I can explore what makes up a play and create a fact file using labelled diagrams
Today to finish on our week of learning about things to do with Shakespeare.
We have looked at who Shakespeare is, the language that he used to make his writing so effective, how to set a scene on stage, the importance of good costume making and even how some of our vocabulary today is formed by Shakespeare!
Today we are being by looking at acting and what makes a good actor and how important this is to a successful Shakespearian play (or any play!)
Practice your drama skills!
Today we are going to look at Shakespeare’s Globe!
True or false?
- Lots of women were actors, but they wore masks.
- Theatres were well lit.
- Only rich people could go to the theatre.
- Before theatres, actors used barns and inn yards to put on plays.
- There were no female characters in the plays.
- The audience often talked back to the actors during the performance.
- The people who stood up to watch the play were called ‘foundlings’.
The Globe theatre was built next to the Thames in 1599. Shakespeare owned 12.5% of the theatre as his acting company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, clubbed together to pay for the land and the building.
The theatre was round in shape and made out of wood. It had a thatched roof around the outside but was open in the middle to allow light in for the plays.
The Globe flew flags to tell people what kind of play was showing: red for history, white for comedy and black for tragedy.
Inside the Globe
Inside, the three storey seating area was around the edges of the building, underneath the roof.
The stage, known as an ‘apron stage’, jutted out into the audience. In front of it was the ‘pit’ where the groundlings would have stood.
There was no scenery on the stage, but there were special effects such as cannons firing and the sound of the wind blowing.
In 1613, stray cannon fire during a performance sent a spark into the thatched roof. Just one hour later The Globe was burned down.
Luckily, no-one was hurt, despite the lack of fire exits.
The only slight injury was to a man whose trousers caught fire.
A quick witted theatre goer quickly put it out
by throwing beer over him!
The Globe was rebuilt immediately and opened again a year later. This time it had a tiled roof.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were written for The Globe and he often performed in them himself, although he didn’t take a lead role as he was too busy directing the other actors.
It finally closed in 1642 when the Puritans banned all forms of theatre.
In the late 1980s, archaeologists found the foundations of the original Globe Theatre. They realised that rather than round it was a 20 sided polygon.
In the 1990s, a reconstruction of The Globe was built close to where it originally stood. You can visit it today and watch plays just like in Shakespeare’s day
Design a leaflet for either the 1599 opening of the original Globe or for the re-opening in 1614.
It must appeal to a wide range of people and include some drawings or diagrams.
If there is any information you don’t know, such as opening times, use your imagination.