The Shaw Society


Play Reading Group

The Actors Centre
John Thaw Room
1a Tower Street,
off Earlham Street, London WC2H 9NP
Nearest tube stations areTottenham Court Road or Leicester Square and a number of buses pass close by, 14,19,24,29,38,176.  
Visitors are welcome to all our meetings entrance fee is £10, Members £5
Monday, 4th June
at 7-30pm

Actor Hayward Morse will be reading excerpts from Shaw’s own very frank account of his early life in Dublin: the people who influenced him and the poverty and shame, as detailed in the preface of his novel Immaturity.

The readings will be followed by a discussion.

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Next Meeting

The group meets at 7pm
on the first Thursday
of the month, for details
Call 020 7435 6497 Professional play readers and student actors  are especially welcome.
£3/Members £2

Thursday, 3 May at 7pm
Butley  By Simon Gray

Thursday, 7th June
The Story Brought By Brigit by Augusta, Lady Gregory
(a Celtic passion play)

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The judges of The Shaw Society Playwriting Award 2017/18 are delighted to announce the winner of the £500 prize: Michael Sherbourne of Luton in Essex. It was unanimously agreed that his entry entitled Divorce On The Rocks had that combination of qualities for which Bernard Shaw was famous: wit and wordplay within a social and political context. An unplanned runner-up prize of £100, donated by one of the judges, Sylvia Syms, was awarded to Raymond Diamond, a London based member of the Shaw Society, for his entry On The Rack which the judges felt also deserved special recognition. Judging was totally anonymous.
This is the sixth playwriting competition to be held in memory of the late T.F. Evans, long time editor of The Shaw Society journal The Shavian. The task was to write a sequel, prequel or interlude to Shaw’s play On the Rocks or a short play based on the extraordinary world events of our time and how they might have been treated by Shaw if he had been alive today. Both winning entries managed to combine the two options, and brought On the Rocks up to date in two very entertaining short plays.

The judges: Sylvia Syms, celebrated actor; Edward Kemp head of RADA; Toni Kanal, Shavian actor, Sue Morgan, National Trust Custodian of Shaw’s Corner and Alan Knight, chair of the Shaw Society Playreading Group, agreed that the standard of entry this year has been very high, and would like to congratulate all candidates for their imaginative and often witty interpretations of the competition theme.

The two winning plays will be performed as a rehearsed reading in the Autumn by members of the Shaw Society Actors’ Company SHAW2020. Details to be announced.

Winner of the Shaw Society Playwriting Award