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Do you ever read plays, or do you consider them just for watching?

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Do you ever just sit and read a play, or do you only consider them only for watching or performing?

Maybe you like to read the script of a play after you have seen it to relive your favourite moments or remind yourself of a line of dialogue you liked, or even read them before watching them if you think they will be difficult to follow otherwise, the way you might when studying Shakespeare in school.

Or you might read a play because it sounds interesting and you don't think you'll get a chance to see it live. Is that something you do?

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I went through a phase of reading lots of Shakespeare, though it's been years and years since I picked a play up. I also have fond memories of reading scripts of The Goon Show as a child.

...and now I want to read some again. Time to dig my copy out!
I have read Shakespeare for fun from time to time, as well as Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead and Waiting for Godot but it's not something I do terribly often.
I am currently reading 'The Importance of being Earnest', and very much enjoying the process. I think it sometimes makes reading a lot easier, when it is a play, because it is just dialogue, and everything flows much quicker than when you have passages of description and action.
I do read plays from time to time but not very often as I tend to think that they have been conceived as something to be performed rather than just read. When I am reading them, I usually do so out loud as that seems better than in my head :)
I do read a lot of plays, but that's likely because I act and direct (not professionally). Obviously sometimes I have to read them for production purposes, but I do read them for pleasure as well.

It's true, though, that a play is meant to be performed. I hesitate to say a script isn't complete until it's performed, but it becomes so much more.
I don't think I have ever read a play apart from perhaps Shakespeare at school, and I did this "under sufferance".

I have tried a few comedy scripts that were plays but they are just not so funny without the actors saying the lines.

I would far rather go and see the actual play.
by Finy
I read plays - sometimes because I've read something about it, sometimes just because I like it. Not as much as I used to - I used to read a lot of them...now I've sort of moved into comics, which is kind of the middle ground between the two...
Have read plays, just to 'read them', especially Shakespeare, back in the day.
If going to see play, will usually read it b4.
Recent plays I've seen on stage, & have read them or studied them at School........
'1984'
'Macbeth'
'A Clockwork Orange'
'Titus Andronicus' (Bell Shakespeare Company)
'King Lear' (ditto)

Certainly plays to keep brain cells firing!
Yes, Iike Finy, I’d tried reading the odd play, but found it too boring, My mother & I went to the Sydney Belvour theatre, for about 15 years with a subscription, but this will have to be our last year, as she's well into her dementia now, & as soon as get outside the theatre after the end of the play, she’ll ask what the play was about, or she’ll just say nothing. At least she’s never fallen asleep during a play, & I’ve tried to only choose the plays that won’t upset her dementia. Opps, sorry, I got WAY of the beaten track here.


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