A comedy read-through

The show was cast and the agonising task of putting together the rehearsal schedule was done, so that could mean only one thing: the dreaded read-through. I say dreaded because, for most actors, the read-through is a necessary evil. For others it is an unnecessary tradition. For our director of the Comedy of Errors, Vin,…

There are no small parts, only small actors

With Hamlet over and a little time to look back and reflect, the famous Stanislavski saying “there are no small parts, only small actors” seems a fitting phrase to sum up my experience on this show. Playing a female Rosencrantz, this was a smaller part than in my last two shows, which comes with its…

Hamlet is coming!

Next Monday our production of Hamlet opens to audiences in Portsmouth. The performance is part of the Portsmouth Festivities taking place in the city this summer. I’ve been a member of the Southsea Shakespeare Actors for three years, and this company has become a huge part of my life. This particular show is the first time…

Is that you Anne? Anne Boleyn?

This time last week I was prancing about dressed as Anne Boleyn. Today I’ve just got off a coach after an eight-hour journey down from Yorkshire. It’s been a surreal week, drifting around in a creative mist, avoiding the daily grind of Real Life. After the manic pace of the past month, leading up to…

Freedom from the lines

Back in September I wrote about the read-through of a new play, Thursday’s Child. Written by local writer Clare Campbell-Collins, the play follows Anne, a young woman trying to rebuild her life through helping others, because for the moment, she just can’t help herself. We’re about a third of the way into rehearsals and have…

Requiem for Twelfth Night

It’s now over two weeks since the last night of Twelfth Night, the post-show blues have started to wear off and ‘normal’ life is slowly seeping back in. I can actually get through a whole day without wistfully pining after my castmates, and my thought pattern is finally shaking off the ‘thee’s and ‘thou’s that…

Twelfth Night – The First Night

So the first night of Twelfth Night is done. Having felt surprisingly calm up to this point, I then awoke yesterday and went on a mad cleaning spree of the house, sweeping, vacuuming, polishing and washing up (my least favourite of the chores) – anything to keep busy and stave off the nerves! My mum…

Two halves of an apple cleft in two

Throughout the rehearsals for Twelfth Night I’ve been exploring the various relationships Viola has with other key characters. One of the most important of these is of course that with her twin brother Sebastian. It’s a difficult relationship to explore and even more difficult to portray, given that they only appear together on stage once…

Viola

We are now well into rehearsals for Twelfth Night with the SSA (Southsea Shakespeare Actors), and I am finally starting to sense Viola. This being my first major speaking part, I think up til now I have just been trying to take it all on board – the lines, the many rehearsals, the lines, the…

A new play – the read-through

Steve Blackham, a director I had the chance to work with earlier this year when the SSA did The Venetian Twins, sent me an email the other week telling me of a new play, written by a local writer. He asked if I would be interested in doing a read-through, and naturally I said yes….