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.

Does the play actually work?

November 23, 2012

Well we had the first preview of Boris Godunov. Very weird. It felt like another rehearsal. No usual panic about performing in front of people. No butterflies to raise the level a little. Just adrenaline, fear, sweat and mental notes ticking over like an old-school train station timetable.

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I'm ready for my close-up

November 23, 2012

It seems Moscow brings out the best in us - a moment of high drama in last night's performance.

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Meanwhile in the Midwest

November 23, 2012

The timing of the US leg of our tour has been so extraordinary, you could be forgiven for believing that it was somehow ordained – perhaps by the 'spherical predominance' and 'planetary influence' in which Gloucester believes, but Edmund mocks.

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KFC on the edge of your hotel room bed

November 22, 2012

It's all very well seeing new places and having new experiences. But sometimes you want to eat and sleep and then get on with your work. You want to try out the new phrases that you have learned, you want to try out the new place that you have heard about. But...

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November 22, 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a sunny disposition must be in want of a good slap in the face.

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The Carry On

November 15, 2012

There were many occasions when I got to stand in for the actors during the rehearsal period - during an evening or a weekend rehearsal perhaps or if an actor was absent. I always enjoyed this because it helped me get to know the play, the actor's process and the demands of the space – and see Tim from the point of view of the actor.

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November 14, 2012

At a certain moment during the show, I walk over to a member of the audience and ask them to do something that will help Edmund trick his father.

by Ben Deery  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Suitcase in New York

November 14, 2012

Shakespeare in a Suitcase has been rolling for a few years at the RSC. When it was announced that the YPS King Lear would tour America it seemed a good time to take out the old suitcase, dust it down, open it up, give it a shake and a clean and refill it with King Lear.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

I used to think the most important word in the title of the play was 'Wives'…

November 13, 2012

In the wings, there're two lights on the roof. One's lit, in cherry red and one's about to come on, in highlighter pen green. If I took two steps in my wellington boots, I'd be next to one of the ushers.

by Thomas Pickles  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Force yourself until you like it

November 13, 2012

It's cold. Waking up this morning, I had to fight off a thousand urges to stay wrapped up in bed. Instead, I peel the warm duvet off me and roll out of bed onto the cold carpet and into the shower. I promise myself that I'll forget all about my safe linen cocoon once I've splashed the water on. I feel great now.

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