THE TRAIN, HONEST TO GOD and More Set for Circa Theatre & Playmarket 2012 Play Readings

May 31
7:49 PM 2012


Circa Theatre and Playmarket are pleased to present a fantastic array of engaging and thought-provoking play readings. New works by New Zealand playwrights Ken Duncum, Elspeth Sandys, Joe Musaphia, Phil Braithwaite, Kathryn Burnett and Nick Ward will be presented in rehearsed readings, along with Jerusalem by international award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth (subject to rights). The readings will take place at Circa once a month from June to November. Each reading will be helmed by a well-known local theatre director and performed by a cast of professional actors.

The schedule for the Circa Theatre and Playmarket Season of Play Readings 2012 is:

9th June
The Train Set by Joe Musaphia

4th August
Honest to God by Phil Braithwaite

25th August
Rogues and Vagabonds by Elspeth Sandys

29th September
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth (subject to rights)

27th October
Janet & John by Ken Duncum

17th November
Mike & Virginia by Nick Ward and Kathryn Burnett

Susan Wilson will direct the first reading: The Train Set by Joe Musaphia, starring Christopher Brougham, Nikki MacDonnell and Gavin Rutherford. It is set in Berlin, Germany, 1939. A Jewish couple, Herschel and Vera Stern, are selling up to start a new life in New Zealand. Among their chattels is a Marklin train set. Herschel is impatient to leave Hitler’s ‘anti-Semitic hellhole.’ Vera still dreams of ‘my Germany.’ Their young son and daughter are away while they prepare the apartment for the impending sale. An SS officer knocks on their front door…and demands to see and play with the train set … a very powerful and grimly entertaining drama ensues.

The reading will take place at 2pm on Saturday, 9 June in Circa Two. Tickets are just $5, and can be purchased at the Circa Box Office by calling 801-7992 or online at

For the detailed information about all of the plays in the 2012 Circa Theatre/Playmarket Season of Play Readings, click here. Circa Theatre is located at 1 Taranaki St, Wellington Waterfront. Bookings: phone 04 801 7992, email or visit

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