Who said life isn’t full of dramatic twists and turns…
Having been pinged by the NHS Covid-19 App I have spent the last few days in isolation, away from my beloved theatre family. Whilst they work in our exciting new outdoor theatre, I watch on from a live stream at home. It all feels very 2021. What strange times we still live in.
The last few weeks in rehearsals have been invigorating. Many of our original team were together making the show in March 2020 when the theatres were shut down because of Covid first rearing its ugly head. On our return to rehearsals in mid-May 2021, we welcomed eight new cast members. They brought a bright new energy with them and made us see some of the roles in a different light.
The mood was triumphant; just being in a theatre rehearsing was a miracle of sorts. On top of that, the RSC were building a brand new outdoor theatre in record time. There was a slightly giddy feeling about the whole thing. Our rehearsal space was the Royal Shakespeare Theatre itself. Our breakout room? The Swan. Rehearsing a play at the RSC has never been like this before, that is for sure.