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.

by Beth Cordingly  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

15 things I learnt

September 9, 2015

On hair, sleep and friendship.

by Gabby Wong  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Days of a Fairy Princess

September 3, 2015

It does not appear to strike my toddler as weird that 'work' for me means putting on a brown wig and a big dress and waving at her from my dressing room balcony.

by Beth Cordingly  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Toddlers don't need coffee

August 18, 2015

This morning I sieved milk from the remnants of my child's bowl of Cheerios in order to whiten my coffee.

by Beth Cordingly  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

A blurry jigsaw puzzle

July 3, 2015

Working with understudies is one of the main responsibilities of an assistant director at the RSC.

by Oscar Toeman  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

'I'm every woman' - the understudy experience

May 26, 2015

I am talking exclusively about the public understudy run for Love's Sacrifice in which, aside from my principal ensemble role, I am understudying 3 very strong female characters who all take revenge on a treacherous lover.

by Gabby Wong  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

How far we've come

April 27, 2015

We're into our final 2 weeks in the RSC rehearsal rooms at Clapham, it's extraordinary to think over the last 2 months how far this remarkable company of actors have come.

by Oscar Toeman  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

One more thing before I go...

March 5, 2015

My mother, Valerie, is an extraordinary woman. I am reminded of this every time I drive into Stratford and pass the sign for the town. 

by Vivien Parry  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

'I don't see you as classical'

February 27, 2015

Upon leaving drama school a few years back and at the meeting of my first potential representation, the very elegant agent lady in the plush central London office asked me 'Where do you see yourself going in your career?'.

by Gabby Wong  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC: the era of the old bag

January 12, 2015

I am not a woman who has succumbed, as yet, to sticking pins in my face to stop its inevitable descent towards the floor and I pray I never do, but I understand the need to stay or at least appear young and I certainly don't judge any man or woman who feels the need to abate the ageing process.

by Vivien Parry  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

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