Reading allowed in Manchester

Published: 21 February 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Hope Mill play reading

Hope Mill Theatre’s Play Reading Club celebrates its third birthday and continues to thrive online.

The drop-in group meets from 11AM to 1PM on the last Friday of every month, and has more than 40 participants, who read aloud a play together, everything from Shakespeare to Miller and anything from adaptions to new plays by Manchester-based writers. Open to professional performers and non-professionals alike, the group is a way to socialise, enjoy culture and make friends.

When Hope Mill was forced to close its doors last March, the group went online and since last March has met monthly via Zoom.

Originally, the venue charged a small fee for the session, but with a grant from I Love Manchester as well as funding from the Culture Recovery Fund, the group is now free of charge with participants invited to make a voluntary donation.