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Play-reading report: The Tempest , 14th Jan ’18, Edinburgh

We ran a play-reading of The Tempest on Sunday 14th Jan, here in Edinburgh. We had some new readers, which is always a pleasure, and keeps everyone on their toes. The newbies are keen to do well, and the regulars are encouraged to try a bit harder. The result was a more dramatic play-reading.   Still, we can always do better. Someone suggested we stand when we have a speech to give, …Read More

Playreading Report: Henry IVth Part 1, Edinburgh, 10th December, 2017

We ran a playreading of Henry IV Part 1 on Sunday, 10th December ’17, here in Edinburgh. Seven of us gathered to read the play. Two players had cancelled in the week prior to the reading. Luckily, we have castings from 5 to 12 players so the cancellations didn’t cause any difficulties – it just meant we each had more lines to read, and more characters to play.. . We drew lots …Read More

Playreading Report: As You Like It, Edinburgh, 12th November 2017

We ran a play-reading of As You Like It on Sunday, 12th November. There was with more drama than expected! We nearly had a dead dog on our hands (no, you haven’t read wrongly – we weren’t reading Two Gentlemen of Verona!). . We had a new player at this play-reading and she had asked if she could bring along her dog, and we had agreed. The player and her dog arrived. …Read More

How Shakespeare helps children – and adults

Recently, on a Facebook group called ‘Fans of Shakespeare’ Alexandeer Kuskis shared a post called ‘How Music and Shakespeare turned around a failing school’ (See the original article:  How Music and Shakespeare turned around a failing school).  It brought an instantaneous comment from me: “Yes! In Venezuela, ‘Sisetma’ has done wonders with kids through Classical Music, and I’ve seen children from 8 – 15 respond magnificently to Shakespeare.” . In this post, …Read More

Playreading Report: Macbeth, Edinburgh, October 1st ’17

At last, the play-reading season has started again! After a summer spent playing cricket or otherwise enjoying the sunshine, nine of us gathered to play-read Macbeth, on Sunday 1st October. This is one day (or one month) later than we promised, having said we’d play-read Macbeth in September. Unplanned holidays with family and on the Isle of Barra caused the delay. . Preparation for the play-reading: . My partner and …Read More

Shakespeare play-reading activity during August 2017 & Macbeth’s Soliloquies

For six weeks or so in July / August, we tried to persuade you to try out play-reading using our online edition of Shakespeare’s plays. A couple of weeks ago, at the end of August, we ran a hasty analysis to get a feel for what activity you’d undertaken during that month. Now we’ve had a bit more time to undertake a more rigorous analysis, we’ve got a better understanding …Read More

Play-reading of our Shakespeare edition is taking off

For the past five or six weeks, I’ve been trying to persuade you all to play-read Shakespeare’s plays using our edition. Are any of your doing that? The short answer is yes, a surprising number of you are starting to play-read. I’ve done some analysis of web-site traffic over the last 30 days or so, and there’s a table at the end of this post which summarizes the activity numerically. …Read More

How to get started running Shakespeare play-readings

Introduction:   If you’re thinking of play-reading Shakespeare, using our plays, there’s one post we think you’ll find really useful. It’s the index to a one hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, which includes, in a section called “Help with using our Script pages”, entries which explain how to use our innovative support for play-reading including: cue scripts; cast list; round-robin reading; and highlight text. You’ll find it at:   …Read More

How to run a Shakespeare play-reading

We encourage people to run Shakespeare play-readings. From our own experience they can be enormous fun, and enrich your understanding of the play. . If you are thinking of running play-readings, we think you should use our MFFEV5 plays online. They’re based on around 10 years experience of running play-readings; they offer innovataive ways of exploring the plays, they’re  easy to run and read, and they’re free. . To run an …Read More

Help with Playing Shakespeare

As well as showing you how to use the features of Players-Shakespeare.com, we also provide help with how to play Shakespeare, particularly in a play-reading situation. The advice we give comes not from us, but from Shakespeare (or whoever wrote the plays) himself. He provides lost of help with how to act his parts, if you listen out for his help. Of course it is up to the actor to …Read More