Artistic Director and co-founder, Marcus Bazley, looks back on “a seminal year for Cyphers.” This past year feels like it has been quite a seminal year for Cyphers. It has seen us embrace our new Basingstoke home, make invaluable connections with venues and companies in the area and produce our most ambitious and successful production yet. 2017 was largely about two things: Northanger Abbey and the future. By the future I mean putting in place the company structures and proce
“They’re faulty, naïve, sexist, problematic humans.” Writer Katherine Rigg talks about why and how she adapted Northanger Abbey. I love Jane Austen. Which may have you thinking I’m a middle-aged woman whose hobbies also include National Trust volunteering and collecting crochet bunnies. I’m not. But I’m only 25 so fingers crossed I might get there… The reason I love Jane Austen, to be honest, is a lot more peculiar. When I was in my preteens, my mum used to read me her novels
Northanger on the board at the Proteus Creation Space Getting to be back in the rehearsal room with Cyphers was something I had been looking forward to for a long time. I first worked with Cyphers last year on The Three Musketeers, but this would be different – then I was stepping into a show that already existed, but here I was getting in on the ground floor, and getting to build the show from scratch. One of the things I found most enjoyable in this process was seeing a new
From adapting the text, directing the show, to performing a whole host of characters – Marcus has certainly got his work cut out! What’s your name? Marcus Bazley What’s your role in Cyphers? Artistic Director Tell us an interesting/funny fact about yourself? When I was growing up I wanted to be a professional cricketer (potentially both interesting and funny!) What made you want to adapt this particular text? The main reason was how different the tone of the novel seemed to b
What’s your name? My name is Will Holyhead How did you come to be a part of Cyphers? I auditioned for Henry V in 2014 Tell us an interesting/funny fact about yourself: I was once nearly placed under ships arrest for taking too much pepper from the restaurant. Who is your favourite character that you get to play? It was ‘D’Artagnan in the guise of the Compte de Warde’. Alas, he got cut. What’s your favourite scene in the play? ‘D’Artagnan in the guise of the Compte do Warde’.
Cyphers do really fun, fast-paced, high energy work, so the primary function for costume for Three Musketeers is to help quickly establish the characters and their world strongly. I’m keeping costumes reasonably simple so the changes won’t slow down the action, but also giving a touch of period to really draw the audience into the world. The early 17th century is a beautiful time for fashion, and it has very distinctive silhouettes and details to work with. Creating this look
With rehearsals for Henry V starting this weekend, we asked the cast how they are feeling as they approach the breach… Paul Anthoney – Henry V All in all I’m just looking forward to getting started and tackling each challenge as it comes along head on! Dylan Lincoln – Exeter, MacMorris, Orleans, Pistol and Bates Carmella Brown – Katherine, Bedford, Montjoy, Cambridge and Court Rupert Sadler – Dauphin, Westmorland, Scroop, Gower, Alice and Williams This will be my first tour,
We caught up with Victoria Hamblen, who plays Natalya and Mrs Popov in our upcoming Chekhov Double Bill at The Proud Archivist. Victoria Hamblen What are you most looking forward to with these plays?
I’m looking forward to accessing the Russian cultural and artistic elements and trying to adopt them in my performances. It’s so important for me to stay true to the piece and the writer’s intentions. So I want to do justice to these plays and find the comedy and sincerity in th
On Wednesday, we gathered a group of actors together for an evening of experimentation. The evening had two main aims. First, to introduce some new faces to the company. To see how new actors responded to the type of techniques and exercises we’ve developed over the past year. Second, to take these exercises further, to play with some new ideas. In particular, to look at more physical ways of interpreting texts – both play texts and prose narratives. Here are a selection of p
We caught up with Christopher Anderton, who plays Chubukov and Smirnov in our upcoming Chekhov Double Bill at The Proud Archivist. Christopher Anderton What are you most looking forward to with these plays?
I’m looking forward to taking Chekhov back to its roots and bringing a writer’s work to life whose work can be read as tedious and boring. Also, given that these two shows explore comedy and farce in different ways, I’m excited to discover and explore how these different e
Cyphers has been up and running now for over a year and with lots of exciting plans for the future we thought it was about time we started a blog to give you a bit of an insight into what goes on behind the scenes – quite literally! It’s been an incredible year for us, with our third production already about to go into full time rehearsals. To think that we will have tackled the works of Shakespeare, Dickens and Chekhov all within twelve months is quite remarkable and I think