Whispers from the Wings

These blog posts are a diary of our productions, explaining what's happening through the rehearsal process. They are written by our cast and crew. Our current bloggers are:

Beth Cordingly

Beth Cordingly  is an actor and mum who used to write but now sleeps in her spare time. She studied English and Drama at Birmingham University and trained at Webber Douglas. This is her debut season at the RSC.

Oscar Toeman

Oscar Toeman  is Assistant Director on The Merchant of Venice in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this summer. He began directing whilst studying English at university. He is currently learning German.

Gabby Wong

Gabby Wong  was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She became involved in student theatre whilst studying politics at University of Bath and went on to train at Italia Conti. This is her debut RSC season. She also works on various writing projects.

"I will not say..."

September 9, 2015

'Don't show that video to your cast.'

I pretend not to hear.

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Learning Lines

Our inspirational journey in education to bring young people and Shakespeare closer together.

Leigh Quinn

Leigh Quinn  is an actor in the Famous Victories of Henry V company. She was born in Paisley, Scotland and trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is currently rehearsing Henry V as Alice.

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale  is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal.

Amy Draper

Amy Draper is currently the Assistant Director on the Famous Victories of Henry V. When not working for the RSC she is a freelance Director based in London, she mainly creates new work and gets excited by big bold stories told well.

Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui O'Hanlon  is our Director of Education. She's been an education practitioner for over 20 years working with children and young people of all ages and their teachers.

Sophie Hobson

Sophie Hobson  is the RSC's Education Programme Developer, helping create the education programme alongside the plays in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres and on tour.

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley  is an actor, writer and education practitioner. Born in Liverpool, Lizzie trained at Manchester University and RADA.

Hannah Young

Hannah Young  is an actor and educational practitioner. She was a member of the Long Ensemble acting company with the RSC from 2009-2011. She is currently Director Mentor for the Hull schools in our Learning and Performance Network (LPN).

Leigh Wolmarans

Leigh Wolmarans  Headteacher at Lings Primary School. Leigh is a teacher who has 'fallen into headship'; he is passionate about learning and teaching, and honoured to be at Lings and forever learning!

Student blogger

Guest blogger : students, teachers and members of the RSC Education team speak directly about their experiences.

The Famous Victories of Henry V: The perfect 'shing'

November 9, 2015

Just met the entire cast creative team and I'm even more excited. Polly Bennet (our wonderful Movement Director) has led a pretty epic warm up and the set design looks really cool.

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Musical Notes

Discovering the stories behind the music written and performed for our shows.

Richard Sandland

Richard Sandland  is our Music Operations Manager. He finds and books musicians for our shows, sources instruments, works on show changeovers, programmes keyboards and samplers, steals chairs and generally troubleshoots. He trained at the Royal College of Music as a tuba player.

Clocks and concertos: Leslie Bridgewater

October 9, 2015

Collector or clocks, composer of quartets and film music, running a one-man music department in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Pathways to Shakespeare

How did our actors and directors first find Shakespeare? What drew them to it in the first place and kept them coming back?

Viv Graver

Viv Graver  is a retired teacher, who taught Shakespeare for more than 30 years in the north of England. Her blog is a series of interviews with RSC cast and creatives about their path to Shakespeare and how they first came to it, at school and elsewhere.

Joanna Vanderham

August 25, 2015

Joanna admits that moving from rehearsal room to the thrust stage was nerve-wracking but by the third preview she was feeling better.

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