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Play Reading: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Ann Sonneville and Clint Sheffer

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 18:30
Rosengarten in Bern

We invite you to our June play reading which will be held in the Rosengarten in Bern (weather permitting)

When: Friday 11th June at 18:30
Where: Rosengarten Park (outdoors), Bern
Hosted by: Max Protzen

We join the prolific naturalist Professor Arronax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land for an epic journey aboard the Nautilus, the world's first submarine vessel. Forcefully led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captain Nemo on an unprecedented tour of the seven seas, our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of most unusual creatures. They must also wrestle with the dark forces that lurk in the depths of men's souls if they are ever to return home alive.

The cast is a minimum of 10 people. There are four leading characters: Captain Nemo, Arronax, Conseil, and Ned Land.

One should not put much consideration to the traditional genders on the characters. This play has been written to make switching the gender of the characters very easy. In fact, in the original production, Capital Nemo was played by a woman to incredible critical praise.

Get the script
The play is available for downloading from the members' section of the Upstage website or via mail to

The play reading will be hosted outdoors in the Rosengarten Park. If the weather forecast looks bad, we will revert to a Zoom meeting instead and this will be communicated on the evening of Thursday 10th June.

Looking forward to see you again!

The Upstage Committee

How to attend an online reading (if the weather turns nasty):
- Download the play from the ‘Members’ section of the Upstage website or request the pdf via email to
- You'll find the link to the Zoom Meeting on the first page of the downloaded pdf - on clicking the link you may be prompted to confirm the downloading of Zoom
- The Zoom meeting will be started at 18:15 to allow attendees time to join by 18:30