Play Date

Read a play with us each month

Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play. 

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Third Thursday of the Month

7:00PM - 9:30PM

Pah-La

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Abhishek Majumdar is an Indian playwright and director. He founded two theatre companies based in Bangalore namely; Indian Ensemble and Bhasha Centre for Performing Arts. Some of his many plays are The Djinns of Eidgah, Pah-la, Pratidwandi, Harlesden High Street, An Arrangement of Shoes, Afterlife of Birds, Rizwaan, Kaumudi, Dweepa, Muktidham, Baatin, Tathagat and Salt.

ABOUT THE PLAY

In a remote village in Tibet, a young runaway named Deshar, disowns their family and runs away to become a Buddhist nun. At the same time, in Lhasa a Chinese military commander named Deng is unable to see his wife and daughter due to work. Deng is sent to destroy the nunnery to buid a hospital and begin some political “re-education”. When Deshar disobeys the country, it sends out a ripple that forever changes the lives of Deshar, Deng and their families. Pah-La is about stories from the 2008 Lhasa riots and the future of non-violence.

JOIN PLAY DATE

Play Date is a monthly play reading activity, held on the third Thursday of each month.  We read one play from around the world together. The play reading is followed by a group discussion about the play. Anyone is welcome to join and practice reading out loud, regardless of experience or level of English comprehension. With Play Date, learning English becomes fun. This is a place where you can practice speaking out loud, expand your vocabulary and meet new people. Play Date is produced by Crane Creations Theatre Company. Crane Creations is an immigrant led professional theatre company located in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Join us for our next Play Date! 

Reading a play is like venturing into a new world.

Third
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every 3rd Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:30PM

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FAQ

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No, there is no need to purchase the play in order to participate in the play reading, although we strongly encourage you to supporting the livelihood of playwrights by purchasing their published work. For the purpose of Play Date read, we have obtained a permission of the playwrights to read their work and you will be provided with access to it on the day of the read. Please do consider supporting playwright by either purchasing the play, attending a show in the future or donating. Thank you.

Absolutely! If you would like to join us for one session just to see how it goes, feel free.

You are trying something new! Yay! No need to prepare anything, we will explain how things go during our event. If you have any special requests, or accessibility needs, please e-mail us at: info@cranecreations.ca

Of course you can! Join us for a Play Date, and enter your suggested play in the survey at the end of the session. Our team will read the play, contact the playwright (if the play is still under copyright) and add find a way how to add it to the schedule.

Each Play Date we share the roles based on how many characters are in the story, and how many participants we have. 

Don’t worry. There is no pressure! This is your time to practice, and fail without judgement. People of all levels are welcome to join. 

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