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Playreading Report: Twelfth Night, Edinburgh, 7th May

This is the fourth play-reading of Twelfth Night  which we’ve run since we started our play-reading group nearly four years ago. This may be because it’s one of my favourite plays, though in each case I had a reason why we needed to playread it. This time it was because we had just converted the play to our latest format, and added an index to the play so you can easily access …Read More

Playreading Report: Professional Actors playreading session, May 11th, 2017

Keen to expand the scope and range of Players-Shakespeare.com, we ran a Shakespeare reading session with a difference this week. How might this resource be used, we wondered, in the world of professional drama and theatre? To find out, or at least begin the experiment, we invited a small, specialist group of professional actors to spend an afternoon working with the texts through our platform. Our very willing participants all …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 round-robin play-reading for 2-5 players

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’. . In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then …Read More

Hamlet is published today in our new format

Today we’re pleased to  publish Hamlet in our latest format. “So what”, I hear you cry, “Aren’t there enough editions of Hamlet already? So what’s new in your edition?” We think this version of Hamlet let’s you do a number of things which were very difficult to do before: You can run a play-reading of Hamlet for 6 to 8 playreaders where each reader will be kept busy throughout the playreading. …Read More

How to playread Hamlet

Scroll down this page to get to the YouTube video. Press the right-arrow to start the video. Click on full-screen icon in bottom right-hand-corner. It was exciting to see how you responded to our launch of e-reader downloads for Apple, Android, Amazon, and Windows last week (see 2017 is here and play-reading is getting easier if you haven’t caught up with that). However, we don’t seem to have done a good …Read More

2017 is here & play-reading is easier.

As 2017 gets going, we’ve just made Shakespeare play-reading a whole lot easier. This came about from a test we ran with home-schoolers in the summer of 2016. We learnt a lot from that and those learnings are embedded in what we’ve done. . We think our new play-reading method will be attractive to young and old: as a fun introduction to Shakespeare for the young  being educated at home, …Read More

Here’s to an exciting and Happy New Year, 2017 for you and us

2016 has been a rather difficult year for a number of reasons, so here’s hoping that 2017 is a lot better, and so I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. . For Players-Shakespeare.com, it’s a year since we launched our Internet-based play-reading service, and we’ve learnt a lot about how to use it, and so, a year later, we’re enhancing the service: As well as reading the …Read More

Hamlet ‘Round-robin’ play-reading for 2 – 4 readers

If you can only get a few people (2 -4)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’. In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then the …Read More

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