I’ve been thinking about doing Hamlet manip for months…
We’ve included some new links on our Watch Hamlet page! Have a look and check out different movie versions of the play.
For those of you who don’t want to spend hours and hours watching or reading the play (or for those who are looking for a short introduction before doing so) we’ve put two new Videos on our Crash Courses page.
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And, of course, a very warm welcome to all our new followers! It’s great to have you around!
This may be the best book I have ever purchased. It is definitely in the top 10
whAT BOOK IS THIS
To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North. Hamlet as a choose-your-own-adventure book.
Representation! Even if it is just a joke…
Third Barbican Post: The Stage
A look at the stage of the Barbican theatre as you seldom see it: empty and with all the open sidewings, where everything is stored for the plays. The space above the stage, the fly tower, is 39 meters high and a beautiful roof garden was build around it to hide it.
The first picture shows you the curtain/barrier as the actors see it on stage. Not as pretty as our side.
Then we have 5 pictures of the stage and all its different spaces followed by one that looks up into the (newly computerized) fly system. 39 meters, guys!
Second last picture is the space under the stage. This used to be the orchestra pit and it can be opened and used for the plays.
The last one is the work space of the prompter, the person that has to help if/when an actor forgets his lines… yeah.
Of course all of this will look completely different, when we all get to see it next year and lots of people will work many many hours to create the illusion. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish!
To Be or Not To Be
Ryan North, William Shakespeare, and YOU.
The best thing about this book is that if you choose to do exactly what Ophelia does in the play you get put in time out.
Fourth Barbican Post: How to get there
The good news is that Barbican has its own tube station. The station is served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, so getting there is not a problem. The bad news is that Barbican is not only the theatre, it’s a whole estate (see second picture). So, if you ask anyone how to get to the Barbican, they will smile at you, and they’ll tell you that all that you see getting out of the tube station is the Barbican. (Yes, that’s exactly what happened to semioticsofdeduction and me)
Here’s what you have to do: across the street is Beech Street, the one that looks like a tunnel. That’s the way you have to go. On the other side of the tunnel you walk up to the next corner. That’s Silk Street. Turn right and now you should see the Bs from the first picture and the glass roofs that frame the Barbican theatre’s fly tower. That’s the entrance. (On the left of it, you’ll find the very nice stage door) Go through the hallway and behind the glass doors you’ll see the counter where you’ll get your tickets and to the left the entrance to the theatre.
That’s it, that was my last post about the theatre. If you can, do yourself a favour and explore the Barbican Centre a little bit. It’s a great space for the arts. It has cinemas, restaurants, a concert hall, two theatres and a library. We were at Digital Revolution, a wonderful exhibition, but it sadly ends September 14th. As always, if you have any questions, ask away.
Second Barbican Post: Backstage
First picture has to be of course the stage door. Julian was very excited about it during Hamlet, but we had to tell him that sadly, and for the better, BC won’t be doing it.
The Barbican is a labyrinth, and 80% of it is underground. The stage Door is at level F, the stage at level B and level A is the deepest.
The dressing rooms are on stage level. They are very plain and the same for everyone, the only difference being, that the “star” dressing room has a shower in it.
The room with the tables is Barbican’s famous “Green Room”, that’s the room where the actors wait before and during the performance. The bad news for our favourite actor is that smoking is forbidden in the whole building.