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.

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.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry


November 12, 2012

The last time I was in Cardiff a slightly (read 'extremely') drunken reveller who I had just met, propositioned me with one of the most bare faced, filthy chat up lines I think I have ever heard. I was outraged. I was disgusted. I was apalled. I have never forgotten her.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Fired up, ready to go

November 12, 2012

This week we found out who would be the president of the United States of America, and Ohio played a major role in deciding this.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Relaxed concentration

November 8, 2012

Well, press night is fast approaching. We're all beginning to work our way out of the initial shock of the first previews and into something a little more comfortable.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

'I am a man more sinned against than sinning!'

November 7, 2012

Thus Paul Copley comes to the end of his first speech of the storm scene, a spine-tingling and majestic growl to which we have become accustomed over the past few months.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Over 'n' out

November 2, 2012

First of all, I'm gonna kick off this blog by saying 'sorry'. Sorry that I've neglected you all for the last two months. The show has been all-consuming and (stupidly) once I missed a glut of blogs – I soon found it difficult to catch up.

by Muzz Khan  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Guards, Mercenaries, Thugs, Soldiers

October 30, 2012

I have my sofa positioned directly in front of my living room windows, so I can view the autumn river-scenery in HD widescreen. I make a mental snapshot of the view every morning and let it inspire my day.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Bring on the noise

October 30, 2012

So we had our first week in new York and in our first show I had an amazing experience where a young person offered me $20 dollars as poor Tom when I asked for 'charity'.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The shape of things

October 22, 2012

Well here we are. Stratford-upon-Avon. I'm sat in my living room, in my digs, overlooking the river. It's beautiful. Both the view and the feeling of being here again. These last two weeks have been incredibly taxing on us physically and emotionally. And the shows are looking good!

by Youssef Kerkour  |  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

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