Shakespeare's Globe

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"It is hard work on the body and your whole being, really. It takes a lot on that stage and although you’re mic’d, you’re not really mic’d that much so you do need to use a lot of your body. I make sure I warm up for at least 40 minutes before we do our on stage warm up all together..."

As the cast get used to the schedule of two show days, Annette takes us through her daily preparation for performing.

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Rona Kelly: I heard someone ask this in the Yard, ‘Why does she fancy Viola?' (but as Cesario). It was a school group and they were debating it amongst themselves. Why do you think Olivia hooks onto Cesario/Viola?

Annette McLaughlin: Well, I don’t think she’s ever seen anyone as beautiful. This whole thing, not quite a man, yet not a boy. I think she’s very attracted to him/her. And then, I think the house has been a very dark, sad place with grief and with just daily order. And this young boy comes in and he has wit, he stands up to her, he has opinions, he’s innocent, he’s open, and she’s just absolutely taken aback by it. I think in that first scene she allows a little bit of light to come into her world from this young boy, Cesario. I think she’s a very intelligent, witty person (Olivia) but she’s been in a very dark, grieving place, and this young man is slowly bringing her out and is able to have banter with her.

RK: And you talk about Olivia being in this very dark place. When you were in Tech Week, I think that was the first time you got your costume on, the first time you got to bring that on stage. Are you someone who when you get your costume on, you feel a bit of that puzzle click into place as well?

AM: Usually that’s the final piece, but actually I have to say it wasn’t so much that for me. It was more...the theatre was the final piece.

RK: Oh really?

AM: Yes. The way the theatre is and the way you could use the space; it all made sense for me once I stepped on that stage, actually.

RK: Because it’s your first time as well at the Globe, isn’t it?

AM: Yes.

RK: And how have you found performing in that space?

AM: Well it’s hard work. It is hard work on the body and your whole being, really. It takes a lot on that stage and although you’re mic’d, you’re not really mic’d that much so you do need to use a lot of your body. I make sure I warm up for at least 40 minutes before we do our on stage warm up all together. Because it takes a lot, it takes a lot out of you. And the oak, there’s no give on the floor so wearing heels and doing a bit of dancing as well is tough on the body, so the joints hurt as well. And then you have other things to contend with: weather gets too cold, sometimes it gets too hot and it really dries you out, all sorts of things. So it’s a brilliant place to play, but it’s quite a hard place to play as well.

RK: I think Josh [Lacey, Orsino] was saying his knees are killing him now. That it’s his shins, he keeps on landing on his shins during the dancing.

AM: And he’s wearing cowboy boots and he’s doing all that Scottish dancing in cowboy boots with no give in the stage, so that’s hard.

Thanks to Sarah for the transcription of this interiew.

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