Beatrice played by Emma Pallant
Much Ado About Nothing (2014)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Emma returns to the Globe to play Beatrice/Verges in the 2014 touring production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Emma trained at the University of Exeter.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and Macbeth.
Other theatre includes: It Just Stopped and Alison’s House (Orange Tree Theatre); On Golden Pond and The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse); The Cherry Orchard, His Dark Materials and Katherine Desouza (Birmingham Rep); Bleak House, Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet (New Vic, Stoke);The House Of Bernarda Alba (Belgrade Theatre); The Taming Of The Shrew (Oxford); Top Girls (Watford Palace); Cymbeline (Regents Park); Pedro The Great Pretender, House Of Desires, Dog In A Manger, Tamar’s Revenge, As You Like It, Henry IV Parts I and II and Laughter In The Dark (RSC) and Precious Bane (Pentabus).
Film includes: Our Life Together.
Television includes: Holby City and Doctors.
Radio includes: Messages To A Submariner and Daughter Of The Air.
"You don’t know what the build-up of that story will do to a human being and how they’ll respond, and so to actually have them give you their response is the missing element, so we have to listen very carefully to what an audience is hearing and you hear the story again through their ears."
Emma discusses what happened in Tech Week, playing multiple roles and opening night of the tour and at the Globe.
“If you’ve got a part with a lot of text or history or analysis hanging round about it there are so many places you can go to for help. But the minor characters are really hard because you’ve got so little to go on, in a weird sort of way you’re spinning in space – you can do anything.”
In her second interview Emma talks about what’s been happening in rehearsals so far, the key relationships in the play for her character and the challenges of playing multiple roles.
“The great challenge with a lot of female parts in Shakespeare is why they don’t speak. Why, in this extreme situation, would this woman choose not to speak.”
In her first interview, Emma discusses the language of her character Beatrice, her thoughts on the play and her previous Shakespearean roles.