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Players-Shakespeare.com provides innovative ways of exploring Shakespeare’s plays. This page provides access to help videos which explain how to use the Players-Shakespeare.com web-site. The latest drafts of help videos are shown below, but they can be improved. If you find something confusing, or that a subject is not covered that you’d like to understand, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post. .   The currently available …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: Playreading Report: Edinburgh, 16th Feb 2017

We ran a play-reading of Romeo and Juliet last Thursday. It was our first evening play-reading  and that turned out not to be so good an idea. Usually we run them on a Sunday afternoon starting around 2:30pm and finishing about 4 hours later, which leaves plenty of time to chat for a bit and then go home for an evening meal. With an evening reading we couldn’t start earlier than 6:30 pm, which …Read More

Playreading Report: Hamlet, Edinburgh, 15th Jan 2017

We ran what I thought was our best play-reading ever on Sunday, 15th January, using our newly-published edition of Hamlet. There were eight of us, which is probably the perfect number for the type of play-reading we run. This review will cover both how the play-reading went, and how the technology worked. I’ll start with the play-reading – the important stuff – and then update you on the technology.   …Read More

Playreading Report: Alls Well That Ends Well, Edinburgh 11th Dec 16

On Sunday 11th December, we ran a play-reading of All’s Well That Ends Well, here in Edinburgh. This report covers improvements to our play-reading process, and what the players thought of the play. If you’re only interested in the play, scroll down to the Heading ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’. . Improvements to our play-reading process: If you follow these play-reading reports, (you can find them at: https://players-shakespeare.com/play-readings-2/), you may have noted that …Read More

Playreading Report: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Sun 13th Nov 2016

We ran a play-reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor here last Sunday. It was one of the best play-readings we’ve run, and I think we’ve learnt quite a bit about how to run play-readings. In addition, a number of our players discovered delight in a Shakespeare play that they hadn’t known up till now. So an exciting afternoon. . The Play-reading: A number of factors (last-minute change of play; delays in coming up …Read More

Play-reading report: Antony and Cleopatra, Edinburgh, 9th Oct 2016

We ran the first play-reading of the 2016 / 17 season on Sunday. It’s our fourth year of play-readings, so it was particularly good to welcome a lot of familiar faces coming together again to read more plays, and also good to welcome some new ones too. We had 14 at the play-reading, more than usual, for a reading of Antony and Cleopatra. When we have more than usual, it makes …Read More

Playreading Report: Macbeth, Edinburgh, 8th May

We held our last play-reading of this season (September – April)  last Sunday,  reading  Macbeth, and out of that comes this play-reading report. Preparing the text of Macbeth for our play-reading was a real struggle. The main difficulty was the extensive use of Shared lines, which has a knock-on effect on the structure of the other lines in a speech. There were considerable differences between the structure of these lines in our OUP-derived First …Read More

Playreading Report: Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2

I’ve been editing Macbeth this last little while, to get it ready for our Play of the Month. We only do minimal editing: modernising spelling, punctuation, and implementing ‘shared lines’. But in Macbeth, the verse lines are often irregular; the shared lines complex; and it makes it difficult to decide how to present it. I’m sure we haven’t got it exactly right, but I hope what we’ve done is usable – and …Read More

Playreading Report: Love’s Labour’s Lost – Edinburgh 10th April

We ran a play-reading of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Sunday 10th April. We’ve published the play and you can find the script we used at Love’s Labour’s Lost. We were due to be 10 readers, but three people had to cancel at the last moment which brought us down to 7. Luckily, we had a play-reading casting for 7 players, but had to use the iCloud Configurator to get our parts – …Read More