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Playreadings for 4 players

Othello – Upgrade to Version 5.05

We’ve upgraded Othello  to our latest format to allow you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the OUP First Folio Edition of the plays, and using Internet and computer technology, allow you to explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are much easier than with a paper form of the play. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Othello,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” …Read More

Play-reading report: Othello, Edinburgh, 27th March, ’17

We ran a play-reading of Othello yesterday (Sunday 26th March ’17) and did something new. We cast the play by lot as usual, which resulted in 3 ‘cross-castings’: Othello, Desdemona, and Emilia.  After we’d read the play, we made a video reading of the first half of A3S3, so that you can get a feel of what our play-readings are like. You’ll find the recording below. After that, you’ll find more …Read More

Romeo and Juliet: Upgrade to Version 5.06

We’ve upgraded Romeo and Juliet with lots of new goodies to help you explore the play. At the top-level, with this new release,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” to explore the characters of Romeo, Juliet, and the Nurse (or any other character in the play) Use “Let’s Play” with a few friends to play: The Balcony scene; The lovers’ parting; The death of Mercutio and Tybalt; Juliet’s family discover the ‘death’ …Read More

Let’s Play: Cleopatra bitches about Octavia (Antony and Cleopatra, A3S3, 4 players)

In Act 2 Scene 5, Cleopatra is informed by Messenger5 that Antony, her lover, has married Caesar’s sister Octavia. Cleopatra took the news badly and beat up Messenger5 more than somewhat. . Now, in A3S3, she wants to know more about Octavia, and calls Messenger5 back to learn what she can about Olivia. . The humour in the scene comes from Messenger5’s understandable nervousness about talking to Cleopatra on this …Read More

Let’s Play: The Ghost of Banquo (Macbeth, A3S4, 4 players)

Macbeth has had his close friend Banquo murdered for fear that he would succeed him as king. Fleance, Banquo’s son managed to escape. One of the killers comes to report the news to Macbeth, who is hosting a great feast to celebrate his coronation. The Ghost of Banquo takes ‘his’ place at the table. There is no seat left for Macbeth. This is, of course, one of the most famous …Read More

Let’s Play: Rosalind and Orlando ‘marry’ (A4S1, As You Like It – 4 players)

When A4S1 of As You Like It starts, Rosalind (disguised as a youth),  has been kept waiting by Orlando, the man she loves. She is talking to Jaques, the melancholic follower of Duke Senior. When Orlando arrives, Rosalind initially ignores him, until Jaques leaves. Then, she first of all tells him off for being late, then ‘educates’ him into the reality of love, and then persuades Celia to ‘marry’ them. In our age, …Read More

Let’s Play: 4 Young Men in Love (Love’s Labour’s Lost, A4S3, 4 players)

In Act 4 Scene 3 of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the four young men of Navarre, who, at the beginning of the play, had sworn to deny themselves the company of women whilst they studied, have all fallen in love. And as young men do, they have written poems to their beloveds. Of course, they haven’t admitted to each other that they have fallen in love, but here, the lovers read out …Read More

Let’s Play: The deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt (4 players)

Let’s play A3S1 of Romeo and Juliet in which the Capulet’s and Montagues fight, and Mercutio and Tybalt are slain. This is very different from the romantic love affair between Romeo and Juliet, and shows testosterone-fuelled agression between young men. This extract is set up for 4 players. All parts are in highlight text format. The casting for 6 of Romeo and Juliet has been used, with players in order of appearance in the scene. Each …Read More

Published MFFEV5 Scenes

Introduction: We provide scenes (extracts) from Shakespeare’s plays via ‘The Cloud’ for playing by mostly 1 – 6 players (school children & home-schoolers, students,  & play-reading groups). Playing scenes  (rather than reading the play) enriches your understanding of the plays, and let’s you explore play-reading with less people. Each player needs their own web browser (laptop; tablet; smartphone). Each scene comes with a description of the scene, and casting links for each script. See the …Read More

Let’s Play: Falstaff and Prince Hal ‘practice an answer’ (Henry IV Part I A2S4)

Act Two Scene Four of Henry IV contains at least three significant scenes about the relationships between Henry IV, Prince Hal, and Falstaff: first Hal and Poins try to trap Falstaff into admitting his cowardice at Gadshill; second, Falstaff and Prince Hal pretend to be Henry IV and Prince Hal; and lastly; Prince Hal protects Falstaff from the Sheriff, his father’s law officer. We’re exploring the first two of those …Read More