Friday 14th July. 2.00 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Another dance today but in a very different vein from Raleigh and Bess’ volta. Today it is the Queen who dances with Raleigh in one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.
As there was no dialogue in this morning’s work it’s perhaps an odd choice of scene to write about but it is one of those moments where the choreography of the dance, the lighting, the movement of the camera and the performance of the actors come together to say more than words.
Here is Elizabeth momentarily forgetting the loneliness of power, forgetting the pain and danger of the present, forgetting the long years that have passed. Although she was no younger a young woman by the time she met Raleigh, in this dance we see the girl still trapped inside and in her face we witness the memory of a dance that should have happened years before. If it had then it might have changed everything.