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Come read a play with us!

On 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 August, we continued our series of comedy plays with Neil Simon's 'Chapter Two' -  An autobiographical play, about a writer whose wife has died and his matchmaking brother. The plot focuses on George Schneider, a recently widowed writer who is introduced to soap opera actress Jennie Malone by his press agent brother Leo and her best friend Faye. Jennie's unhappy marriage to a football player has dissolved after six years, and she's uncertain if she's ready to start dating yet. Neither is George, whose memories of his first wife threaten to interfere with any effort to embrace a new romance. 

In the month of September, we will be reading David Farr's 'The UN Inspector" - freely adapted from 'The Government Inspector' by Nikolai Gogol.

Spotted at the Marriott by government aides in search of a decent cappuccino, a British businessman nonentity is mistaken for the dreaded UN inspector. While he exploits the situation for all it’s worth, presidential panic ensues as ex-Soviet Ministers make farcical attempts to cover up the corruption that lies at the State’s core.

The nineteenth century Russian satire has been relocated to the present day and to some corrupt corner of what was the Soviet Union, where President Anton Skovsnik (played by the dependable Kenneth Cranham, a familiar face from a number of British gangster flicks) presides over a bunch of inept, self-serving ministers, a mixture of bumbling old men and steely relics of the country's communist past. On discovering that a UN inspector has covertly entered the country, they panic, fearing that their cushy existence may be threatened should their dubious activities be found out.
A riotous comedy based on Gogol’s masterpiece, The Government Inspector, David Farr’s play explores human greed and immorality in the highest places.

In 2005, playwright David Farr wrote and directed a "freely adapted" version for London's National Theatre called The UN Inspector, which transposed the action to a modern-day ex-Soviet republic
So come on the 26th of September at 7:30pm at 18 Anukool, Sq. Ldr. Harminder Singh Marg, 7 Bungalows. Next to Daljit Gym. All are welcome. If you need directions call Varrun on 26392688 or 9930666332.