You can't possible have all the world's plays at your fingertips - or can you.

I used to be a huge collector of books and plays and reference tomes and anything printed by Penguin circa 1960 etc. The trouble is, one moves around so much (peculiarly been in the same house for 4 years now, a bit of record since leaving home) and it is such a chore keeping boxes and boxes (and I do mean dozens) and moving them or finding a home for them.

But, wouldn't it be magical if the play you wanted to read was just a couple of clicks and a postage stamp or two away?

That's why I got to thinking about this great community that we're all involved in. I thought about how we are all here trying to expand our appreciation of performance/art/creativity etc and that sometimes our horizons are limited by either the money in our pocket or by the fact of a book being out of print and difficult to get hold of.

So, I wondered whether like minded individuals would be up for a bit of, not swapping, but organised lending/borrowing of scripts initially.

Isn't it a pain when you come across and old audition speech from college, or wherever, and you can't find your copy of the whole play?

Well, I decided to set up a group on the National Theatre Wales community site called "Plays We Want To Read". It's there for anyone and everyone to post up requests for plays that you're interested in reading for whatever reason, but can't seem to get hold of.

Please do join the group, even if you currently don't need anything. It'll help spread the word anyway.

And if anyone has any suggestions for making it work easily and simply then do let the whole group know.

Thanks for reading this, and happy sharing ...

Rob

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Comment by Robert Harper on February 4, 2010 at 14:52
How very interesting.
Comment by Drama Association of Wales on February 4, 2010 at 14:42
Sorry, link didn't appear - Drama Association of Wales website - www.dramawales.org.uk
Comment by Drama Association of Wales on February 4, 2010 at 14:39
Hi Robert - you may be interested in our organisation - the Drama Association of Wales. We are a membership organisation with nearly 500 members worldwide.

Central to our organisation is the largest specialist Drama Lending Library in the world. Over 300,000 volumes of plays, biographies, critical works and technical theatre books including the entire Playsets and Lending collections of the former British Theatre Association. Members are served by return of post from Cardiff - or if you're in the area you're more than welcome to drop in. You can find us at the Old Library, Singleton Road, Splott, Cardiff CF24 2ET.

If you'd like to know more, please call me (Teresa Hennessy) on 029 2045 2200 or email me at teresa@dramawales.org.uk Our website is if you'd care to visit us. Let me know if we can be of help. Best wishes, Teresa.

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