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Countdown to Play-reading ….T – 10 (Select the play and the players)

We run play-readings here in Edinburgh from September through May. We’re hoping that this year (2017 – 2018) other groups around the world will join us in play-reading some of Shakespeare’s plays. . It’s now the beginning of August, so we’re running a countdown of the things you need to do to be ready to play-read a Shakespeare play in September. . Today it’s T-10 and it’s time to select …Read More

Countdown to Playreading … T – 9 (The technology & the location)

We run play-readings here in Edinburgh from September through May. We’re hoping that this year (2017 – 2018) other groups around the world will join us in play-reading some of Shakespeare’s plays. . It’s now the beginning of August, so we’re running a countdown of the things you need to do to be ready to play-read a Shakespeare play in September. . Today it’s T-9 and it’s time to select …Read More

Countdown to Play-reading….T – 8: Read the play on our web-site

So far, you’ve selected the play you’re going to read; you’ve chosen the people you’re going to read it with; and you know where you’re going to read it. . So what’s next? . The next step has to be that you sit down and read the play, using our edition, online. Why do you need to do this? . There’s a few reasons: The main reasons is to remind …Read More

Countdown to Playreading… T – 7: Let’s Explore the principal characters in the play

In the previous step, you  read some, or all, of the play. Now  it’s worth exploring some of the more interesting bits of the play, using some of the features we provide to make it easier to read some of the soliloquies. This will let you explore or deepen your understanding of the main characters in the play, and also get you used to how to use various features of …Read More

Countdown to Playreading… T – 6: Play some key scenes with friends

Now we’ve reached  the fun bit!  If you’ve followed our ‘Countdown to Playreading’ posts, you’ve  read the play (probably Macbeth, but it could be another) on your own; you’ve read some soliloquies out loud; so you’re pretty familiar with how you read our plays on the web-site. It’s time to invite one ore two friends  who are going to come to the play-reading round to play some scenes together. . …Read More

Countdown to Playreading… T – 5: Watch our Video Readings and make your own

In your last ‘Countdown’ you explored a few scenes with some friends. (If you haven’t done that, do it now, before you move on to Video Readings). . So now you’ve read a few scenes with 2, 3, or 4 people. maybe it’s time to see a few video readings. We’ve published a few of these, to show that we don’t just tell you to read the scenes, but we …Read More

Countdown to play-reading… T – 4: 4. Remind yourself of the key things we do.

There has been a lot of interest recently in how you can use our web-site for play-reading Shakespeare’s plays. There are three posts which seem to have excited people: How to get started with Shakespeare play-readings How to run a Shakespeare play-reading Professional Actors Playreading Session which records how a set of Porfessional Actors used it to explore a few scenes from different plays We’re delighted that so many of you …Read More

Countdown to Playreading…. T – 3: Read our play-reading reports

You are getting close to play-reading your first play. Before you do that, it might be an idea to read any play-reading reports of that play that we have published. It could give you some ideas to help with the play-reading. . It seems that most of you are likely to be play-reading Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. . The easiest way to find our play-reading reports for those plays, follow the following …Read More

Countdown to Playreading…. T – 2: Remind the players to come to your reading

Your first play-reading is getting close – maybe a week or two away. So what do you need to do now? . Probably the most important thing to do is to gently remind your play-readers of the date, time and place of the play-reading, and perhaps ask them to confirm they’re still coming. It’s good to make sure that you’ve still got enough people coming to run the play-reading. . …Read More

Countdown to Playreading…. T – 1: Get Reading

You’ve done all the hard work of organising the play-reading, everyone is set up to turn-up for the play-reading, so all that’s left to do is read the play. . Before everyone arrives, let me repeat what I said in my last post. . You may think it’s excessive but one thing we (my partner and I) do is to read the play to eachother in round-robin. One person reads …Read More

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