Whispers from the Wings

Knowing where to dig

September 17, 2013

In these two weeks I dove into the riches and language of Shakespeare and although I feel like I am deep into it, we have hardly skimmed the surface.

Working with Greg is like working with an expert archeologist who knows exactly where to dig, it is also like working with a child whose passion for and knowledge of Shakespeare makes you giddy with excitement and very eager to play.

He gave an impassioned speech on day one about the depth and history of the play. The speech was so well articulated and researched that I felt intimidated, and the familiar feeling came creeping up the back of my neck, that says 'you shouldn't be here'.

This feeling is something I am going to have to get used to or conquer, the more I look around the more I feel like an imposter.

I have dreamt of working with the RSC since I was very small, since I first was spellbound by A Midsummer Night's Dream as a child.

Then through drama school my passion about language and poetry blossomed and now that I'm here and I look around me at the people I am working with, here finally at the RSC at the young age of 22, I can't help but feel like I have walked into the wrong room and will be asked to leave as soon as I am exposed.

I am surrounded by masters of the language, and discovered in a talk with Oliver Ford Davies that he played the same role as me the first time he was ever in Richard II.

That made me think of the history of performers this play has seen. I am very aware I am in the room with heavyweights in the RSC game, which at first was intimidating. But after hearing that Oliver had played the groom, instead of feeling I had big shoes to fill, I felt as though my feet might grow in the fertile ground of the RSC.

by Elliot Barnes-Worrell  |  3 comments

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Sep 18, 6:45pm

Big shoes allow your feet to grow! I hope to be in your shoes one day!

Sep 19, 6:10am
Alina S

how interesting) And have you met David Tennant? What it was like to play with him?

Oct 16, 2:21pm

That feeling that you don't really belong, or don't deserve to be there? Trust me - it's really common, especially amongst very successful and highly creative people. good luck with the play!

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