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.

We're all doomed

October 15, 2013
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In his first blog for us about Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, Joey receives some sage advice and ponders the youthfulness of soul of the production.

by Joey Batey  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Getting the keys

October 8, 2013
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In his first blog post about Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, Nick shares experiences from the first week of rehearsals.

by Nick Day  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

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

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

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