Posts Tagged ‘RSC Ensemble’

Just before we look at the new season work David and Ingrid Stevens, RSC Friends in Stratford wanted to share their review of a couple of pieces of work which came at the end of the transformation offerings. 


Having been so lucky to have attended the RSC Ensemble Revealed event on the 27th March, 2011 at the Swan Theatre we have now bought the book- photography by Asia Werbel and Lucy McLeod and as compiled by Hannah Young, Kelly Hunter and Asia Werbel. It is available from blurb.com. There is a great shot of Valerie Thompson and Penny Kirkwood at the main entrance of the RST.

It is a superb souvenir to remember the Long Ensemble 2009-2011 and for the very worthy cause for James Gale.

Congratulations to all members of the Ensemble for their brilliant efforts raising money for James Gale. As an audience we thoroughly enjoyed everything they did. There were so many memorable moments but I would like to mention Brian Doherty. This was a poignant piece and so apt for our turbulent times. The audience was one and ready to join in “And the band played Waltzing Matilda”. Well done Brian, brilliantly executed and even better than the Pogues. We should congratulate Hannah Young and Kelly Hunter for organising the event and also David Collins and the lovely ladies from his RSC Marketing team who were so much involved in helping create such a great and worthy event for a wonderful cause. And one should not forget the Box Office and FOH staff who clearly did their bit as well Congratulations.

Camille O’Sullivan in “The Rape of Lucrece”

A good friend of mine told me that Camille was not only delightful but extremely talented. So off we went to watch “Lucrece”. Ingrid, my wife, wrote the following.

“People, who had seen her before, highly recommended it. So trying to get an idea of the text, I read through it and, honestly, I was a bit sceptical about how this might be performable. Camille, though, carried me away from the very first moment. The lines that look a bit tedious in the book became one great magical spell. With only her touchingly sweet hands and feet for a wand, she enchanted the audience and brought this Roman crime in Elizabethan words to a thrilling and moving topicality that could easily match any of today’s thriller productions. At the same time, it got so thoroughly deep into the emotions of the victim as well as the perpetrator that it was much more than that. Her voice, oh her voice was hypnotizing and Feargal Murray’s music always ready to touch this one admissible chord…A truly great performance”.

Yes it was superb. This brilliant lady portrayed with music this beautiful, albeit violent, narrative poem so well. I was mesmerized, but as Ingrid told me, so was the entire audience.

David Stevens, RSC Friends, Stratford upon Avon

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Something that is certainly different and should be special for you.

Put the date in your diary!!! – Sunday 27th March, Swan Theatre, 4pm (doors open from 3pm).

The RSC ensemble will be producing a gala to celebrate their extraordinary time together. All proceeds of which will go to support the needs of ensemble member, James Gale, who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Every single member of the ensemble will take part in the gala in some capacity – and plans for the show include music, poetry, comedy, readings, dance and an Auction of Promises.

Acts include Jonjo O’Neill performing Mr Bo Jangles, Sophie Russell reprising her tap-dancing nun routine from The Comedy of Errors and the entire company of 44 actors singing on stage. The audience may also come across actors in the toilets, lifts and outside the theatre.

It should be a great afternoon out, full of entertainment and an auction of promises.

Tickets are only £10 and can be brought via the Box Office 0844 800 1110. More details about the event can be found on the RSC website.


Jane Cromack

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