Cheek by Jowl, Silk Street Theatre
Photo by Patrick Baldwin
Much like Pericles, this production was me washing up on unknown shores – I knew very little about the play before walking in the room, and not much about the production either – except for the fact it was in French…
I have been relatively quiet of late – for which I apologise. Both personal and professional dramas (not all bad – but all stressful) have been curtailing my available time and energy to post over the last six months at least. As thing begin to ease somewhat, I find myself musing on the nature of triumph and disaster – and those famous lines of Kipling’s:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same
Photograph by Manuel Harlan
I have a lot of thoughts about this production – mainly about how damned exciting the theatre can be when a bunch of talented actors and stage professionals get together with the deliberate intention of rabble-rousing, and when they have the extraordinary flexibility of a new theatre at their disposal.
I hope you have a better day than poor old Caesar did! I took the opportunity, when recently in Rome, to wander round his stomping ground – the Forum, the actual Rostrum where Mark Anthony made his famous speech (sadly sans ships’ prows), some of the earliest Republican temples in the city. And I’ve thrown in a contemporaneous portrait of the man himself…
The man himself
Early Republican temples
A quick one – and not strictly Shakespeare-related – to share my love for the fabulous Letters Live.
I am interested in your perspective and preferences: do you like to see a play at the beginning of a run, somewhere in the middle or at the end?
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
This is one of Shakespeare’s plays I have been more sceptical about – it seems hard to me to get behind a female lead, full of agency as she is, who effectively forces a man into marriage (twice!), or to get behind a man, wronged as he is, whose major character notes are rudeness and lechery. But the Globe managed to bring together a set of wonderfully flawed, real people, with a depth of love and friendship outside the lead romance, and hope that maybe they would all be better for their experiences. All might actually be well after all.