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 spent in joyful solitude, by turns napping, reading, calling home, and updating this blog. The adventure continues tomorrow with a networking tea at the ESU headquarters. For now, I’m sharing a few thoughts and pictures:
Not to steal Will’s thunder, but I’m also a Chaucer geek, so I couldn’t resist snapping this photo of The George, i.e. the original Tabard Inn from The Canterbury Tales.
Friday began with a 7AM rehearsal on the Globe stage. Here I am making an entrance on the right with my scene partner. Our director, the gracious Fergal McElherron is guiding us from the yard.
Shakespeare relief at the site of the original GlobeTheatre
Shakespeare in a rather classical pose in the vestibule of theBritish Library
Shakespeare looking right at home in the bustle of Leicester Square
Will peeking out the window of Shakespeare’s Head Pub on Carnaby Street
The signage of Shakespeare’s Head
Saturday morning’s small group assignment had us “re-membering” Shakespeare by visiting and analyzing his likenesses at several sites throughout London. Click on the gallery photos for captions.
We started seriously rehearsing As You Like It on Friday and saw the Globe’s raucously joyous production on Saturday night. I had a scare when I misplaced my original ticket but the box office was kind enough to replace it when, at the last desperate minute, I showed them my TSTP badge and begged.