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:

Beth Cordingly

Beth Cordingly  is an actor and mum who used to write but now sleeps in her spare time. She studied English and Drama at Birmingham University and trained at Webber Douglas. This is her debut season at the RSC.

Oscar Toeman

Oscar Toeman  is Assistant Director on The Merchant of Venice in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this summer. He began directing whilst studying English at university. He is currently learning German.

Gabby Wong

Gabby Wong  was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She became involved in student theatre whilst studying politics at University of Bath and went on to train at Italia Conti. This is her debut RSC season. She also works on various writing projects.

Sahara mouth

July 11, 2014

I haven't been this scared since I did a stand-up gig at the dreaded Buzz Club, Manchester 1994. Yes, you heard - stand-up. Since then I've jumped out of a plane, dived in open water with a leaky mask, lived in Elephant and Castle. Nothing, nothing has touched that walk to the mike for a 5 minute stand-up spot.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Exit chased by a pug

July 3, 2014

Several of us went to the rehearsal rooms at Stratford to meet some important people, these turned out to be very pleasant types, we all had plenty of fuss, and we allowed these important people to meet and greet us.

by Mossup  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Public Understudy Shows AKA 'Pussies'

June 26, 2014
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Lizzie Hopley from The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham delves into the world of the RSC Public Understudy.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Playing roles with fewer lines

June 5, 2014
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I thought I'd have time. Five scenes in ten acts, one character, no understudying - a very light load by any criteria on this project!

by Paola Dionisotti  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

The Roaring Girl press night

June 4, 2014
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For any of you that might think a theatre press night is about flowers and hobnobbing in the bar...

by Lizzie Hopley  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Who dunnit?!

May 9, 2014
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Nope, not who killed master Arden of Faversham but who wrote the thing? A blog or two ago, I sang the praises of the author/thoress of Arden of Faversham.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Signing off

May 1, 2014
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And so, here we are.  Antony and Cleopatra closed seven weeks ago, six months after our first day of school in that basement rehearsal room.

by Evangeline Whitlock  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The big move

April 29, 2014
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Stratford-upon-Avon. Is this the most exciting town in the UNIVERSE? My first ever visit was when I was in school and I remember nothing about the play but the gift shop was ace.

by Lizzie Hopley  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

My personal journey

April 23, 2014
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Three weeks into our time at Stratford and we had done seven preview performances of two separate shows.

by Simon Yadoo  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Staging Henry IV Part I

April 7, 2014
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The first week of Stratford had past and there was something like 26 left. If the first week was anything to go by then the next few months had some incredible experiences in the waiting.

by Martin Bassindale  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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