1) What’s your name and where do you come from and who do you play?
My name is Catherine Thorncombe, originally from Dorset. I play Catherine of Valois – the French princess, and Montjoy – the French messenger.
2) What is your most memorable / exciting theatrical experience?
Playing Lady Anne in Lazarus’ recent production of Richard III was a very memorable experience for me – I enjoyed the challenge of taking a complex character and changing the audience’s preconceptions that she was weak and easily manipulated.
3) Who is your biggest theatrical hero / icon?
Judi Dench – an inspiration, having worked for 60 years as an actor and taken on the strongest female roles with such relish. I distinctly remember during GCSES being sat in a dingy classroom watching a recording of her as Lady Macbeth alongside Ian Mckellen, when I was awestruck at her powerful performance.
4) What are you most excited about in being part of our all-female Henry V?
I am most excited about finding the strength, and comradery in our ensemble.
5) What should an audience expect from Henry V?
A powerful ensemble performance that takes you on a journey across England to France, fighting for the love of the Nation.
6) Some say Henry V is all about games, war games, sport games, board games, what’s your favorite game and why?
I would say Scrabble, it takes wit and patience – and you can often find it in most good pubs.