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:

Gabby Wong

Gabby Wong  was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She became involved in student theatre whilst studying politics at University of Bath and went on to train at Italia Conti. This is her debut RSC season. She also works on various writing projects.

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.

One more thing before I go...

March 5, 2015

My mother, Valerie, is an extraordinary woman. I am reminded of this every time I drive into Stratford and pass the sign for the town. 

by Vivien Parry  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

'I don't see you as classical'

February 27, 2015

Upon leaving drama school a few years back and at the meeting of my first potential representation, the very elegant agent lady in the plush central London office asked me 'Where do you see yourself going in your career?'.

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HRT at the RSC: the era of the old bag

January 12, 2015

I am not a woman who has succumbed, as yet, to sticking pins in my face to stop its inevitable descent towards the floor and I pray I never do, but I understand the need to stay or at least appear young and I certainly don't judge any man or woman who feels the need to abate the ageing process.

by Vivien Parry  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry


January 8, 2015

Oppenheimer has been in stasis for a month whilst the Swan winter company opened The Shoemaker's Holiday.

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Stepping into another man's shoes

December 16, 2014

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.

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Characters that live and breathe and walk around

November 24, 2014

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.

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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

November 20, 2014

'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).

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Bring out the red pens

November 10, 2014

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

by Tom Morton-Smith  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

HRT at the RSC: getting through the first day

October 31, 2014

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.

by Vivien Parry  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The lie that makes us realise truth

October 31, 2014

'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

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