Blogs dated February 2011

Week four already

February 25, 2011
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It seems almost unbelievable, but we are starting our fourth week of rehearsals already. In the Cardenio rehearsal room, we are still mostly sitting around the table. Simon Callow in his book Being an Actor, describes this process beautifully, as we try to feel the play's aura, 'almost its force field.' It is a bit like sitting round a ouija board. The research we do is like lobbing a pebble into the collective pool of our unconscious and watching the ripples. Some research will be useful, some not so.

by Greg Doran  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Rehearsals begin

February 4, 2011
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So finally, after weeks of meeting actors and negotiating with my fellow directors, I have a cast. There are 17 actors in Cardenio (12 men and 5 women). All of them are also in Massinger's The City Madam, which has another 5 actors making a company of twenty two altogether. And we all started on Monday, alongside the parallel company which is rehearsing Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice to open the new Main House.

by Greg Doran  |  5 comments  |  Read this entry

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