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:

Vivien Parry

Vivien Parry  is debuting at the RSC with The Shoemaker's Holiday. Having just celebrated over quarter of a century as an actor she has played everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim. Outside of the theatre she is studying philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy for a degree with the Open University.

Tom Morton-Smith

Tom Morton-Smith  is a playwright whose work includes Oppenheimer, playing in the Swan Theatre in 2015. When he's not writing he spends his time trekking the high arctic wilderness.

Mossup

Mossup  is a Blackpool-born Lurcher, making her RSC debut in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Television work includes the Easter Bunny (Aldi), Casualty, The Tudors and Topsy and Tim. Films include Mr Turner and the Invisible Woman. Mossup recently appeared in Legally Blonde at the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow.

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley  is appearing with us for the first time this year in The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham. Born in Liverpool, Lizzie trained at Manchester University and RADA and is an actress and writer dedicated to developing strong and unusual roles for women.

HRT at the RSC: getting through the first day

October 31, 2014
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I have a dread as I walk into a rehearsal room for the first time that I will be met with a blank stare from the director, ushered outside by a very sympathetic stage manager who explains that they meant the other Vivien Parry, they'll pay me for the first week and sorry about the mix up.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The lie that makes us realise truth

October 31, 2014
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'We all know Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise truth.' Writing drama from history.

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC: turning to cheese

October 28, 2014
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In one of my darker days I played Hannah in Stoppard's Arcadia, a trip around a brilliant writers intellect, knowledge and passion, one of the most sublime pieces of writing an actor will encounter.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC

October 21, 2014
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I would love to be writing this as a winsome 21-year-old heading out into the blue yonder with a bag full of student debt and pocket full of dreams. However I was never winsome at the best of times and 21 was a long, long time ago.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Radical politics, martinis and experimental physics

October 16, 2014
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We're into the second week of rehearsals now. We've just had a session this morning with Scott (choreographer) and Grant (composer).

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Farewell! Dog knows when we shall meet again

October 13, 2014
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The good people of Newcastle Upon Tyne were given a small hint that I was about to take their beautiful city by storm, I think that perhaps my dear friend Banksy had left this modest token of his affection and respect!

by Mossup  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

That gnawing feeling

October 9, 2014
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The first day starts with a meet-and-greet. There are dozens of people here from all corners of the RSC...

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Our Roaring Girls Part 2 - Sharon Small

September 11, 2014
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I'm in Sharon Small's dressing room (don't worry, she's here too). It's Part 2 of my Roaring Girl interviews where I ask our Lead Roarers how the season has treated them.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

My stage is all the world

September 1, 2014
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How very exciting, at long last my talents have been truly recognised and will be beamed around the world on Wednesday 3 September. My many Australian, Austrian, German, Irish, Maltese, Dutch, Russian and American fans will be able to watch my stunning pawformance live at selected cinemas.

by Mossup  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Our Roaring Girls Part 1 - Lisa Dillon

August 22, 2014
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The Roaring Girls - a ground breaking season at the RSC - a bumper pack of plays featuring Class A roles for the girls - so how are our Roarers doing? Starting with Lisa Dillon...

by Lizzie Hopley  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

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