Roles: Rosalind, Oliver, Duke Senior
“Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish’d and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.”
As Rosalind is banished from the court of Duke Frederick, her and Celia (Duke Frederick’s Daughter) embark on an adventure, dressed as men, to find Rosalind’s father in the forest of Arden. There, they will find love, doubt, and plenty of other intriguing characters.
I think we’ve all hated Shakespeare in some kind of way at some point in our lives. Either at school or still when grown up. It is not until you understand, by yourself, the way Shakespeare writes that you realize the beauty and wit that the actual texts hide.
As You Like It was a real challenge. Drew Mulligan, our brilliant director who’d worked in the Royal Shakespeare Company before, did a great job making us understand Shakespeare to therefore give it a characterisation.
In this production I played Rosalind, a tiny bit of Oliver and a tiny bit of Duke Senior, which gave me my first experience on playing multiple characters in one same piece.
As You Like It was an absolute help on understanding how important it is to really know what you’re saying to actually mean it. Lots of times, when we act, we take words for granted. Since this was a difficult language, a double effort on knowing what every word and every punctuation meant was needed. And I can say it was a production I enjoyed as if I was a child again.
Shows: December 2015
Director: Drew Mulligan