“A group of our Year 11 students visited The Globe Theatre in London during half term week and had a marvellous time”, writes Head of Years 7-11, Mark Olejnik, who accompanied them.
“They were treated to an introductory session from an RSC actor, followed by a look round the fascinating museum and a captivating visit to the auditorium itself. We certainly learned a great deal: I must confess that I didn’t know that Will Kemp, one of Shakespeare’s fellow actors in the Lord Chamberlain’s men, clog danced all the way from London to Norwich in a very early version of that modern advertising ploy, the publicity stunt; that the Globe itself had been recycled from an earlier theatre that had been effectively stolen by Shakespeare and his chums; or that when the theatre burned down the first time in 1613, the only casualty was an unfortunate whose trousers were set on fire, only to be doused by a bottle of beer!
“Isn’t history just great! But so too were our Year 11’s who were polite, patient, impeccably behaved, and above all interested in all the day had to offer. It made me very proud! O brave new world that has such people in it…!”
PS: If you are interested in a virtual look at the theatre, navigate your way to
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/discovery-space/globe-360 – it’s really good!