Office staff on their feetPosted: Monday 31 January 2011
In the Bell Shakespeare office we sometimes get a little jealous of the actors. After all, we sit in the office all day at our computers, while they get to tour to amazing places across Australia, performing for students and teachers everywhere!
So it was with great excitement that we spent half a day with The Players in the rehearsal room, during their training period. We were a ‘test audience’ for them, as they will soon be teaching teachers and students all about Shakespeare’s plays and innovative new ways of teaching them.
This meant that we played warm up games, helped act out Shakespeare’s stories and did some fun scene work. The Players were great facilitators and made the process (nerve-racking for some!) relaxed and entertaining. They were expertly led by our Resident Artist in Education, James Evans. Of course, we loved seeing our office colleagues performing in Shakespeare’s great roles – especially Todd (Production Coordinator) as Romeo, John (Head of Operations) as Juliet and Ruth (Philanthropy Manager) as a very fiery Tybalt. When we were divided into two groups to have a Shakespeare insult-off, I was lucky enough to be on the side with a certain actor by the name of John Bell. We put him up front to win the round for us, except that it was declared a tie. I guess the Players were just playing it safe!
Everyone returned to the office buzzing and grateful for the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the great work that students and teachers will experience this year.
Who knows, some of the office staff might give the Players a run for their money in the acting department!