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This review is from: Exit Pursued by a Badger: An Actor's Journey Through History with Shakespeare (Paperback)
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Histories Ensemble' made a point of connecting with its audience. The plays were as much about the audience as they were about the actors who were performing on-stage and Nick Asbury's 'Exit Pursued by a Badger' immortalises this connection. Asbury's book, like the original blog on the RSC website from which the book stems, provides a wonderful insight into what in the foreword RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd calls "the belly of The Histories". For those who saw the plays in Stratford or London this book provides a wonderfully tangible reminder of a project that after the final curtain call was resigned to exist merely in the memories of its audience. The book is full of stories of on and off-stage life as well as including a large number of high-quality colour photographs which will ensure that the memories of those who saw the plays will not fade.
However Asbury's open and engaging prose means that this book is not merely a nostalgic memento for those who experienced The Histories but welcomes those whose first encounter with The Histories, the RSC, or indeed Shakespeare himself is through picking up this book.
What is perhaps most memorable about 'Exit Pursued by a Badger' is Asbury's willingness to write not just an open and engaging memoir about his time with the Royal Shakespeare Company, but also to write of the trials and tribulations of life as an actor, the complexities of Shakespeare and, perhaps most notably of all, being attacked by badgers.