Here, enjoy some sneaky pictures of rehearsals for Et Tu: Sebastian & Petruchio.
The first of which started our new favourite hastag #SociallyAcceptableManspreading!
Also featuring in this rehearsal – a director with script fanned out across the floor in an appropriate manner and a writer who used hers as a plate for biscuits.
Thanks to Jon and George for a wonderful first rehearsal – it was a joy to see these characters leap off the page and onto the floor.
Don’t forget you can see them on stage next week (April 5th Waterloo East Theatre in #Briefs).
We are pleased to announce the return of the excellent Jonathan Edward Cobb to the In Souliloquy stage. Jon is joining us to play Sebastian for Briefs (next Wednesday 5th April, Waterloo East Theatre)
Jonathan graduated from Drama Studio London in 2014, and in 2015 was very lucky to perform out at Vienna’s English Theatre as Justin in ‘The Fox on The Fairway’. He has toured three Shakespeare productions; ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Romeo), ‘King Lear’ (Edmund) and ‘Measure for Measure’ (Lucio) with Quite Right Theatre around Italy and recently has been performing in ‘The Sentence Snatchers’ at The Rialto Theatre in Brighton. He has filmed the feature film ‘Hippopotamus’ Recently finished performing as Idle Jack in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at The Leatherhead Theatre. He Appeared as Malvolio and Sebastian in C Theatre’s ‘Shakespeare in The Garden: Twelfth Night’ at C South (Venue 58) St Peters Church as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.
(You can also check out Jon’s Don John In Souliloquy here).
We are delighted to announce William Sebag-Montefiore is joining ET TU as Sebastian after Twelfth Night. He is joining the In Souliloquy family for our first digital theatre piece of the Et Tu series!
William trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His recent credits include the Sonnet Walks for Shakespeare’s Globe, sitcom Whipped for Koto Films and short-film Retreat by Tom Nicoll. He is co-founder of sketch group Just These, Please, member of Improv troupe Very Serious People and regularly writes for the News Revue.
You can find him on twitter @wsebag
Will is playing a Sebastian, euphoric in love and marriage – he’s not about to let any brooding Petruchio dash his hopes or temper his happiness.
We are very excited to announce for Et Tu – George Turner playing the first of our very fine characters joining the expanding In Souliloquy family – Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew.
George is playing Petruchio both for our digital theatre piece and also live on stage for Briefs (Wednesday, April 5th, Waterloo East Theatre). We are chuffed to have such a great energy in the room!
Theatre: Barrett, A WEDDING TOO FAR, Platform Theatre. Mercutio, ROMEO & JULIET, The Hawth Ampitheatre. Mercutio, ROMEO & JULIET, Brighton Open Air Theatre. Eilert Lovborg, HEDDA GABLER, Gatehouse Theatre. Adam, SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME, The Bridewell Theatre. Steve, PINNING BUTTERFLIES, Central Saint Martins, The Royal Albert Hall. Peter, AFTER THE DANCE, Gatehouse Theatre. Tom, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, The Bridewell Theatre. Short Film: Eustace, WINKING IN THE GARDENS AT SUNSET, British Film Festival.
George plays a Petruchio who is a little bit lost, but his drunken meeting with Sebastian might just wake him up to what he has.
(Meanwhile if you are interested check out our Katherina – we reckon these two probably make a pretty fine pair).
In super exciting news we are announcing a brand new series: ET TU.
Our first year was focused on writing and producing monologues – the form being ideal to explore what digital theatre means to us, but also a way we could ease into a world and build it up brick by brick. It makes then sense to announce as we enter our second year of production a new series of new pieces – six dualogues, each with two characters from different plays, curated into a new situation.
There are funny ones and serious ones (and yes drunk ones) but we can assure you you will recognise both the language, rhythms and voices of these characters even out of context!
Working in this slightly expanded form means we are pushing and exploring our medium, we are playing with what digital theatre can be and we are also expanding our world (yes, think Marvel, we are so there) to bigger stages bit by bit.
The first we are filming is ET TU: Sebastian & Petruchio where these two very quick-to-wed gents discuss the small matters of love and marriage. After Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew these men are married and have happy wives at their feet – which explains why they are both out getting drunk on their own in the middle of the night.
This script is also debuting LIVE, next Wednesday the 5th April at BRIEFS – a short play night at the Waterloo East Theatre. Tickets available here. Come join our loving husbands as they work out what it just might mean to have married the love of their life.
We will be announcing both our digital and live casts very soon!
Don’t want to stress you out but this it’s the Ides of March and you’d better beware of your besties and their swords if you’re a general with eyes on a greater throne. Listen to your people.
The Soothsayer In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.
And then reflect.
Does this piece have more meaning at this time of year? Has our shifting political context given new understanding to these words? Where does this voice sit in our collection?
The continuing relevance of your work is something we writers of theatre think a lot about. There is a tendency in the ‘New Writing’ scene (particularly in London) to write contemporary, immediate and responsive work to the world we are currently experience – which is great. But the cute satirical short play ‘Flood’ I wrote a couple of Australian Prime Ministers Ago doesn’t really belong on a 2017 stage.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had the same work performed more than once and it’s fantastic. I LOVE IT. ‘Fresh Legs’ was produced in both 2015 and 2016 and was an absolute joy to watch develop with both production teams. I think a writer should embrace the form and part of the form is for a work to exist in many different ways.
Theatre is also is about revisiting texts. It’s about rediscovering the new in performance and about interpretations. Nothing is fixed and it can and should exist in many forms. We are looking to explore how this can manifest digitally (see Snout!).
With Shakespeare we get a lot of productions of a lot of texts. This of course means we get snooty critics getting hot under the collar about casting or people getting political about the use of lighting in a traditional space – but it also means we can do ALL of this and more. There are post-colonial versions, queer reinterpretations, puppetry – we might be celebrating 401 years this year but these texts are so alive.
So are ours. We hope. Not just on the Ides.
This year alongside making new work well be revisiting some of our existing texts #InSouliloquyRevisited and continuing to play and develop what Digital Theatre can mean.
Meantime rewatch Chris Rogers’ great performance as the Soothsayer and think about that lost Empire and what we live now.
x Tilly x