Blogs by Youssef Kerkour

Does the play actually work?

November 23, 2012
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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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Force yourself until you like it

November 13, 2012
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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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Relaxed concentration

November 8, 2012
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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.

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Guards, Mercenaries, Thugs, Soldiers

October 30, 2012
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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.

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The shape of things

October 22, 2012
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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!

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Moving up a gear

October 9, 2012
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Well, we have two weeks left to go before we hit Stratford. Things pick up a gear at this point.

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Eunuchs and Al Pacino

October 1, 2012
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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.

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To Russia

September 19, 2012

The second two weeks were devoted to Boris Godunov. Again we delve straight into a history that is unknown to most of us. Russia!

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Chinese opera

September 19, 2012

Well it's my second blog, but it's been four weeks since we started. The workshop section of rehearsals is now over, and we now begin rehearsing both plays at the same time.

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Who will you be to me?

September 17, 2012

Day 1. Drinking my cup of tea, staring into the Styrofoam cup and wondering why it tasted so good. Why my mouth was locked in a semi-permanent grin.

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