Working on a Shakespeare play has certain difficulties. Not only does everyone have an idea in their mind about how it should be and what it means, but it’s written in such a way that you can feel constrained by the text.
There’s so much in a Shakespeare play. It’s not just a story, each word feels like it has been chosen deliberately and each line constructed to fit a specific rhyme or a rhythm. I’ve said a few times that with such a structure it doesn’t feel like I’m directing it alone, rather that Shakespeare got there before me and left a bunch of notes hidden in the text that I have to decipher and follow.
That said, when an idea strikes and it aligns well with the text then that really is exciting and feels wonderfully collaborative, even if my co-collaborator died over 350 years before I was born.
Talking of collaborators, I have really lucked-out with this cast! All wonderful human beings; hardworking, focused, supportive and talented. I actually hope February comes around really slowly because I don’t want to stop working with them!