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Countdown to Playreading…. T – 2: Remind the players to come to your reading

Your first play-reading is getting close – maybe a week or two away. So what do you need to do now?

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Probably the most important thing to do is to gently remind your play-readers of the date, time and place of the play-reading, and perhaps ask them to confirm they’re still coming. It’s good to make sure that you’ve still got enough people coming to run the play-reading.

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If you’ve followed our advice in ‘Countdown to Playreading… T – 10’ you will have asked perhaps 2 or 3 people more than the optimum number of play readers, and it’s not unusual to get a couple of cancellations.

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If you get more cancellations than expected, and the number of play-readers is getting a little low, you’ve still got time to invite a few more to make up the numbers.

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So you’ve sent out the polite reminders, you’re awaiting for confirmations from everyone. What else is there to do?

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You may think it’s excessive but one thing we (my partner and I) do is to read the play to eachother in round-robin. One person reads the first speech out loud, the other reads the second speech and so on until we get to the end  of the play. This may take a couple of evenings or so. Then – you’ve gtuessed it – we start reading the play again, with the other person starting. That way we’ve both read the whole play outloud.

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We do this for two reasons: first, to become pretty familiar with all the parts in the play, because we don’t know who we’re going to be playing at the play-reading, as we cast the play by lot on the day; and secondly to exercise our mouths to get the words out.

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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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Let’s play!

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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
Players-Shakespeare.com

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If you are using, or thinking of using, Players-Shakespeare.com’s edition of Shakespeare’s plays for production rehearsals or play-reading, why don’t you ask to become a member of our Support for Playreading & Productions Closed FB group?

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