Last week, was the red carpet premiere for Catching Fire. We had class at the same time, and a paper due, but I thought we might be able to squeeze in a few minutes. Clare, Amelia and I went down to Leicester Square for a chance to see any of the stars. We were surrounded by a bunch of crazy fans, and got pretty close to the red carpet itself, but you had to have tickets to be that close. Right as we were leaving for class they started announcing all of the stars that were showing up! I missed Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland by a matter of minutes! I was so frustrated. Amelia and a few other girls went after our class and actually managed to get a few pictures of the stars as they were leaving the film. Tonight, is the world premiere for the public, and yes, I will be attending.
Last Friday, we also had the opportunity to take a day trip to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tower of London. We first went to the globe and it was a great experience! We learned that the model we were standing by is actually the second replica. The original was burned down during a play, with a fire mishap, and the other one was destroyed due to political reasons. The globe looks quite small, but it can hold as many as three thousand people.
Our guide let us walk behind the stage to show us around and tell us what it is like performing there. He was an actor, and so he had quite a bit of knowledge about what the crowd feels like since they are so close to the stage. He had a booming voice, which I was not surprised by. What I was surprised by, was that he told us we were going to perform on the stage. He said we were going to quote the first line from Romeo & Juliet to the other people that were touring the theatre. He told us a few confidence tips and we strode out to the middle of the stage. I know it wasn’t exactly performing like he usually does, but there was a few people out there watching us, probably between 75-100. I built up a bit of courage, puffed my chest out, and on three, we all shouted, “Two households, both alike in dignity!” We were directed to point at a stranger as we said it, and let me tell you, this woman felt very uncomfortable. She must have thought she was doing something wrong the way she was shifting in her seat and avoiding my eye contact.
Next, he brought us to a practice room and we learned some techniques and practices that actors use to prepare for plays. We listened to directions, played a card game based on social status, tried to convince someone to steal something using only the word “yes,” shouted lines at each other from Romeo & Juliet, and performed the Haka. It was a great, interactive way to learn how actors built confidence, and it was a blast.
Right after, a few of us decided to go eat at the Burrough Market. It is one of the most famous in London, and I chose a German bratwurst with sauerkraut. Couldn’t go wrong there and it was delicious. Amelia and I split a cookie as we headed off to Tower of London.
Tower of London wasn’t as great as I imagined it, but it was still a great site to see. The tower must have been indestructible before airplanes. Inside was a torture chamber, a bunch of ravens that weren’t afraid to bite, crown jewels valued at 12 billion pounds, lots of armor of past Kings such as Henry VIII, and weaponry. I know it was used as a palace as well as a prison before it became a tourist attraction.
I am finally caught up! I realized I have 24 days in London, which gives me a bittersweet feeling. I have to admit, last week I finally got a bit homesick. I miss everyone in my family! Can’t wait to see all of you!