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Countdown to Playreading… T – 5: Watch our Video Readings and make your own

In your last ‘Countdown’ you explored a few scenes with some friends. (If you haven’t done that, do it now, before you move on to Video Readings).

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So now you’ve read a few scenes with 2, 3, or 4 people. maybe it’s time to see a few video readings. We’ve published a few of these, to show that we don’t just tell you to read the scenes, but we do it ourselves. You’ll find a few which you can watch below. Let’s start with that most famous soliloquy from Macbeth, ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow’ read by yours  truly:

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Ian Mckellan it is not, but it is my attempt at trying to express the horror in Macbeth‘s mind as the end approaches. Another example is Hamlet’s ‘Oh that this too, too, solid flesh’ soliloquy, performed by three players  from the Edinburgh Shakespeare play-reading group. What’ I find interesting here is how three different actors’ interpretation can come together to make a coherent whole:

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And our final example is something a lot lighter, from what I think is the most under-rated play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s where Mistress Quickly (Eliza Langland) meets Falstaff (Richard Forsyth) for the first time, to give him the response of Mistress Ford, and Mistress Page, to his overtures of love. I find it very funny.

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I hope  it’s quite fun to watch these. They are not meant to be the quality of a professional, rehearsed, production, but what a few Shakespeare lovers can do to explore a scene in a pretty-well cold reading. We find them useful internally in that they allow us to hear our own performances and learn from them to improve. And the most important point is that in this age when everyone has a smartphone with a microphone and a video camera, you can make them too – a good thing to do before your play-reading to improve the quality. You can find out how at our post:

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How to make a Video Reading

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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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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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