Ophelia played by Phoebe Fildes
Phoebe is playing multiple roles including Ophelia in the two-year worldwide tour of our pared-down, small-scale Hamlet, which will visit all 205 nations on earth.
“You cannot second guess in any way the way an audience is going to respond. And I think that’s the beauty of moving around - you can really hear certain moments ringing true for different audiences.”
Six months into the tour and Phoebe talks about travelling, the different audience responses from country to country and her favourite moment in the play.
‘In my portraying of it I’m trying to find the strength and steeliness in Ophelia towards the end, and that “mad” scene, and pepper that throughout her journey.’
In her third interview, Phoebe talks about her changing impressions of Ophelia, the music within the production and the practical challenges of playing multiple characters.
“You get an overwhelming sense that Ophelia’s so desperate to communicate what’s inside her and there’s so much going on in her head she can’t compute. There’s this yearning to be clear but what comes out is a jumble of nonsense and it’s heart-breaking.”
In her second interview Phoebe talks about Ophelia’s language, her relationship with Hamlet, and the challenges of rehearsing the jig.
“Ophelia is not really able to relate to her father, she’s just very alone I think. And she thinks she’s found a confidant in Hamlet, and then for her to suddenly experience him being quite aggressive and in a way she’s not seen him before, makes her feel incredibly alienated and alone.”
In her first interview Phoebe discusses her initial thoughts on Ophelia, what they’ve been doing in rehearsals so far, and preparing to play multiple roles.