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:

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.

Paola Dionisotti

Paola Dionisotti  is a regular at the RSC and is currently playing Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part I and II. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by London Evening Standard Theatre, for her performance in Further Than The Furthest Thing, at the National Theatre.

Simon Yadoo

Simon Yadoo  is appearing with us for the first time this year in Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He'll be fitting in a wedding later in the year, just for good measure.

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale , lover of bicycles, and keen musician from South London, recently graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Debuting at RSC with Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Also currently dabbling in knitting.

And one dog in her time plays many parts...

August 19, 2014
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My little show continues to go well, I had a particularly enjoyable evening performance where I thought that I detected the faint rustle of a bag of goodies emanating from the front row, I decided that a closer inspection was warranted, which seemed to concern My Roger a little - not sure that he appreciates my ad libbing.

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Devil's preview

August 8, 2014
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We did it. And after cutting the tech short to fit in a dress rehearsal, it's a feat of achievement to have survived The White Devil. Not without hiccups.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Blood sweat and tears

August 4, 2014
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It's the height of cruelty that slap bang in the middle of RSC Fight Week - a celebration of all things stage combat - we lose a member of the Swan Company to injury during a fight rehearsal for The White Devil.

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Get thee to a Portakabin

July 31, 2014
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After some consideration, I decided that a luxury Winnebago might cause resentment and friction amongst my fellow actors, but still felt that as the star of the show, I should receive preferential treatment, so I sent instructions that my dressing room should be apart from the mere humans' accommodation.

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To pee or not to pee?

July 15, 2014
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Second rehearsal seemed to go well, there is an awful lot of talking, I expect I will get used to it, probably the best thing is to have a little snooze while all that chatter is going on, though I suspect that snoring might be frowned upon...

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Sahara mouth

July 11, 2014
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I haven't been this scared since I did a stand-up gig at the dreaded Buzz Club, Manchester 1994. Yes, you heard - stand-up. Since then I've jumped out of a plane, dived in open water with a leaky mask, lived in Elephant and Castle. Nothing, nothing has touched that walk to the mike for a 5 minute stand-up spot.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Exit chased by a pug

July 3, 2014
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Several of us went to the rehearsal rooms at Stratford to meet some important people, these turned out to be very pleasant types, we all had plenty of fuss, and we allowed these important people to meet and greet us.

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Public Understudy Shows AKA 'Pussies'

June 26, 2014
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Lizzie Hopley from The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham delves into the world of the RSC Public Understudy.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Playing roles with fewer lines

June 5, 2014
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I thought I'd have time. Five scenes in ten acts, one character, no understudying - a very light load by any criteria on this project!

by Paola Dionisotti  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

The Roaring Girl press night

June 4, 2014
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For any of you that might think a theatre press night is about flowers and hobnobbing in the bar...

by Lizzie Hopley  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

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