Shakespeare's Globe

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Nerissa listens to a great deal of dialogue, but does not contribute unless necessary or appropriate.

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Nerissa listens to a great deal of dialogue, but does not contribute unless necessary or appropriate. Sonia feels she is a character that understands the virtue and value of silence; Nerissa tells Portia "Silence bestows that virtue.."

Sonia has now had some rehearsal on the Globe stage, this has led to some discoveries about Nerissa's relationship with Gratiano. Apart from the final scene they do not speak with each other on stage and have to find ways of communicating with each other, across the stage without speaking. When they do start to physically come together Portia interrupts them.

Sonia is now looking at the detail of her character, she feels that her Armenian accent does not yet work and is exploring ways to develop her accent within the context of the play. She must decide how pronounced it should be (there is not one definitive Armenian accent). Sonia is delighted that she will sing the song that accompanies Bassanio's selection of the caskets, she will try to sing it in a way which reflects her Armenian interpretation of the role. Sonia has also been thinking about how Nerissa will stand – and has decided that it will be with attitude, not servitude!

 

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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