Play Readings

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On the last Sunday of each month, (some exceptions) the Guild hosts FREE Play Readings. These are intended to encourage contemporary writers, actors, potential directors and anyone interested in hearing new, old, and sometimes obscure scripts come to life through a reading.

Play readings are presented at no cost to the audience. Donations to the Guild are gratefully accepted. Following the latest protocols from the local Health Unit during COVID times, RESERVATIONS of seats are required. PLEASE BRING YOUR PRINTED TICKETS (on paper or your phone) to the theatre.  We must limit our audience to 50% of the capacity of the hall, which is normally 230 seats. Patrons are also required to wear masks. Play readings are held in the main hall at the Guild at 1 p.m.   All are welcome.

September 26th, 1:00

The Shakespeare Club, by Dave Carley

Come and hear the latest update of this play by Canadian playwright Dave Carley, who will be in attendance at the reading.  The Shakespeare Club
It’s winter,1953.
An ice storm has locked-in Peterborough. The streets are nearly impassible. Hydro lines are being brought down by ice-heavy branches. Nevertheless, a determined group of women is gathering in one of their homes, to study Shakespeare.
The storm raging outside the Shakespeare Club’s meeting is soon matched by conflict inside. Intellectual discourse is disrupted by ancient rivalries- and a little magic. By the time hydro is restored to the storm-tossed city, the club’s power structure has split, and minds are cracking open.
Dave Carley’s newest play takes a 100+ year old Peterborough club with real-life historical characters, mixes in one of the worst tempests in our city’s history, a bit of Shakespeare, a pinch of magic – and stirs….
Dave Carley
Born and raised in Peterborough, Dave Carley began his playwriting career at the Theatre Guild, with a 1979 production of his musical Susanna. In the years since, his plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States. His works are often set in Peterborough. They include Midnight Madness, Taking Liberties, Walking on Water and the Last Liberal. Dave currently has two full length works in progress: The Shakespeare Club  and Extinction.

The play readers will include Susan Gontier, Jennifer Gruer, and Lisa Devan

Safety protocols will be in place.
  • Patrons must wear masks and maintain physical distance from others.
  • Patrons must bring proof of vaccination and must sit only in reserved seats. Please bring your tickets in printed form or on your phone. (We can check our system at the box office if you forget but that might cause a delay)
  • There will be NO bar service or food service. (Feel free to bring your own water bottle).
  • Signs will direct patrons to properly maintain distance if using washrooms. Hand sanitizer will be provided and its use required upon entrance to the building.
  • The audience size will be limited to the number of patrons who can be safely seated in the hall. For this reason, tickets can be reserved by emailing

Starts at 1:00p.m. on the main stage – Free admission. Reservations required.

AUGUST ‘s reading

Drinking Alone, by Norm Foster

was a great success!
Thanks to the play readers Marion Griffin, Justin Boyd, Kait Duek, Lindsay Unterlander, Steve Russell and Dianne Russell. And thanks to our wonderful director Bea Quarrie and all the volunteer ushers and helpers.

August 29, 2021  1:00 p.m.

Too Young to Die, by Geoff Hewitson

Come and hear the latest update of this play by local playwright Geoff Hewitson, who will be in attendance at the reading.  Too Young to Die is a dramatization based on the fascinating local history of a hanging of a young man in Peterborough.  We are hoping to hold this play reading outdoors at the actual courthouse location where the trial and sentence were carried out! Stay tuned for details as they develop.
The play readers will include some of our local favourites…

Starts at 1:00p.m. location TBD – Free admission. 

February 28, 2021  1:00p.m.

Wrong Turn at Lungfish, by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz


Thanks to Bea Quarrie for organizing and Marion Griffin for reading stage directions, and THANKS to our great cast of readers…
Peter Ravenswaal … David Geene
Nurse … Liz Moody
Anita Merendino … Laura Lawson
Dominic De Caesar … Andrew Little


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