Great TextsOn the last Monday of every month people meet in Q's drawing room to read a play they may have heard of but not necessarily have read. Writer's come to see how the greats wrote, actors come to play multiple parts and theatre lovers come because it keeps them in touch with the art form. It is open all and everyone takes turns in playing characters from the play. Discussions ensue after over tea and biscuits.
In the month of October, we read The Dispute by French master Marivaux. A play is in the Comedie Francaise style. The story of four children who are kept isolated, and what happens when they first meet each other. While bordering on farce, and first dismissed at almost frivolous, further discussion unearthed facets of the play that bordered on the genius. Questions about our own lives, our obsession with reality television, experiments, our attitudes towards relationships were all put under the microscope.
One of the shortest plays we've ever read at Great Texts, turned out to create the longest discussion. It seemed a very simple straight forward play, but deadly under the surface.
Unfortunately we won't be reading anything in November and December. Blame one on preparing for Thespo and the other on recovering from Thespo. However we will be back in January 2010. Let us know if there are any plays you want the group to read at Great Texts. Till then keep reading!!