Beatrice-Joanna played by Hattie Morahan
The Changeling (2015)
Written by: Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
Theatre includes: A Doll’s House (Young Vic); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida Theatre); The Real Thing (The Old Vic); The Seagull, Three More Sleepless Nights, Time and the Conways, Some Trace of Her, Iphegenia At Aulis (National Theatre); The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse); The City (Royal Court Theatre); Plenty (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Night of the Soul, Hamlet, The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Love in a Wood (RSC).
Film includes: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Holmes, The Bank Job, The Golden Compass and Having You.
Television includes: The Outcast, Arthur and George, Outnumbered, The Bletchley Circle, Eternal Law, Money, Bodies, Sense and Sensibility, Miss Marple, Lewis, Midsomer Murders and Lark Rise to Candleford.
"Beatrice has this absolute, immediate connection with the audience; looking at them in the eye, declaring her thoughts, using them to persuade her or justify herself. And that’s been a real joy to discover."
In her final interview, Hattie talks about the audiences reactions, challenges putting the production together, and her favourite moment in the play.
“One of the keys I found was that Beatrice Joanna is a survivor, and the last thing she’s going to do is take her fate lying down.”
As the production moves through tech and into performance, Hattie talks about Beatrice Joanna’s journey, the challenges of working in the space and her costume.
“There are certain questions I’m grappling with to do with Beatrice’s sense of morality; has she ever questioned if she’s good or not? De Flores seems to be able to touch a nerve with and maybe that’s because she has a sense that she’s capable of misdeeds, and capable of evil, essentially.”
Hattie takes us through rehearsals so far, from investigating how much the characters plan vs improvise, and the power play between Beatrice-Joanna and De Flores.
“Beatrice often abdicates responsibility in the way she talks about things. She’ll spin events - it’s not ‘I did that’, it’s like ‘they were murdered’ rather than ‘I murdered them’. It’s a really interesting psychological little jigsaw puzzle to unpick.”
In her first interview Hattie talks about her character of Beatrice, the highlights of rehearsals so far and research into aspects of the play.