Blogs by Ben Deery

Meanwhile in the Midwest

November 23, 2012
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The timing of the US leg of our tour has been so extraordinary, you could be forgiven for believing that it was somehow ordained – perhaps by the 'spherical predominance' and 'planetary influence' in which Gloucester believes, but Edmund mocks.

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Refusing

November 14, 2012
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At a certain moment during the show, I walk over to a member of the audience and ask them to do something that will help Edmund trick his father.

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New York, New York

November 7, 2012
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New York, New York. If Edmund can make it here, he'll make it anywhere.

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'I am a man more sinned against than sinning!'

November 7, 2012
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Thus Paul Copley comes to the end of his first speech of the storm scene, a spine-tingling and majestic growl to which we have become accustomed over the past few months.

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Football and elegancies

October 18, 2012
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Our last week in the UK before setting off for the states saw us perform at St. Mary's School in Hull.

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How does Cordelia die?

October 4, 2012
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In Act 5 Scene 3 of King Lear, Shakespeare wrote arguably one of the most powerful of his few stage directions.

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Asking for help

September 25, 2012
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At a certain moment, fairly early on in the show, I walk over to a member of the audience sitting in the front row and enlist their help. I ask them to do something for me. It's something a little bit mischievous, something I imagine theatre-goers are rarely asked to do.

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Starting in Southampton

September 19, 2012

We began our first week at Bitterne Park School in Southampton. Their impressive new theatre provided a perfect space in which to test out our ideas about connecting with an audience that flank the stage on both sides as well as out front. The whole room is lit.

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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.

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