Vanessa’s latest entry gives us a unique insight into the Globe from both the audience and performer perspective, at different times of day and night.
“On Saturday night, we had access to The Globe stage from 10.15pm to just after midnight. It was lovely to experience the space at a very different time, with different light. There was a beautiful quiet to the space. As we worked on the stage there was gentle rain falling on the ground, which only added to the atmosphere. The first thing we did as a company was speak our monologues, one after the other, sitting together on the stage. We were encouraged to speak to each other, as well as addressing the auditorium. There was no set order, we just followed in response to one another as it felt appropriate. The monologues – from wide range of Shakespeare’s plays – then managed to speak to and answer one another beautifully. Afterwards Raz said that it was like sitting round a campfire listening to a range of great stories. Following this we worked in groups on sections of ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ by Maya Angelou, which she wrote and performed at the inauguration of Bill Clinton. It just so happened that as we were all speaking the final lines, all together, there were the sounds of bells chiming midnight, all around us at The Globe”
“Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
On The Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou
Read the blog in full here.