Lysander played by Edmund Derrington
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)
Written by: Shakespeare
In his first production at Shakespeare's Globe, Edmund will be playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Edmund trained at RADA.
Previous theatre includes: Sunny Afternoon (Olivier Award for Best New Musical 2015).
Film and television includes: Mr Turner, Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Fresh Meat, and Siblings.
"We try and get as close to these tables at the front of the stage as we possibly can. And when I have to nudge through, you definitely get some immovable objects, tensing, being like ‘Nah, you’re not walking past me, mate!’"
As performances draw to a close, Ned looks back on his favourite moments, including watching Pyramus and Thisbe, working with Emma Rice, and his big entrance!
"The audience really buys into the magic of – definitely the play, because the play’s magical – but into the magic of how Emma [Rice] has directed it. And the music and the dance seems to really take the audience into some other place, which lots of people say they come out of here and feel like they’ve been at a festival!"
With performances under way, Ned discusses the modernity of this production, what he has learned about Lysander, and what he has learned about himself.
"Lysander's got this line: 'The course of true love never did run smooth'. Which is one that everyone knows, it's probably one of the most famous lines in the play. Maybe some people like to hear that line in a certain way and maybe I'll fail them for that!"
In his first interview, Edmund discusses getting to grips with the text, improvisation, and the ensemble nature of the play.