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This is Laura's eighth blog entry for the 2006 production of Titus Andronicus, where she talks about leaving behind the role of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, and moving on the the very different role of Luciana in Globe's next show, The Comedy of Errors.

Transcript of Podcast

Playing Lavinia and Luciana

It is great fun to be doing something which is so different from Titus. It took me a long time to let go of Titus enough to want to do a comedy but we have a three week gap in Titus performances which started this week, and I’ve felt relieved to be able to just concentrate on The Comedy of Errors. I want to be able to give everything to Comedy and not be sidetracked by having to do Titus performances because that would stop me throwing myself into Luciana's world completely. When we start doing Titus again we only do about one a week, which will be hard.

Lavinia has left me with more of a wound than I thought she would. It's something I don’t really want to think about. The more I’ve done it, the more the horror has embedded itself. It does become routine, but the routine is unhealthy subconsciously. The play is so dark, there is no hope at all.

Playing the two roles in the same season is a great challenge. I’m not sure I like the idea of the audience coming along and thinking, I wonder how the woman who was Lavinia will be in a comedy, or the other way round. I just want them to think of me as the role I’m playing, not of me as an actor.


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

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