Err, well, umm, their fault?

Emma Rice, the outgoing artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, has suggested that the theatre’s board disapproved of her because she has a working class background and only two A-levels.

Rice lasted two seasons in the job before announcing her departure. She had clashed with the board over her decision to break with tradition by introducing lighting rigs and amplified sound.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme, Rice was asked if the Globe had made a mistake in appointing her.

“Yes,” she replied.

Perhaps you shouldn’t have applied?

Seriously, the one theatre in the world which exists in order to show what it was like before amplification and lighting rigs must have them added?

16 comments on “Err, well, umm, their fault?

  1. Well, she’d have only ever been trained with lighting and amplification and it was a hideous patriarchal imposition to make her adapt. It would be like having female roles being played by young men or something equally disgusting.

  2. Affirmative Action never works. She complains that they hated her because she was working class, ill-educated and female. While of course in the real world that was likely to be the reason she was hired.

    No surprises that she failed to even grasp the nature and mission of her role.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown should be worried she might challenge them for the title of most useless Affirmative Action hire.

  3. SMFS: “Affirmative Action never works. She complains that they hated her because she was working class, ill-educated and female. While of course in the real world that was likely to be the reason she was hired.”

    Spot on! And I suspect that deep down, she knew it. Imagine what that sort of realisation must do to your soul? It’s no wonder they all act like mad bints as a result.

  4. “the theatre’s board disapproved of her because she has a working class background and only two A-levels”: a woman with the tin ear that lets her say that sort of thing is not qualified to direct plays. I suspect she’s a dolt.

  5. I can remember when two A levels was quite a thing to have.

    I am pretty sure I know an academic who only had two A levels. If it comes to that I know someone who was the first person in his family to ever go to university and who got into Cambridge with two A levels: a B for History and a C for French. Other factors may have played a role.

  6. @ SMFS
    Two ‘A’ levels meant a bit more in my young days – I could have got into London University with the two ‘C’ grades in Maths ‘A’ level I got when I was 16.

  7. From the Telegraph at the time of her appointment:

    ” So what will make Rice’s efforts any different? For a start, she argues, her outsider status means she can lead the charge against archaic language, plots and jokes by – whisper it – putting her hand up to admit she doesn’t understand what’s going on.
    “I think I can be really rigorous in saying I don’t understand it, and I’m not ashamed to say that,” she says. “I say it all the time.”

    Jaw-droppingly arrogant. You can’t make something accessible to others if you don’t yourself understand it in the first place.

    It’s fine for the average person to say that they don’t understand Shakespeare, for someone whose job it is to direct his plays to be proud of her ignorance certainly isn’t.

    She was totally unqualified for the job even if she hadn’t wanted the technical changes to the Globe. They were just a symptom of her ramping up the superficial style in order to conceal her lack of substance.

  8. Polly Twaddle famously went to Oxford with one A-level, but only lasted a year for some unaccountable reason. I’m sure her family’s name played no part in any of this.

  9. My wife’s late aunt, who taught Shakespeare with the OU was a Friend of the the Globe Theater. She stumped up money while it was still an idea in Sam Wanamaker’s head. We used to go each year with the kids and her when we visited. I cannot think what was going through this girls head when she decided that lights and amplification were needed. The aunt would be turning in her grave.

  10. Can I claim to have four A levels when one of them was a D grade? 🙂 There are proper 1980s A levels, not the jumped-up O levels they have today.

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