Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

Day 12 – Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s Cathedral

Today, we went to see the third globe theatre. The first theatre was burned down on
June 29, 1613 due to cannon exploded and a spark landed on the roof and it caught fire. A
replica of the cannon is there in the new globe theatre. The second Globe Theatre was taken
down. The third Globe Theatre was built in 1997 and is the theatre that you would see
today. Shakespeare lived during the reign of Elizabeth I and James I. The poor peasants
would stand before the stage and it would only cost one pence. The rich gentlemen would
have boxes on the top floor directly left and right of the stage. Back then, the theatres
would be closed sometimes for a year or two because of the plague that would sweep
through England but mainly London. There were only male actors in Shakespeare’s time and
the guys would play female roles in Shakespeare’s masterpieces The marble columns were
actually wood painted.

We went to a room where we warmed up like a real actor would do. We even got to act out
a scene in Romeo & Juliet. We went to the Tate museum and we ate lunch there and saw
magnificent paintings that were exquisite. Overall, I think seeing the Globe Theatre replica
changed our lives for the better of our minds.

Aren (Woodward); Gokul (HRA); Jennifer (CPB); Marianna (OLM); Giovanni Luiz(OLM)

When we crossed the millennium bridge towards the cathedral there was a
wonderful site of the building across the street. Once we got in you could see the attention
to detail by the architect Sir Christopher Wren. The inside of the cathedral the art is very
large and extravagant, and the detail is extremely precise, also there are about 528 steps so
have fun getting to the top.

After the long journey up, everyone decided that the amazing view from the Golden
Gallery was worth it. The way down felt way shorter than the way up, and after we came
down, we decided to go all the way down to explore the crypt. It was very interesting to see
tombs that were over 100 years old. You could even see the tomb of Lord Nelson, Captain of
HMS Victory, where we had visited earlier last week. We also saw the tomb of the duke of
Wellington, who defeated Napoleon in the battle of Waterloo. The tombs were really big
and they had a plaque that described the important thing they made in their life that lead to
their death eventually.

Thiago (CPB), Maria (Davy), Lucila (Quilmes), Caroline (Woodward), Ivanna (Quilmes), Leonardo (Lima)