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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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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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Outlander, Oprah, and the Elusive Female Epic Hero

Like many who read (and loved) even just the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I’ll never forget when I first saw the TV promo advertising the recently-aired (and superbly rendered) first half of the premier season on Starz.  It was one of those moments when I wasn’t really watching TV as much as […]

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THE ORIENT EXPRESSED: Chongqing and Sailing the Victoria Selina

 Travel Dates: July 13-14, 2011   Well, it turns out you CAN get Wi-Fi on the boat for 150 yuan (about 30 bucks US), so here we are. Thursday was the first full day on our ship, the Victoria Selina, which we boarded in Chongqing.  Chongqing is a municipality of about 32 million people, all of […]

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