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In a moment of philosophical pondering on years past on Livejournal, I fondly remembered the days when this community (by far one of my favourites) used to be active. I came here to realise that it's been FOUR YEARS since someone last posted on here.

THIS WILL NOT DO. I refuse to let this community fall into oblivion like so many other good LJ communities (and LJ as a whole, for that matter), so here I am unearthing it with a random "what's on" post. Especially because I think this year is an intriguing season.

So, let's begin. Earlier this year my love for the Bard and languages was completely satisfied by the Globe to Globe festival. I even volunteered as an ambassador for Julius Caesar in Italian, which really was just an excuse to stun my unlucky interlocutor with overenthusiastic and incoherent babbling on the Globe. Sadly, I only managed to see three productions out of the festival - Julius Caesar in Italian as mentioned, Richard II in Palestinian Arabic and The Merchant in Venice in Hebrew. Leaving Julius Caesar out (Italian it's my first language), I was totally shocked at how easy it got to follow and appreciate the performance after a while, even though I couldn't speak any of those languages at all. And let me say, Richard II was probably the best production of the play I've EVER seen, I was almost in tears. As for the 'regular' season, I have tickets for Richard III and Twelth Night, and I'll soon book tickets for Henry V.

Did anyone manage to go to any Globe to Globe production, or to watch it from overseas? Any show from the rest of the season in the diary? Thoughts? Criticism? Random Shakespearean squee?
Current Mood: hungryhungry
20 July 2008 @ 10:46 am
Hello all you graphically savvy people! I'm directing Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, aka the first great Elizabethan revenge tragedy, in a couple of months. I need a graphic designer to design the look for posters, marketing, program, whatever. I thought I would mine the talent on livejournal, especially as it is full of theatre lovers, early modern lovers, and creative people all around.

You can find the script on google books, project gutenburg, and other various places online. It's a fascinating piece, and I highly encourage you to check it out. Basically, it's possible that the Hamlet we know would not have existed without the influence of this play.

If you are interested in this project, send me a message. Aesthetically, I believe in blood and gore. I hate when people die on stage and there is no blood. I like my violence on stage intense. (The blood work in the RSC Histories was aweseome!) I'll be staging this play in the round, to highlight the "world as stage" idea that this play uses so well. There is a frame narrative AND a play-within, so the structure is a bunch of concentric circles like this: audience - Revenge and the Ghost - Royal Court of Spain - the play about Soliman and Perseda.

I'll also be setting the play in modern day. I want the look to be real, but intensified. The kind of look you find in today's modern revenge movies like Kill Bill of V for Vendetta.

I have a few ideas for the tag line for advertising, but I'll hold back on revealing those and let you read the script first.

If this is inappropriate to post here, I apologize, and will promptly remove.

05 February 2008 @ 10:04 pm

Dear friends! Does anybody has Purcell`s "Dido and Aeneas" in his musical archive?
I need  the air "Dido's lament" for my theatre. Can anybody be so kind as to share this track with me?

14 January 2008 @ 11:39 am
I found this whilst surfing today. 
http://www.2luck.com/pages.php?&menuid=123#    Be worth seeing if it happens!!  I might even have to go to States for holidays!!

25 September 2007 @ 02:34 pm
Hi guys,
Could anyone who has seen this season's non-Shakespearean plays tell me about their impression and suggest me which play to go and see next? I ran out of Will-plays and now don't know what to choose!

Thanxalot :)
21 September 2007 @ 05:41 pm

Nice article and interview ... talks about the Globe.
27 August 2007 @ 04:22 pm

Romeo and Juliet Set
Originally uploaded by fadryn.

lexaplexa and I went to see the Globe's touring production of Romeo and Juliet at Alnwick Castle last night. It was really good fun. We arrived fairly early - to get a good spot - had a picnic in the grounds of the castle, and then settled down to watch the production.

The production was fun, not the best Romeo and Juliet I've ever seen, but certainly very unique. Like the touring companies of old they did the performance with only 8 actors, which meant that everyone had to play several parts. This made it very energetic.

I also liked the clothing, which was a mixture of modern dress with all the good bits of Tudor dress. So, the boys all had jeans and shirts on, but with a doublet over the top. (I don't know what it is about a man in a doublet but it certainly does it for me). The guy who was playing Paris/Benvolio had the most gorgeous black doublet on when he was playing Benvolio - I want.

The set, as you can see, was a knackered blue VW campervan, with the Globe stage (including pillars) in front. The actors really used the space well, and the camper van was fun.

The venue was excellent, right inside the castle with the keep behind us, but it didn't half get cold later on and I regretted not bringing more substantial footwear than my flip-flops.

23 August 2007 @ 03:41 pm
CHICHESTER Festival Theatre's Shakespeare theme continues this summer in the Minerva Theatre with Mark Rylance's The BIG Secret Live I Am Shakespeare Webcam.

While conceived and written by Rylance, the company will devise the piece through rehearsals.

Colin Hurley plays William Shakspere, Juliet Rylance plays Mary Sidney, Alex Hassell plays Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, and Roddy Maude-Roxby plays Sir Francis Bacon
19 June 2007 @ 12:56 am
So did any one get to see the Comedy Store Players?? ... It was HILARIOUS ... a hoot ... I was lucky enough to be on duty (I'm a Globe Steward) So I got to see it for free ... ho ho ... though obviously watching out for photography and fainters and generally doing my job ... it was amazing :D ... Josie Lawrence WOW!

The Globe is the MOST amazing theatre ... everything looks great there ... Merchant is my current favourite ... though I am looking forward to seeing what they do with Love's Labours .. any who

LOVE fellow GlobeFans xx
18 June 2007 @ 10:45 pm
This is so worth seeing!  It had first perf on Sunday afternoon at the Globe and now it's on tour!  See these for info  :-)


and the tour is going all round the UK which is super!   http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/theatre/globetouring/