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25 October 2016 @ 09:03 pm
…wow.  
I did not see this coming.

The Shakespeare Globe Trust Board together with Artistic Director, Emma Rice, have determined that the current nature of work, which has characterised the period since Emma assumed the position of Artistic Director in April 2016, will conclude in April 2018, when Emma will be leaving the Globe following its 2017/18 Winter Season.


http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/152286922818/statement-regarding-the-globes-future-artistic

I am happy about this, though:

Following much deliberation and discussion, the Globe Board has concluded that from April 2018, the theatre programming should be structured around ‘shared light’ productions without designed sound and light rigging, which characterised a large body of The Globe’s work prior to Emma’s appointment.


There are so many theaters where you can play around - and with fascinating results - with light and sound...but when you have a space like the Globe, it's worth using it for what it's good for, instead of trying to make it something else.
 
 
 
a_t_raina_t_rain on October 26th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
I feel lucky that THIS is what people are fighting about on my Facebook feed, and not the election. (Also, maybe they can get an artistic director who likes Shakespeare next time? That would be good.)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on October 26th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
It is nice to have something else to think about. :)

And yes - actually enjoying Shakespeare really ought to be a prerequisite for the next candidate! I think it will make everything go much more smoothly.
Emily-- Toppington von Monoclesadcypress on October 26th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh man, people have been so up in arms about this on BOTH sides of my corner of the internet, and it's making me want to hide my head in the sand. I still haven't seen her Midsummer, but I've seen an example of her Kneehigh work and loved it. My best read on it seems to be that it's a series of fractious choices on behalf of the board- not everyone wanted her there and now not everyone is happy she's being ousted, judging from reports. I think I would have LOVED it if she'd been a guest director there for a number of productions before coming on board- Midsummer was sold out, after all, and I think it's worth having someone do something totally different from time to time. I don't think I ever understood why she was named the AD, but it seems unfair to have booted her so quickly.

Even if it wasn't artistically what I might have liked happening in the Globe, it doesn't sit right with me how it went down. They must have known the artist they were hiring wasn't going to do things any way but her own, so it seems sulky to kick her to the curb for doing what she no doubt promised.
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on October 27th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
No, I agree. I've been pretty vocal about my unhappiness with Emma Rice's appointment, precisely because she didn't seem (based on the interviews she gave…and then based on things like drilling holes in the Globe stage to add lighting rigs and whatnot) to value any part of what the Globe stood for. But if that was clear to me, then it must have been clear to the board - so why hire her??? It's unfair to offer someone a job knowing they're a bad fit, and then summarily firing them because of it.
cschellscschells on October 26th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
That sounds like the most wishy-washy, passive-aggressive termination ever!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on October 27th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
It is very "we love you…but we're firing you?" I'm really surprised at how they've gone about doing this!