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How to throw a Shakespeare play-reading party

We 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 are pleased by the response it got.   Encouraged by the response we thought we’d try another ‘plain English’ article, this time on How to run a Shakespeare play-reading party so here goes….   The first thing you have to do is choose the play. The play decides the number of people …Read More

An overview of Cue Scripts, Cast lists and Highlight Text

  We spend a lot of time telling you all that we support cast lists, cue scripts, and highlight text, but we’ve never bothered to explain what they are, so we’re going to do that in this article.   I’m going to spend the least time on cue scripts, because I think that’s fairly familiar to most people involved with Shakespearean drama. Cue Scripts: In Shakespeare’s times, actors were not …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

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