Herewith find a few pictures taken a little before Christmas, when I spent a day in Deptford as Claudius of Denmark.
Working with Roger Elsgood and Willi Richards of Art & Adventure Productions, I recorded an audio version of Something Rotten, destined in time to be broadcast on the London-based arts radio station Resonance FM.
A&A's USP is a commitment to on-location recording - their projects have taken them all over the world - but, this being a somewhat low-budget production, it was necessary to find a location that could provide the atmos of Elsinore without our actually leaving the country (or indeed the capital). If not quite a Danish castle, the Master Shipwright's house in Deptford nevertheless exudes a powerful sense of history. Once at the heart of the workings of the adjacent Royal Shipyard, the house was apparently a regular haunt of Samuel Pepys during his employment at the Admiralty.
A long process of restoration being in train, the house's bare floorboards and exposed brick walls provided what should hopefully prove to be the perfect aural background to the on-mic ups and downs of King Claudius's brief time on the Danish throne. I say "hopefully" because Resonance have yet to specify a TX date for the play - perhaps in no small part because the file through which it might be broadcast is currently MIA - lost on an engineer's laptop, Roger grumblingly informs me. He's fairly hopeful that it'll turn up again, and I've no choice but to share his confidence.
Watch this space, as they say...
Robert Cohen – a man in showbiz so stepp’d in that, should he wade no more, to go back were as tedious as go o’er. These are among his musings.