Blogs dated September 2012

'I wonder what they think we're doing.'

September 25, 2012
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On an odd occasion where the frenetic rehearsals lull, I daze out of the large windows and over at the architect's offices opposite. I consider what we've been doing all day from their point of view.

by Thomas Pickles  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Asking for help

September 25, 2012
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At a certain moment, fairly early on in the show, I walk over to a member of the audience sitting in the front row and enlist their help. I ask them to do something for me. It's something a little bit mischievous, something I imagine theatre-goers are rarely asked to do.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Something special

September 25, 2012

There is something special about encountering a school for a second time with a different show. The teachers may not have changed but the students certainly have.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The real Shakespeare Company

September 25, 2012
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After every show there is questions and answer session. As the performers change from character to actor I start the conversation with the audience about the play. With their eyes closed they think of memorable moments, and in pairs come up with some questions for the actors about the characters, the play and the production.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Aylesbury

September 25, 2012

It is extraordinary that the RSC do these tours that allow people who cannot get to Stratford or London to see the works of the greatest english writer by the greatest Shakespeare company. Still, I had no idea where Aylesbury was!

by Andrew French  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Pants and peeking and butts

September 24, 2012

'Everyone walks around half naked!' A friend of mine came to see the show a few weeks ago and I was asking her why she never stayed in the business (she was very good). She said she hated the rejection (fair enough), the low pay (hear, hear), and the casual sluttiness of actors. (!)

by Andrew French  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Do we 'dumb down'?

September 19, 2012
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This week during a Q&A were asked a question on whether or not we dumb down our shows for young audiences...

by Dharmesh Patel  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Starting in Southampton

September 19, 2012

We began our first week at Bitterne Park School in Southampton. Their impressive new theatre provided a perfect space in which to test out our ideas about connecting with an audience that flank the stage on both sides as well as out front. The whole room is lit.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

To Russia

September 19, 2012

The second two weeks were devoted to Boris Godunov. Again we delve straight into a history that is unknown to most of us. Russia!

by Youssef Kerkour  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Chinese opera

September 19, 2012

Well it's my second blog, but it's been four weeks since we started. The workshop section of rehearsals is now over, and we now begin rehearsing both plays at the same time.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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