The Globe TheatreProps at The Globe Theatre in Regina are marked by extraordinary craft and wit.
Arrows being discharged in a theatre create a certain tension for the audience. It is a good tension in any theatre but it is riveting at Regina’s Globe where you sit within reaching distance of the action.
“Theatre in the round” describes the stage that is simply a cube of stage area hemmed in on all sides by elevated seating. Actors enter and exit from the four corners of the room, sometimes even emerging from among the spectators. For those in the front row, knees need to be tucked in to stay clear of characters rushing past or stage hands hastily changing a set between scenes. The distance created by movie screens or even typical stages that are frontward and elevated above the audience is absolutely removed.
That’s just the way the Globe’s artistic director Ruth Smillie likes it. You, dear spectator, are part of the imaginative exercise. You have agreed to be part of the experiment.
You want to stop and think when Smillie says that, as a patron of the Globe, you had something to do with the remarkably creative props that were used in the Christmas 2011 production of Robin Hood.
“You said ‘yes’ to the horses,” she observes and leaves a silence. The horses in question reckoned back to childhood steeds made from broomsticks but were constructed at the Globe with a touching elegance.
It may not be something you easily believe to be true. If you were told, perhaps, that because you bought a movie ticket, you were influential in the set design for the last George Clooney film, you might accept that in a very abstract way—yes, movie makers want to make money so they give you what they think you want. But that is not what Smillie is talking about...
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