Week 2 BLOG
Last week's Rehearsals
It’s Sunday evening and I’m enjoying having a little time to reflect on what has been quite a week. It’s been physical with some intense sessions led by Georgina Lamb, our choreographer, so I am aching all over… Overall I feel excited though.
There is so much to tell you! Highlights of my week include:
1. Our first day at The Globe on Monday.
It was great to meet all the team and to hear from so many about their responsibilities. Part of the day involved a lecture from Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research at Globe Education, drawing out some of the themes in the play and giving some historical context to the play. My favourite part of the day was looking at the model box (a scale model of the Globe stage showing the design for the show) with our designer Simon Kenny and director Bill Buckhurst. It is great. I don’t want to give too much away but suffice to say that the themes of time and sea are pretty important.
For this project it is especially important to engage people in the story right at the start of the play and this design, together with Georgina Lamb’s choreography, plays a big part in that. We read the play together around a table and heard a lot form our director Bill about what he loves about the play and his hopes for the production. I enjoyed thinking about Viola, one of my favourite Shakespearean characters. Despite losing her brother in the storm she determined to be front footed and positive - a determination to turn her face to the sun despite adversity.
2. The music.
We have been working hard with our composer Tayo Akinbode on the songs in the show and learning to play ukuleles! I’m putting in the time practicing…. I have a 7 month old son who gets up very early so I am using the early hours to practice. He crawls around and enjoys/tolerates my, as yet, pretty ropey playing. Actually, I think the neighbours might be getting slightly cheesed off too. I’ll get better… that’s what rehearsals are for.
3. Much of the week has been spent reading scenes and then putting them into our own words.
This process takes time but really pays off. We now know the story we’re telling back to front and have had time together to reflect on relationships and the themes of the play. Now we’re on our feet working things through. I’m enjoying working with Dickon Tyrell, our Toby Belch. He is a funny man and has extraordinary burping ability to boot. Belch by name…
I’m off for a hot bath. More next week!
By Tom Davey [Sir Andrew Aguecheek]
NEW BRIEF AVAILABLE – Design a Poster
A creative brief is given to each member of the creative team working on the project. It is intended to help them structure their ideas and keep a focus on the director's intended vision for the production.
Take a look at the some inspiration and unused design concepts from our designers Premm on the right. Why not try making your own posters for Twelfth Night and send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.