Friday, 12 September 2014

Playing the Playhouse

You are warmly invited to:

Playing the Playhouse
4.30-7.30pm, Friday 12 September

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Education is delighted to offer NISDA members this exclusive opportunity to explore the recently opened Jacobean, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by candlelight and experience the intimacy of this jewel-like venue - both as a player and a member of the audience.

Dr Will Tosh, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Globe Education, will ‘illuminate’ playing conditions in the indoor Jacobean playhouses, and reveal how the development of indoor playing in the years after Shakespeare produced a very different theatre than that which came before. Fashionable dramas now took place on intimate, flickeringly lit stages, and playwrights responded to these changed circumstances with works that revelled in darkness and ambiguity.

There will also be an opportunity for you to explore the space actively yourselves, to move around the Playhouse, work with actors on the stage to consider space and acoustic, as well as exchanging ideas and lively discussion with both creatives and academics who have been working and learning in the space since it opened in January this year.

A drinks reception will conclude the evening, to which all are welcome.

The event is presented in collaboration with Phil Tattersall-King, chair of NISDA. With the recent change Cabinet shuffle we feel a more meaningful discussion about drama in the curriculum will be better timed after the next election in May when we have permanent Ministers confirmed and are able to look more realistically past election campaign promises.  We will schedule an opportunity to discuss To be or not to be: Drama in the curriculum as soon as feasible after 7 May and keep you posted.

In the meantime, I look forward to welcoming you to Playing the Playhouse on Friday 12 September.

Patrick Spottiswoode,
Director, Globe Education

To reserve a ticket for yourself or your department please email