Week 7 BLOG
We’re now 12 performances in and we can be confident that the production works, our audiences certainly seem to love it. I'm enjoying it more and more too. The technical aspects of the show, dancing, singing and movement are now bedded in and I feel able to enjoy the ride every day. The enthusiasm of our audiences makes the experience feel a bit like surfing an enormous wave of energy. It's exhilarating, fun but tiring too- that palpable enthusiasm needs to be harnessed and directed by us in very active ways in order to tell the story well and make sure that the play is heard.
I am particularly enjoying the responses to Viola and Sebastian’s journey. Their reunion at the end of the play is met with shouts of delight and ahs and oos. The play was written over 400 years ago but I hope, for this audience, these characters seem fresh and contemporary.
I am getting used to the daily routine. I have been running workshops for young people in the mornings (in my capacity as a Globe Education Practitioner). I love this work and it is something that I have done at various times, between acting jobs, over the last 6 years. It allows me to work enough to support my family and I have learned a tremendous amount about Shakespeare through the fresh responses of young people engaging with it sometimes for the first time. Over the last 10 days, I’ve enjoyed being able to spin both plates and run a workshop before our 12:45pm call on stage.
Once we’ve all gathered we run the fights and our jig (the dance at the end of the play). Then it’s a short break before the half hour call when it’s time to put on our costumes. The show starts at 2pm and is over by 3:40pm so I’m home to have tea with my family by 5ish. Happy days!
Looking forward to seeing you if you’re coming to the Globe over the next week. Give us a wave!
NEW BRIEF AVAILABLE – Review
Many theatre productions are reviewed by members of the press, who attend a performance and comment on the creative elements that come together on stage during a performance.
Theatre critic Matt Trueman has provided some top tips for reviewing a play. If you've seen Twelfth Night, or are planning to attend, why not read our brief and send us your review.
Matt's top tips are:
1. Keep your eyes and ears peeled because everything on stage is important.
2. Reviewing is about communicating your thoughts, so be clear before being clever.
3. Don’t worry about the language too much - trust yourself to get the story.
4. Remember that your readers might not have seen the play so make sure you’re describing it in detail.
5. Most importantly, above all else be honest and have fun!
Now download the Reviewing Brief on the right. Once you are done email your review to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature it on the site.