A brief biography of the man behind The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams.
We’re open. Some people hate technical rehearsals. The business of trying and re-trying ideas in the dark for hours on end, with your relationship with sunlight going entirely down the drain, pushes many to despair...
Explore Fly Davis' design sketches for The Glass Menagerie.
Learn more about the context surrounding Tennessee Williams' semi-autobiographical classic.
Learn more about the play and the ideas and people behind the production. This pack contains information sheets and exercises for teachers and students.
As I write this, the set for The Glass Menagerie is being built on the stage of the Courtyard Theatre at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. After four weeks of rehearsals and many months of planning, we’re now in the space itself and it, like Tom’s memories, is all starting to feel very real.
And so we start putting it all together…
After the relative quiet and calm(ish) contemplation of the first fortnight, we’ve had a mad, busy week. We’ve been pulling scenes apart, playing with dozens of ideas, getting to know these characters inside-out and throwing things around - both literally and metaphorically (I can neither confirm nor deny that we have tragically lost a number of glass animals in the past few days).
Week Two is a strange but exciting place. At the same time as trying to understand the rich, layered text in front of you, you’re also making certain decisions about the production you have to put in front of an audience in three (THREE!) weeks. Nonetheless, it’s where some of the most invigorating discoveries happen and where you set the tone for the rest of the rehearsal period.
One of the major tasks of any first week of rehearsals is to bring together a company in order to create a shared understanding of the text in question...