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The Globes Audience in the Future
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1721  Tuesday, 14 September 2004

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Sep 2004 12:17:23 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future

[2]     From:   Kathy Dent <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Sep 2004 15:51:41 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future

[3]     From:   David Crystal <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Sep 2004 18:08:24 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Sep 2004 12:17:23 +0100
Subject: 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future

 > I've seen only one daylight production, in early June,
 > from seats in the second row of the third level at pretty much due
 > north.  It was a clear, bright day, not too hot; I had no sense that
 > people were having trouble with the sun. But surely experienced
 > Globe-goers can comment on this.

I've been painfully in need of the free sun-shade paper caps that the
Globe staff hand out on more than one occasion while at the Globe.
Sunshine in the eyes is a fairly frequent problem in good weather (of
course bad weather is fairly common too).  On one occasion I ended up
practically fainting (while seated, not a groundling), and ended up
feeling very weak and giddy and unable to sit up straight, and was only
rescued by the Interval and the chance to get a drink, but whether that
was a result of the theatre, the sun, the seating, my health on the day,
or a combination of all of these, I can't say.

Thomas Larque.

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From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Sep 2004 15:51:41 +0100
Subject: 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future

At the risk of repeating myself, I think that the continued discussion
of the Globe audience being bothered by the sun is coloured by the fact
that the modern Globe is a summer-only theatre.  The original Globe was
an all-season venue and therefore only a tiny proportion of playing days
would have been affected by strong summer sun.  *If* the original
builders of the Globe were concerned with audience comfort, they might
have been thinking about conditions in December, not June.  I hold the
view that 'let the dog see the rabbit' is the most important factor here
- the audience being the rabbit.  Interviews with actors at the modern
Globe demonstrate that their overwhelming preoccupation is with the
immediacy of contact with the audience and the way in which this alters
their performances.  The actors' ability to see the effect and affect on
the faces in the audience - even on the gloomiest of winter days - was,
I believe, crucial to Renaissance drama.  We, in the audience, might
like to believe that we are important, but the actors know that it is
their responsibility to provoke and orchestrate our responses.  The
absence of the 'fourth wall' in a theatre like the Globe has a much more
profound effect on the behaviour of the actors than of the audience.  In
Henslowe's desire for the Fortune to imitate the Globe (north-east
facing stage) and not the Rose (south facing stage), we surely have some
evidence that the Globe had got it right.

Kathy Dent

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From:           David Crystal <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Sep 2004 18:08:24 +0100
Subject: 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1710 The Globes Audience in the Future

I am one of the Shakespeare scholars who frequently attend Globe
performances - I put it like this because the other day somebody doubted
that any of us ever went there! - and I can affirm that, if the
afternoon looks as if it is going to be hot, and we are seated in either
of the upper two galleries in the front row, we routinely go armed with
a sun-hat and suncream.

David Crystal

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