Shakespeare's Globe

Katherine played by Kathy Rose O’Brien

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

Kathy Rose O'Brien originated the role of Katherine in this production. Owing to an injury, she was unable to continue with the run.

Kathy trained at RADA.

Theatre includes: Baddies: The Musical (The Unicorn Theatre); The Plough and the Stars, The Passing, The Burial at Thebes, and Alice in Funderland (The Abbey Theatre); Leaves (The Royal Court Theatre / Druid Theatre Company); The Birthday Party (Bristol Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (The Gate Theatre); Hay Fever (The Spoleto Festival USA / The Gate Theatre); Ellamenope Jones: The Musical, and The Fall of Herodias Hattigan (Randolph SD); Handel’s Crossing, and Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light (Fishamble: The New Play Company); In Skagway (The Arcola); Captain Oates’ Left Sock (The Finborough); ANGLO: The Musical (Verdant), and Slattery’s Sago Saga (The Dublin Theatre Festival / The Performance Corporation).

Film includes:  The Legend of Longwood and Leave (selected for The Cannes Film Festival Short Films 2016).

Television includes: Chasing Shadows, George Gently, and Whistleblower

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Rehearsals 2

"Yesterday we did a lot with bungees…I don’t want to give loads away! That was really exciting. The Globe stage is huge and we’ve got a lot of distance that we can explore and tensions that we can play with. It’s going to be really exciting to see physicality emboldened by like ropes and bungees."

With rehearsals under way, Kathy Rose discusses staging the play, her physicality in the role, and approaching that final scene...

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Rehearsals 1

"I knew that Kate was going to be very human. She's a real woman who is struggling to be actualised and make some decisions in her life, because she is part of a society that does not value her as anything other something to be wed or sexual or gentle. And I think that where we are at the moment as a society, it feels like the right time to look at this play."

In her first interview, Kathy discusses her experience with Shakespeare, characterising Katherine, and the themes which are important in this production.

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