Introducing The NHB Playgroup: one great free play each week to read and discuss

Theatre publishers Nick Hern Books have launched The NHB Playgroup, a new initiative offering one free play each week to read and discuss, plus a Q&A with the writer.

Each Wednesday during the coronavirus shutdown, Nick Hern Books will be making one play available for free, and inviting everyone who reads it to send in a question for the writer. They’ll then record a Q&A with them, which will be released as a podcast the following Wednesday, along with the next free play.

The first NHB Playgroup play is the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen by Anna Jordan, which premiered at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, in 2015, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. Other writers lined up for The NHB Playgroup include James Fritz, Winsome Pinnock, Enda Walsh, Stef Smith and Ella Hickson, with further names to be announced.

The plays will all be made freely available to read online, with readers invited to submit questions by the end of Sunday for the opportunity to be included in the Q&A. Throughout the week, NHB readers to keep the discussion of the play going online, using the hashtag #NHBPlaygroup on
Twitter to share their thoughts with everyone else who’s reading.


Published on:
3 Apr 2020


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  1. i signed up for the weekly readings but have received nothing in response

    by Joel Greenberg
    3:50 pm, 21 May 2020
    1. I’m sorry to hear that Joel. I should say- I’m not associated with this event- so can you follow the link and direct your comment to Nick Hern Books? tHEY’LL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU


      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      4:09 pm, 21 May 2020