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Countdown to Play-reading….T – 8: Read the play on our web-site

So far, you’ve selected the play you’re going to read; you’ve chosen the people you’re going to read it with; and you know where you’re going to read it.

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So what’s next?

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The next step has to be that you sit down and read the play, using our edition, online. Why do you need to do this?

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There’s a few reasons:

The main reasons is to remind yourself that it’s rather fun to read a Shakespeare play. There is so much depth in the plays that there’s barely a time when you read it when you won’t discover something new and strange and interesting.

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At a practical level, it’s good to get to know and understand how you read the play using our interface. When your group gets together, it’s likely that some of them won’t have used the web-site at all, and they’ll rely on you to tell them how it works. So it would be good to know how you move from scene to scene; how you change the font size to suit your eye-sight; how you change from standard script to highlight text to parts and cues. The best way to get that familiarity is to use the interface quite a lot, and reading a play gives you that practical experience. A play-reading tends to go better when the technology doesn’t get in between the player and the script. That takes time, and play-readings, but it’s good to get as familiar as possible from the start.

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Finally, and still importantly, if you’re going to be play-reading in a group, it’s good to exercise your voice . sso that it gets used to speaking Shakespearean language out loud. If you’ve been reading to yourself a lot, you may be surprised that it’s quite difficult to get the words out clearly and well-enunciated out loud, so a bit of practice might be helpful.

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So find yourself a couple of hours; sit down with your laptop / tablet / or smartphone; and read the play you’ve chosen on our web-site. (Reading out loud is preferred but is not obligatory at this stage – it will become so soon).

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If you’re really interested in organising a play-reading group using our Shakespeare plays, ask to join our Support for Playreading FB group

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.Let’s Play!!!!.
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Before you go, we re-start play-reading in September, for our fourth year, and we’re hoping some other groups around the world will join us play-reading Macbeth or some other play. You can find out more about this initiative by looking at our checklist of activities to prepare for the play-reading:
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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
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