Posthumus played by Ira Mandela Siobhan
Written by: William Shakespeare
Ira trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Previous theatre includes: Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Macbeth, A Season in the Congo, Feast (Young Vic); Everyman, Fela! (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (West End); Shellshock (Eastman); The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk); Lifeguard (National Theatre of Scotland); Can We Talk About This?, and To Be Straight with You (DV8).
"The aeriels fight scenes create this otherworldly and 3D image; it's supernatural almost, going to an other-worldly place but still creating this horrific battle. That makes something very special. And I don't think it's ever been done [like that], I know it's never been done at the Globe."
As performances enter their final week, Ira talks about the movement in the show, including the jig, fight scenes on the stage and fight scenes in the air!
"The reception, especially from young audiences, has been overwhelmingly good, and it seems like it's really had an incredible impact. We've had people saying they've not really liked Shakespeare before and this feels like it's opened a door for them."
As performances reach an end, Ira looks back on reactions to the production, how its changed over the course of the run, and the relationship between Posthumus and Imogen.
"A lot of this production is built around drugs as well and how you have the hierarchy and the families who earned a lot of money through the drug trade. And so Imogen's Dad, for instance, Cymbeline and the Queen, they're very wealthy because they have an empire of drug trade."
As tech week approaches, Ira talks about the modern world of this production, adapting Cymbeline for a modern audience, and stepping foot on the stage for the first time.
"Well the rehearsal process has been very physical. Matthew works very physically, so we'll start with doing a circuit, a physical circuit for an hour every day. And I think that is not just to get us warm, it's a whole mental thing as well."
With rehearsals underway for his first production at the Globe, Ira discusses preparing for the role, his initial impressions of Posthumus, and Matthew Dunster's rehearsal process.