Monthly Archives: July 2015

As I Like It: A Random Recap at Week’s End (Part II)

Today’s plan is to have another relatively low-key Sunday after Friday’s heady (and late) performance evening and a long day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday.  My only real aim today was to attend orchestral mass at the venerable 1400 year old St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is an experience I didn’t want to miss while I’m right here […]

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All the Globe’s a Stage

Tonight’s our first official TSTP performance, which also marks the end of my first two weeks here at Shakespeare’s Globe, and I’m in a constant state of exhilarating fatigue. On Wednesday, we started our sessions at 5pm, which should have been my cue to sleep in, but I found this impossible to do. I am […]

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Uncasing a Cunning Instrument – Shakespeare & English Come of Age

The language I have learn’d these forty years, My native English, now I must forego: And now my tongue’s use is to me no more Than an unstringed viol or a harp, Or like a cunning instrument cased up, Or, being open, put into his hand. That knows no touch to tune the harmony: Within […]

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As I Like It: A Random Recap at Week’s End

Today I wisely refrained from making definite plans. Rest has been at a premium during this first hectic week, and most of us have been feeling sleep-deprived. So after my morning porridge (this term seems to be preferable to oatmeal), I grabbed my laundry and headed for the basement. The rest of the day I […]

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Glynn MacDonald and The Gilded Stage

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. –T.S. Eliot This has been an incredibly transformative experience so far, but it felt particularly so on Thursday. The morning began with our first movement session with […]

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Game On, Groundlings! (TSTP Days 2 and 3)

The nine o’clock start time yesterday felt so much earlier than Monday’s 9:45, and I managed to be late enough for breakfast to realize just how long that line can get.  Bankside house is a curiosity when one considers the sheer variety of people in terms of age, background, purpose for travel etc., all gathered […]

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Advance, Retreat, Maneuver: Getting Going at The Globe

The title of this post is a shameless rip-off of one of the techniques we learned on the first day of TSTP, but I think it speaks to the day as a whole, so, with apologies to Colin Hurley whom you’ll meet later in this post, I’m going to misappropriate liberally here, starting with breakfast: […]

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Shall I Prepare Me for a Summer’s Day?

Alas, the wait is over and my Summer 2015 Sojourn at Shakespeare’s Globe in London is about to begin! Anyone who knows me can tell you that my feet have barely touched the ground since I found out a few months ago that I’d be taking part in The Globe’s three-week Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance program.  The program, a joint […]

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