Articles for September, 2010

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USA in Colour

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 by Great Game

Palomar Hotel at sunset

Palomar Hotel at sunset

Actor Rick Warden updates us with more of his intriguing digital sketches…


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Five days of politics, plays and policy-makers

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 by Nicolas Kent

The five days in Washington were incredibly eventful and exciting. On Tuesday I found myself speaking in a forum hosted by the American Institute of Peace together with Air Vice Marshal Michael Harwood ( the British Military attache), and an Afghan woman who makes TV programmes for Kabul. It was a lively audience and the whole session was televised by the Urdu service of Voice of America. (more…)

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A light in Minneapolis

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by Great Game

It’s Monday and the Guthrie Theater team and David Taylor, Lighting Designer, are preparing the McGuire Proscenium in Minneapolis before the cast and set arrive from Washington DC… (more…)

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Great Game Goes Global

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 by Great Game

More reports and reviews from Washington and the USA…

> Watch this VOANews video report by Derek Henkle, broadcast to 21 countries

> Listen to Nicolas Kent on VOANews radio

> Read the Washington City Paper review

> Read the Washington Life Magazine review

> Read the DC Theatre Scene interview with Nicolas Kent and read their reviews of Parts 1, 2 and 3 here

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From the Sublime to the Ridiculous!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by Great Game

Nicolas Kent on week two of the tour:

4.30am, and I’m unable to sleep for the first time on this tour. We had a wonderful reception at the Deputy Ambassador’s residence tonight – I had to make a speech which seemed to go down well, and did not sour UK/USA relations too much! Then after a fantastic dinner, with all the cast and stage management dressed to the nines and looking incredibly glamorous, we went off for drinks at Dupont Circle.

The team takes in the sites

On Tuesday morning we’re off to tour The White House, and on Thursday, it’s a cast Segway tour of Washington – from the sublime to the ridiculous!

It’s beautifully sunny here, the perfect Fall weather, and everyone we meet is incredibly enthusiastic about the project. Lots of policy-makers are coming and it’s great to be playing these plays where the decisions about Afghan policy are being made… again and again I am being asked if The Great Game is going to be televised…

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Wonderful Washington Adventures

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Great Game

Actor Rick Warden describes his first week in Washington, and sends us some digital sketches:

The Shakespeare stage

The Shakespeare stage

Backstage at The Shakespeare

Backstage at The Shakespeare

The only downside to our adventure is the lack of lie-ins. I don’t know whether it’s still jet-lag or time zones or general over-excitement, but I seem to wake up before 6 every day. Last night I treated myself to a glass of wine after a pretty extraordinary week in Washington so now I’m awake AND hungover. Might as well blog for y’all.

This city is wonderful, full of open space and sunshine and intelligent audiences. We’ve all put on a stone as we’ve been conned into finding new healthy eating options without realising the portions are prepared for giants Stateside. Yes, I’ll have a kilo of that salad please.

We settled in to the space well and truly by the end of Friday’s performances and hit them hard with the double trilogy this weekend. I have a feeling there are over a thousand people wandering around Washington with their heads hurting from Afghan overload, just managing to get the words ‘gotta go see that’ before passing out. (more…)

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Great Game is Stunning!

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Great Game

Read The Washington Post‘s preview of The Great Game and find out what the critics thought as the production gets its first American reviews…

> Read The Washington Examiner Review

> Read The Washington Post Review

Also, click here to watch footage of Nicolas Kent talking about The Great Game on BBC World News America…

Or listen to the feature on NPR: 150 Years Of Afghan History In One Theater Marathon

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Standing Ovation For First Trilogy Day

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Great Game

Nicolas Kent updates us on the tour’s first week in Washington…

Shakespeare Theatre, Washington

Shakespeare Theatre, Washington

After three fifteen-hour days and the adrenalin of the previews on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, it was a huge relief getting to the first full trilogy day on Saturday.

A beautiful sunny Washington day and at 11am we are all at the theatre for the half. The houses for all three parts are packed – the auditorium holds 800. At lunch the audience seems to have been totally engaged; some of them come up to the cast and say how much they are enjoying it. The cast are buzzing and by 10pm we get to a curtain call and a standing ovation. Then off to dinner with the British Ambassador – he and his wife are hugely complimentary. Staying with him is Michael Cashman M.E.P. who came with a friend to see Part 2 and got so involved he has stayed on for Part 3. Back to the hotel where the cast are winding down with drinks (and some have even been off to a couple of clubs). We all go off to bed at about 1am knowing that tomorrow is another (trilogy) day! (more…)

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A Word From The Wings…

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Great Game

Sound Designer Tom Lishman blogs from press day at The Shakespeare, Washington:

I’m writing this in the wings during part two of our first trilogy day (and press day) in Washington. It’s been a REALLY hard week for everyone adapting the show for slightly larger theatres, after the intimacy of the Tricycle. We’re all getting used to the extra size, though, and it’s working well.

The cast are obviously wider awake than I am, as they are giving a fabulous performance today. ‘Bugles’ in particular was possibly the best I’ve seen it.

The sound department here at the Shakespeare Theatre are both very experienced and very nice, so I feel extremely well looked after! Nothing has been too much trouble for them. And working in such a well-equipped building has made my life, and I think those of all our technical staff, a lot easier.

It’s almost all over for me – I fly home tomorrow leaving all things sound in the capable hands of Ed Borgnis, and go straight into rehearsals for the Tricycle’s production of Broken Glass. I’m back with the tour for three weeks in New York at the end of the year. Can’t wait!

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Great Game Goes Down a Storm

Friday, September 17th, 2010 by Great Game

Actor Danny Rahim updates us about the first leg of the Great Game tour… (more…)