Online playreading group expands to keep more Sussex adults connected and entertained during lockdown
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When lockdown was first announced back in March 2020, Dramatis was quick to adapt its programming and move to a virtual format.
As part of its new digital offering, Dramatis launched ‘Wine and Wilde’ online playreading sessions.
This affordable online activity (which brought people together via Zoom sessions to read through an Oscar Wilde play) had such an overwhelming response, that Dramatis has expanded it for 2021.
The new Plays and Pinot format provides participants with a larger range of plays from different playwrights as well as a wider selection of dates and times.
Plays and Pinot is ideal for adults who are interested in the literary classics but keen to explore them in a new way. The lowpressure environment means it is also perfect for those who are unfamiliar with acting; as there are no lines to learn, and no stages to perform on!
Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from a play which they then read through together as a small group. In keeping with the informal nature of the group, participants are encouraged to bring along a
glass of wine or alternative beverage of choice for a de-brief afterwards.
As Janet, one of the attendees, explains: “I was hesitant at first as I’m quite self-conscious, but I had so much fun!”.
Marty, another attendee, adds “It’s been great to meet new drama lovers and have some social interaction to look forward to during
lockdown” while Mandy says, “Everybody’s really friendly and supportive”.
Whilst Dramatis is Sussex based, and so normally focuses on bringing the communities of Bognor Regis and Chichester together, the online Plays and Pinot group means adults from across the UK (including Liverpool and Eastbourne) have been able to join in too.
Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, adds: “it’s been a pleasure to welcome so many adults to our online playreading sessions since lockdown began and we’re excited to now expand the programme and utilise the power of drama to help more people through this difficult time”.
The first block of Plays and Pinot (A Country Wife) is already sold out but there are spaces available for upcoming sessions which include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Heartbreak House, Lady Windemere’s Fan and What Every Woman Knows.
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