Puck played by Katy Owen
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)
Written by: Shakespeare
Making her Globe debut, Katy Owen will be playing Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Katy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: 946 – The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.
Other theatre includes: Rebecca, 946 – The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh); The World of Work (Difficult Stage); Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble); Maudie’s Rooms, Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru); and Under Milk Wood (Royal and Demgate).
Film and television includes: Daddy’s Girl, Shopping for Happiness, What We Did on Our Holidays, A Certain Date and The Devil’s Violin.
"Both Puck and a bit of me looks at the lovers and feels that they're foolish. That love is a weakness of that sort, the human species. Puck takes great delight in this game that's gone terribly wrong. There's an element of anarchy to Puck that Puck gets off on: the worse things get, the happier Puck gets about it!"
Having played Puck for almost half a year, Katy discusses her initial impressions of the character and whether these have changed, Puck's relationships in the play, and the issue of gender (or a lack thereof).
"I do a lot of audience interaction: I might have the occasional kiss with an audience member or feed them a banana or shoot them with a water pistol! There was this gentleman at the front of the stage the other day and he was very elderly. And I went in, on the lips, and I snogged him!"
As performances draw to a close, Katy reflects on performing in the Globe, how the production has developed, and improvising with a Globe audience.
"Afterwards, I felt very odd indeed and I took myself off to the Borough Market and I had a little cry! Because I just thought, ‘What have I done, what have I done?!’ I felt a mixture of shame and elation!"
In her second interview, Katy talks about Director Emma Rice's rehearsal process, in particular the importance of improvisation.
"I think it is a mistake to think that the world of the lovers is the real world, and the world of the fairies is the dream world. I’m starting to think of it as one big bizarre dream that says a lot about the world we live in today by setting it in the ‘here and now’."
In her first interview, Katy discusses the world of the play, her preparation for the role, and her experience with Shakespeare.