Shakespeare's Globe

RSS Rehearsal Notes 2

At this point in rehearsal the company went for a residential week away. Lilo had the opportunity to improvise Jessica's life in between the scenes in which he is not featured in the play.

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At this point in rehearsal the company went for a residential week away. Lilo had the opportunity to improvise Jessica's life in between the scenes in which he is not featured in the play. She found this very useful, in particular it highlighted how much time Jessica spends with Gobbo, as they are both left in Shylock's house together for much of the day. She also thought about what Jessica would pack to take with her when she leaves her home, she felt that money, rather than objects would be most important for Jessica.

Lilo has decided that Jessica is like a bird which has been put in a cage.

Lilo has been working on the meaning of the text and exploring different ways of performing each speech – thinking about which words are the most important in each line and which to stress.

Lilo feels that everything Shylock says to Jessica is an instruction, there is no joy in Shylock's household, which is still effected by the death of Leah. She increasingly feels that everything in Venetian society is dominated by money and that Jessica is very driven by the desire for wealth and freedom.

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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