Shakespeare's Globe

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The production will begin with a specially devised masque. Lilo has been working on her character for this part of the show, which is very different from the character of Jessica.

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The production will begin with a specially devised masque. Lilo has been working on her character for this part of the show, which is very different from the character of Jessica. Lilo has also started to work with her costume, she has a pair of shoes which are raised at the front, but not at the back – this effects the way she walks, as she has to take small steps and it is difficult to move quickly. Lilo feels that this physical restriction adds to her understanding of Jessica as a small bird.

It has been decided that Jessica will sing a song before her first scene in Act 2, this will introduce her to the audience; originally Lilo experimented with ritual, lighting candles during the song - however it was felt that this did not work within the context of the play. Jessica is now occupied with household tasks – polishing cutlery during her song.

Lilo's biggest challenge is now to work with Act 3 Scene 5. Currently the scene highlights a problem in the relationship between Launcelot Gobbo and Jessica; Gobbo is jealous of Lorenzo and in this scene when Jessica tries to kiss Gobbo affectionately, he turns away. At present there is also tension between Jessica and Lorenzo as he is jealous of Jessica's friendship with Gobbo. Lilo feels that the scene should be lighter and that the actors should try to find an interpretation that incorporates some comic moments.

The runs of the play have given Lilo a sense of Jessica's place in the story as a whole and have also shown her how her scenes contribute to the overall pace of the production. She is now looking forward to working with an audience in the Globe.

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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