Viola played by Anita-Joy Uwajeh
Twelfth Night (2017)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Anita-Joy trained at Drama Centre London and was awarded the Jane Rapley Scholarship.
Previous theatre includes: Girls, Fury (Soho Theatre); We Wait in Joyful Hope (Theatre503); Othello, and Titus Andronicus (Smooth Faced Gentlemen).
Film includes: Agent 47.
Television includes: Lucky Man, Not Safe for Work, and Transporter.
Anita-Joy Uwajeh featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.
"I’ve just learnt that I can do this stage, which is really gratifying. Hopefully then, it's an indication to whoever else gets the opportunity to work on that stage that thinks they can’t, that they actually can. Because I never imagined in a million years that I would ever be at the Globe, ever..."
As the cast take their final bows, AJ looks back on what she has learned about Viola and herself throughout the run.
"If me and John even sense each other coming, we go in the opposite direction! We try to make sure that everybody else also knows that we can't be seen with each other. No! I wish it was that method, who knows what that would do to the performance!"
As performances enter their final week, AJ reflects on method, music and memorable moments from the run.
"Favourite moment off stage...? It's probably just seeing everybody running around in their underpants! Trying to get ready, warming up, making weird noises at themselves. Running around with straws in their mouths and making humming noises, which is very strange..."
Looking ahead to the Midnight Matinee, AJ reveals the joys and dangers of improv.
"This is one thing I love about kids: they are just unfiltered. I was getting ready to do my ring speech, 'I left no ring with her, what means this lady?’ And this young boy shouted out, 'She loves you!' I was like 'Aww! That’s great, it’s true...but I’m getting there in like five lines' time!''
As performances continue, AJ shares a collection of her favourite moments so far.
"Doing Tech Week and coming in with our costumes, with our dances and music and lines, was both exhilarating and horrifying at the same time. It is just a huge space to fill and everyone is so close, they are literally on the stage!"
Thinking back to Tech Week, AJ discusses first performances, focus, and flirting.
"Music in the play transitions us into different scenes and really sets the mood. For different characters, it does different things. For Feste's character, it really informs his role in the play in terms of being this kind of creature that moves and changes time with the music that he gives the play..."
Reflecting on rehearsals so far, AJ talks us through the importance of music in the show, for characters, audience and actors alike.
"I think Viola's relationship with Olivia is really special; it's two women really getting to know each other and experiencing love almost in the same way. Underneath the masks that they're wearing, they unveil themselves to each other without even realising that they're necessarily doing it..."
As tech week approaches, AJ talks about discoveries from the rehearsal room including characters, courtship and Cesario.
"Make me a willow cabin...It's such an incredible thing to say and such a declaration of love. I mean, I wish somebody would say that to me! When you connect with it, I think it can completely change the atmosphere of people and the room..."
With rehearsals underway, AJ talks to us about her initial impressions of Viola, performing at the Globe, and the prospect of pigeons!