Blogs by Viv Graver

Pippa Nixon

May 21, 2013
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How do you move from finding Shakespeare's language rather intimidating to feeling that you now 'inhabit' it? This is the line I explored with Pippa Nixon, currently playing Rosalind in As You Like It and Ophelia in Hamlet.

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Alex Waldmann

April 29, 2013
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I meet Alex a couple of days after press night when he finds a slot in a busy schedule - he is playing in all three Shakespeares scheduled at the moment in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Hamlet, As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well.

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Ian McDiarmid

March 20, 2013
Ian McDiarmid

To be taken backstage to meet an actor you've just seen in performance is a privilege, but if you are only five years old, fascinating it may be but intimidating, scary.

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Jodie McNee

March 20, 2013
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From the pubs and clubs of Merseyside to the Swan Theatre stage.

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Bethan Walker

February 28, 2013
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It's a big ask to be expected to understudy both Hermione and Perdita in your RSC debut season. But a challenge that Bethan Walker embraced.

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Rakie Ayola

February 18, 2013
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Shakespeare, So what? That would have been actor Rakie Ayola's response at age 17.

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Jo Stone-Fewings

February 18, 2013
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If you find yourself playing Oberon when you are 12, you may reap the benefit when you are 44. Jo says that he doesn't generally retain the lines of a role after the run. But when he played Oberon two years ago he magically found that he knew the lines.

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Bart David Soroczynski

February 18, 2013
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Bart David Soroczynski played Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has an international perspective on theatre arising mainly from his postgraduate experience over the past 10 years.

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Jake Fairbrother

February 18, 2013
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Although both his parents were actors, Jake had no ambition to follow in their footsteps. He was determined to be a professional footballer and went a good way down the road to become one.

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Carla Mendonca

February 18, 2013
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Actor Carla Mendonça appears in The Mouse and His Child and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Carla's parents were both professional dancers in Portugal before moving to England where she grew up. She attended the Rambert Ballet School although her preference was for character dancing, tap and later flamenco. She considered roller skates an extension of her legs!

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