation. As Anita agrees we see how their contrasting ideologies affect their relationship to collaborate and how social media success can easily go badly wrong. The Contrarian is the debut play from historian Richard Toye. It explores social media, the culture wars, loneliness, and the emotional backdrop behind ideological arguments.

February 27, 2023

Circle Mirror Transformation by Anne Baker

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

The Zurich English-Speaking Theatre meets almost every Monday evening for a play reading. Potential new members are always welcome - take a look at the reading details on this page for the next reading date.  All meetings take place at St. Andrew's Community Centre, near Stadelhofen in central Zurich (see the map below).  Doors open around 19:00 for an informal get-together and the reading starts at 19:30 unless otherwise stated.  You don't need to sign up or inform us that you are coming, but if you have any questions, please contact us via the General Enquiries page.


Play readings are organised and read by members without rehearsal with scripts in hand and a basic set.  Newcomers will not be initially asked to read, but if you'd like to get involved, talk to anyone on the committee and we will be glad to put you down on the reading list.

Monday readings are open to anyone and count towards your membership session count.  For more information on membership, see the membership page.


Following changes to the BAG restrictions, certificates will no longer be required to attend in-person events. Some venues still require us to wear masks despite the changes, which we must abide by. Please do not attend an event if you have COVID-like symptoms. Food and drink may be consumed again and wine will be provided again on Mondays in the coming weeks.

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