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October 02, 2012



I enjoyed reading your review of 12th Night very much, and it is refreshing when a writer understands what all that rehearsal is for. It was always the first priority that the verse would be spoken well and that the text would be comprehensible and easily heard without shouting. All that takes ages, but if the result is that the play comes over unimpeded, then not a minute was wasted.

It may be of interest to say that that Carroll doesn't block scenes very much; the last scene depends on his painstaking training of the actors to use the space instinctively in the moment, rather than follow a rigid plan. That is why it looks so fresh and uncontrived, I think.

3 hours go past in no time - I know, as I am usually standing in the yard!

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