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Year 7 Globe Trip

This week Year 7 travelled to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on SouthBank.

The whole Year 7 cohort (of nearly 120 pupils) with staff at Our Lady's all travelled together to SouthBank to view Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. We all set off on the no. 76 bus all the way to St Pauls. We even thad the chance to go inside and view St Pauls beautiful interior.

   

We then walked across Millenuin Bridge where we saw buskers and street performers. 

   

Once we got inside the Globe, we had a Director take us round on our very own tour, explaining how similar this was to the original theatre and interesting facts such as:

  • There were no actresses performing at The Globe Theatre – or any other theatre at that time. Female roles were played by young boys as theatre stages were considered too risque a place for ladies

  • At the start of each play after collecting money from the audience the admission collectors took boxes full of money to a room backstage – the box office

      

  • The Globe Theatre was built between 1597 and 1599 in Southwark on the south bank of London’s River Thames, funded by Richard Burbage and built by carpenter Peter Smith and his workers 

 

  • The Globe was built as a large, round, open air theatre. There was a roof around the circumference which covered the seating area, leaving the theatre looking like a doughnut from above

  • The Globe  had three stories of seating and was able to hold up to 3,000 spectators in its’ 100 foot diameter

  • At the base of the stage was an area called “the pit” which held “the groundlings” – people who paid just a penny to stand and watch a performance

  • The Globe Theatre burnt down in 1613 when a special effect on stage went wrong. A cannon used for a performance of Henry VIII set light to the thatched roof and the fire quickly spread, reportedly taking less than two hours to burn down completely

After our tour we had a Midsummer's Nights Dream workshop, which is the play the girls are currently learning. 

A synopsis of the play is:

On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.

Here is our girls making mischief, Puck style. 

     

 

The girls thoroughly enjoyed their day.