This was not only an incredible year for London; it was a fantastic year for the Globe. From Mark Rylance returning to the stage after 10 years, the staging of 37 international productions in just 6 weeks! to Sarah Dustagheer receiving the first joint PhD from the Globe and King’s College we have a lot to be proud of. Here is a collection of memories of 2012 from staff around the Globe.
My favourite memory was Sonnet Sunday. An early start to be in to help set up. Sun shining. Flyering on Bankside and the millennium bridge. Seeing Dominic persuading people to go to the Globe instead of the Tate. Sian blowing bubbles. A beautiful on stage finish. And 6000 people through our doors for free.
One of the strongest impressions left upon me this year was the Globe Education ‘Dream Space’ for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: where the top floor of the Sackler Studio was transformed into a woodland kingdom!
The concept of a ‘fairy safari’ was incredibly engaging; complete with puppetry, interactive radio chatter and surreal touches (like kitchen dressers in the middle of a forest!). A great immersive experience I would welcome suspending my disbelief for all over again
-Anthony, Visitor Services
Sitting in the torrential, sub-zero, horizontal rain as ‘Measure for Measure’ in Russian played. Being seated in the lower gallery seemed to make no difference to whether you got soaked or not. I did not mind this at all, as the performance was so enrapturing and the concentration and appreciation of fellow audience members so total. That was when the size, ambition and wonderfulness of the Globe to Globe Festival really began to sink in.
-Helen , Theatre
Taking my parents to see Lithuanian Hamlet and loving how delighted they were! My dad was really worried because he thought he wouldn’t be ‘clever’ enough to understand Shakespeare, but by the end he was explaining the intricacies of the onstage symbolism to me.
Approaching Mark, head of security and asking them to help the stewards with a drunkard on the piazza before The Taming of the Shrew. To which Mark replied “He’s an actor”, followed by me saying “Aren’t they all”. [ This was actually part of the prew-show and fooled a lot of people as the actor playing Christopher Sly was wearing contemporary dress, but the play was in period costume]
- Jack, Digital
Definetely that smiling little girl [local schoolgirl Ify Egesi] on stage with the Olympic torch. Amazing. She, and we, will remember that moment forever. It seemed to usher in a sea-change in attitude towards the Olympics – overnight we went from grumpy, bored and cynical to cheering, weepy and full of wonder. I wept behind my shades.
The highlight of my 2012 has to be Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank and our production of the Dream. Seeing 14,000 young people scream (literally) their approval at the end of each performance astounded me each time. But it was the impact on those students that really brought home to me how powerful the performance was. In a survey afterwards. 88% of the students surveyed said that seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream had a positive effect on the way they felt about going to see other productions at the theatre, with 96% saying they would now like to see more productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Seema Bargota at Robert Clack School of Science said that “…it was a great experience for me and it’s inspired me to go to the theatre more often… (T)he experience was definitely worth it. It has also helped me to understand the story a little better than I did before. Seeing this play has changed my opinion on Shakespeare and I would love to go again!”, whilst a teacher told us “…the students in our school community come from a variety of backgrounds, most of them unable to afford the luxury of attending the theatre. For these students to attend a theatre and see a Shakespeare play in action in is an event they will not forget”. These comments make me smile every time I read them, and prove the power of the Globe and Shakespeare.
Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been one of my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays but it was brought to life by the very talented, Deafinitely Theatre company. The cast and the musicians were inspiring and had me entertained from start to finish. The whole audience absolutely loved it and it was wonderful to see so many hard of hearing people enjoy the performance – I was very moved.
Watching our new British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter Jan doing her ritual dance before each show.
My lasting memories of 2012 at the Globe are of the amazing experience that was Globe to Globe. Whether it was coming face-to-bare-buttocks with a Maori warrior or bumping into a fabulous Polish drag queen, every day was completely different and absolutely fascinating! Every audience was unique and equally enjoyed shows in their own language and in foreign languages – what an incredibly successful way of so many people experiencing Shakespeare.
- Becky Paris, former Comms intern
And of course the end of season party was just something else – loads of music, dancing and people dressed as everything from a jockey to a lead pipe inside that incredible theatre was something very special and I feel especially privileged to have been part of it.
Getting a Globe branded taxi, and having Stephen Fry travel to his appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in it.