Curtain Up! Uxbridge Library’s Award Winning Playwright

Melville Lovatt celebrating his award!

Uxbridge Library’s ‘Curtain Up!’ Play Reading Group recently celebrated one of their very own winning the Noda Inaugural Performance Showcase Competition 2018. Melville Lovatt, who has been a member of the group since 2013, shares his experiences of Curtain Up and how it led to his award winning collection.

The Uxbridge Play Reading Group has been meeting monthly at Uxbridge Library since 2007. The group has always been very welcoming and friendly and attendance figures have significantly increased. Tea and biscuits (or cakes on special occasions) are provided free and each meeting is a warm, social occasion.

Uxbridge Library has an amazing selection of plays and library manager, Zoe Iggulden, always makes sure we read something different and challenging. Several members are experienced, accomplished readers, having gained acting experience with Ruislip Dramatic Society and other drama groups.There is no obligation on anyone to read but first time readers often find it great fun, particularly if the play is a comedy or farce.

 Fairly recently, the group has created and supported Uxbridge Library Events such as The World War One Remembrance Evening of Drama and the ‘Script In Hand’ Scratch Night Presentation of New Plays.We are also very actively involved in producing original drama for Hillingdon Hospital Radio.

The Reading Group also offers opportunities to playwrights and monologue writers like myself. I first started attending in 2013. It is invaluable for a playwright to hear his work read aloud and many of my plays and monologues were read aloud at Uxbridge for the first time.I feel I have benefited considerably from this and am pleased to report that my plays and 16 monologue collection, ‘Standing Alone’ will soon be available on the Uxbridge Library shelves.

‘Standing Alone’ (16 Monologues.)

 Winner of The Noda Inaugural Performance Showcase Competition 2018 is now available from

The Playreading group meets at Uxbridge Library on the first Tuesday of the month from 2:30-5.00 pm


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