This week was the first time the Malcontent company spent the whole weekend together, and both days were packed. On Saturday we had a special visit from Jel Beader from British Military Fitness, who put the company through their paces, teaching us to stand to attention and how to march in step. By the end of the session they were marching all around the Globe exhibition, showing off their skills. Brogan, who plays Passarello, describes the class;
Brogan (playing Passarello)
This week our rehearsal was spread over two days and we were introduced to the magnificent Jel Bearder from British Military Fitness. Yes, you heard me correctly, Military Fitness. The session specifies in helping with skills such as focus, posture and working as a team. Upon walking into the room it’s safe to say we all jumped to attention when Jel announced for us to ’Shh’ and ‘Be Quiet’. Gathered in the corner of the room we all huddled together in anticipation and some of us even fear. The workshop started and we were separated into 3 ranks. Throughout the session we were put through several action packed activities that really gave you a sense of the armed forces. In reply to any of Jel’s questions we were told to reply with ‘YES, JEL’ and to be honest we weren’t very good at it to start with. From marching to push-ups and crazy feet to strength competitions, we were all well and truly shattered the next day. Personally I found the experience to be absolutely crazy but all in all it was a fun and enjoyable day. ‘Actors are Athletes.’
On Sunday Phil Cumbus, a regular onstage at the Globe, ran a workshop for the company that encouraged them to explore archetypes and actions.
Danish (playing Equato and Prologue)
On Sunday, we had the opportunity to participate in a workshop run by a wonderful Globe actor, Philip Cumbus. This was in part to discover more about how to play a character and learn the skills necessary in achieving this, but also to have a fun time with fellow thespians. The last time I met Phil was on the Globe stage in the final performance of Macbeth, where he played Malcolm and so it was nice to meet him once again. That is one of the best things about being part of the GYP, you get to meet admirable and talented individuals again and again, so there’s always a sense of community. The workshop was very much focused on aspects which we had touched upon during previous rehearsals, but hadn’t fully explored. We looked at the different archetypes in Elizabethan/Jacobean drama (the King, the Warrior, the Joker and the Carer) and how Shakespeare and his contemporaries used these archetypes to convey a certain aura about that character. Once establishing the elements involved in those archetypal mind sets, we began manifesting these through movement and performed an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet (Scene 2, Act 2). As we journeyed through the text, we saw just how many different interpretations one can draw from a only a passage of a scene. Perhaps that is what has kept Shakespeare’s work so relevant in this day and age. Phil explained that text and the different ways it can be spoken is what excites him about acting; I couldn’t agree more