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"I tell you what I have learned, the big thing for me on this job was I came back to work after having a baby. I took the job really wanting to do it and found it very, very tough in the first two weeks. But coming through that I have realised, it’s made me think God, if I can do that I can do anything!"

With just a few performances left, Jo prepares to bid farewell to the Juana, the Globe, and the girls.

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Rona Kelly: And then we have also had a two part question in from Kaitlyn. So part one is, ‘What is your dream role?’

Jo Dockery: I would really, really love to play Lady Macbeth...am I allowed to say her? I’ve said it now!

RK: It’s all done!

JD: I would, I had a go at that at Drama School, half of the play (when you are in second year, sometimes you play a role for half of the play and not the other half). I really would love to play her. I mean, there’s lots, there's lots actually if I sat down, but she is one definitely.

RK: And her second part is, ‘If you could swap parts with anyone else in the show...’

JD: Benedick!

 RK: I didn’t even finish the question, ‘Who would it be’! Benedick, why?

JD: It’s just a corker of a part. It’s just...I don’t know, I mean maybe because Matt [Needham] plays it so well, maybe it’s that. But I think it is just...I don’t know, I would just love to have a crack at that. And just the time he gets with the audience, to experience that.

RK: Like the letter scene?

JD: Yes. It’s wonderful to be able to do that. Beatrice is an amazing character and played so brilliantly by Beatriz [Romilly] as well, but it’s almost like you want her to have more of what Benedick has. Okay, so here’s my answer: if Beatrice can’t be rewritten to be like Benedick, then Benedick!

RK: Well, let’s do a female Benedick next year.

JD: Yes, exactly!

RK:  And we will do two last questions. So, the first is what have you learned about your character Juana?  

JD: I’ve learned that...a lot of people who have seen the show said I didn’t quite get maybe, some people have and some people haven’t, why is she so bitter? Why is she so conniving? And I obviously have got back story myself that I have, there are bits in the play that kind of suggest why.

RK: What is your back story, if you don’t mind me asking?

JD: Well, she’s not only got issues with her brother about being stepped over and over looked. But we have talked about in the revolution, when they were fighting that she stepped up to a certain level as a woman, but then the confusion there is that we think she may have had a thing with Claudio. Or Claudio rejected her as well, so that might be another reason why.

My thing is that you meet people in life that just are...aren’t people born a certain way sometimes? And I think that’s kind of allowed as well, and then actually she doesn’t want to be nice all the time. I think that’s the good thing about this character is that she doesn’t have to explain herself, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to be that person, because I don’t think that’s a truthful way of being’. And where those beliefs come from, I suppose, it could is something that could have been in her from day dot mixed with all these other things. 

RK: And what have you learned about yourself.

JD:  What have I learned about myself...? I have learned that I can spin a gun and walk on stilts! I tell you what I have learned, the big thing for me on this job was I came back to work after having a baby (she was six months when I started rehearsals), and I took the job really wanting to do it and found it very, very tough in the first two weeks. But coming through that I have realised, it’s made me think God, if I can do that I can do anything! That sort of feeling. I feel proud of myself for that I think.

RK:  And finally, what are you going to miss most about the Globe?

JD: The girls! I mean there's some wonderful boys as well, but the girls’ dressing room is just brilliant! And I just love them all and I really hope we all stay in touch. And the Globe itself, you know, just being here. You just feel really lucky actually, being on the stage every day. But yes, the girls, the girls!

RK: Aw. Well thank you so much for joining us, and giving your time to being part of Adopt an Actor

JD:  No worries, it’s been lovely. Really nice, thank you.

RK: Great. 

Thanks to Jane for the transcription of this interview.

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