Blogs by James Hayes

Grisly wood-cuts

April 24, 2012
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Greg employs a much-used RSC device. We are each asked to pick some aspect of 16th and 17th historical life and events that are relevant to the production.

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Written in London

April 20, 2012

Greg has arranged a tour of St Paul's Cathedral for us. We are met by the canon chancellor Giles Fraser, a warm open-faced, balding man, fizzing with energy and the exact opposite to the kind of modern cleric I had expected to meet.

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Taking shape

April 17, 2012

Rehearsals are now in full swing. The production takes shape.

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Ease and confidence

April 14, 2012
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Rehearsing the opening scene and having a lot of bitchy fun.

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Making changes

April 12, 2012
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I notice that the front page of the text we are using says - Sixth Draft, first version. David Edgar is continually making changes to the play.

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Rain

April 11, 2012
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Rehearsals are moving fluidly now. Greg decides to start the opening scene with the entering characters soaked in rain.

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Standing up

April 5, 2012

After a number of days we reach the momentous occasion when we 'stand up'. No more readings of the play, no more discussion, no more delay, it is time to put the play on its feet.

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Written in St Anne's

April 4, 2012
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Over the next twelve weeks we rehearse Written in St Anne's Hall. Very swiftly the periphery of our high brown-beamed Victorian room fills with groaning tables bearing history books, biographies, documents, DVD's etc.

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Day 1 - afternoon

April 4, 2012

Greg has been talking about the play and showing us the model and costume sketches along with Francis O'Connor the designer.

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Day 1 - morning: the model box and a sense of foreboding

April 2, 2012
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On Monday 8th August 2011, which seems a long time ago now, I set out from my home in South West London for the first day's rehearsal of Written on the Heart about the making of the King James Bible.

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