Mercutio played by Golda Rosheuvel
Romeo and Juliet (2017)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Golda returns to the Globe to play Mercutio in Daniel Kramer's Romeo and Juliet.
"Benvolio and I like playing, and we have come up with a little rap. It just came one time, I just started riffing, this thing. And Johnathan was like, 'Yes!' I knew there was something there, but it was like just trying to puzzle it out and it was just, 'Boom! That's it!'"
Taking us through her favourite moments so far, Golda talks about pre-show rituals, Graveyard Drinking, and raps.
"Daniel is very, very interested in specific tunes, specific dynamics of music. I know that he researches all the music and has his own journey in preparing for a show. Six months, eight months before we started, maybe even a year, I knew that that song at the end was going to be in the show..."
As the first month of performances draws to a close, Golda looks back to the origins of the show, thinks about a favourite moment from the week, and looks forward to the Midnight Matinee.
"I think the audiences that come here aren’t like normal audiences, so they’re already up for an experience because it is an ‘experienced’ space where you experience story-telling. For me as an actress, it is comfortable to play because we’re all in this wonderful wooden ‘O’ and it’s ‘O’ so joyous to play and ‘O’ so exciting that we’re all in it together!"
With performances underway, Golda reflects on opening night, performing in this 'wooden O', and audiences stepping outside of their comfort zone.
"We went into the Globe at the end of the first week and it's just like coming home. I love this space, I've always described it as a teaching space for the actor, because it's alive. It's breathing, not only when the audience is in there. It's busy, it's working..."
Reflecting on the first few weeks of rehearsals, Golda takes us through the world of the play, its relevance today, and the magic of the space.
"You need to come in with stamina. It's very focused on playing and going deeper. Pushing the absurd, pushing your clown, your child, pushing your vulnerabilities. 'Play', 'play', 'play' is a big word in his room!"
Golda gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into Daniel Kramer's rehearsal room, and reveals how she's approaching the infamous Queen Mab speech.
"It's a real investigation about her sexuality. As three men, it's okay to have that sexual banter, you know? It's okay for men to do that in our society...'Locker room talk'. It's different when it's a woman; it becomes something else when it's a woman..."
As she continues to explore Mercutio in the rehearsal room, Golda discusses what changes and what stays the same when characters are cross-gender cast.
"I did Romeo and Juliet here, way back when and I played Lady Capulet. Now, I'm playing a totally different part: Mercutio. And I will be playing Mercutio as a female. None of this pretending to be male! She will be a girl amongst those three, the gang: Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio."
As rehearsals start, Golda talks about her previous experience with Romeo and Juliet, how this feeds into this production, and returning to the Globe.