Monthly Archives: February 2009

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Rehearsals

Talk me through a typical day in rehearsal Will Typically, the day starts with sitting down with the two directors, Rachel and Sarah, and talking about the focus of the day and whether we are going to change any of the calls for the actors. By this I mean whether we are going to stick to the running order of scenes or whether any new priorities have emerged. Then we’ll systematically work through the scenes. I’ll often be involved in very practical things like remembering how we have bl...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Preparing for the production

What preparation did you do before starting work on this production? Will I read the novels and now I’m reading them again. I chose not to see the film. I think film as an art-form is very different to theatre, theatre is more gestural, more imaginative in how it tells the story and I didn’t want to be influenced by the film. For example, in the theatre version a bear is represented by a bear head on an actor’s hand, and of course, it is making no pretence to be real, but it is...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: About Will

What is your role on the production? Will As Assistant Director I work alongside the two main directors, Rachel Kavanaugh and Sarah Esdaile. They set me specific tasks and I support them accordingly. I am currently doing an M.A in Theatre Directing, and I’m augmenting my studies by doing a trainee directorship here at The REP, and I’m here on placement for a year. I thought it would be very useful for me to get a deeper understanding of the craft of directing through working with...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Religion And Faith

What do you think the message of Pullman’s trilogy is? Will I think these books can come under a lot of criticism for being ‘God bashing’ and I don’t think that is fair. All they do is question, and encourage an inquisitive mind, regarding our relationship with religion as individuals. I think Pullman encourages exploration and the opening of doors rather than condemning religion. I also think this book is about power. It encourages one to reflect upon how societies and indiv...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Rehearsals

Talk me through a typical day in rehearsal Will Typically, the day starts with sitting down with the two directors, Rachel and Sarah, and talking about the focus of the day and whether we are going to change any of the calls for the actors. By this I mean whether we are going to stick to the running order of scenes or whether any new priorities have emerged. Then we’ll systematically work through the scenes. I’ll often be involved in very practical things like remembering how we have bl...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Preparing for the production

What preparation did you do before starting work on this production? Will I read the novels and now I’m reading them again. I chose not to see the film. I think film as an art-form is very different to theatre, theatre is more gestural, more imaginative in how it tells the story and I didn’t want to be influenced by the film. For example, in the theatre version a bear is represented by a bear head on an actor’s hand, and of course, it is making no pretence to be real, but it is...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: About Will

What is your role on the production? Will As Assistant Director I work alongside the two main directors, Rachel Kavanaugh and Sarah Esdaile. They set me specific tasks and I support them accordingly. I am currently doing an M.A in Theatre Directing, and I’m augmenting my studies by doing a trainee directorship here at The REP, and I’m here on placement for a year. I thought it would be very useful for me to get a deeper understanding of the craft of directing through working with...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Religion And Faith

What do you think the message of Pullman’s trilogy is? Will I think these books can come under a lot of criticism for being ‘God bashing’ and I don’t think that is fair. All they do is question, and encourage an inquisitive mind, regarding our relationship with religion as individuals. I think Pullman encourages exploration and the opening of doors rather than condemning religion. I also think this book is about power. It encourages one to reflect upon how societies and indiv...