Ease and confidence
April 14, 2012
Rehearsing the opening scene and having a lot of bitchy fun.
We have three older and heavily bearded clerics in long black cassocks and ornate collars, Jim Hooper is John Overall, the Dean of St Paul's. Bruce Alexander is George Abbot, the Bishop of London. I am Laurence Chaderton the Master of Emanuel, Cambridge.
Overall is an arch conservative and fiercely attacks any change in the English wording of the Bible.
Abbot, with the expected demise of the current but gravely ill Archbishop Bancroft, is a possible future Archbishop and hence is treading a central ground and is jealously watched.
Chaderton is seen as a Puritan and a radical and hence dangerous.
The young stuttering Master Ward, who is also in the scene, is one of the twelve scholars revising the latest draft. He is caught between us, is attacked and is seen by the others as an ally of mine. He is extremely well played by Joseph Kloska, one of the young actors in the production.
Young actors always amaze me with the ease and confidence with which they perform. God, I hope I was like that in those long ago years!
by James Hayes
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