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Giovanni played by Max Bennett

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

Max made his Globe debut as Giovanni, who is consumed by his passion for his sister in the 2014 production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.

Theatre includes: King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre / BAM, New York); Relatively Speaking (Wyndham's); A Time To Reap (Royal Court); The Promise (Donmar Warehouse at Trafalgar Studios); Posh (Royal Court at Duke of York's); In Basildon (Royal Court); Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Headlong); Fabrication [Affabulazione] (The Print Room); Danton's Death (National Theatre); Mrs Warren's Profession (Comedy); Measure For Measure (national tour); Waste (Almeida); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall); Thyestes (BAC); Finisterre (Theatre503) and The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse).

Film includes: Set The Thames On Fire, The Numbers StationAnna KareninaThe SweeneyThe Duchess and 99 Francs.

Television includes: The Hollow Crown II, Midsomer Murders and Big Bad World.


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Performance

"I think it’s really exciting if the audience are implicated to the extent that you ask them a question and to all intents and purposes they can respond. That involves them in a completely unique way."

In his final interview Max talks about the shared light of the Wanamaker playhouse and the audiences reactions to the play.

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Tech Week

"The candles were quite tricky – it made you very self-conscious for a while. It was literally like I found it rooted me in a way which wasn’t helpful, for what I thought Giovanni’s energy was physically. It made me stand still more than I wanted to. But that went after a couple of days."

In his fourth interview, Max talks about learning to work with candlelight in tech week, the plays challenges and his favourite lines.

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Rehearsal 2

“It’s such a religious world, but both Giovanni and the Friar both feel like mavericks. The cardinal represents a political element to the heavily religious society, whereas the Friar is as humanist as a religious person can be at that time.”

Four weeks into rehearsals and Max talks about the religious world of the play, developing Giovanni’s relationships, and rehearsing the jig.

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Rehearsal 1

“Giovanni’s brain is very bright, but he is fuelled by this fire below that is firing his brain to justify the things that he wants to do.”

In Max’s second interview, he discusses developing the relationships in the play, especially with his sister Annabella, and what’s been happening in rehearsals so far.

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Pre-Rehearsal

"The thing that struck me was how chaotic and quickly the play moves. The stakes are right up there from the start and it doesn't relent, and the breadth of the story is massive.”

In his first interview Max talks about his impressions of the play, how the text compares to Shakespeare’s language and his characters turmoil of heart and head.

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