Say cheese!

Here’s our official Romeo And Juliet cast shot, care of photographer extraordinaire Alex Vaughan.

And for good measure, a silly shot of us and all the wonderful people responsible for bringing our show to life! (including Director Damien Ryan, Designer Lucilla Smith, Lighting Designer Matt Cox, Stage Manager Marianne Carter, Fight Consultant Kyle Rowling  and Artistic Director John Bell in front!)

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Vocal class

Hi guys, George here.

It’s halfway through our Sydney season of Romeo And Juliet. We had a vocal masterclass this afternoon with Natasha McNamara. We had just finished a show, which helps as our voices are already warmed up. Natasha took us through some fantastic exercises that really help to stay connected to your support base.

This is important with the show we are doing, it’s very physical and often you have to deliver text whilst in the middle of a knife fight or swinging off a rope (both in my case). So as an actor performing two shows a day, it’s so important that we don’t strain our voices by exerting too much effort when we speak our lines.

We learnt different techniques of warming up as a group or with a partner. This not only brings our ensemble closer together but it also gives you a second opinion on how you might be standing or where you might be holding tension that you aren’t actually aware of. We then got to work on the set choosing lines we were having difficulty with and trying to really belt them out to the edges of the ‘Colosseum’ (our nickname for the York Theatre we perform in!) without effort or tension. Great class, much appreciated.


Backstage

Hi guys

We’ve just come off stage after finishing our second show of Romeo And Juliet. It’s so exciting performing for a real audience as we’ve just spent 5 weeks in the rehearsal room, with only the director and crew to entertain. Now we can find out how an audience will react to the show!

Wow, were they vocal. A whole bunch of screaming girls absolutely in love with Romeo. They started to call out “NO NO!! Don’t do it” when Romeo was about to take the poison and kill himself. Both audiences have been very engaged and you can tell that they are listening intently. They seem to be laughing in all the right places and the actors on stage can hear weeping and sobbing when they are dying at the end.

There is a fantastic energy that the ensemble are bringing to telling this rapid and emotionally charged story and the audience are investing heavily in the relationship with the actors. We’re starting to get used to performing in the sand (the set is like a huge sandpit) but we’re still waking up very sore. Our director, Damien Ryan, overheard students talking in the foyer after the show saying “Wow! That was amazing, I thought it was going to be boring!!”

Love telling this story. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

– George