Blogs by Caroline Byrne

The Carry On

November 15, 2012
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There were many occasions when I got to stand in for the actors during the rehearsal period - during an evening or a weekend rehearsal perhaps or if an actor was absent. I always enjoyed this because it helped me get to know the play, the actor's process and the demands of the space – and see Tim from the point of view of the actor.

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Suitcase in New York

November 14, 2012
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Shakespeare in a Suitcase has been rolling for a few years at the RSC. When it was announced that the YPS King Lear would tour America it seemed a good time to take out the old suitcase, dust it down, open it up, give it a shake and a clean and refill it with King Lear.

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The lights are on in Hull

October 18, 2012
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The lighting was curious thing for the people of Hull. The lighting of the show that is. The lighting of the people themselves. You

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The Comedy of King Lear

October 3, 2012
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Last week in Newcastle a young audience member asked 'why is King Lear so funny'? There are comic moments from the fool/kent and Edmund, but this is the tragedy of King Lear, not the comedy! Or is it...

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The real Shakespeare Company

September 25, 2012
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After every show there is questions and answer session. As the performers change from character to actor I start the conversation with the audience about the play. With their eyes closed they think of memorable moments, and in pairs come up with some questions for the actors about the characters, the play and the production.

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Cards and kind gestures

September 17, 2012
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Yesterday was a significant day: we had our press performance, and the last performance with director Tim Crouch at the helm.

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Joining the audience

September 11, 2012
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The final week of rehearsals was transformative for the show. We invited an audience.

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Bouncing ahead

August 24, 2012
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In Tim Crouch's edit of King Lear the storytelling is pacy, and he applies a similar momentum in the rehearsal room. It's the end of day 3 of the first week and rehearsals are bouncing ahead – with big scenes and events examined already.

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