Performing on the Globe Theatre Stage

To summarise my experience with the Teachers Go Global programme has been the hardest thing to write. To say the experience was life altering seems trite, but so true. For most of my life, I have never really felt “at home”. This has extended to frequent moves, an extended list of places I don’t want to live, and a need to be near a certain … Continue reading Performing on the Globe Theatre Stage

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 12 – Twelfth Night

And thus we reach the last play in our list of the 12 Plays of Christmas.  Today is Twelfth Night, signaling the last day of winter, and Epiphany Eve, and work beginning again in the fields… so Twelfth Night is all about fun, and removing Christmas decorations.  The play “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare is all about fun. “Twelfth Night” is my favourite comedy.  It … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 12 – Twelfth Night

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 11 – Henry VIII

Welcome to the 11th Play of Christmas.  Today we shall look at Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII”. Unusually, “Henry VIII” isn’t performed that often, which is a sad thing because it is a great play.  Following the story of Henry VIII through the end of his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon and his second marriage to Ann Boleyn.  The actual story is gripping, and adding the … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 11 – Henry VIII

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 9 – Othello

Welcome to Day 9.  Traditionally the 9th day of Christmas is for the well-traveled saints… and who do we know who is well-traveled?  The Moor of Venice. Othello is a well crafted tragedy setting up the relationship between the Moor Othello, a general, and his fair wife, Desdemona.  It doesn’t help that they initially ran off in secret to get married, or that Othello overlooked … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 9 – Othello

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 8 – Pericles, the Prince of Tyre

Welcome to Day 8 and 2018!  Yay!  Today brings us to one of my favourite Shakespearean plays – “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre”.  Over the last few years I have become obsessed with trying to win this award for the most unusual choice of play, which has led to me reading a number of unusual Shakespearean texts.  “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre” has it all, … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 8 – Pericles, the Prince of Tyre

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 7 – MacBeth

As New Years Eve is known as Hogmany in Scotland, what better choice for the 12 Plays of Christmas for Day 7 than ‘the Scottish Play’ itself, “MacBeth”. “MacBeth” is a tragedy centred around the character MacBeth, as he plots and takes over the role as King of Scotland.  MacBeth, a soldier, bumps into witches who predict he will become Thane of Cawdor and well … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 7 – MacBeth

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 5 – Henry V

Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 Plays of Christmas. The 5th day of Christmas celebrates St Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury at one point.  So today’s play is “Henry V”, as well, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a character in the play.  That’s enough of a reason for me. “Henry V” is a play that hardly needs introduction, as well, Henry goes to … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 5 – Henry V

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 4 – “The Winter’s Tale”

Welcome to Day 4 of the 12 Plays of Christmas. Day 4 is the Feast of Holy Innocents – commemorating the children killed by King Herod.  So I have selected one of my favourite plays, which includes an attempted baby killing, “The Winter’s Tale”. “The Winter’s Tale” was the first major I directed that picked up awards at the National Finals of the Sheillah Winn … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 4 – “The Winter’s Tale”

12 Plays of Christmas – Day 3 – King John

Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Today I have selected Shakespeare’s King John.  Traditionally this day is the day of St John, so that’s my reasoning. “King John” is one of the History plays from Shakespeare, and one that is rarely performed.  Filled with intrigue, “King John” should not be overlooked.  The story follows the reign of King John.  At the … Continue reading 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 3 – King John

12 Plays of Christmas – Day 2 – “Hamlet”

Alright, welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Plays of Christmas.  This one is a bit of a stretch, but, day 2 of Christmas is St Stephens Day, and he was a martyr known for making long speeches…. and who do we know who is a bit of a martyr and makes long speeches?  Hamlet! “Hamlet” is my favourite play by far, I love everything … Continue reading 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 2 – “Hamlet”