Blogs dated July 2013

Last time unto the breach, dear friends

July 31, 2013
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Our journey from Portsmouth to Stratford via Agincourt has ended – with a flourish.

by Tim Stoneman  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Cheesy seagulls

July 23, 2013
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Well, the efforts are paying off; we've performed Henry V in front of four paying audiences, in the magnificent location of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, alongside Nelson's iconic flagship HMS Victory – a stirring sight, especially in the battle scenes.

by Tim Stoneman  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Making the Mad World madder

July 22, 2013

There's a great story concerning the recording of David Bowie's 1979 album Lodger. In order to create a loose, garage band-like sound for the song Boy's Keep Swinging, Bowie and Brian Eno had the backing band all swap instruments with each other; thus, the stomping drum intro that your hear at the start of the track is actually being played by legendary session guitarist Carlos Alomar.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Stephen Boxer

July 22, 2013
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We begin by talking about Titus Andronicus, a stylish production arousing a lot of interest in Stratford at the moment and one Stephen, playing Titus, has found particularly stimulating.

by Viv Graver  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

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).

by Ellen Mateer  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Intense rehearsal in tents

July 19, 2013
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With a fortnight to go, we're into whole-act rehearsals, with props, weapons and the 'real' layout of campaign tents, stage lights and the like.

by Tim Stoneman  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

David Rubin

July 18, 2013
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David is currently appearing in Titus Andronicus and A Mad World My Masters at The Swan.

by Viv Graver  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

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.

by Ellen Mateer  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Twins! Twins! TWINS!

July 17, 2013
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One of the fundamental plot points of The Comedy of Errors revolves around the fact that there are not one, but TWO sets of identical twins.

by Edward Blagrove  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Rain stops play at Agincourt

July 2, 2013
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Henry V (the real one) led his troops to victory at Agincourt 600 years ago when torrential rain had turned the field of battle into a muddy quagmire.

by Tim Stoneman  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

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