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28 May 2017 @ 09:13 pm
out of curiosity  
Does anyone know if they've continued filming plays at the Globe for Globe On Screen since Emma Rice has been the Artistic Director? I haven't been paying much attention, since I haven't been that interested, frankly (the weird Dia de los Muertos production of Romeo and Juliet this season made me want to flip some tables, for example), but ironically - given my username and the related fact that Twelfth Night is my heart's most important text - the photos from the current production are piquing my interest:


I know production photos only tell a partial story, but wouldn't it be funny if Emma Rice managed to win me over with Twelfth Night, of all things?

ETA: Well, I read some reviews, so…I'm doubtful that the "winning over" process will happen here. I mean, who knows - I still haven't seen any of her productions, so I feel slightly bad about judging them unseen - but everything I read about them is basically everything I hate in Shakespeare productions (mainly? Not caring about the text. You can have all the bells and whistles you want, if you care about the text; and if you don't, then the bells and whistles won't save you*), so I am not super inclined to poke myself in the eye and then wonder why it hurts…

*Here's the thing. I get the sense, with Emma Rice, that she thinks Shakespeare needs the bells and whistles - not that they might be interesting, or cast new light on the text, but that no one could possibly be interested in Shakespeare without them. Every production sounds like, "Quick! Get some pop music playing, before the punters get restless! Give 'em spectacle; god knows they don't want words." And, well, I've kind of staked my intellectual life on the exact opposite principle - that we can give people access to Shakespeare by respecting their intelligence, their capacity to imagine themselves into unfamiliar worlds, their ability to respond to poetry - so.
a_t_raina_t_rain on May 30th, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not seeing anything since the 2016 set on the Globe on Screen page, and it seems to me that there should be some new ones by now if they're still doing it -- the 2016 ones were in theaters from the beginning of May. (I don't even know which ones they could film from last year that they haven't already done.)

I'd be saddened to see Globe on Screen end, but at least the RSC and Stratford Festival seem to have taken up the slack.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 1st, 2017 01:21 am (UTC)
There was one year where they just…never got around to showing anything, even though they'd filmed the productions, and then screened them a year later, but who knows? Maybe the new artistic director, whoever that turns out to be, will be more interested.