Blogs by Ellen Mateer

Stratford at last...

August 27, 2013
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Finally we arrived in Stratford for some last stilt-walking practice and fine tuning by our fabulous musicians.

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Now is the summer of our disco tents

August 7, 2013
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We are in the last weeks of rehearsal and preparation and are very excited indeed!

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If you go down to the woods today

July 19, 2013
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We have been rehearsing in nearby Nutclough Woods (re-christened The Nutclough Dell).

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Risk assessments: Richard coned off

July 17, 2013
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For the past few weeks the population of Hebden Bridge has been wrapped up with The Handmade Parade (our wonderful carnival) and The Arts Festival.

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Plantaganets, plots and pies

June 27, 2013
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As props and costumes continue to be made I am increasingly falling over swords, axes, helmets, crowns, masks, severed heads, cloaks, light sabres and piles of velvet; I can't find any bowls because they're all being used for papier mache, paint or glue and every conversation is punctuated with cries of more diabolical things we can add to death scenes.

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Richard III Kitten Killer

June 13, 2013
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Last weekend Mary (our director) and Richard (Richard III) went to Stratford-upon-Avon where they watched As You Like It, and visited The Dell.

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Richard III: tragedy, comedy or an Abba-inspired musical?

June 4, 2013
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This week my family and I have mainly been trying to find an Italian duke and a sailing ship - wrong play I know but we were camping near a storm tossed sea! Meanwhile, our director has been putting on Mamma Mia in a field in North Yorkshire, Elizabeth Wodeville is in Corfu and we have only 1896 hours left to learn our lines...

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The Tragedy (and Comedy) of Richard III

May 30, 2013
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When we heard Richard III's skeleton had been found under a car park in Leicester we knew we wanted to put on Shakespeare's Richard III. In fact after we've performed at The Dell, we'd like to put on a Richard III tour of UK car parks.

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