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Let’s throw a Shakespeare play-reading party

It’s nearly mid-summer (Thursday 21st June), so why don’t you throw a Shakespeare play-reading party of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Because it’s a Thursday, there isn’t time to read the full play in the evening, but we have a 1-hour version (One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream for Young and Old) We’ve also recently published an overview of Cue Scripts, Cast lists and Highlight Text in ‘plain English’ (see https://players-shakespeare.com/outlining-cue-scripts-cast-lists-and-highlight-text/) and that seems …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overview

  We’re very excited to publish an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Aileen Gonsalves, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) director. Aileen’s adaptation sticks closely to the script and provides a ‘route map’ of the plot for ‘The Dream.  It plays in an hour. Aileen has used this adaptation for pub-lunch productions of Shakespeare plays.   We (an RSC director; an ex-Shakespeare school-teacher; a community theatre Shakespeare director; an ex-IT …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Cast list for 8 players

  If you don’t know how to use this page, click on this link.   This post is the play-reading cast list for 8 players for One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream. Links are given for the eight players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 8 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Cast

Characters in One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream by size of part Bottom A weaver, Pyramus in the mechanical’s play in Act Five Scene One   Puck AKA Robin Goodfellow, Oberon’s Jester   Oberon King of the Fairies   Lysander Young courtier, in love with Hermia at the start of the play.   Hermia In love with Lysander   Helena In love with Demetrius   Theseus Duke of Athens   Quince …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream- Cast List for 7 players

  If you don’t know how to use this page, click on this link   This post is the play-reading cast list for 7 players for One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream. Links are given for the seven players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 7 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Cast List for 6 players

  If you don’t know how to use this page, click on this link.   This post is the play-reading cast list for 6 players for One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream. Links are given for the six players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 6 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Deam – Round Robin 2 – 5

If you can only get a few people (2 – 5)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’.   Each player reads a speech in turn until all the speakers have read a speech, and then the first speaker speaks the next speech, and so on until you’ve read the play.   This way of reading the play means …Read More

Play-reading Shakespeare and Morphic Resonance

Click the back-button to get back to where you came from   We ran a play-reading of The Merchant of Venice on Sunday, 13th May. Eight of us sat in our sitting room and read the play, using our Cast list for 8 to allocate the characters in the play to different players. The reading was a delight! Because we cast the play by lot, there is no way to rehearse …Read More

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