Blogs by Martin Bassindale

The Famous Victories of Henry V: unknowing the story

June 30, 2015
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Two weeks down. Sixteen shows completed. We've played to hundreds of schoolchildren, teachers, parents, a postman and a ninety-eight year old man. Un-knowing the story has become a daily exercise.

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First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: When you can't run, just stagger.

June 8, 2015
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In an hour and a half we'll start the last week of rehearsals.

This means having to do our first ever run of the show; the infamous 'stagger through'.

When you can't run, just stagger.

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First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: 'the game's afoot'

May 19, 2015
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We're bringing magic to 'muggles'. Just because you weren't born into Shakespeare or your parents weren't Shakespearean professors doesn't mean you can't connect with Shakespearean theatre.

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Staging Henry IV Part I

April 7, 2014
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The first week of Stratford had past and there was something like 26 left. If the first week was anything to go by then the next few months had some incredible experiences in the waiting.

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Prince Clarence costume fitting

April 1, 2014
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This is the closest to feeling like royalty I will probably ever get.

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A special day

March 5, 2014
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Martin Bassindale blogs from the Henry IV rehearsal room about the 416th anniversary of the publication of Henry IV.

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Four weeks to go ...

February 13, 2014
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Martin Bassindale , blogs from the Henry IV rehearsal room about the difference between travelling in London now and then.

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Long bow lessons at the RSC

January 31, 2014
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Martin Bassindale , part of the Henry IV company, had a good day in rehearsals this week - he learned to shoot a long bow.

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History lessons at the RSC

January 23, 2014

Martin Bassindale  plays Peto in the Henry IV plays. This is his first post for Whispers from the wings. It's week four of rehearsals and he's pondering the history lessons he's had so far.

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