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:

Mossup

Mossup  is a Blackpool-born Lurcher, making her RSC debut in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Television work includes the Easter Bunny (Aldi), Casualty, The Tudors and Topsy and Tim. Films include Mr Turner and the Invisible Woman. Mossup recently appeared in Legally Blonde at the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow.

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.

Paola Dionisotti

Paola Dionisotti  is a regular at the RSC and is currently playing Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part I and II. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by London Evening Standard Theatre, for her performance in Further Than The Furthest Thing, at the National Theatre.

Simon Yadoo

Simon Yadoo  is appearing with us for the first time this year in Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He'll be fitting in a wedding later in the year, just for good measure.

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale , lover of bicycles, and keen musician from South London, recently graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Debuting at RSC with Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Also currently dabbling in knitting.

Introducing 'the book'

October 8, 2013
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It's the first week of rehearsals. This particular show is really unique in that I get to learn a new and different stage management structure and I get to travel and work with a different culture than my own.

by Evangeline Whitlock  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

What does a stage manager do anyway?

October 8, 2013
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My name is Evangeline Whitlock, and I'm the Deputy Stage Manager for Antony and Cleopatra. I'm from New York by way of California, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, and North Carolina. Let me start by telling you what a stage manager does.

by Evangeline Whitlock  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Running

October 1, 2013

I find myself running a lot these days, from rehearsals to costume fittings to voice calls, to Sainsbury's for a banana to refuel and back into rehearsals to run scenes.

by Elliot Barnes-Worrell  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

A night off

September 27, 2013
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Having three shows in the rep and only being in two means that you sometimes have a night off. After six months of being on stage every evening of the week, this is oddly disconcerting.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Shakespeare in Venice

September 17, 2013
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The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity in the Swan as the third and final play of our rep, Mark Ravenhill's Candide, has been brought into the theatre and opened to the public. Now, as much as I'd love to give you the inside scoop on all of that, I can't.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Knowing where to dig

September 17, 2013

In these two weeks I dove into the riches and language of Shakespeare and although I feel like I am deep into it, we have hardly skimmed the surface.

by Elliot Barnes-Worrell  |  3 comments  |  Read this entry

Stratford larks

August 22, 2013
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There's an old joke about actors that maintains that we don't open the curtains during the morning so that we'll have something to do in the afternoon.

by Ben Deery  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Nimbleness

August 13, 2013
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Lest my last post should give the impression that it's all play and no work in the Swan company, I thought I'd share with you an example of the kind of ongoing monitoring, fine-tuning and refining that goes on throughout the run.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Hidden characters

August 6, 2013
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I'm frequently asked what it's like to work on a production for an extended period of time over the course of a long run. Without question, you get to know the show very, very well.

by Ben Deery  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Making the Mad World madder

July 22, 2013

There's a great story concerning the recording of David Bowie's 1979 album Lodger. In order to create a loose, garage band-like sound for the song Boy's Keep Swinging, Bowie and Brian Eno had the backing band all swap instruments with each other; thus, the stomping drum intro that your hear at the start of the track is actually being played by legendary session guitarist Carlos Alomar.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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