After Ayckbourn

Tagora continues its series of online readings

Following King Charles III and A Chorus of Disapproval, Tagora’s next on-line reading will be on Sunday 10 April, and will be The Dog It Was that Died by Tom Stoppard, presented by Simon Palmer. Simon has provided the following introduction:

A spy attempts suicide but succeeds only in hurting himself and inadvertently killing a dog. This is an accident which is eloquent about the futility of espionage, of conflict, of existence even. One should never forget that although the events of the play take place in a comfortably British context redolent of John le Carré, Sir Tom Stoppard sees them differently, through his Czech origins: the outsider, omnipresent but imperceptible, who gives this apparently caricatured tale a surrealist tinge. The play, originally written for television in the early 1980s, is rich in humour and incident but comes to no very concrete conclusions as to whether the intelligence services of the cold-war era served any purpose at all…

Tagora has submitted this work to the 3.14 collective as a candidate for presentation on stage at the Cube Noir.

If you wish to take part in the reading, please contact by 4 April, indicating whether or not you want to be allocated a speaking part.

Two further readings are also scheduled:

  • Outside Edge by Richard Harris, on 15 and 22 May;
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, in the first half of June.

For the latter proposal, we would welcome feedback on whether Whit Sunday – 6 June – is a suitable date for the first of two readings or whether you would prefer the first reading to be put back a week. Please let us know if you have a view on this.