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Monday Evening Readings

April 29, 2024

A Nice Family Christmas by Phil Olson

It's Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family member's secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that he's writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?

May 6, 2024

Musical Theatre Group Takeover

The ZEST Musical Theatre group has put together a selection of our favourite songs from the repertoire that we've learned over the course of the last year. Ranging from classics like Les Mis to Disney's Anastasia and some new songs in-between that you might not have yet discovered. Come along for some music and a chance to see what we get up to during the bi-monthly sessions. Maybe you'll feel inspired to join us for a session one day!

May 13, 2024

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls is an enduring classic and a play of its time, written by Caryl Churchill in 1982. It is often remembered for its opening scene, an exuberant and at times cacophonous party with remarkable women from history and legend. The party celebrates the spirit and achievements of these women on the occasion of Marlene´s promotion at a recruitment agency. The play is informed by a pivotal moment in the early 1980s, when social and economic change had liberated women but also fostered ruthless individualism.

May 20, 2024

No reading: Public Holiday

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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