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Playreading Group

This month's play: Lava by James Fritz

30 Mar - 27 Jul

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30 Mar - 27 Jul 2021


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Lava by James Fritz 

Join our relaxed and friendly playreading group monthly to read and discuss online, via  Zoom, extracts from a new play. This group is open to all and a perfect way to explore modern and classical plays of all styles.

During playreading sessions, we will either read the whole play or selection key scenes depending on the length of the play.


Lava by James Fritz

‘A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin is finding it hard to talk. The only person who seems to notice is Rach, who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again.

But when Rach’s family take in an articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority. How does it feel when the suffering of others seems more legitimate than our own?

James Fritz’s Lava is a timely play about grief, masculinity and the power of expression, rocking with raw emotion and sharp humour. It premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018, in a co-production with Fifth Word’. Nick Hern Books.

What the critics say:

‘Compassionate, warm and funny… Fritz’s work pairs structural playfulness with emotional intelligence and inky wit… his plays are contained and compassionate, and frequently find reservoirs of humour in places you wouldn’t expect’ The Stage.

Important information

Days and times: Tuesdays, 1-3.30pm

Dates: 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June & 27 July *

  • NOTE: All future sessions will go on sale on the first Monday of each month

Venue: Zoom (online)

Age: 26+

Cost:  £3. Your contribution will help us to continue delivering creative engagement activities.

Participants will be given access to an electronic version of the play text for up to one week before the session.

You can also purchase a copy of the text from Nick Hern Books.