Shakespeare's Globe

Katherine played by Aoife Duffin

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Owing to the indisposition of Kathy Rose O'Brien, Aoife took over the role of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew.

Aoife Duffin most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed, award-winning solo show A Girl is a Half Formed Thing (Corn Exchange and Young Vic).

Theatre includes: Spring Awakening (Headlong UK Tour); The Crucible (Lyric Theatre); Christ Deliver Us! (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Rough Magic).

Film and Television includes: Behold The Lamb (Film4); What Richard Did, and Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy (Sky One).

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Performances 3

"I think the songs frame the show. And it's a really good opportunity in the opening when I come out and sing is kind of like, 'Here she is. This is her'. I was thinking of her being at the top of a mountain or something bare foot, just singing, screaming to herself, kind of feral."

In her final interview for The Taming of the Shrew, Aoife reflects on her favourite moments from performances.

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Performances 2

"I was on stage immediately in my costume, him in costume playing these roles. So there's no gentle ease into it, like no kind of rehearsal, lunch, cups of coffee or anything like that. So at first I thought, 'Oh my god! Who is this person? I kind of love him, I kind of hate him!' All the things that Katherine feels."

As performances draw to a close, Aoife reflects Kate's relationship with Petruchio, her own relationship with Edward MacLiam, and approaching the final speech.

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"The other characters in the play are in a comedy and Kate is in a tragedy. So where I do like to enjoy it, I also have to remind myself there is that performance side of it where she doesn't go through a very good time, he abuses her."

Having taken over the role of Katherine, Aoife discusses joining the company during performances, the process of getting off book, and audience reactions at the Globe.

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