Your hosts Michelle Terry, Dr Farah Karim-Cooper and Imogen Greenberg, will take you behind the scenes, into rehearsal rooms and onto our stages, sharing the incredible stories and experiences that come through our doors every day.
We'll be exploring the big themes behind all of the work that we do here, looking at Shakespeare's transformative impact on the world around us, asking questions about programming, gender, race, social justice and their relationship to Shakespeare.
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In this episode of Such Stuff, we go behind the scenes with the Pride, Then and Now festival, asking how we perform sexuality, and how sexuality is performed, shining a light on queer narratives from the early modern period too often overlooked.
Writer and actor Tom Stuart talks about his new play After Edward, a response to Marlowe’s Edward II, in which he is also playing the titular role. Globe Research Fellow Dr Will Tosh delves into the life of Christopher Marlowe, and other writers from the period whose work touches on queer themes. And we chat to curator Sarah Grange and drag king Wesley Dykes, two of the team behind Moll and the Future Kings, an improv drag king cabaret by candlelight in our very own Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. They tell us about the extraordinary life of 17th century cross-dressing criminal Moll Frith. Plus, poems from early modern writers Richard Barnfield and Katherine Philips.♦
— Sarah Grange
Our new Associate Artistic Director, Sean Holmes, joins us on the podcast to share his relationship and previous experiences with Shakespeare over the past two decades in theatre. We hear more about how these experience will shape his experimental work with the Globe’s Ensemble in our unique theatrical spaces.♦
— Sean Holmes, Associate Artistic Director
In the first episode of Season 2 of Such Stuff, we go behind the scenes with Dark Night of the Soul, a festival of new writing from a collective of women writers who are taking on the myth of the Faustian bargain from a fresh and feminine perspective.
So, this week on the podcast, we'll also be asking: 'what would you sell your soul for?'
We talk to writers Lily Bevan, Katie Hims, Athena Stevens, Amanda Wilkin, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence about how they went about asking and answering the question, and we put the women of the Globe on the spot and ask them what they'd sell their souls for. ♦
— Lily Bevan, Writer
It’s Christmas at the Globe!
To get into the festive spirit, we travel back in time with Dr Will Tosh to the frosty winter of 1607/8, when the river Thames froze solid.
As midwinter approaches, we’ve retreated into the warm glow of candlelight. We head backstage in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with Cleo, our Candle Technician, to find out how we get through hundreds of candles a day.
Finally, we’ve been digging around the archives to find you a festive poem from Jacobean England.♦
— Cleo Maynard, Candle Technician
It’s Halloween at the Globe! We searched the Globe high and low for all things superstitious and spooky…
We go behind the scenes with the upcoming production of Macbeth, chatting to director Rob Hastie about witches, superstitions and saying the name of the Scottish Play.
We go Globe ghost hunting with Access Manager David Bellwood, and discover incredible ghost stories and urban legends, old and new, from the Globe and beyond.
Prosthetics artist Suzi Battersby tells us how to make a severed head, and about the weirdest prosthetic prop she’s ever made for theatre.♦
— Rob Hastie, Macbeth Director
In this episode of Such Stuff, we take a closer look at history plays, old and new, asking: why do we turn to the history play at times of crisis and why do they continue to speak so deeply to our contemporary fears and anxieties?
We go behind the scenes with the company of Eyam as they explore the village, and speak to writer Matt Hartley about why it was so important to tell this extraordinary story now, and in the ‘civic space’ of the Globe theatre.
Michelle Terry gives us a sneak preview of what to expect from next year’s summer season, and Research Fellow and lecturer Dr Will Tosh digs deeper into Shakespeare’s history plays, when we reach for them and why, with Professor Lucy Munro.♦
— Michelle Terry, Artistic Director
This week on Such Stuff, we follow up on our first ever Shakespeare and Race festival, and ask: what does it mean to be a person of colour and study, teach, perform and read Shakespeare?
Our own Dr Farah Karim-Cooper sat down with Professor Ayanna Thompson, to hear her thoughts on casting Shakespeare here and in the US, and follow up on her controversial proposition that Othello is an irredeemable play.
Keith Hamilton-Cobb brings us extracts of his solo play American Moor, which was part of the Shakespeare and Race festival, and which examines the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Farah talks to actor Aaron Pierre, currently playing Cassio in Othello, about performing to Globe audiences, and how he sees the role of Cassio.
Finally, Farah spoke to Leaphia Darko, performing in Love’s Labour’s Lost, about her experiences of studying and performing Shakespeare and classical theatre at drama school.♦
— Professor Ayanna Thompson
This week on Such Stuff, we go behind the scenes with the Globe Ensemble and ask: what happens when any person can play any character, and what do audiences make of this?
Director Federay Holmes and Research Fellow Dr Will Tosh explain the inspiration behind the ensemble, and how Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men were radical before their time… They also talk about casting, gender swapping and giving actors parts they can really play.
Actor Shubham Saraf talks us through the rehearsal room, and asks whether audiences are ready to see his Ophelia, and Michelle Terry sits down with Jack Laskey to talk Hamlet and Rosalind, and whether gender really plays a role in playing these roles.♦
— Federay Holmes, Director
November 11th 2018 marks the centenary of Armistice Day, one hundred years since the end of the First World War.
Ahead of Shakespeare and Remembrance here at the Globe, we ask: what can the real experience of war teach us about performing Shakespeare and what can performing Shakespeare teach us about war and its effects?
We chat to Neil Davies, Shaun Johnson and Max Hamilton McKenzie, ex-military personnel who will be performing in Shakespeare and Remembrance, about their journeys since leaving the Forces and what art and performance has offered them as therapy and rehabilitation.
Shakespeare and Remembrance will include extracts from Shakespeare’s plays alongside original pieces written by those in the show about their own experiences of conflict.♦
This episode contains explicit language, and references to suicide.
— Neil Davies, performer and Armed Forces veteran
In this episode of Such Stuff, we take a look back at Refugee Week at the Globe and ask: how can art respond to the crises of our times?
We talk to the artists and theatre-makers who have taken part in this nationwide celebration of refugees.
Writer Jude Christian and director Elayce Ismail discuss Nanjing, a monologue which reflects on pacifism and the responsibility of the individual from 1937 to the present. Jude tells her own family story, the story of the notorious Nanjing Massacre and asks what each of us can do when atrocities occur across the world.
Syrian Canadian visual artist and educator Dima Karout takes us behind the scenes on her Boarding Pass Installation, explaining why she wanted to get audiences to participate and think about their own lives - and the lives of refugees - a little differently, and shares some of the incredible contributions left by our audiences.
Finally, actors and refugees bring you The Strangers' Case, Shakespeare’s cry for compassion for the plight of refugees which is sadly still so relevant.♦
— Boarding Pass Installation contributor
This summer, community groups, both local and wider, came together with our sonnet ensemble to fill the Globe with the sounds of all 154 sonnets for our very first Sonnet Sunday.
Director Athena Stevens and poets Rummer, Gary and Charlie - who met through the arts and mental health charity CoolTan Arts - take us behind the scenes. We ask what poetry means to them, what they made of working on Shakespeare for the first time, and why Sonnet 29 resonated with their own experiences...
— Athena Stevens, Director
In the first ever episode of Such Stuff we’ll be asking: why is it so important to reclaim the untold stories of women from history?
Emilia Bassano was a poet, writer, feminist and contemporary of Shakespeare, and until recently, her contribution to the literary canon was largely forgotten. Now she is the subject of a new play, Emilia, and the Emilias that appear throughout Shakespeare’s work have underpinned the entire summer season.
Is she the dark lady of the sonnets? Was she the inspiration for the Emilias in Othello and The Winter’s Tale? We explore what we do and don’t know about the real Emilia Bassano with Research Fellow Dr Will Tosh and go behind the scenes with writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and director Nicole Charles on new play Emilia, which takes an imaginative leap from the evidence of her life and tells an extraordinary story.
We’ll also be taking a look at imbalances off of our stages, and speaking to Emma Gersch of Band of Mothers about the missing women in our workforces.
And finally, Kate Pankhurst, author of bestselling Fantastically Great Women Who Made History, chats to us about why young children - girls and boys! - need more stories of women from history.♦
— Michelle Terry, Artistic Director
Composer and Globe Music Associate James Maloney takes us behind the scenes on how to compose the music for two shows in just ten weeks, when you can’t write a single note before you get into the rehearsal room… how do you go about composing as an ensemble, and how do you hold your nerve to the very last minute? Featuring music from the Globe Ensemble’s production of Hamlet.♦
— James Maloney, Composer and Globe Music Associate
What happens when the old and the new collide?
We'll be looking at Shakespeare's transformative impact on the world around us, asking questions about programming, gender, race, social justice and their relationship to Shakespeare.
Meet your hosts Imogen Greenberg, Dr Farah Karim-Cooper and Michelle Terry, who will take you behind the scenes, into rehearsal rooms and onto our stages.♦
— The Tempest
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper
Track: Kaira Konkoba
Taken from Tunde Jegede and Derek Gripper’s album Mali in Oak, recorded in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for Globe Music.