As I'm at work on Tuesday for my birthday, yesterday was my birthday treat. Cath and I went into Stratford, started with a posh breakfast then went up to the theatre for a behind the scenes look at some of the techniques used at the RSC. They concentrated on movement and had people up on stage to show how they developed the scene for the battle of Actium in Antony and Cleopatra using paper boats and polonaise dance moves! It was fascinating... especially as we got to see the final version in the afternoon as we went to the matinee performance. Despite the seats in the Courtyard Theatre being enough to give you a square backside for the rest of the day, we really enjoyed it! Excellent performances from the whole cast, especially the two leads, (although Harriet Walter and Patrick Stewart are still way out in front of everyone else in the roles - they just brought the poetry to life).