Blogs by James Hayes

The run begins

May 15, 2012
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Monday, a wet April day. Texts from our new Company Stage Manager Alex Constantin. She has arranged temporary membership for us to a number of clubs - The Groucho, The Ivy and Century.

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Dress rehearsal

May 15, 2012

Wednesday we tech the whole show. Greg is unavailable, as he is directing his African Julius Caesar.

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Moving to the Duchess

May 11, 2012

Tuesday we move to the Duchess, one of the youngest and smallest of the West End theatres, to tech the show. We will do our first preview on Thursday.

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Cakes and congratulations

May 11, 2012

Monday 16th April we gather at the RSC rehearsal rooms back in Clapham where we started work on Written over eight months before.

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Whispers from the Duchess

May 4, 2012
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I want to now move forward and write about the move from the Swan to the Duchess. On the 16th February 2012 before a performance of Written we were called to a meeting in the Swan with Greg Doran and West End producer Thelma Holt.

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Going to town

May 4, 2012

At the after-show party Thelma Holt, both a highly respected West End Producer and an RSC Associate Producer is extremely enthusiastic about the play and says she wants to 'Take it into Town'.

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Press Night

May 4, 2012

Unlike no other night in the run Press Night is nearly always edgy. Nerves emerge. Big displacement activities are put in motion to assuage them. Usually a speech from the director exhorting us to forget/ignore the press - 'don't read the notices'!

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The tech

May 1, 2012

I don't enjoy techs. Some actors say they love them. We go over entrances, exits, technical business, again and again and again. We can spend an hour changing from one scene to another.

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Moving to Stratford

April 27, 2012

On the 23rd of October we moved to Stratford, which would now be our homes until 10th March the following year. I rent a small Victorian cottage from the RSC which is a mere six minutes walk from the theatre.

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Visiting Stratford

April 25, 2012
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Nearing the end of rehearsals with complete acts and longer sections of the play being run, the company work rises to a new intensity.

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