The most extraordinary time was when we took a modern dress Macbeth to Santiago in Chile last year. We had machine-guns, loud percussion and lounge suits. Only two years before, the audience had been living in a political climate that paralleled the play. There were gasps and groans. It was the most electric, direct experience I've ever had.
The recession has been good to us, because it means our quality of life has risen. We no longer have to stay two to a room in bed and breakfasts. We can now get our own rooms in Forte hotels. There is very little social life during a tour, the actors have to cope with social isolation. They effectively walk away from domestic circumstances and become part of a different family. My job varies depending on where we are on the tour. It can sometimes just be cheering the actors up. I remind them that there's more to life than just slinging the set in the back of the van.
Jonathan Holloway is artistic director of Red Shift theatre company. His dramatic adaptation of 'Crime and Punishment' plays at BAC, Lavender Hill, London SW11 tomorrow to 14 May and tours to June
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