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1984: Talkback

March 28, 2014

 

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The cast of 1984. Photo: Tristram Kenton


On 17 March 2014, several members of the 1984 cast and creative team, including Adapters / Creators Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, Matthew Spencer (Syme), Tim Dutton (O’Brien), Gavin Spokes (Parsons), Hara Yannas (Julia) and
Stephen Fewell (Charrington) stayed after the performance to discuss the production with members of the audience. Here is an excerpt from the evening.
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1984: Enter the Audience

March 19, 2014
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Associate Director Daniel Raggett in rehearsal for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“The production is heavy on technical elements and the pressure is on to get through everything with enough time left over for a dress rehearsal.”

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1984: On Your Marks…

March 18, 2014
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Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke (adapters / directors) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“The rhythm… is dictated by what has come before it. Because of this, the energy of the show is often different, and fresh, depending on the way in which the company have left the starting blocks at the very beginning.”
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1984: Getting Technical

March 3, 2014
Christopher Patrick Nolan, Mandi Symonds, Stephen Fewell, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes and Mark Arends in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Christopher Patrick Nolan (Martin), Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons), Stephen Fewell (Charrington), Matthew Spencer (Syme), Gavin Spokes (Parsons) and Mark Arends (Winston) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“Something as simple as a sound effect – for example, the ticking clocks in an antique shop – can provide a real sense of place.”

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1984: Adding Layers and Cutting Lines

February 28, 2014
Stephen Fewell (Charrington) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Stephen Fewell (Charrington) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“Every line is attempting to do more than one thing at a time and – like the principle of doublethink – can express two truths simultaneously.”

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1984: Where Rehearsal Meets the Real World

February 20, 2014
Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons) in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“A session of work on the final moments in the play prompted a discussion about whether it was actually possible for one man to change the world.”


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1984: Back to the Beginning

February 18, 2014
Gavin Spokes in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Gavin Spokes in rehearsals for 1984. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“The aim, Robert [Icke] and Duncan [Macmillan] told the assembled cast on the first day [of 1984 rehearsals], would be to interpret the novel while accurately capturing its inherent ambiguities and presenting them in a theatrical form.”
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American Psycho: On Being Patrick Bateman

December 20, 2013

by Dr David Eldridge

In his original incarnation, Patrick Bateman is (literally) deadly dull.

His life is hollow, defined by designer clothes, exclusive restaurants and elaborate personal grooming routines – all described in excruciatingly banal detail. Regarded by his own attorney as a “brown-nosed goody-goody,” Bateman strives so hard to fit in with his elitist Wall Street culture that he becomes totally indistinguishable from his arrogant yuppie peers.
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American Psycho Cast in Rehearsals

December 18, 2013

American Psycho is up and running — here’s a look back at rehearsals as members of the cast share their thoughts on this new musical thriller.

Almeida Apprentices in Conversation

December 17, 2013

The Almeida Theatre currently has seven young people starting off their careers through internships, apprentices and student placements. On 14 November, the group met to discuss how their experiences were getting on.

The conversation included Gala Assistant Intern Lucy McCallum, Community Arts Apprentice Lauren La Rocque, Technical Theatre Apprentice Jack Hurley, Michael Webstall, on a student placement in Projects department from the Central School of Speech and Drama; Evangeline Dunn, on a student placement in stage management from the Royal Academy of Art and Drama; Beth Carle, on a student placement in stage management from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; and Martha Quigley, Marketing and Office Intern. Below is an excerpt from their conversation.
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