Blogs by Ben Deery

Back in Soho

June 10, 2013
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A thin veil of cigarette smoke drifts in a seductive arc up stage left. Pink neon traces an illicit pattern across the lacquer of a double bass as I watch a single shimmering symbol coming to rest on the band platform above. Down here on stage, Harry McEntire is sitting in a dustbin, and Richard Goulding has a pair of ladies' pants on his head. It can only mean one thing.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Unleash Ann Yee

April 3, 2013
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Happy Easter everybody! As you polish off the last of those eggs, the 2013 Swan Summer Season company is about to begin their fifth week of rehearsal. As a result, there's a few things to catch you up on, so I'll dive right in...

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The King is dead

December 19, 2012
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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.

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Re-inventing the show

November 29, 2012
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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.

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