Director director Emma Rice
Twelfth Night (2017)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Forming part of her Summer of Love, Emma Rice directs Twelfth Night in the Globe theatre.
"I gave some of Feste's stuff to Fabian as well which makes Fabian make more sense...So by solving what I think is a problem in the play and floating Feste out of the literal and into the metaphoric, I felt I managed to retain the poetry and the narrative and actually liberate some of the comedy as well..."
As the actors take their final bows, Emma takes us through some of the character choices started in the rehearsal room and brought to life on stage.
"At the Globe, the mass is the most extraordinary thing, because they are literally stood up and able to touch your toes if they want to! So the groundlings are a very potent thing here, and largely they tell you great things. They tell you when they’re amused, they tell you when they’re shocked, they faint when they feel ill!"
Taking us through Tech and Press, Emma talks about the relationship between actor and audience, and experiencing the show as an audience member herself.
"Well, I have done something I've never done before on this production..."
As Tech Week approaches, Emma takes us through her approach to music, comedy, and characterisation in the rehearsal room.
"The boat is like a beautiful pleasure boat full of joy, full of love. And all that joy is stopped in its tracks before the play starts...My aim is that we fall in love with the world that is then immediately destroyed, so that actually the theatre is in a state of loss. You start watching HMS Pinafore and then suddenly you're in Hedda Gabler..."
As rehearsals continue, Emma reveals the world of her Twelfth Night, including the setting, costumes, and music.
"The fact that this is very much a play about tears and laughter and joy fits my aesthetic very, very well. And it's got the sea in it as well and as somebody who lived in Cornwall for so long, I think a lot about looking out to sea and how that releases the emotions. So I've always loved it..."
In this Adopt A Director series, Emma Rice gives us a behind the scenes look into her rehearsal room of Twelfth Night. In our first instalment, Emma discusses why she is staging this play, and how it resonates with both her and audiences today.