Shakespeare's Globe

RSS Rehearsal 2

“It’s a work in progress, and a challenge at the moment. But it looks amazing.”
Pearce talks about the jig rehearsals, movement around the stage and the challenge of rehearsing wearing a donkey’s head as tech week approaches.

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Phil Brooks:

What have you been doing in rehearsals since we last spoke?

Pearce Quigley:

We have-we’ve probably done the most amount of work, the most intensive amount of work I think over the last two days. The day before yesterday we spent running through it, scene by scene, stitching it all together. And then yesterday we did a run of it in the afternoon. They’re always a bit hairy and nerve wracking…

PB:

Was that the first time you had seen most of the other scenes?

PQ:

Was the first time I’d seen the majority of it really yeah. It’s amazing, some incredible performances in it.

PB:

Have you started doing specific rehearsals for the stage itself?

PQ:

Yeah. I mean that’ll be… I think it’s always… from what I can remember being out there. The pillars aren’t in the rehearsal room, the base of the pillars are in there, but I seem to remember the first play I did here, even though they were in the rehearsal room when you get out there you realise ‘Oh, there’s two pillars out here!’. Which you kind of really don’t take on board until you actually see them. Because you can’t see through them and of course in the rehearsal room you realise that you’re looking through them the whole time, so you’re not really aware of them. Specifically, not really, I noticed yesterday that there’s loads of stuff where their used, lots of physical stuff going on with them and people climbing up them and using them. I mean I don’t use them at all; I just spend my time trying to avoid walking into them I should imagine!  

PB:

How are the jig rehearsals going?

PQ:

Fine, it isn’t really a jig. Well it is a jig but it’s incorporated into what happens in the play, there’s a Bergamask dance at the end. And that’s kind of become the jig.

PB:

Is it something you’ve been working on throughout or…

PQ:

Yeah we spend a couple hours every week working on it. I seem to be the slowest at picking it up. I think I got away with it yesterday but I’m sure it will go back a couple of steps before it goes forward again for me.

PB:

How important is music to your production?

PQ:

It seems to be integral to this one. Seems to be lots of music, so that will be good when we get the band and hear it all. We’ve been doing the main dance at the end to a song that isn’t going to be the song that we’re using so… Claire [van Kampen, Composer] has told us that the song we will be using is very similar, or will be recognisable in terms of the beat and everything. It shouldn’t be too much of a difficult transition but there’s lots of unaccompanied singing and lullaby’s, it’s lovely there’s loads of it, it’s great. Not that I – I don’t do any of it but I saw it all yesterday and it’s great.

PB:

Have you started trying out your costume yet?

PQ:

No just the donkey’s head yesterday.

PB:

How have you found performing with that, or rehearsing with that on?

PQ:

Not easy. It’s not easy. ‘Cause I can’t hear anything, I can’t see anything. That’s all to be discovered out on the stage I think. I think it will make a big difference when on stage. Because in the rehearsal room I can find space and I just feel like I’m shouting really when I’ve got that on so… That’s a work in progress, and a challenge at the moment, but it looks amazing.   

PB:

How have your initial impressions of your characters changed or been confirmed since you started rehearsing?

PQ:

I suppose after the first couple of days I thought he was really horrible, and I thought I hope he doesn’t, that it doesn’t become – Potentially really horrible and I thought I hope he doesn’t become unlikable. But I’m not so worried about that now.

PB:

So what’s been the thing you’ve enjoyed most about the rehearsals so far now we’re going into tech week?

PQ:

My favourite thing is making people laugh. So that’s my favourite thing. When we run scenes and people laugh. My least favourite thing is when people don’t laugh, when you try and make them laugh. No that’s my favourite thing. And now you worry will that translate to the stage? That’s what I’m worried about now. But I always do worry about that. Sometimes some of it does and some of it doesn’t, we’ll wait and see…

PB:

Until next week-

PQ:

And we’ll be saying ‘God do you remember that in rehearsals? That was so funny…’

PB:

Yeah but then other bits of rehearsals you think weren’t funny-

PQ:

Yeah well hopefully there will be bits where you go ‘God didn’t think they would be laughing at that’.

 

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