On 7 October the twenty-one International Fellows took to the stage for their performance, putting into practice everything they had learnt over the past three weeks. Vanessa is now back in her native Australia but has written a final blog reflecting on the performance.

“For our final performance, I worked on Act 2, Scene 2 from Macbeth with Kostas Kavakiotis, directed by Bill Buckhurst. We were lucky enough to have the chance in our final week to rehearse on the Globe stage, performing the scene for tour groups who happened to be visiting The Globe. Bill has an immense amount of expertise from working on The Globe stage, as both a director and an actor. In rehearsals, he urged Kostas and I to strip things back – to avoid trying to embellish our lines – but to simply and directly share our words and thoughts with the audience. He was extremely attentive when we broke up the lines, and would always urge us to drive the energy through to the end of each line, maintaining great pace and clarity of thoughts. It was also exciting working with Kostas, and his text was spoken in a mixture of English and Greek. I had a number of cues to learn in Greek, and spoke one of my own lines in Greek. In a scene that has a very fast pace and plenty of adrenaline, where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a number of shared lines, it meant that I had to listen carefully throughout the scene. This heightened level of awareness is appropriate for Lady Macbeth in the scene. I thought that the Greek sounded great in the scene, and Kostas moved seamlessly between the English and Greek text.”

She took away a few key points from each of the Globe staff involved in the Fellowship. You can read them in full on her blog.

We don’t have to embellish the rich words with reflection.” -Raz Shaw, Director

“You have nothing to prove. Trust yourself. Come onstage and be strong and clear. Think of yourself as a magnet.” - Glynn MacDonald, Movement Director at the Globe

 Let the words do the work for you.” - Martin McKellan, Voice Coach at the Globe

You need to give yourself to the speech, to row with the tide, rather than against it, to be open to what is actually there in the speech.” – Giles Block, Master of Text at the Globe

 Read more from them and see all the photos on Vanessa’s blog


(c) Vanessa O'Neill - Releasing the balloons

(c) Vanessa O’Neill – Releasing the balloons