Goneril played by Emily Bruni
King Lear (2017)
Written by: Shakespeare
Playing the role of Goneril in King Lear, Emily makes her first appearance at Shakespeare's Globe.
Emily trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Previous theatre includes: Lunch and the Bow of Ulysses, Before You Were Born, Yes Prime Minister (Trafalgar Studios); Donkey Heart (Old Red Lion and Trafalgar Studios); Fahrenheit 415, The Outsider (Purcell Room); City Stories (St James Theatre); Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre); Ring Round the Moon (Playhouse Theatre); Someone Else’s Shoes (Soho Theatre); The Rubenstein Kiss (Hampstead Theatre); After Mrs Rochester (Shared Experience); The Tempest (National Youth Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Camino Real and The Spanish Tragedy (RSC).
Film includes: Tamara Drewe, Investigating Sex, Being Considered and Remember Me.
Television includes: The Collection, Life in Squares, Toast of London, Dates, London’s Burning, Wallander, Peep Show, Personal Affairs, Lewis, Dalziel & Pascoe, Vincent II, Catherine the Great, If Africa, Miss Marple: Murder at the Vicarage, Passer By, Serious and Organized, Believe Nothing, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Sam’s Game, Scarlet Pimpernel and Metropolis. Radio includes: Shardlake, Book at Bedtime, One Winter, Glass Chair Chair Glass, The Gobetweenies, French Lieutenant’s Woman, Dianeira, The Woman in White, Learning To Swim, Hecuba and The Immortals.
" I hadn’t done any Shakespeare for about twenty years, so at times I feared the challenge of that but I’ve mainly really relished it. I’ve learnt and am learning a lot. And like in any long run and the pressure of the elements as well, all those things that can weary you, [it] actually forces the economy that you need to use in a long run. That can force new things to appear, to emerge from everyone’s performances..."
With only a few more weeks of performances to go, Emily takes us through her development on stage with the character of Goneril, and her development off stage as an actress.
"Costume is super, super important to me. Rosanna the Designer and I were very much in sync with how we wanted to tell the story of who Goneril is through costume...Goneril is wearing this very pale pink, very delicate vintage nightie. And I really, really wanted her to look vulnerable, I didn’t want it to be signalled that she was wicked..."
As performances begin, Emily discusses bringing the show before an audience, performing to the groundlings, and the importance of costume.
"I was worried I wouldn’t be loud enough, I wouldn’t be heard...It’s just a process of learning, of feeling your edges really. Feeling how fast you can go, feeling how quiet you can go, noticing how you need to use your voice in a space that’s almost in the round..."
Taking us through Tech Week at the Globe, Emily talks about the preparation for the cast and creative team during this period.
"You get into the room with other actors and you start talking to each other and trying to change each other and make each other feel stuff. There have been a few moments where surprising things happened that feel like they might be right and they might end up in the show in two and a half weeks’ time!"
As performances approach, Emily takes us through Nancy's rehearsal room, the story of the show, and favourite moments so far.
"They’re not being treated with respect, these women. It’s all about the men and what the men are going to inherit. Obviously this game that Lear sets up is deeply disrespectful. Goneril plays that game in order to give herself some power and to create a boundary..."
Revisiting the character of Goneril, Emily discusses her previous impressions of her, her new thoughts on the role, and the relationship between father and daughter.
"It felt really nice to step out onto the stage during rehearsals, that’s quite unique to this theatre. You aren’t usually given that time, the first time you get into the theatre seriously is during Tech...it's just about getting used to all the special spots, the dead spots and indeed the magical spots..."
As rehearsals begin for King Lear, Emily talks to us about her previous experience and the unique experience of performing at the Globe.