Since graduating from Drama School I’d been searching for a play reading group in London... but surprisingly couldn’t find one aimed specifically at professional actors.

For me sight reading’s such a vital skill. As someone who was diagnosed with dyslexia at school, cold reading terrified me and really affected my confidence when it came to approaching a script. After a lot of practise, however, it’s become one of the skills I feel most comfortable with. I now find performing a script cold really helps build confidence in instinctive choices, and aligns you with the playwright and world of the play.

So... I decided to approach a number of theatre organisations to ask if they could offer studio space for a reading group for professional practitioners. The Mono Box graciously got back, not only offering the group a home, but providing guidance, mentorship, publicity, admin support and the plays for the group participants!

After discussion with Polly and Joan, we decided it would be great if the group was not only a chance to practise sight reading, but cou