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Week 5

This week the cast have moved out of the rehearsal room and have started the technical rehearsals on the Globe stage. Often actors and directors will call this ‘Tech Week’. These are the first rehearsals where all the different parts of the production are brought together. The musicians perform live for the first time and the actors are in full costumes and use their performance props. All the sound cues are tested, at theatres other than the Globe lighting cues will be tested as well. The technical rehearsal is often lengthy, with the Othello cast spending a few days running through the entire play.

This week for the creative brief we’d like you to design a set for Othello. You can see from the photos of the fight call below some glimpses of what our set is like, why not have a go at the creative brief on the right. Read our interview with the designer Hannah Clark below to find out how she created the look for Othello.

You can also watch an interview with the director of the production, Bill Buckhurst, talking about how the Globe space will be used in Othello.

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Brief: Set

Our designer has been asked to design a set for Othello. To do this they have used the set brief given to them by the production team. Why not have a go at following the brief and designing your own set? To help you out, here are our designer's 5 top tips for designing a set:

1. Work in whatever way you feel most comfortable and the techniques that work best for you – if you don’t enjoy drawing much spend more of your time creating a model.

2. When starting a new design make a note of everything in the story. Use these to think about the world you are creating and consider how the set design can give support to the telling of the story.

3. Think about the relationship between the actors on stage and the audience and importantly what their sight lines are - you don’t want to build something huge that half the audience can’t see the stage!

4. Leave things open to interpretation – once you have an idea don’t tell people exactly what you are doing but hint at certain things and let people draw their own conclusions.

5. Don’t discount things because they seem big and impossible, there will always be some big and theatrical way of achieving your design.

Now download the Set Brief and Set Template PDFs. Once you are done email your creations to us at youngcreatives@shakespearesglobe.com and we may select it to feature on the site.

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