Thursday, 23 June 2011

In Search of Lost Ideas

So here's my problem.

Lauren and I visited the Globe. And it was incredible. (This part isn't the problem). It was magical. I revelled in the way the night descended popping a velvety top over the round, open air theatre. The actors involved the audience amazingly and I think we all felt involved and caught up in the performance. A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. But I get ahead of myself.

I emailed trusty friend Ruth before I went. She'd been to the Globe before. I had standing tickets. Apparently those who buy cheap standing tickets, which, incidently give you the best view in the house, are called Groundlings. And the groundlings who get there first stand at the front and can lean on the stage, taking some of the pressure off the old feet. But how soon should this little groundling arrive in order to secure such a mighty position? So I asked Ruth, who has groundling experience. Would it be like the Proms? I enquired. At the Proms if you want to be in the front row, you need to arrive five or six hours before the start of the concert.

Ruth's response was magnificent: "As I recall, they open the doors about half an hour before, and people don't tend to queue, they tend to mill around, so it's all about getting there a bit before doors open and milling strategically near an entrance! Evidently Shakespeare etiquette is different from classical music etiquette!" It seems in this case at least, queueing is a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance.

We decided to go an hour before curtain up (although there wasn't a curtain) and take our chances with the milling around. We're both plucky young lasses from Yorkshire and we were pretty sure we could take these Southern Softies if needs be. Once more unto the breach.

Anyway, it turns out there was a queue but a short one, and we joined it and, when let into the theatre, managed to secure one of those revered spots leaning on the stage. And so we were ready for them to turn th'accomplishment of many years into an hourglass, for the which supply, we paid our five pounds. Sounds cheap but it's a rip off if you remember that the peasants only had to pay a penny. Inflation is a cruel mistress.

As you know, when it comes to Shakespeare, the play's the thing and the actors start off by coming out and having a chat with the audience, welcoming them etc. and two pleasant ladies in Elizabethan costume casually discussed the proximity of the Globe to the Northern line with us. As well as causing an incredibly awkward moment where Lauren and I misunderstood the question "Have you come here together?" There's nothing like genuine Elizabethan conversation. It just happens to be the wrong Elizabeth.

As I've mentioned, the play was like nothing I've ever been to before - I forgot about my feet hurting and revelled and chortled in the vibrant atmosphere. When one of the characters brandishes a sword over your head, leaning out over the audience and sliding his foot inexorably over the edge of the stage, right where you were standing half a second ago until you're pretty sure he's going to overbalance....well, you have to pay attention.

The play ended as the actors all danced a cheerful jig and All really was Well that Ended Well.

And my problem is this: these are the only pictures I have. That they aren't good, tis true. Tis true, tis pity, and pity tis, tis true. But since brevity is the soul of wit, I shall pose my problem here without further ado. I want to scrap this story. I don't like these pictures. How would you get round it?

I could print them tiny so no one will ever know. I could get better ones off the internet (don't like this idea, but not sure why). I can wait for another visit and get better ones. I guess I'll have this story here until then anyway. So all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

Would really appreciate other ideas and suggestions.

Good night, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Kisses xxx

P.S. I LOVE Shakespeare. But All's Well That Ends Well is a strange play.


  1. This is the story i see on your layout with said bad photo.....although i like the feel of the bottom one.

    Shakespeare is great - last time(many years ago)i saw a midsummers night dream in the open air theatre in Hyde park....think i will have to take no1 son to a play as he's started shakespear at school xx

  2. This is a scrappers nightmare - but sometimes life just takes over. I would use one of those less than perfect pics and make the journalling and title the biggest feature and main viewpoint of the page.

  3. I like the tiny photo idea...and maybe make them black and white. If I were you I wouldn't wait to scrap them until you have different photos. You are great with journaling, so just make that the focus of the layout and it will be awesome. Sounds like an awesome show!

  4. I agree that you should make the journalling the focus of your page... I have used pictures from the internet before, when my pics just haven't been up to depends whether the story or the photos are the main point of your page, I think
    Alison xx

  5. We visited The Globe last summer - long time ambition - and loved it, though we didn't see a play. I bought a set of postcards showing little bits of the place itself, I'd be happy to send you one. Or one of the photos I used in my layout:

    But you are an expert in making your journaling a feature - if you go for it without a photo it'll be fab

  6. Oh you must use the photos, even if they're tiny. Maybe it's just me, but I really like them. How about turning them into something of an old photo strip, like negatives. I do agree with the others, maybe your joy sling could be the focus.

  7. I think making the photos small and almost using them as accents rather than the main feature would suit your journaling-prominent style really well - next time you go, when you get 'better' photos, you'll have a new story to tell anyway... xx

  8. Ditto to everyone else's comments!! You must scrap the tale even with less than great pics - when life gives you lemons and all that!!! I reckon tiny pics and BIG journalling are the key!! Good luck, can't wait to see what you do xxx

  9. I LIKE your photos! I'd be tempted to go for a grid of 9 or 12 with plenty of room for journalling, and select little bits of the photos, one for each square. Looking forward to seeing what you do!

  10. Hello, how did this turn out? Would you consider trying to make multiple copies of that middle one, cropping them to various widths and put them all next to each other to look like a wider panoramic view? You'd have to crop and place strategically to get it to look right I suppose. I think every scrapbooker has had this problem, which is how I ended up using my SMASHbook for exactly this situation when I don't have enough good pictures to do a whole scrapbook page. Anyway, good luck!! :)

  11. I like your last photo best and I would put it in. But also, is it a crime to use stuff you didn't take yourself like a photo from the programme and/or a ticket? I recently did a layout of when I went to Glyndebourne and forgot my camera (aargh), so I used a photo of the cast from the programme, the tickets, and stamped lots of flowers to remind me of the garden. Love your blog!
    Helen x