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A Playground of Play Readings at the SJT Explores Unexpected Performance Spaces

An innovative one-day festival of new plays at the SJT will take audiences to parts of the theatre they have never been before.

Playground of Play Readings, on 5 March, will present readings of new plays by members of the theatre’s adult writers’ workshops in spaces ranging from the basement, furniture store and green room to the two auditoria – and even the theatre’s lift.

The semi-rehearsed readings will start at 10am with a final reading at 6.10pm, and performance spaces will include the McCarthy and the Round, the bar, the basement, the Boden meeting room, the furniture store, the rehearsal room, the green room, the ‘runround’ (the round equivalent of the wings), the lift, the gallery and the atrium.

Cheryl Govan, OutReach Officer (Youth and Community), says: “This is something entirely new for the SJT – the public will get the chance to hear some exciting new work by our fantastic group of adult writers in some truly unusual locations.”

The day’s programme comprises: In This Crummy Old Hotel, by Alex Briggs; The Three Man Fish and Medical Complications, both by John Cooper; Intoxicated by Liam Watt Pattison; Marked by Paul Spencer; Loves, Palindrome by Sam Rhodes; Make Do and Mend by Elizabeth Taylor; Four Conversations by Faith Young; Addict by Gilly Collinson; The Space Between by Jackie Daly; Domo by Lee Watt Pattison; Listen Without Hearing by Michelle Watts, and Down the Tubes by Richard Shipman.

Playground of Play Readings is part of the SJT’s annual ReachOut festival (15 February to 13 March). Run by the theatre’s OutReach department, the  festival gets features a lively and compelling four-week programme of events for all ages, including the latest from National Theatre Connections, community collaborations, play readings, a talent show, concert and workshops.

The SJT OutReach department works with, in and for the local community, encouraging people to engage with the work of the SJT through projects, courses, classes and work experience. It is committed to offering everyone the chance to get involved and participate in creative projects, develop new skills, make friends and have fun along the way.

For further information on both the ReachOut Festival and Playground of Play Readings, please visit:

All ReachOut festival events take place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre; for more information or to book tickets visit or call the Box Office on 01723 375041.

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