Shakespeare's Globe

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This is Bo's first blog post. This week he discusses how he became an actor, working at the Globe and becoming part of an already established company.

Transcript of Podcast

Becoming an actor

I’ve been acting since about fifteen. I was in youth theatre when I was in school; I wasn’t very sporty, so the only thing I was any good at was making people laugh (and it was also a way of meeting girls, if I’m to be honest!), so that was how I got into youth theatre. I was very lucky, as I lived in Birmingham and there’s a really strong youth theatre attached to the Repertory Theatre, and I used to spend all my spare time there doing shows. So it came to decision time in school where you have to decide what you’re doing for the rest of your life and there was nothing else that I really enjoyed or was passionate about in the same way, so I just decided to give acting a go. Despite my headmaster telling me I’d never get into RADA, I did. I went there instead of going to university and I’ve been acting professionally since 1995, which would be thirteen years.  

Working at the Globe

I’ve never worked at the Globe before. I saw Antony and Cleopatra and the Midnight Matinee of The Comedy of Errors [both in 2006] which was really magical, and I saw Holding Fire last year. My only connection with the Globe is that I’ve worked with both Dominic [Dromgoole, Artistic Director of the Globe] and Mark [Rylance, former Artistic Director of the Globe] before. I also worked with Lucy Bailey previously, on Stairs to the Roof by Tennessee Williams, which had never been done in this country before.  

Becoming part of an established company

Because many of the actors had already gotten to know each other from being in A Midsummer Night’s Dream they could have been cliquey but they weren’t at all. They’ve been really welcoming, really friendly, and while they’re doing their matinees of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon [Simon Paisley Day] and I can be working on our scenes together.

 

These comments are the actor's thoughts or ideas about the part as she goes through the rehearsal process – they are simply her own interpretations and frequently change as the rehearsal process progresses.

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