Twelfth Night director Dennis Garnhum and Twelfth Night/Hamlet actor Barbara Pollard share their favourite moments of the season.
Dennis: My favourite moment was during the dress rehearsal for Twelfth Night, watching the audience file in. They had such joy and excitement on their faces – it made my heart leap and it made me think we would be in good hands with our audiences – and we have been. Watching this company of actors play together and be truly present to the audience has been the thing I will remember the most. It always feels like a celebration when these particular actors get together and it makes me proud.
Barbara: My favourite moment was while I was sitting down at an outdoor table on the two show day when we have a quick turn around.The company, happily, feeds us according to the rules we work under and sometimes just because they love us. So I almost always eat salad with some protein, but know I need to eat to keep the strength going and the dinner is too damn delicious; moist tender beef, mashed potatoes gravy and salad and some things I can’t resist. Now I know why I never cook mashed potatoes in the summer! I was sitting with cast members of Elizabeth Rex, getting to know them and moaning that I have to limit my enjoyment of the delicious food because “I have to get back into a corset!” I was sitting with Dustin Freeland, Anton Lipovetsky and Haig Sutherland: “SO DO WE!” they replied. I was definitely looking for sympathy from the wrong crowd.
Tune in on Thursday for the final (sniff) blog post before we close the season, when Studio Stage actor Sereana Malani shares her favourite moments of the season, her thoughts on her fellow Company members, and her fear of making mistakes as a newbie at Bard.