Blogs dated September 2012

Death

September 19, 2012

One in four people were killed in the plague that hit Stratford upon Avon two months after Shakespeare was born. The Shakespeares had already lost two girls aged six and a half and the other two years old. Imagine. Imagine also the joy when he was born, a son, an heir. Healthy and loved. St George's day 450 years ago in Henley street. They must have coddled him to within an inch of his life!

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Cards and kind gestures

September 17, 2012
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Yesterday was a significant day: we had our press performance, and the last performance with director Tim Crouch at the helm.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Grateful

September 17, 2012

Still in London. Wish it was cheaper to get around though. It is eating into the actor's wage that won't be enough to buy Theo his new pram (yes, he needs a new one already).

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Safety

September 11, 2012
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We had our final week of rehearsals in the safety of our rehearsal room. In many aspects it's like the classroom - aA place to share ideas, try new things and and know that you are in the safety of your company or ensemble who support you no matter what.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Telly work

September 11, 2012

I went for a meeting for television yesterday. Never sure why, but I always feel more comfortable in theatre meetings. Maybe it's just practice, but I think it's because I suspect that television work is more based on looks. And, I'll let you into a little secret: I hate my looks.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The time has come

September 11, 2012
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So, the time has come. Over the course of tomorrow afternoon, the cast and production team of the YPS King Lear will make their way to Southampton, in preparation for our first public performance on Tuesday afternoon.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Joining the audience

September 11, 2012
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The final week of rehearsals was transformative for the show. We invited an audience.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Touring and phones

September 11, 2012

Before you start complaining about my poor upkeep of this blog; I would just like to highlight two salient points.

by Andrew French  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Dressing rooms

September 10, 2012

Cameron Mackintosh has totally refurbished the Noel Coward and Wyndham's theatres. He is to be congratulated. He can afford it, but so can a lot of other people and they aint doing it.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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