Quince/First Fairy played by Fergal McElherron
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Fergal McElherron returns to the Globe as Quince and the First Fairy, in the 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
“Things that might have been a little bit of an idea in the rehearsal room and something that you’re still having a go at in previews suddenly becomes a very definite choice during the run. So it’s ever changing.”
In Fergal’s final interview he talks about the reactions from the audience, how some scenes become more defined as the production goes on, and his favourite moment in the play.
“Making your choices feel real, playing the whole of the piece and seeing what cog you are in the machine is always a challenge.”
Fergal discusses getting used to the Globe space, working out how scenes transition together, and ensuring that the text is the main focus.
“It’s always a bit strange because you rehearse the jig to a different piece of music than you end up doing the jig to, because that piece of music is still being written.”
As rehearsals continue, Fergal discusses seeing the play in its entirety for the first time, the music within the production and how his characters have developed.
“There are great moments like, they should all be asking Quince what he wants to do and they all turn to Bottom. And Quince is left standing there, going ‘I’m supposed to be the director, I wrote the play as well!’
In Fergal’s second interview he discusses the beginning of rehearsals, the power play between Quince and Bottom, and the confusion misplaced punctuation makes.
“What we see on stage for any character is only a small portion of their lives. So I always think of what Quince would be when I don’t see him.” In his first interview Fergal McElherron discusses returning to the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this time as Quince, and how he imagines the characters’ lives off-stage.