Don Pedro played by Steve John Shepherd
Appearing in his first production at Shakespeare's Globe, Steve John Shepherd plays Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing.
"I’m just going with it and just try and be brave. I think with Shakespeare lots of people can feel cowed by the enormity of the text, by just his legacy and not wanting to be crap. But I think one has to be brave and really push it..."
Looking back on rehearsals so far, Steve takes us through stilt work, the legacy of Shakespeare, and working with Matthew once again.
"Today we’ve been doing lots of singing and lots of dancing, which is all quite intricate. And we have been working with the weapons, because there’s quite extensive weaponry being used, rifles and revolvers, whips. And stilt work as well..."
As rehearsals continue, Steve discusses preparing for the role of Don Pedro, including learning new skills, character work, and working in the Globe for the first time.
"It’s been reworked by Matthew Dunster, so it was essential to have a look and see whether he'd cut any of my speeches...I'm joking! It’s set in Mexico in 1910 at the time of the revolution with Pancho Villa and Zapata and Huerta. So it’s really, really exciting..."
As the cast begin their first week of rehearsals, Steve John Shepherd tells us about his previous experience with Shakespeare, the play, and the world of this production.