What we're about

We have needed to make some changes as a result of the covid-19 pandemic so please read EVERYTHING in this section by clicking on “read more”.

Hi there, welcome to Leeds Play Readers! We hope that everyone is well, both physically and mentally.

Reading a play is a great way to enjoy plays as well as to develop confidence in speaking. You'll be introduced to plays and playwrights that you might not have come across before. After each reading you will have the opportunity to share your ideas about the play. You'll find out what play we'll read on the day so no preparation is required. We're open to all, from people with no previous experience to professional actors. We will supply the play for any given session. So if you are interested in the theatre, in trying something new why not consider joining in??

We are a local group who met regularly at Leeds Central Library (prior to the covid-19 pandemic) to read through a play from the Library stock. Unfortunately it has not been possible or wise for Leeds Playreaders to meet during the covid-19 pandemic. We are unsure of when it will be possible and wise to meet in person again. So, for the foreseeable future we will be making a switch to Zoom. This will mean implementing some changes to the way sessions are run and to who may take part.

After experimenting with running Zoom sessions we will need to lower the maximum number of participants taking part to a total of 9. We will also not be able to run a session each week.

Given the reduction of available spaces we would like to limit participation on Zoom to people who answer yes to both of the following questions:

1. Do you live in West Yorkshire at the time the advertised session/event will take place?? AND

2. Would have realistically attended in person had that session taken place in Leeds Central Library??

If you are not living in West Yorkshire at the time of the session or would not have been able or willing to make the trip to the session in Leeds Central Library we would respectfully ask that you do not add yourself to the RSVP for events.

We can only sympathise and apologise if this causes upset or seems unfair – we are a local group transitioning to online and would like to allow those who are living locally and who would have come in person the chance to participate. It has been a difficult decision, which we have not taken lightly. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this.

Some Q & A about this.

Q: I lived in Bradford and attended Leeds Playreaders Events for 3 years solidly. I moved to a different part of the country 2 months ago. Can I still take part??

A: No. You do not live in West Yorkshire at the time of the session. We would respectfully ask that you do not sign up to any events for now and would encourage you to join groups that are based in your current location or that are open to people wherever they might live.

Q: I am not from the UK. I will definitely be moving to Leeds but will only be here for a few months. Can I join and sign up to events??

A: We would ask that you wait until you arrive in Leeds and only sign up to events over the few months that you are actually here - not before or after.

Q: I live in Manchester, am passionate about the theatre and am looking to join an online group to meet people. Can I join and attend events??

A: No. We would ask that you allow people living in West Yorkshire the chance to take part in the events.

Q: I live in Keighley but would never have made the effort to travel to Leeds for a session. Can I sign up for the event on Zoom??

A: No. We would ask that you allow those who would have come to join the session in person the chance to take part online.

Q: I live in West Yorkshire and would have come to the Library – can I RSVP for myself and a +1??

A: No. We would ask that you RSVP for yourself only.

Events

If you do live in West Yorkshire at the time of the event AND you would have been prepared & able to make the effort to travel to Leeds Central Library AND you have signed up to the event: we will message you with the Zoom invite nearer the time, the Code of Conduct and Behaviour and a (short) Guide to Using Zoom. These are available by following the links below and we would ask that you read them.

See the group's "Code of Conduct And Behaviour" Code of Conduct And Behaviour - Leeds Play Readers (Leeds, England) | Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Play-Readers/pages/31381508/Code_of_Conduct_And_Behaviour/)

See the group's "Guide To Using Zoom" Guide to Using Zoom - Leeds Play Readers (Leeds, England) | Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Play-Readers/pages/31381532/Guide_to_Using_Zoom/)

See the group's policy (https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Play-Readers/pages/20963883/No_Shows_%E2%80%93_Policy) on 'No Shows'.

Upcoming events (1)

Play Reading - Zoom (please read the description before signing up)

The next play reading meeting is now scheduled.

Given the reduction of available spaces we would like to limit participation on Zoom to people who answer yes to both of the following questions:
1. Do you live in West Yorkshire at the time the advertised session/event will take place?? AND
2. Would have realistically attended in person had that session taken place in Leeds Central Library??

If the answer to both questions is YES then please feel to RSVP.

New people and people than have not taken part for a while are also more than welcome to join in.

We will send a Zoom link on the morning of the event (sometimes this does not send for some reason so if you get to 12pm Sunday & you still haven't received the link please message Mike & Najm). Once we are in the Zoom Meeting we will explain how it all works and screenshare the play.

If you are not living in West Yorkshire at the time of the session or would not have been able or willing to make the trip to the session in Leeds Central Library we would respectfully ask that you do not add yourself to the RSVP for any events.

There is more info about this, the Code of Conduct and Behaviours and a short Guide for Using Zoom on the "What We Are About" Section of the intro page https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Play-Readers/

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