An Afternoon at The Globe

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Last week, I traveled down to The Globe Theater to watch a performance of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The play, a tragedy, revolves around conflicts between Rome and Egypt, as well as the love story of Cleopatra and Antony. To see a play at The Globe Theater is definitely an experience because the theater was rebuilt in the 1990’s to resemble the actual Globe Theater that Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in. This means zero electricity, no ceiling (since natural light takes the place of spotlights), and the entire ground floor is only meant for standing. The actors wore no microphones and thus had to project their voices so that the 1,600 people in the audience could hear them. I had a ticket for the ground floor, so for the entire three hour play I had to stand. This was not the most ideal situation, however I…

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Zoe Ford, Artistic Director of Hiraeth Productions speaks to Theatrefullstop about her interpretation of the Shakespearean classic, Hamlet!

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Zoe FordWith the 450th birthday celebrations of one of our most celebrated playwrights well and truly underway, each play serves as a reminder of just how influential Shakespeare’s part has been in the worlds of both the English language and the landscape of theatre making. Founded 2 years ago, Zoe Ford‘s theatre company, Hiraeth Productions has sought to bridge the gap between the Elizabethan/Jacobean era in which Shakespeare thrived, and the technological, forward thinking era in which we now live. Ahead of Zoe’s production of Hamlet, I was able to speak to the Director about her prison inspired interpretation, her inspirations for founding Hiraeth and why being a Text Assistant for Shakespeare’s Globe has proved invaluable!

As founder of Hiraeth Artistic Productions, what inspired you to create the company?

Starting a theatre company was an idea that came to me at drama school; studying theatre performance was the first time…

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Lessons from a Fantasy Princess: The Little Mermaid

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*Series premise explained and Snow White examined in the first part: Lessons from a Fantasy Princess: Snow White*

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A self-hating fish-woman craves the excitement, material splendor, and external genitalia of the surface world. Upon discovering a ship full of humans, she spies on them, becomes obsessed with a prince, and trades her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch for three days worth of legs. To make the change permanent she needs to obtain the true kiss of love or her deed of ownership will be transferred from Prince Eric back unto Ursula.

Ursula manages to leverage this initial bargain to guilt the king into giving up his magic trident, dignity, and status as a vertebrate. General mayhem ensues, and then Prince Eric drives his manly harpoon into the Seahag’s rear. Ariel’s voice is snatched back, more mayhem, and Prince Eric takes control of the situation by ramming the…

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We don’t have to give up liberty to have security: Edward Snowden at TED2014

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So here’s a surprise. Chris Anderson takes the stage to introduce a very special guest — who’s not actually here. Beaming in from a remote location in Russia, controlling a bot he can wheel around the stage to see the assembled audience, here’s arguably the most controversial figure in contemporary culture: Edward Snowden. As he wheels slowly onto the stage, there’s a palpable gasp from the audience, silence, then slightly nervous laughter as he arrives center stage, smiles and tells us “I can see everyone. This is amazing!” Watch Edward Snowden’s TED Talk, or read this edited version of his conversation with Chris Anderson.

Chris Anderson: You’ve been called many things in the last few months: whistleblower, traitor, hero… What words would you use to describe yourself?

Edward Snowden: You know, everybody who’s involved with this debate has been struggling over me, my personality…

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Behind the scenes at TED2014: Photo gallery part 2

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Amy Cuddy, whose talk from TEDGlobal 2012 catapulted onto our list of most-viewed talks, shares how the experience of speaking at TED changed her life—and that of so many others. Photo: Bret Hartman

Amy Cuddy, whose talk from TEDGlobal 2012 catapulted onto our list of most-viewed talks, shares how the experience of speaking at TED changed her life—and that of so many others. Photo: Bret Hartman

TED2014 has been a mind-bending experience. We looked back at the past 30 years of progress, and started writing “The Next Chapter” of the 30 to come. Here, a look at the days of the conference in image form.

A look at the TED control room, where video is captured from the theater. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

A look at the TED control room, where video is captured from the theater. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In an emotional moment, Gabby Giffords did a Q&A with husband Mark Kelly, talking about her recovery and how it has made their relationship even strong. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In an emotional moment, Gabby Giffords did a Q&A with husband Mark Kelly, talking about her recovery and how it has made their relationship even strong. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

An attendee watches a Q&A with NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett. Photo: Ryan Lash

An attendee watches a Q&A with NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett. Photo: Ryan Lash

In the Adobe Drawing Lab, a speaker looks at a rendering of speaker Peggy Liu. Photo: Bret Hartman In the Adobe Drawing Lab, an attendee admires a rendering of speaker Peggy Liu. Photo: Bret…

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