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. 

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Learning Lines

Our inspirational journey in education to bring young people and Shakespeare closer together.

Hannah Young

Hannah Young  is an actor and educational practitioner. She was a member of the Long Ensemble acting company with the RSC from 2009-2011. She is currently Director Mentor for the Hull schools in our Learning and Performance Network (LPN).

Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui O'Hanlon  is our Director of Education. She's been an education practitioner for over 20 years working with children and young people of all ages and their teachers.

Student blogger

Guest blogger : students, teachers and members of the RSC Education team speak directly about their experiences.

The Head That Wears a Crown: Rehearsal Diaries - Day 7

March 30, 2015

An amazing session at Frederick Holmes School. I was made aware of the level of physical disabilities in the group by the lead teachers before I arrived, and my main concern was how we would use the communication aids the students need within the piece.

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Musical Notes

Discovering the stories behind the music written and performed for our shows.

Richard Sandland

Richard Sandland  is our Music Operations Manager. He finds and books musicians for our shows, sources instruments, works on show changeovers, programmes keyboards and samplers, steals chairs and generally troubleshoots. He trained at the Royal College of Music as a tuba player.

Two men and lots of notes

March 6, 2015

Guy Woolfenden was Head of Music here from 1963 until 1995. In that time, he wrote music for productions of every Shakespeare play.

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Pathways to Shakespeare

How did our actors and directors first find Shakespeare? What drew them to it in the first place and kept them coming back?

Viv Graver

Viv Graver  is a retired teacher, who taught Shakespeare for more than 30 years in the north of England. Her blog is a series of interviews with RSC cast and creatives about their path to Shakespeare and how they first came to it, at school and elsewhere.

David Troughton

March 9, 2015

David, playing the exuberant Simon Eyre in The Shoemakers' Holiday, has over 20 RSC performances to reflect on. While he tells me 'a play can be whatever you want it to be' it is clear that he has his own preferences with Shakespeare.

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