1. Reading and discovering the power of one act plays.
2. Reading aloud as a challenge and bringing out your acting skills
3. Getting acquainted with different playwrights and their writing styles.
4. Debating, discussing, reflecting about the plays, characters and playwrights.
5. To read. To listen. To enjoy.
Play reading is the performance of a play by a group of readers. It is not just reading aloud it is an art in itself.
Play reading in theatre implies voice, tone, intention, feelings. The purpose is to hear the playwright’s written words spoken aloud. To gauge the effectiveness of the dialogue, pacing and flow.
Do the words sound the same as they did in the playwright’s head?
Do they sound the same when you read aloud?
Do they sound the same when you listen?
The audience also becomes an important actor because their feedback contributes to the process. When audience and readers interact, a communion takes place and play reading comes to life. A full circle.
This workshop will be divided in four moments
1. Introducing the Playwright
2. Reading the play aloud
3. Debate and reflecting in groups (Breakout groups)
4. Sharing our comments
Reading the play aloud:
Participants interested in taking part of the actual reading of the play, should email Sabrina at ESSARP.
The facilitator will then contact the volunteers so they can get a description of the characters and answer any questions they might have. Volunteers will be cast on a first come, first serve basis.
Participants who do not wish to read aloud are encouraged to bring the text to the workshop so you can follow the play and use it as a reference when working in the breakout groups.
A PDF of the material will be sent upon enrolment.
Play: The Oyster and the Pearl by William Saroyan (one-act play)
Gifford, Barry, Lee, Lawrence. Saroyan. A Biography. Da Capo Press; 1st Thunder's Mouth Press Ed. 2005 (www.amazon.com)
The William Saroyan Reader Kindle Edition (www.amazon.com)
Saroyan, William. The Oyster and the Pearl. Theatre Today, Edited by David Thompson. Longman 1978