Blogs dated August 2013

48 hours to go...

August 27, 2013
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We started rehearsals four weeks ago and tonight we go into our final dress rehearsal. For most of this years Dell participants the costumes will have been packed up, the set dismantled and the dust settled on what, we hope, was a cracking weekend of performances, for us, it is just beginning.

by Edward Blagrove  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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.

by Ellen Mateer  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Bootcamp for young actors

August 27, 2013
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Many actors are keen that young people should be invited to find Shakespeare enjoyable and would like to see pathways open to them. I heard of an exciting initiative at the RSC which I wanted to explore - a three-day bootcamp for 24 young actors.

by Viv Graver  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Charlotte Cornwell

August 23, 2013
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Charlotte plays Gertrude in Hamlet and the Countess of Rossillion in All's Well That Ends Well.

by Viv Graver  |  No comments yet  |  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

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!

by Ellen Mateer  |  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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