April 27th, 2012

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Globe to Globe opens to rave reviews

Cut and pasted from an email from Shakespeare's Globe:

Globe to Globe, opened to rave reviews. Preceeding the fabulously life-affirming Venus and Adonis by Isango Esemble was our free open day Sonnet Sunday. Our biggest ever open day attracted 6,500 visitors to hear sonnets read in over 30 different languages.

Isango Ensemble from Capetown set the tone for what has so far been an incredible journey through phenomenal theatre from around the world.

Ngakau Toa thrilled audiences with a Maori Troilus and Cressida, including a Haka, which, in true Globe style was repeated by the audience in the yard.

Vaktangov Theatre from Russia and Bitter Pill & The Theatre Company from Kenya mined the depths of human emotion making us reflect and laugh in equal parts with Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

We have a wealth of people contributing their observations, feelings and photos of the festival on our blog. Ranging from academic explorations of the festival themes to reviews from young directors, Olympian ticket holders and more. Follow the link to the blog:

Globe to Globe is part of the World Shakespeare Festival for the London 2012 Festival.

Raks's Says
I am going to get my first experience of Globe to Globe today and tomorrow (Pericles and Twelfth Night) so bring it on!

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My feature on Globe to Globe can be found here:
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Last chance to catch Third Star, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, on the BBC iPlayer

Photographer: Jamie Stoker
Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/

Third Star, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is only available on the BBC iPlayer until 10.30pm tomorrow (Saturday 28 April). Catch it while you have the chance:

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Field, Tom Burke and Adam Robertson star in this emotional comedy about four young men on an ill-advised camping trip along the Pembrokeshire coast.

Directed by Bafta winner Hattie Dalton and written by Vaughan Sivell, the film tells the story of James, a dying young man on a mission to his favourite place on earth - Barafundle Bay - before it's too late. With the help of his three closest friends, he sets off on a journey of a lifetime.

This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:

And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph:

Raks's Reaction

I really love this film and I took it straight to my heart. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


I saw Third Star 3 times at the cinema last Summer, over the course of 3 weeks, when I was at a particular stage in my life. I rewatched it on DVD last month, trying to be objective. The film is MIND-BLOWING. I love the four friends, their friendships, the scenery, the music, the little incidents on their roadtrip, the Directorial choices, and all four performances are very strong.

What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door.

His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time.

The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way.

Photographer: Jamie Stoker
Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/