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The Globe Theatre in Neuss is kind of like this metal structure in the middle of nowhere – actually it’s on the edge of a racecourse. We flew in on the Sunday and made it in time to watch As You Like It in the evening.

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The Globe Theatre in Neuss is kind of like this metal structure in the middle of nowhere – actually it’s on the edge of a racecourse. We flew in on the Sunday and made it in time to watch As You Like It in the evening. It was the AYLI Company’s last performance here before us so it was nice that we crossed paths with them.

 

It is boiling hot weather in Neuss, so we are basically in an oven! The thermometer at the top of the theatre recorded a temperature of 44 degrees yesterday and today its 5 degrees hotter! We are here at exactly the same time as the British heat wave. My Auntie lives near Neuss and said it is known for that, for being really hot. I’m alright because I spend most of my time in a vest but everyone else wears layers of wool and leather and heavy materials like that so it’s a nightmare from them. Nonetheless, the venue is great; it’s a mini Globe, octagonal shaped, almost like a Mikano creation. It is very different to our Globe at home, much more comfortable; they don’t know how good they’ve got it!

 

We are staying in Neuss itself, about 5 minutes from the theatre. I haven’t been here before but I think it’s a bit like where I come from, Leamington or Warwick, it’s a normal town but yet it has the attraction of the Globe. It’s also only 20 minutes from Dusseldorf so we went there on the last night and my Auntie showed us round some pubs. We also went to a beautiful lake – our touring company has kind of got a thing for lakes; swimming in lakes. When we were in Norway we swam in this massive fjord. It was freezing but a beautiful summer’s day so we jumped off diving boards into the water. We hunted out another lake here because it has been so hot and it was so nice to chill out for the day by the water.

 

The audience are really nice here, we only have 3 shows but so far we have had lovely audiences and what’s amazing is that they are sitting through this heat. All the European audiences have been really lovely actually, really attentive, appreciative. It puts us to shame because they are so multilingual, English is either their second or third language and obviously Shakespeare is even more knotted than normal everyday speech, so it’s very impressive.

 

Josh x

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