Bottom played by Pearce Quigley
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Pearce returns once more to the Globe stage, performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Bottom.
“When you finish rehearsals you get to a certain point with the development of the character. And then once the play is up and running it’s about maintaining that. Sometimes I think that if you rehearsed the play for twice as long, would it be a very different thing that you end up with?”
In his final interview Pearce discusses how he has become more secure with his character, comparing distractions in Shakespeare’s day with modern performances, and an idea for a new schedule of rehearsals.
“I'm having to think very hard about it before I do it as to whether or not it’s going to work. So it’s an ongoing constant challenge!”
Pearce discusses working through tech week, how he has worked through the difficulties he was having performing with the donkey’s head, and the challenge of making things just ‘work’.
“It’s a work in progress, and a challenge at the moment. But it looks amazing.”
Pearce talks about the jig rehearsals, movement around the stage and the challenge of rehearsing wearing a donkey’s head as tech week approaches.
“Some things just die when you do them, and you have to give it a week before you go ‘Alright I give in, it’s a terrible gag!”
Pearce talks about how speaking in an appropriate dialect helps him understand the text, his two left feet, and the secret to comedy in his second interview for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
"Wherever you look there’s a 75% chance you’re going to be looking at a person. So I used to look at galleries, not necessarily at people. And then it took me a while to actually get used to looking people in the eye." In his first interview Pearce discusses how he tries to find something comedic in every role he takes and his experience of performing at the Globe.