Every month, in Edinburgh, we run a play-reading of a Shakespeare play, with around 10 – 12 players. We use our own casting software to create castings for those players, and let players read their script in one of three formats: standard script; parts and cues; or highlit text.
In addition, we publish the same play on this web-site as our ‘Play of the Month’ which allows any play-reading group in the world to playread the same play with the same casting, and script formats. You’ll see the casting of the current ‘Play of the Month’ to the right of Shakespeare’s portrait above. Click on any of the characters and this article will be replaced by the script for those character(s) in the specified form. Get the required number of players together, and you can play-read the play.
There are two special entries in the casting table above: the first, which tells you the name of the play, and the number of players required, and takes you to a description of the play (and potentially other castings). The other special entry is the last, which will take you back to this description.
If you’re not sure how our scripts work, and in particular if you don’t know about “Parts and Cues”, “Highlit Text”, or “Standard Script” you’ will find another set of links below the casting of the “Play of the Month” which will show you how to use these things, by exploring six scenes from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, etc.
Of course, you don’t have to use the casting above. We usually publish at least 3 castings of each play for different numbers of players. Similarly, we usually set the script format for most characters as “Highlit Text”, but you can modify this to whatever you prefer, by clicking on the Gear Wheel in the top right-hand corner of the script window. That will open the configuration window which lets you set the script format, the text size and font, and other settings. (Close the configuration window by clicking on the Gear Wheel again.)
We hope your group will start play-readings, and, if you do, we hope you’ll let us know how it goes by writing a play-reading report, like those we write and publish in our play reading section.
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And finally, don’t forget we review Shakespeare productions you can watch at home on DVD or streaming. See:
Great plays to watch at home.