Reading Week returns with 8 new plays at the Pleasance Theatre London

Reading Week connects playwrights and audiences, giving writers the opportunity to hear their scripts brought to life in a rehearsed reading and gain valuable feedback from audience and industry specialists.

Please join the theatre team at Pleasance Islington for this festival of new plays powered by Pleasance Futures, with a double bill of bold, exciting and innovative new writing each evening. Audience feedback and conversation is a key element of these events.

Set against the backdrop of major moments in Sydney’s gay rights movement, Ryan Watson’s The Fountain is an epic, intimate play set over three time periods in one apartment. Behind the brick walls and double glazed windows, the far reach of the conservative views of a misogynistic country can be felt. A funny, sometimes dramatic look at who we are and how we got here.

In 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas, became the focus of the Civil Rights movement when a group of African American students attempted to desegregate a local high school.Decades later, Alice Charles’s play follows Elizabeth Eckford, one of these Little Rock Nine, as she is thrust back into the limelight.