Week 4 Blog
Nearly there now! The actors, and the rest of the team, have had a chance to feel how the play fits together and now we’ve started to focus a bit more on our audiences, and the unique acting experience of performing a play in the Globe.
Jackie Defferary, the director of last year’s Playing Shakespeare production, The Taming of the Shrew, visited us in our rehearsals to share some thoughts about her experience. Two of the cast, Rachel Winters and Tyler Fayose, have been in a Playing Shakespeare production before and were able to add to the conversation and I enjoyed chipping in with some thoughts too. The Globe is open and round which means that the audience can see each other. Many audience members are standing up. Both of these factors mean that the atmosphere can be very lively and irreverent. Our predominantly teenage audience should feel excited and empowered by the space and I know that they will get involved. One of the things I love about PS audiences is that they take sides. As an actor you really feel if they are for or against your character. I’m fascinated to see how such an audience will respond to Beatrice and Benedick’s battles of wit and to Claudio’s treatment of Hero. In our discussions with Jackie we explored ways of ensuring that we can get the focus back, particularly for really important moments in the story so that the play can be heard. In other theatres focus can be achieved with lighting changes but at two o’clock in the afternoon and thanks to that big hole in the roof, the lighting state is out of our control.
The actors have been warming up their voices every day ensuring that they have enough power and puff to take on The Globe. Alex Bingley, our voice coach, will be keeping an eye on proceedings and has been offering help where needed.
We had a chance to run through the key musical moments in the show with Olly Fox, the composer, and the band. Suddenly it’s all starting to seem very real! This is the first chance the cast have had to sing and dance with the actual music and, for the band members, this will be an opportunity to see how it all fits in and to get more of a sense of cues and timing. One of the things I’m enjoying as assistant director is watching all the different facets of the production take shape. As director, it’s Michael’s job to communicate well with all his team and bring all these elements together.
Now we’re running the whole play regularly. Every run is smoother than the last which is a good sign and the actors are still trying things out and discovering new things. I can’t wait to see it all come together on the Globe stage next week!
NEW BRIEF AVAILABLE – Design the Set
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.
Why not try making your own set for Much Ado About Nothing Shrew and send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org