Let’s play part of A3S1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream where Bottom becomes an Ass. The mechanicals have gone into the forest to rehearse their play for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. All goes well until Bottom goes ‘offstage’ into a bush, where Puck puts an Ass’s head on him. (Don’t ask how!). This is the start of Bottom’s adventures with the fairies.
The scene requires seven players. Links to their scripts are provided below:
All the lovers’ scripts above are in Highlit Text format. (Each player’s lines are highlit in a fetching coloour.) When everyone has selected their role by clicking on the link for their Player No., let the reading commence. Only read the scene until the entry of Peaseblossom; Cobweb; Moth; and Mustard.
When you’ve read the extract, there’s a number of things you can do:
Read the extract again and again, re-allocating roles, until the speeches sound ‘just right’
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