Week by Week

Week 4

The cast start week 4 rehearsing the jig that ends every play at the Globe, as well as continuing to look at specific scenes and language in the play. Read Bethan’s blog from Week 3 to find out how the cast have been rehearsing their lines, and use the Script Machines in the language section to explore the language in three key scenes.

Behind the scenes work continues with the wardrobe department looking at accessories for the characters and the masks for the masquerade ball. Meanwhile the set is also being built and painted ready for tech week next week – a lot of gold paint is involved!

Week 4 Images

Some of the set being built.

The set being painted gold.

The set being painted gold.

The masks with images from the designer used for inspiration.

The masks will be painted changed and decorated by the wardrobe department.

Some of the wardrobe department going through the masks and deciding what changes need to be made.

The cast in rehearsals.

The cast in rehearsals.

The masks being worked on for the masquerade ball.

The masks being finished for the masquerade ball.

The masks for the masquerade ball.

The set being painted gold.

Week 4 Blog

Friday 28th February

Friday night, I have just got home from rehearsals, and there is no chance of getting me into that Friday night feeling. Tomorrow is our last rehearsal! The comfort and protection of four rehearsal room walls will be swapped for 1500 empty seats, and come Thursday, 1500 waiting faces!

This week has been all about making the leap from the rehearsal room to the stage. We have been thinking about where the audience will be sitting (they fill our peripheral vision), and how we will make them feel part of our story. The Globe theatre is such an unusual space. The audience are as lit as the actors, be it night or day, so we can see you just as well as you can see us. There is no hiding in the dark; you are part of the show! In the trial scene for example, the actors are imagining that the whole audience is the court. They might ask you questions, or try and justify themselves to you, and 400 years ago, I’m sure the audience would have replied or given advice back! (Most of us are a bit too polite now). The challenge this week has been taking our well-rehearsed scenes out to the audience, without really having one! I have spoken to walls, chairs, and our lovely Deputy Stage Manager, Heather, in preparation for talking to all of you. It feels funny, but I am sure it will all make sense when we get on that stage.

The most exciting part of this week for me was meeting our band! Our wonderful music director Olly Fox has been working with us for the last few weeks on a couple of songs that we perform in the show. The band also provide music throughout the performance (all of the dance numbers I have mentioned over the last few weeks are performed by the band), and in the same way a film score can really help to engage its audience, I think Olly’s composition will help them to tune into our world, and drive the story forward. It’s thrilling and I can’t wait to hear more.

I know everyone in the company feels that the next step is to get on stage. It feels like everything is in place, and next week will be about fine tuning, and engaging with how much energy we will need. I’m going to use our final rehearsal tomorrow to solidify everything we have been working on, and then I am going to crash out. We all need to re-energise and refuel for the most exciting week yet! Someone pass me the chocolate rolls. 

From Bethan in the Rehearsal Room

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