Shakespeare's Globe

RSS Rehearsal Notes 5

In her fifth blog post Sarah discusses moving on to the Globe, the forthcoming preview period and exploring the Globe's dressing rooms

Transcript of Podcast

Nervous

I’m starting to have anxiety dreams! Rehearsals have moved to the studio spaces at the Globe and that's made me think ‘Goodness, two weeks!’ Until now, we’ve been rehearsing in a space just a few minutes’ walk from the Globe, and I think the move to the Globe itself has encouraged us all to take a big leap. There are lines to be learnt and jig steps to be polished and hair-cuts to be had too (I’m going to have a haircut for Dogberry) … but we’re getting there. I’m not anxious about the play – I just feel I’m not rehearsing enough. Dogberry comes on in Act three and finishes in Act five, scene one, so now that we’ve gone back to the beginning of the play, I’ve got that gap again for a couple of days. It's not really a gap. I’ve got lots of singing and dancing sessions, and I need to learn lines so there's plenty to get on with, but it doesn’t feel quite the same when I’m not actually in the rehearsal room. I’ve not got enough discipline! I’ll probably get to work the scene twice over before we start running it; I should imagine it’ll be the end of the week by the time we get to Acts three, four and five, so there's very little to report on the Dogberry front right now. He's waiting, though. He's there, sitting, preening himself.

Preview period

Tamara [Harvey, Master of Play] reassured us with the fact that we have more rehearsal time ahead of us than behind us, before our Press Night. She included the preview period in our ‘time to go’, and whilst it's absolutely true that we’ll be able to find out what works during those performances, I do think that everyone gears themselves towards the first preview as though it's some kind of cut-off point. The audience have paid to see a show and you want to give them the best show possible, even if audiences later on in the run see a very different show! I’ll probably learn more in the preview period than in rehearsal, but in terms of the nerves, they come to a point just before that First Preview.

Solo voice

I’ve got a solo voice session this afternoon. I’m looking forward to it and at the same time I’m a little apprehensive. We’re going to sort out the ‘shouting’ aspect of Dogberry or ‘Mrs. Dogberry’ as a friend of mine called me the other day – I liked that. I am aware that I do shout a bit, and Stewart [Pearce, Master of Voice] will be able to help me avoid hurting my throat. Yesterday the Measure for Measure ‘'Meet and Greet’ [whole cast on their first day] came into the rehearsal room, just as we had a month ago. We were jigging when they came in, just as the Romeo and Juliet cast were jigging when the White Company came into their rehearsal room on our first day... the coincidence a bit eerie. I certainly feel time has flown by.

Exploring the dressing rooms

I’ve just noticed there is a fridge in the dressing room! I find the dressing rooms very exciting – I sit and imagine everyone in their costumes. All the Romeo and Juliet costumes are hanging up, and I can’t wait to get into my costume because it's going to make such a difference. That's a bit of cliché, but it's true! There's no makeup, no greasepaint. We aren’t even allowed a bit of mascara. I think that’ll be quite freeing. There will be spirit gum, I guess, unless at the end of the night we’re going to wear our beards and moustaches home! ‘Original practices’ is fine, but I don’t want my moustache flapping – that really will make people laugh on stage!

These comments are the actor's thoughts or ideas about the part as s/he goes through the rehearsal process – they are simply his/her own interpretations and frequently change as the rehearsal process progresses.

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