Twelfth Night is a great play for a play-reading. There are around 10 principal roles, virtually any of which could be the star of a production, and there is not very much action (apart from the duel between Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Viola / Cesario)..
Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 8 to 12 playreaders, and in our view, the play-reading is likely to go best, if you have 10 players. The casting in the sidebar to the right are for 8 to 10 players. (We often find that when we arrange a play-reading 1 or 2 people can’t come at the last minute, so this covers you for that eventuality.) There are also castings for 11 or 12 below.
In the sidebar to the right, you’ll also find castings of individual scenes for less players. In particular:
- A2S2: ‘I left no ring with her’ (2 players)
- A3S1: Feste doesn’t like Viola (2 players)
- A2s3: Malvolio and Sir Toby fall out (5 players)
- A1S5: Feste is forgiven, and Olivia falls in love
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 following roles to play, and clicking on the link will take them to a script of the play which shows their role in Highlit Text (their lines are highlit in a colour; other speakers lines are shown in conventional black on white).
(Note, if you have a different number of people to play Twelfth Night, you’ll find other castings at the following links:
and you configure further castings yourself using MFFEV5 Cloud Reader Configuration window).
Now back to the casting for 10:-
After each player has beem allocated a role, they should click on the link for the appropriate Player No., which will take them to A1S1 of the play, with their role(s) highlit in colour, in the scenes in which they appear.
When everyone has selected their role, let the reading commence.
When you’ve read the play, there’s a number of things you can do:
Gives us feedback on how your playreading went (good or bad) at Players-Shakespeare.com’s Facebook page
Choose another piece for 2, 3, 4, or more players to read from: Playreadings for 2 players
Choose another play to read from: Playreadings of Complete Plays
If you want to understand better how to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader, read:
- Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues