Tag Archives: Southside Players

Spit and Polish

Well I seem to remember back in November starting this blog by saying I was going to attempt to direct ‘democratically’.  I don’t think I have been particularly successful in this aim – my January mantra of ‘ruthless optimism’ has … Continue reading

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Welcome to the War Zone

And I don’t just mean Christmas parties and Christmas shopping! Our last two rehearsals have concentrated on the end of the play, which culminated yesterday night with me issuing the instruction ‘anyone who isn’t actually dead at this point can … Continue reading

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Thus falls Caesar

Last week’s rehearsals were ones of great contrast. On Sunday we focussed on Brutus at home.  Her relationships with her secretary, Lucius, and her wife, Portia.  We also looked at the scene with Ligarius and briefly at the street scene … Continue reading

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Different strokes for different folks

So finally a rehearsal with the man himself: Julius Caesar. I had called JC, Calpurnia and Mark Antony to look at some early scenes in the play. Calpurnia is an interesting character.  Why is she there? What does she add? … Continue reading

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Surfing on a wave of something else entirely…

One minute I’m at the Southside Pub Quiz following up our team’s immaculate positioning mid-leader board (no-one wants to actually WIN a pub quiz surely?) with what felt like a doctor’s surgery of visitors to our table wanting to talk … Continue reading

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Surfing on a wave of panic (2nd rehearsal)

Perhaps I was just tired?  I’d got back from Venice on Tuesday, had the first rehearsal on Wednesday night, unsuccessfully auditioned for the Olympics Games opening ceremony on Thursday night, gone out for what I thought would be a quiet … Continue reading

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The challenges of a collaborative artistic process – 1st Rehearsal

You can plan for a lot of things in a rehearsal process. I certainly believe in planning.  I had sent an email to the cast telling them what I expected and what to expect of the first rehearsal.  I had … Continue reading

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