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:

Vivien Parry

Vivien Parry  is debuting at the RSC with The Shoemaker's Holiday. Having just celebrated over quarter of a century as an actor she has played everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim. Outside of the theatre she is studying philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy for a degree with the Open University.

Tom Morton-Smith

Tom Morton-Smith  is a playwright whose work includes Oppenheimer, playing in the Swan Theatre in 2015. When he's not writing he spends his time trekking the high arctic wilderness.

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.

Radical politics, martinis and experimental physics

October 16, 2014

We're into the second week of rehearsals now. We've just had a session this morning with Scott (choreographer) and Grant (composer).

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Farewell! Dog knows when we shall meet again

October 13, 2014

The good people of Newcastle Upon Tyne were given a small hint that I was about to take their beautiful city by storm, I think that perhaps my dear friend Banksy had left this modest token of his affection and respect!

by Mossup  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

That gnawing feeling

October 9, 2014

The first day starts with a meet-and-greet. There are dozens of people here from all corners of the RSC...

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Our Roaring Girls Part 2 - Sharon Small

September 11, 2014

I'm in Sharon Small's dressing room (don't worry, she's here too). It's Part 2 of my Roaring Girl interviews where I ask our Lead Roarers how the season has treated them.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

My stage is all the world

September 1, 2014

How very exciting, at long last my talents have been truly recognised and will be beamed around the world on Wednesday 3 September. My many Australian, Austrian, German, Irish, Maltese, Dutch, Russian and American fans will be able to watch my stunning pawformance live at selected cinemas.

by Mossup  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Our Roaring Girls Part 1 - Lisa Dillon

August 22, 2014

The Roaring Girls - a ground breaking season at the RSC - a bumper pack of plays featuring Class A roles for the girls - so how are our Roarers doing? Starting with Lisa Dillon...

by Lizzie Hopley  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

And one dog in her time plays many parts...

August 19, 2014

My little show continues to go well, I had a particularly enjoyable evening performance where I thought that I detected the faint rustle of a bag of goodies emanating from the front row, I decided that a closer inspection was warranted, which seemed to concern My Roger a little - not sure that he appreciates my ad libbing.

by Mossup  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Devil's preview

August 8, 2014

We did it. And after cutting the tech short to fit in a dress rehearsal, it's a feat of achievement to have survived The White Devil. Not without hiccups.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Blood sweat and tears

August 4, 2014

It's the height of cruelty that slap bang in the middle of RSC Fight Week - a celebration of all things stage combat - we lose a member of the Swan Company to injury during a fight rehearsal for The White Devil.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Get thee to a Portakabin

July 31, 2014

After some consideration, I decided that a luxury Winnebago might cause resentment and friction amongst my fellow actors, but still felt that as the star of the show, I should receive preferential treatment, so I sent instructions that my dressing room should be apart from the mere humans' accommodation.

by Mossup  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

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