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.

The Sainsbury's Dip

May 30, 2013
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Titus is now in its final week of previews. Daily we're changing things, replacing and adding new things, but as of Wednesday the play will be in 'lock down'. As of Thursday, press night, we will stick with whatever blocking/staging we have.

by Rose Reynolds  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Titus Andronicus tech - as it happened

May 30, 2013
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10:23am: I'm lying on my back with my head poking out of a body bag. It's quite an unusual vantage point from which to view the Swan...

by Ben Deery  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

Making Stratford special

May 16, 2013
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The Titus/Mad World company finally arrived in Stratford during a glorious spell of bank holiday sunshine. In fact, the weather was so gorgeous towards the beginning of the past week, and the atmosphere in the town so pleasant, that I had to constantly remind myself that this wasn't some sort of Shakespearean holiday camp.

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Coming out of the chrysalis

May 14, 2013
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There was a funny end-of-term sort of frisson in the air on our last Friday in London. The end of the laval stage in the life of our production had arrived, and, after nine weeks, it was time for us to emerge from our Clapham chrysalis.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Tremble with Kemble

May 14, 2013
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It's something of a relief having only one play to focus on for a while, as we go into technical rehearsals for Titus and get ready for previews on Thursday.

by Rose Reynolds  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

A bumpy ride

April 26, 2013
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With just over a week to go before the company migrates to Stratford for the summer, we're getting to the point in rehearsals of A Mad World My Masters when we start to have a go at 'running' lengthy sections, sometimes entire acts or halves.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Titus trailer

April 22, 2013
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Stratford reminds me of a place in a JRR Tolkien novel. For me it could easily be a Middle-Earth Rhovanion.

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A 12-foot high new toy

April 19, 2013
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This has been an exciting week in the Mad World rehearsal room. Partly because we found ourselves running the second half of the play (blimey, how did that happen?), and partly because the RSC has built us a new toy.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The business of comedy

April 10, 2013
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Monday 8 April, 10:43am. At the RSC's Clapham rehearsal rooms, Director Sean Foley and his actors attempt to refine a piece of comedic business...

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