Shakespeare's Globe

Annabella played by Fiona Button

'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2014)
Written by: John Ford

Fiona made her Globe debut as Annabella, the beauty of Parma, in the 2014 production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore.

Theatre includes: Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Theatre 503); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville); Posh (Royal Court); Vanya (Gate Theatre); Madame de Sade (Donmar at Wyndham’s); Hay Fever (Manchester Royal Exchange – Manchester Evening News Theatre Award nomination); Ring Round The Moon (Playhouse Theatre); World’s End (Edinburgh Pleasance); The Lesson (Arcola Theatre) and Rock‘n’Roll (Duke of York’s).

Television includes: Grantchester, Medics, Foyle’s War, Pramface, Broke, The Cardinal Burns Show, Lip Service (series I & II), We’ll Take Manhattan, How Not To Live Your Life, Outcasts, The Omid Djalili Show, The Palace (series) and Midsomer Murders.

Radio includes: The Real Thing.


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Performance

"My favourite thing of all is watching the reactions when people die, because you get people who are really like ‘Oh my God!’ and that’s nice to hear. It makes you feel like they're really engaged."

In her final interview Fiona talks about the audiences reaction and her favourite moment in the play.

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Tech Week

"I have a soliloquy in the final act, which I love, and it's beautiful piece of writing. But I find it challenging to marry the reality with the theatricality. Because a soliloquy is speaking your thoughts out loud – so in the reality of the play you're talking to yourself but you're not, you're talking to the audience."

In her fourth interview, Fiona talks about the challenges of putting the play together, rehearsing with candles and opening night.

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Rehearsal 2

“I had a fitting today actually – I tried on my wedding dress which is extraordinary. Huge, but beautiful. All the costumes are being made which is really exciting.”

It’s week 4 of rehearsals and Fiona talks through what’s been happening so far, the introduction of music and costume fittings.

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Rehearsal 1

“It seems like Annabella absolutely knows what she wants. And sometimes you think the women in these plays are a bit innocent or fey or whatever. But she’s absolutely not. She knows what she wants and gets it.”

In her second interview Fiona talks about Annabella’s suitors, the language of the play and developing the relationship between Annabella and her brother.

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Pre-Rehearsal

“We did a really unconventional thing in terms of rehearsal process - we hadn’t got it up on its feet before the director said we’re going to do a run through in the playhouse. But it was so great to throw caution to the wind and just trust your instincts.”

In her first interview Fiona discusses preparing for the role, and her initial impressions of the play and character Annabella.

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