Juana played by Jo Dockery
Taking on the role of Don John, Jo Dockery plays Juana in Much Ado About Nothing.
"Matthew was getting the company to improvise cows, and Anya was absoultely brilliant at being a cow! Someone's job was to like herd the cows, and she just kept drifting and drifting. And she got so far because the person didn't catch up with her, she just pressed the exit button out of the rehearsal room as a cow!"
As fittings for costumes begin, Jo gives us a sneak peak into the world of the play, the music and jigs (plural), and the importance and improvisation of cows!
"I am playing Juana, who originally in the play is Don John. Matthew Dunster has reimagined that and I think it's working really, really well...I think! I hope! But it's so much fun, because I get to hang out with the boys and do all the boys' stuff. It works really well as a woman, so you can give the text double meaning..."
As rehearsals get underway, Jo introduces us to Juana, the other characters, and themes in Much Ado About Nothing.
"It's quite a physical show and we've got some skills to learn. I and quite a few of the other cast members have had to learn stilt walking. And also guns, there's a lot of gun action in the show. So we're learning spinning and shooting and just generally trying to look like we actually own a gun, that's the first thing!"
Jo Dockery takes us through preparing for her first production at Shakespeare's Globe, including approaching the space, the text and the skills required.