Epic lines and sticks

We're half way through Henry V rehearsals and truly beginning to appreciate the compelling language in this play. And some of the lines are very long - sentences can go over six seven or eight verse lines as the thoughts develop and the poetic quality radiates. It requires a lot of vocal energy, momentum and accuracy which we're always working on.

Of course no one has as many lines as Henry himself and David Scotswood (pictured) playing the part is coping really well with the huge tasks of learning and delivering them.

David is also one of our stage combat trainers and working with Johnny Ostle (playing the Dauphin) and Morgan Rees-Davies (playing Fluellen) – both also stage combat experts – they are creating and choreographing effective and sometimes gruelling fight sequences, particularly for the climax of the play at the Battle of Angincourt.

Ever since we started, Rooftop have used stick throwing as a warm up exercise for our actors. If you want to get a group of people really concentrating and working together put them in a circle and have them throw sticks of wood back and forth – it makes eye contact and co-operation really key. For Henry V the sticks also move centre stage for these battle scenes!

Henry V is being performed at Ludlow Brewery who've converted a lovely old railway shed into a wonderful venue. The dates are Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th February 2015. Performances will begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets - £13 full price and £11 for students and under 18s - are being sold by Ludlow Assembly Rooms and are available online, by phone or in person from the Assembly Rooms at 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, SY8 1AZ.

We hope that you will join us again for a rousing experience in Ludlow Brewery. Click on the button below to be taken to the online box office.

David Scotswood, who plays Henry V, learning his lines


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