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  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.

Evangeline Whitlock

Evangeline Rose Whitlock  is a professional stage manager and theatre educator from the US. She is the Deputy Stage Manager for our Winter 2013/2014 production of Antony and Cleopatrawhich shows in Stratford-upon-Avon, Miami and New York. Follow @evangelinerose1on Twitter.

Joey Batey

Joey Batey  is a recent university graduate and is making his debut with us playing Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. He likes long coats, whiskey and words. Follow @JoeyBatey on Twitter.

Nick Day

Nick Day returns this winter to play the Duke of Norfolk in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. He'll be blogging from the rehearsals and into production. Get his book, On Bard Duty from Amazon or the RSC bookshop. Follow @NicholasDayUK on Twitter.

True learning

January 23, 2013

It's amazing to think that in the 1600s, when you called someone a scholar, then that person was assumed to be an expert on many different subjects.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The universe and everything

January 8, 2013

The universe is a fascinating place when you really start to look at it. Mystery and revelation swim hand in hand way up there in the dark.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Lines lines lines

January 3, 2013

It's New Year's Eve. Were in full swing in rehearsals today, though I'm sure we're all secretly looking forward to our first glass of bubbly this evening.

by Bethan Walker  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Too much coffee

December 21, 2012

Too much coffee, butterflies in my tummy and lots of slightly awkward hellos and introductions.

by Bethan Walker  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry


December 20, 2012

A flock of geese. Flying in a V. You know why they do that? The aerodynamics of flight mean that the one up front beating the air creates a drag and the goose behind rides that slip stream thereby using about half the effort.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Understudying Boris

December 19, 2012

So the Boris Godunov understudy run happened and I'm alive to tell the tale. We had two days to fit it all in to place on stage. The backstage area was like a warzone...

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The King is dead

December 19, 2012

The weight of this sad time we must obey. The King Lear company finally made it to Stratford for a week that was both a homecoming and a farewell.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

'She's peaked'

December 7, 2012

There's a silence in the crisp cool air today. My usual walk to work along the Avon is almost unrecognizable. That flowing water; the source of so much inspiration and comfort for us actors has given too much.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Re-inventing the show

November 29, 2012

As well as being the perfect way to shake off those post-US blues, the week we've just spent in the beautiful city of York seems to me to sum up everything that defines the spirit of YPS.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Forever and forever farewell

November 29, 2012

There comes a moment during a last performance where one finally realises its all over. But nothing ever really ends (I warn you now, there may be quite a few quotations in this last blog).

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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