About Dinner Play
Header picture: “The Plays of William Shakespeare” Sir John Gilbert (circa 1849)
Just Add Dinner
Dinner Play is an exciting new concept. The concept is simple – sharing the love of wordplay in good company over fine food.
Dinner Play provides the direction and production materials, hosts provide the venue, food and guests. Dinner Play provides the direction and production materials, hosts provide the venue, food and guests.
Dinner Play is an event designed for revelling in timeless tales, sharing witticisms and laughter over sumptuous banquets, in fine company.
HOW DINNER PLAY WORKS
Select your chosen Dinner Play in any of 3 formats:
- Digital – available immediately in downloadable format for self-printing or use on electronic devices.
- Digital + Print – immediately downloadable + delivery of printed
- Box Set – online ordering and delivery of Dinner Play.
Dinner Play isn’t about acting, performing or memorising any lines. In fact, people don’t even have to be familiar with the
Invite your guests
Use the Invitations in the Host Pack to invite your friends to your Dinner Play.
Upon receipt of a Dinner Play invitation, guests follow the direction of the host (the producer). Little preparation is involved for the guest, aside from enthusiasm, choice of attire, and contribution to creating a prop and costume box if desired by the host.
Plan your Dinner Play
Hosting your Dinner Play is easy. Each Dinner Play set contains a Host Pack, which includes:
- Production Notes
- Character Sheet
- Prop & Costume Suggestions
- Table Place Cards
- Play Synopsis
- Summary of the Acts & Scenes.
The Production Notes tell you everything you need to know about how to host a Dinner Play.
Set the scene and prepare the banquet
The Host Pack provides suggestions for decorations, props and costumes. When hosting your Dinner Play, the choice is yours about how simple or elaborate you would like your event to be.
Host your Dinner Play
Following the simple guidelines, Players ‘perform’ the Dinner Play over the course of the meal, using individually scripted
The synopsis and character descriptions provided in each
Dinner Play is not a performance, but a shared joy of wordplay. Be relaxed, have fun; play with the words, phrases and pronunciation. Sit, stand, lie down, laugh, weep, dance a jig or blow a horn if the need arises.
There is only one rule – And that is to revel in the timeless sharing of witty words, delectable food, sweet wine and joyous laughter in fine company.
Each Player has a number of specifically allocated characters, to enable maximum participation by all Players. The characters in the Play have been carefully selected for each Player, so that the number of acts, scenes and speeches are fairly evenly distributed. The emphasis of Dinner Play is on playing and engaging, so effort has been made to ensure this for all Players.
Hosts, in their role of producer, allocate the players amongst their guests. Guests may be matched to a Player (with their specific characters), guests may choose for themselves, or Players can be allocated at random.
Some Dinner Plays even have the main characters shard amongst all Players throughout a Play – so that everyone gets a chance to play special characters.
All the World’s a Stage
everyone’s a player.
Just add dinner.
Dinner Play isn’t about acting or performing, or
Dinner Play is an event designed for