To use “Let’s Play” to read a Shakespeare play or an extract, you need to do the following:
- You need as many players as the extract or play in “Let’s Play” requires.
- Each player needs their own tablet, smartphone, or laptop, with a web browser. The experience is probably best on a tablet, then a smartphone, and then a laptop. The main advantages of the tablet and smartphone are: the touchscreen which makes scrolling easier, and the full-screen presentation of the text.
- Each player needs to select one of the roles to play, and clicking on the link will take them to a script, starting at Act 1 Scene 1, and in all the scenes in which they appear, their lines will be shown in Highlit Text format, Parts and Cues format, or Standard Script format.
- Once within their script, the ‘A?S?’ buttons at the top and bottom of each screen allows you to move from scene to scene.
- The gear-wheel in the top-right-hand corner of each script window, enables you to configure your script as follows:
- You can select an individual role to play, or select a player in a play-reading casting (e.g. 1 of 10) which will have one or more roles associated with it.
- You can choose to see the script as:
- Standard Script (the whole script of the play is shown in black text on a white background, plus Stage Directions in blue)
- Parts and Cues (only the speeches of the character(s) you have chosen will be shown, with the cues for each speech. If you have the first speech in a scene, the cue may be from a previous scene.
- Highlit Text (the whole script of the play is shown as black text on a white background, but the character(s) you have chosen will be highlit in a different colour per character.
- You can choose the size of the text, and the font type (sans serif, serif, or typewriter).
Once you’re reading the play, you can, of course, change the script to Parts and Cues format, in the Configuration window (Click on the gearwheel in the top right-hand corner of the play script windows) though at least one of the players should remain in Highlit Text format, so they can act as prompt for the others if things go wrong.
Don’t forget that if you want to play-read a play with a different number of players to that found in “Let’s Play” you may be able to configure the MFFEV5 version of the play for a more suitable number of players. You can see the castings provided by clicking on the gear-wheel on the top right-hand corner of each script window, and clicking on the multi-part casting window which will open up and show you the various castings available.
Check out “Let’s Play” for more details.