Whispers from the Wings

These blog posts are a diary of our productions, explaining what's happening through the rehearsal process. They are written by our cast and crew. Our current bloggers are:

Vivien Parry

Vivien Parry  is debuting at the RSC with The Shoemaker's Holiday. Having just celebrated over quarter of a century as an actor she has played everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim. Outside of the theatre she is studying philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy for a degree with the Open University.

Tom Morton-Smith

Tom Morton-Smith  is a playwright whose work includes Oppenheimer, playing in the Swan Theatre in 2015. When he's not writing he spends his time trekking the high arctic wilderness.

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley  is appearing with us for the first time this year in The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham. Born in Liverpool, Lizzie trained at Manchester University and RADA and is an actress and writer dedicated to developing strong and unusual roles for women.

Stepping into another man's shoes

December 16, 2014
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Pretty early on in rehearsals, boxes started appearing from the RSC stores with everything actors might need to help them create their character. Everything from pipes to petticoats.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Characters that live and breathe and walk around

November 24, 2014
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The actors have all been gently weaning themselves off their scripts – it starts in front of their eyes, moves to hanging by their side, to being left on a chair until finally the script is not even taken out of their bag.

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HRT at the RSC: Rafa Benitez and the art of subtle management

November 20, 2014
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'Shoemakers require subtle management,' says the spectacularly mustard corduroy clad Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson, CEO of Foster and Son a bespoke shoemakers in Jermyn Street providing hand crafted shoes for the great and good (well, the spectacularly rich).

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Bring out the red pens

November 10, 2014
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Today has been the hardest day so far of rehearsals. Today we brought out the red pens.

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HRT at the RSC: getting through the first day

October 31, 2014
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I have a dread as I walk into a rehearsal room for the first time that I will be met with a blank stare from the director, ushered outside by a very sympathetic stage manager who explains that they meant the other Vivien Parry, they'll pay me for the first week and sorry about the mix up.

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The lie that makes us realise truth

October 31, 2014
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'We all know Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise truth.' Writing drama from history.

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC: turning to cheese

October 28, 2014
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In one of my darker days I played Hannah in Stoppard's Arcadia, a trip around a brilliant writers intellect, knowledge and passion, one of the most sublime pieces of writing an actor will encounter.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC

October 21, 2014
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I would love to be writing this as a winsome 21-year-old heading out into the blue yonder with a bag full of student debt and pocket full of dreams. However I was never winsome at the best of times and 21 was a long, long time ago.

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Radical politics, martinis and experimental physics

October 16, 2014
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We're into the second week of rehearsals now. We've just had a session this morning with Scott (choreographer) and Grant (composer).

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Farewell! Dog knows when we shall meet again

October 13, 2014
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The good people of Newcastle Upon Tyne were given a small hint that I was about to take their beautiful city by storm, I think that perhaps my dear friend Banksy had left this modest token of his affection and respect!

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