‘Scholars have been asking such questions for decades. Although we may never have definitive answers, research at the Globe theatre is providing important new approaches and insights.’

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Monday 14 August 2017, 6.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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£10 | £5 FoSG & Students 2 hours 30 minutes
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Our Research in Action workshops give you the chance to be part of Globe Education’s exploration into the indoor theatres of 17th century London.

The workshops mix theatre practice and scholarship in an engaging investigation of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s theatrical capacities. Using extracts from well-known and less-familiar plays, Globe actors and leading academics test the dramatic and technical potential of our indoor space.

Expect discoveries – and expect to be asked for your feedback!


Pistols and Proximity on the Early Modern Indoor Stage

Monday 14 August, 6.00pm 

How did pistols – whether brandished, loaded and cocked, or fired – impact on dramatic scenes written for the indoor playhouse? Using extracts from plays by Beaumont and Fletcher, Marston, and Middleton and Dekker, this workshop asks how the dynamics of a scene change when a firearm is introduced, and when the practical requirements of loading, charging and discharging a gun intrude on dramatic action. Did the intimate dimensions of spaces like the Blackfriars playhouse emphasise the danger in scenes of violence? How did indoor audiences receive these performed actions of threat? Join Globe actors and members of the Globe Research team to find out.