# What is the recommended way to have two characters speak simultaneously?

## Problem

I have two characters, defined like so:

\Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice}
\Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob}


They speak separately for the entirety of the play when I want them to speak together. I want it to look like this:

Bob: Yes. On three. One…two…

Alice and Bob: Three!

In LaTeX, I so far have this:

\alicespeaks Are you ready?

\bobspeaks Yes. On three. One…two…

%How do I get them to say this?: Three!


As you can see, I have no idea how to get them to say the following line in unison.

## What I've tried

I see that there is a CharacterGroup, but I think that might be limited to Dramatis Personæ, and even if not, creating a group of characters for one line seems like overkill.

My first thought was to be able to combine them, like this:

\alicespeaks \bobspeaks Three!


In the hopes that Dramatist would generate my expected outcome. But it doesn't seem to work that way; I get a blank line for Alice and then Bob says the line himself.

The other thing I thought of was to just create a temporary character with \speaker:

\speaker{ALICE and BOB} Three!


However, the approach seems kind of hacky because I'm creating a new character to represent two characters, and if I were to change their names in the \Characters at the top, it wouldn't get reflected here.

What is the recommended way to have two characters speak simultaneously?

## Full Example

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}
\usepackage{dramatist}

\Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice}
\Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob}

\begin{document}

\begin{drama}

\bobspeaks Yes. On three. One…two…

%How do I get them to say this?: Three!

\end{drama}
\end{document}

• Thanks! How about \documentclass[12pt]{memoir} \usepackage{dramatist} \Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice} \Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob} \Character{ALICE and BOB}{aliceandbob} \begin{document} \begin{drama} \alicespeaks Are you ready? \bobspeaks Yes. On three. \aliceandbobspeaks \direct{in unison} Three! \end{drama} \end{document}? – user121799 May 26 '19 at 4:34
• @marmot ! Undefined control sequence. l.15 \aliceandbobspeaks – Thunderforge May 26 '19 at 4:45

The use of \speaker is definitely the way to go since you need to refer to some entity that shouldn't appear in the Dramatis Personae, yet you're right that you shouldn't have to hardcode the names of the characters into the argument of \speaker in case you change the names to which alice and bob refer.

I see that the dramatist documentation says that \Character defines a new macro for use in stage directions named after the name of the character, e.g. \alice in the case of \Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice} and \bob in the case of \Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob}. Perhaps you can use these macros within the argument to \speaker?

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}
\usepackage{dramatist}

\Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice}
\Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob}

\begin{document}

\begin{drama}

\bobspeaks Yes. On three. One…two…

\speaker{\alice and \bob} Three!

\end{drama}
\end{document}

• I can confirm that \speaker{\alice and \bob} does work as intended, with the word and appearing slightly smaller than the characters' names when rendered in PDF. – Thunderforge May 26 '19 at 4:54
• I'll wait a bit before accepting just in case there are other answers. – Thunderforge May 26 '19 at 4:54

Just for fun.

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}
\usepackage{dramatist}
\usepackage{paracol}
\columnseprule=0.4pt

\Character[ALICE]{ALICE}{alice}
\Character[BOB]{BOB}{bob}

\begin{document}

\begin{drama}