What is it like to be in our shows? The cast and crew share their experiences in our Whispers from the Wings blog.

Stratford survival guide

Stratford survival guide

18 July 2016

In 3 weeks time the new Swan company will quite literally replace us in our beds. Here are some nuggets I wish to pass on

Morris Club

Morris Club

11 July 2016

"The first rule of Morris Club..." See the actors of our new Swan shows in rehearsal

Show Call

Show Call

7 July 2016

'Show call!' It felt like the world's most delicious carrot at the end of an eight month long stick

Australia

Australia

4 July 2016

What am I doing? I can’t help but analyse my choice of career

Does Art Matter?

Does Art Matter?

29 June 2016

There have been enormous events in the world that have rocked me to a cold silence

Spear Carrying

Spear Carrying

13 June 2016

After living the dream the inevitable has happened. I am now a spear carrier at the RSC

Our secret world

Our secret world

7 June 2016

Cymbeline: There is a strange world onstage and there is an even stranger one backstage

A Storytelling Place

A Storytelling Place

6 June 2016

I am South African, I have lived there all my formative years and last week, I was put into contact with my old nursery school teacher

No Common Whore

No Common Whore

1 June 2016

'Playing multiple parts and running rings around men': Eleanor talks about understudying Dol Common in The Alchemist

Mid-point madness

Mid-point madness

5 May 2016

This Saturday was the exact mid-point of our time here in Stratford. Everyone is going a bit nuts.

The Stratford Spread

The Stratford Spread

3 May 2016

At first I blamed it on bloating due to eating at bizarre times. Then I started blaming it on the positioning of my microphone pack.

The Magic of Theatre

The Magic of Theatre

27 April 2016

I was laughing hysterically, elbowing Ian Redford. 'Magic really DOES exist!' I squealed loudly in his face

Speak up if you need to

Speak up if you need to

25 April 2016

Being an understudy means you have to be ready to go on at a moment’s notice but accept that it may never happen.

Zeus Comes to Stratford

Zeus Comes to Stratford

7 April 2016

Having my puppy in Stratford would complete me. I would no longer feel young or anxious or lonely. I would be winning in life

A Shadow

A Shadow

31 March 2016

There is a shadow that sometimes moves between me and this happiness and it struck recently a few hours after writing my last blog

Where's Threlly?

Where's Threlly?

25 March 2016

It is a really really good Friday. It is the first weekday I have had off since starting rehearsals for the RSC in November

Hell hath no fury...

Hell hath no fury...

15 March 2016

I find myself writing this blog in moments when I feel overworked or overwhelmed

Electricity in the air

Electricity in the air

14 March 2016

Somehow, two months have disappeared and we are finally into production week for Hamlet

Internet dating and Sonnet 129

Internet dating and Sonnet 129

4 March 2016

I have simply been far too busy with the rehearsals for Hamlet to write about the rehearsals for Hamlet

A change is as good as a rest

A change is as good as a rest

7 March 2016

The fact that I am here, head pounding, sipping on a cup of polystyrene-tasting tea shows just how committed I am to my escape

The show must go on

The show must go on

29 February 2016

The audience fell silent, aware that this was unusual. Something was wrong...

Learning to understudy

Learning to understudy

29 February 2016

You might, if you have been reading all my blogs, be wondering why I have not written very much about the day to day rehearsals of Hamlet

Another opening, another show

Another opening, another show

18 February 2016

Our return to Don Quixote began with a speed line run, our bodies in a state of catatonic fatigue

Delirious glee

Delirious glee

18 February 2016

There is nothing quite like that feeling of turning the corner and seeing that theatre waiting for you and knowing you are not a stranger

Coming home to Stratford

Coming home to Stratford

9 February 2016

It's a weird feeling getting back to the Royal Shakespeare Co. You come back home

Enter Lucifer upstage right

Enter Lucifer upstage right

8 February 2016

Hell is other people. Hell is other people in tech. Tech is hell. Our play is set in hell

I had to stop hiding in loos

I had to stop hiding in loos

5 February 2016

Byron goes back to the playground to bring an ancient text closer to our time

“So what does an Assistant Director actually do?”

“So what does an Assistant Director actually do?”

1 February 2016

It depends on which director I am assisting and what the play needs - vague but true

Hello Stratford

Hello Stratford

29 January 2016

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon. I have spent the week coming to terms with this

First day of rehearsals

First day of rehearsals

28 January 2016

It’s the one point in the entire rehearsal process that I wish I didn’t have to go through. Give me the nerves of opening night any day

She-devil in La Mancha

She-devil in La Mancha

22 January 2016

I know dozens of versatile, talented actresses who are doing what I was doing a few months ago and will doubtless do again.

I used to hate Shakespeare

I used to hate Shakespeare

19 January 2016

Actor Byron Mondahl blogs about 20 years of dreaming, and why and how dreams do come true

Room for rent

Room for rent

14 January 2016

My room is up for rent. I have cancelled my gym membership and finally signed up to Netflix

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