Shakespeare's Globe

Margaret / Borachio played by Joanne Howarth

Much Ado About Nothing (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Joanne returns to the Globe having previously directed Much Ado About Nothing for Playing Shakespeare in 2007, to play Margaret, Borachio and the Friar.

Joanne trained at Rose Bruford College.

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Julius Caesar and as Director, There's Magic in the Web and Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Education).

Other theatre includes: Goodnight Mr Tom (West End); Bingo (Chichester /Young Vic); I Am A Camera (Southwark Playhouse); You Cant Take It With You (Told By An Idiot/Royal Exchange); The Fireworkmaker's Daughter (Told by an Idiot/Lyric Hammersmith); Julius Caesar, The Alchemist, The Virtuoso, Faust, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night (RSC);  Shadowmouth (Sheffield Crucible); Men Should Weep, After the Dance (OSC); The Pull of Negative Gravity (Colchester/Traverse/New York); Singer (Tricycle Theatre); Present Laughter (Bath Theatre Royal); Who Goes There? (Dreamthinkspeak); East is East (Leicester Haymarket) and Romeo and Juliet (Wolsey Ipswich).

Television includes: Spooks, Wallander, Casualty, EastEnders, Waking the Dead, Innocents and Grange Hill.


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Performance

"In my head, Borachio got Margaret to look out of that window and say, 'Goodbye a thousand times,' by saying he'd marry her. Because she's then got this wonderful scene before the wedding, when she's teasing Hero about getting married, she's teasing Beatrice about being in love - it's all about husbands."

In her second interview, Joanne talks about shouting over thunderstorms, finding the breathing spaces in the show, and the first venues of the tour.

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Rehearsals 2

"How many costume changes do I have? I think I have sixteen - twenty? Something like that, anyway. I’m just in and out of costumes, every time I go offstage I have to take my clothes off and put them back on again."

In the second part of her rehearsal interview, Joanne talks about the complexity of playing Margaret - who in this production also embodies Ursula and Antonio, her costumes borrowed and new, and dancing while playing the tambourine.

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Rehearsals 1

"Both of them are working class characters who are working to a master and a mistress. Most of the other actors don't deal with that. They're all masters and mistresses. I've got those two, who are both working for their masters and mistresses."

In the first part of her rehearsal interview, Joanne talks about her three characters, the choices that small-cast Shakespeare creates, and revisiting Much Ado About Nothing as an actor, rather than a director.

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