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Play Reading - Virtual Play Reading - Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
20th May from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Other External

The Criterion in Lockdown: Virtual Play Reading

This will run just like an open reading we would hold in the bar, with parts circulating around those who would like to read, and with people who would rather not read a part being very welcome to come along and just listen to the play. It will run through a dedicated Zoom link.

If you would like to be involved then please email Anne-marie Greene at

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

Characters: 4F 3M

One of Shaw’s most delightful comedies—Raina, a young woman with romantic notions of war and an idealized view of her soldier fiancé, is surprised one night by a Swiss mercenary soldier seeking refuge in her bedchamber. The pragmatic Captain Bluntschli proceeds to puncture all of Raina’s illusions about love, heroism, and class. In a second duel of sex, Louka, Raina’s maid, uses her wiles in her attempt to gain power. Optimistic, farcical, absurd, and teeming with sexual energy, Arms and the Man has Shaw inverting the devices of melodrama to glorious effect.

The script can be downloaded from 

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