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"It was a play that I knew without having played the part." Sam talks about her initial impressions of the play and also her role as the "fiesty" Kate.

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Hayley Bartley:

My first question is: were you familiar with the play before, did you read it before beginning rehearsals?

Samantha Spiro:

I’d worked on a play at drama school, we did one person Shakespeare shows and so we directed each other in pairs and my friend, at the time, who later on became my husband, did his on Petruchio and I directed him, so we got used to, you know, I was always his Kate. And then we actually chose the first wooing scene for our fight test which we worked on together as well. So it was a play that I knew without having played the part, if you know what I mean.


Have you performed here before?


No, I’ve not performed at the Globe before, so this is my first time, which I’m really excited about.


And what were your initial impressions of the play?


My initial impressions of the play were that there was a woman who was in trouble at the centre of it. And, I suppose, that’s what interests me; that combined with it obviously being knockabout and being quite farcical. So, I suppose, those two extremes were early thoughts.


And what about on Kate, what were your initial impressions of your character?


I suppose, I initially - she’s called ‘the shrew’, she’s clearly very feisty and is a woman troubled, is a woman on her own and, I hoped, became a woman that fell hopelessly in love. It is a play of its time and it is more problematic if it’s set in a modern context; that this woman is suddenly saying all these things, unless it’s a real ironic twist at the end, that she doesn’t love him at all. I really, really strongly think she does love him and when you are desperately in love with somebody, you’d do anything for them, really. But I also do think there’s a slight wink to the audience, in terms of, if we’re clever, this is the game that we can play and keeps this society happy. But I think what Petruchio and Kate have found is a real equality.

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