Meet the Cast – Colette O’Rourke

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1) What’s your name and where do you come from and who do you play?
Colette O’Rourke, from Skipton in North Yorkshire and I’m playing King Henry. 

2) What is your most memorable / exciting theatrical experience?
The most recent was a play called Chicken Shop at Park Theatre. It was an emotional roller coaster and I’ve never given such an enthusiastic standing ovation. 

3) Who is your biggest theatrical hero / icon?
Gillian Anderson is definitely up there. She’s incredibly versatile and not afraid of tackling commanding or ‘difficult’ women. She’s also happy to forgo vanity, which I admire. 

4) What are you most excited about in being part of our all-female Henry V?
Exploring attributes that can often be quite sparse in female Shakespearian characters – power, leadership, aggression. 

5) What should an audience expect from Henry V?
For their expectations to be challenged. 

6) Some say Henry V is all about games, war games, sport games, board games, what’s your favorite game and why?
‘Game of Life’ is a firm fave. It’s a flight of fancy as you embark on a life largely chosen by the role of a dice. When playing, if I get anything less than the superstar career and the poolside villa I’m devastated. 

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