Forty-three Performing Arts students from the Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts and AS Drama & Theatre Studies students visited the Globe yesterday. Wendy Frost, the Performing Arts Course team Leader, says:
“We were taken on a tour of the Globe by an actor called Canis: our students were very interested, asking questions and taking pictures for their written work. Canis also gave us a lecture about the history of the theatre .
“The production of Julius Caesar was excellent. It was lively and exciting to watch, with the actors submerged in the audience becoming the Roman people and crowd along with us.
“The actor playing Mark Antony (Luke Thompson) was a particular favourite with many students. He delivered a heart-breaking speech over the dead body of Caesar. One student came straight out after the performance and asked, ‘Can I do that speech for Drama School?’ Students also commented on the live music and singing and the atmosphere that this created.
“It was a very successful day.”
Sarah Stow, Drama Course Team Leader, adds:
“The whole day was thrilling – but extremely exhausting – we were Groundlings, so watched the 2 hour and 45 minute performance standing up in the ‘cheap seats’! It was great to think about the original conditions of The Globe and how we as ‘Groundlings’ would have been called ‘Penny Stinkers’ as we would only have washed twice a year! Imagine how smelly it would have been, standing amongst a crowd of a thousand other audience members!! The students really enjoyed it, and it was in stark contrast to A Doll’s House which we watched earlier this week! The Drama students are certainly having a wide experience of viewing live theatre in the first few weeks of their course.”