Blogs dated November 2012

Re-inventing the show

November 29, 2012
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As well as being the perfect way to shake off those post-US blues, the week we've just spent in the beautiful city of York seems to me to sum up everything that defines the spirit of YPS.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Forever and forever farewell

November 29, 2012

There comes a moment during a last performance where one finally realises its all over. But nothing ever really ends (I warn you now, there may be quite a few quotations in this last blog).

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Life in the fast lane

November 29, 2012
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As I write this, we are on preview number seven of Boris Godunov. We have yet to perform any scene the same way two nights in a row. Things are changing every day. This can be a little confusing.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Does the play actually work?

November 23, 2012
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Well we had the first preview of Boris Godunov. Very weird. It felt like another rehearsal. No usual panic about performing in front of people. No butterflies to raise the level a little. Just adrenaline, fear, sweat and mental notes ticking over like an old-school train station timetable.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

I'm ready for my close-up

November 23, 2012

It seems Moscow brings out the best in us - a moment of high drama in last night's performance.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Meanwhile in the Midwest

November 23, 2012
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The timing of the US leg of our tour has been so extraordinary, you could be forgiven for believing that it was somehow ordained – perhaps by the 'spherical predominance' and 'planetary influence' in which Gloucester believes, but Edmund mocks.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

KFC on the edge of your hotel room bed

November 22, 2012

It's all very well seeing new places and having new experiences. But sometimes you want to eat and sleep and then get on with your work. You want to try out the new phrases that you have learned, you want to try out the new place that you have heard about. But...

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Russia

November 22, 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a sunny disposition must be in want of a good slap in the face.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The Carry On

November 15, 2012
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There were many occasions when I got to stand in for the actors during the rehearsal period - during an evening or a weekend rehearsal perhaps or if an actor was absent. I always enjoyed this because it helped me get to know the play, the actor's process and the demands of the space – and see Tim from the point of view of the actor.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Refusing

November 14, 2012
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At a certain moment during the show, I walk over to a member of the audience and ask them to do something that will help Edmund trick his father.

by Ben Deery  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

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