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The Other Place At The RSC
Midsummer Mischief

WRITER RESPONSE: SHAY WILSON

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A response to Midsummer Mischief by Shay Wilson (@FleeInBoats)

There are some who think that we failed. That a miss is as good as a mile and modern womankind is a husk of the 70’s dream, pushing her boobs up against the glass ceiling and announcing how much she loves sex in the city but doesn’t care much for the TV show. Or else is the lovechild of corporation and materialism, wrought out of ruthless ambition and a trouser suit. Sexism is as rife as ever and the mantle of the cause has been handed down unwittingly to the latest pop sensation who has grabbed a pair of scissors and made it into a crop-top.

 

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MEET THE TEAM: JULIA

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Name: Julia Wade

Job on Midsummer Mischief: Company Stage Manager

What does that mean: I organise, manage and ensure that rehearsals and performances run smoothly, with the help of  two fantastic assistant stage managers and four brilliant technicians, also liaising with all of the creative team, writers and production departments. I look after the welfare of the Company, maintain high production values, a sense of calm and always have a sympathetic ear.

Likes: The sea (& swimming in it), beaches (Anstey’s Cove is very special), sunshine, music, dancing, Manchester United, modern art, Barcelona, Venice, St-Malo, new writing, roses, Bocage shoes, cedar trees, cricket, tennis.

Dislikes: Tea with milk, narrow mindedness, white chocolate.

Also: Whilst at University I was lucky to spend time in The Haçienda, see great bands such as The Smiths, Nirvana, Stone Roses, New Order, watch Manchester United play, see some fabulous theatre, art and cricket as well as obtaining a degree in English with Art History!

Drawing from Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from I Can Hear You by E.V. Crowe, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from I Can Hear You by E.V. Crowe, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from The Ant And The Cicada by Timberlake Wertenbaker, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

Drawing from The Ant And The Cicada by Timberlake Wertenbaker, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

© Ed Walker, all rights reserved

MEET THE TEAM: CLAIRE G.

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Name:  Claire Gerrens

RSC Job: First Lighting Technician

Job on Midsummer Mischief: Lighting Designer for Programme A

What does that mean: I work in the lighting department full time, on the majority of productions/projects which  we produce. I work with a team to take the Lightning Designers ideas and then help rig, focus, programme the lighting for our productions. I have taken our productions out on tour too, adjusting to different venues we go into. For the festival, I am the lighting designer for programme A. I work closely with Erica the director and Maddy the Designer to come up with ideas of how lighting on the production will work. We work together throughout the technical rehearsals to programme the lighting to play back during shows.

Likes: Newcastle Upon Tyne (my hometown), laughter, animals, talking a lot, wine, pizza, dog walking and horse riding, being outdoors, theatre and comedy.

Dislikes: Spiders

Also: In the 3 years and 9 months I have been in Stratford, I have worked on 18 productions and toured into 26 different venues nationally and internationally.

MEET THE TEAM: ANTHONY

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Name: Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

Job: Assistant Director for Jo McInnes on Programme B ‘I Can Hear You’ and ‘This Is Not An Exit’.

What that means: Assisting Jo and the actors during rehearsals by providing research materials, making lots of hot drinks for….anyone, attending and noting all meetings with Jo outside rehearsals while she discusses ongoing work involved with set/sound/lighting/costume designs, script changes. Basically knowing as much, inside-out about Jo’s vision/intentions for the production so as to be as supportive as possible and offering any creative ideas if called upon to. I also keep an up to date notebook regarding anything that may be useful when working on other future productions, i.e. methods of working, problem solving, creative learning or inspiring thoughts & questions. Now that the shows are up and running I’m keeping an eye on the plays, giving notes and calling rehearsals if necessary.

Likes: The buzz of an empty rehearsal room….seconds before everyone enters to begin work, supporting emerging artists, plantain, behind-the-scenes section of DVD films, the buzz of a full rehearsal room while everyone is creating. Science-fiction.

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Hannah Nicklin’s beautiful and inspiring response to the Midsummer Mischief Festival. See her patchwork poem in all its glory here:

http://midsummermischief.tumblr.com/ 

Scarlett Brookes and Ruth Gemmell in Abi Zakarian's This is Not an Exit © Topher McGrillis

A summer festival of short plays by women addresses contemporary gender politics at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Blog post By Catherine Love  on What’s On Stage • 30 June 2014 • Stratford-upon-Avon

There’s a small revolution brewing in Stratford-upon-Avon. An unlikely sentence, perhaps, but under the galvanising leadership of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s deputy artistic director Erica Whyman (read my interview with her here), something is beginning to shift. To mark the 40th anniversary of The Other Place, the alternative studio theatre set up by Buzz Goodbody, and to act as a counterpoint to the RSC’s main season, Whyman has programmed a festival of female-led short plays and discussions. It’s work that feels urgent, exploratory and even, in certain moments, charged with radical zeal.

Staged in a temporary space housed within the Courtyard Theatre… read more

Blogpost on The Bardathon, June 29, 2014, by Peter Kirwan 

At one point during a day of events forming the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief festival of new writing and vocal women, festival coordinator and RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman expressed her frustration that professional critics have so far focused almost entirely on the wonderful strangeness – even the victory – of having a whole season of plays written and directed by women at the RSC, at the expense of engaging with what the plays and their characters were actually saying. The mere fact of women creating art, she suggested, was the headline, and the reporting of the fact has taken the place of critical engagement with the issues.

My frustration takes a slightly different tack. As delighted as I am to see… read more

Drawing from I Can Hear You by E.V. Crowe, by our Resident Artist Ed Walker.

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