Boudica Blogs: Exciting But Strange Affairs
Assistant Director of Boudica Martin Leonard presents a series of blogs in which he takes us inside the rehearsal room of this exciting new play which opens on Friday 8 September.
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First days are incredibly exciting but strange affairs – the room is awash with nervous energy.
The initial meet and greet is full of people, some you recognise and many you don’t – from the artistic team, production, marketing, costume, props-making, box office, etc. It’s testament to the size of a theatre like Shakespeare’s Globe and the magnitude of the logistical operation that goes into creating an action-packed summer season.
Emma Rice, Artistic Director, kicks us off with a warm welcome, waxing lyrical about the play and its place in the Globe’s Summer of Love season. Love is admittedly not a word that immediately comes to mind when describing a play that involves buckets of violence, the dismantling of a nation and the deaths of thousands, but in its own way… it makes sense. The play explores cultural identity, the love of one’s home and one’s family and the tragic consequences of what can happen when this love is threatened.
Eleanor Rhode, Boudica’s director, follows with a short introduction to the play itself, its ideas and the history of its development, before we get stuck straight into the first read-through…
The cast are together for the first time sat around a big table, scripts in hand, and we all as a group get a chance to get to grips with the piece. It’s great to hear the actors bring the text alive – it’s a little taster of what each actor will bring to the production and helps to clarify to us all how each character might begin to form.
I get a starring role, playing the part of ‘Stage Directions’, so I spend most of the first read-through desperately trying to remember the correct pronunciations of the various Briton and Roman names and places, such as the tongue twisting Prasutagus and Camulodunum.
A fun first day. Until next time…
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