Plague Plays – Part One

If you are looking for a place to put your thoughts about the life we are living in medicine now join me for an informal reader’s theatre, called Plague Plays.

We’ll read the original version of Camus’s The Plague side by side with a faithful dramatic rendering by the British Playwright Neil Bartlett. We’ll read the dramatic version on zoom together over four sessions.

We’ll try to strike a balance between literary and personal engagEment with the text. In chaotic times, texts such as this can help us to find meaning and focus.

“Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die.” – Camus, La Peste

Dates and Times: Sundays: November 29, Dec 13, Jan 10, 24   4:00-5:30 pm

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Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


  1. Camus, The Plague. Stuart Gilbert Trans. Vintage International Edition.
  2. Neil Bartlett, The Plague adaptation for the stage. Oberon Books London 2017.

You should obtain your own copy of Camus’s The Plague. I will distribute the script for reading together prior to the first session.

Suggested Pre-reading:

Nov 29 – Part 1 pp 1-65

Dec 13 – Part 2 pp 65-165

Jan 10   – Part 3 & 4 pp 165-267

Jan 24   – Part 5 pp 267 – 308

To confirm register please send an email to me at suvendrini.lena@camh.ca

In Part Two we will read Oedipus Rex – best known as an incest play – but also a play about plague, pollution and, leadership, the Decameron, and Dafoe’s Diary of the Plague Year (with the option of creating our own diary of a plague week).

More information on future sessions coming soon.

Dates in January and February to be announced.


*There are no attendance rules for these sessions. You can join when you can, or want.


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