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:

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.

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.

Football and elegancies

October 18, 2012

Our last week in the UK before setting off for the states saw us perform at St. Mary's School in Hull.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

A cacophony of colours

October 18, 2012

Hull = perfect. The school, the students, the theatre, the people. But more importantly, the place itself.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The lights are on in Hull

October 18, 2012

The lighting was curious thing for the people of Hull. The lighting of the show that is. The lighting of the people themselves. You

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Moving up a gear

October 9, 2012

Well, we have two weeks left to go before we hit Stratford. Things pick up a gear at this point.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

How does Cordelia die?

October 4, 2012

In Act 5 Scene 3 of King Lear, Shakespeare wrote arguably one of the most powerful of his few stage directions.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The Comedy of King Lear

October 3, 2012

Last week in Newcastle a young audience member asked 'why is King Lear so funny'? There are comic moments from the fool/kent and Edmund, but this is the tragedy of King Lear, not the comedy! Or is it...

by Caroline Byrne  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Our Lear family

October 3, 2012

We, the actors, turn up to schools, do a show and get the credit, but it's important to point out that our job is made easy by four people in particular.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Curtain up?

October 3, 2012

So: In Bradford, the iron didn't go out. In theatre parlance, that means the curtain that comes down onstage during the interval, did not go back up again. Oh, dear.

by Andrew French  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Eunuchs and Al Pacino

October 1, 2012

Well it's been a tough old week. We're all hurting from a particularly long day of acrobatics, and people riding with Lina Johanson again for Boris Godunov rehearsals.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


October 1, 2012

So. It has been raining. A lot. It seems to always rain when I come up north. Now I know that can't be true. I know there must have been many times when I have frolicked in the summer sun. But right now, I can't seem to remember them. So most of us are spending our time in our hotel rooms watching the rain it raineth every day.

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