An actor friend of mine once told me about an informal play reading where they did not have enough people to cover all the roles. One person was given a model T-Rex and supplied a growly voice to cover one of the extra parts (useful as their two designated characters were present in the same scene).
In my 2015 post about learning lines I mentioned how valuable I have found it to engage as many of the senses as possible.
These little guys (pictured) helped me read a play the other day - a play I had been successfully not reading for a few months (partly down to available time). Angel-winged Hello Kitty played the Friar - can you guess who played Putana and who played the Cardinal? All castings were intuitive. Soranzo's nephew Bergetto was represented by the teeniest baby and I was delighted to find he was called a 'baby' a couple of times in the text.
I had a multilevel stage - my closed laptop was the main stage area and there was a fore-stage (surface of my work table), even a top balcony 'Enter Annabella and Putana above' provided by the jar these found toys had been stored in.
It worked a treat. I found the scenes and play structure and character's through-lines and even agendas jumped into memorable life.
I was on the verge of gifting these little figures to the Charity Shop. I am keeping them and have ordered a set of Pokemon characters for future readings. Do not judge me.