A Midsummer Night’s Dream lends itself to play-reading. The three different casts (the court; the rude mechanicals; the fairies) allows a good distribution of parts across the readers. For playing scenes, there aren’t many scenes which are dialogues for 2 players. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an ealry play, and in his early plays Shakespeare seems to have mostly written scenes for large number of characters.
Players-Shakespeare.com’s MFFEV5 edition provides castings for 6 to 12 playreaders, but we have decided to pre-configure readings for 6 – 8 players and for 10 players. The castings for 6 – 8 players are on the sidebar on the right hand side (or after the script on a smartphone)
The casting for 10 players folllows. Select your part from the list below, and a script will open up at A1S1
Once you’ve all selected a part, let the play-reading can commence. If you need more help, go to “Help with Let’s Play”
We have prepared some scenes to read for smaller groups, and you can find them on the sidebar on the right hand side. They are for 5 – 7 players.
If there’s only two of you, have a look at the extracts for 2 players on Playreadings for 2 players. Probably the easiest of these to play is “Hotspur teases Lady Percy”. But there are other interesting extracts for 2 players.
When you’ve read the play, there’s a number of things you can do:
Give us feedback on how the play-reading went (good and bad) by posting at Player-Shakespeare.com’s Facebook page.
Choose another piece for 2, 3, 4, or more players to read from: Playreadings for 2 players
Choose another play to read from: Playreadings of Complete Plays
If you want to understand better how to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader, read:
- Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues