Monthly Archives: June 2015

60 Seconds with the cast – Greta Gould

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Greta Gould and I’m playing Westmorland
 
Where in the UK are you from?
London!
 
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Watching ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at the National Theatre.  Oddly enough, my first stage experience at school that I can recall was as Chief Weasel in our own version ‘Toad of Toad Hall’.
 
What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
 
What was your first experience of King Henry V?
The Kenneth Branagh film.
 
What was your first thought when you heard about an all-female King Henry V?
Yes!
 
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
The Crucible
 
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Emma Rice and Mike Leigh
 
If you had to choose, who is your favourite female actor / actress?
Bette Davis
 
In King Henry V, the French Dauphin sends Harry tennis balls, what’s your favourite ball game? 
Rounders

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June 30th Photo of the day

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King Henry V Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Union Theatre 30th June – 18th July, 2015

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60 Seconds with the cast – Louise Goodfield

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Give us your name and the character you are playing?
Louise Goodfield. I am playing the role of Jamy, the Captain of the Scots.
 
Where in the UK are you from?
Surrey
 
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I was very young and my mum took me and my brother (who is seven years older than me) to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat for his birthday. She was terrified I would be bored, cry all the way through and ruin it for him. I never uttered a sound and sat there transfixed.
 
What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
I watched Kenneth Branagh perform Hamlet on DVD in my English class. It just unlocked something for me, like a 400 year old code. That was it, and from then on, I just got it.
 
What was your first experience of King Henry V?
My first experience of King Henry V was through the historical side. I used to work at Hampton Court Palace and we had a family tree of the British Monarchy that we had to be very familiar with. But he was still just a name on a wall until rehearsals began for this show. We then started delving into the man behind the majestic title.
 
What was your first thought when you heard about an all-female King Henry V?
I want to be a part of this.
 
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Blood Wedding.
 
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Charlie Chaplin.
 
If you had to choose, who is your favourite female actor / actress?
Right now, i’d say I could watch Olivia Coleman on stage or screen and absolutely love what she delivers. But there are so many different things I love about different actors. Part of me also feels I don’t have an absolute favourite. Perhaps I haven’t learnt enough myself to make that decision yet.
 
In King Henry V, the French Dauphin sends Harry tennis balls, what’s your favourite ball game? 
Dora the explorer keepy-uppy. Ricky introduced Dora to the rehearsal room and she has haunted my dreams ever since….but I refuse to let her beat me and my band of sisters!

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June 29th Photo of the day

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King Henry V Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Union Theatre 30th June – 18th July, 2015

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60 Seconds with the cast – Kemi-Bo Jacobs

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Kemi-bo Jacobs playing Exeter
 
Where in the UK are you from?
North East England, a’wey mate!
 
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Village Panto. I spent most of the evening feeling bemused and a little petrified, but to be honest I could see much, but with retrospect I count that as a blessing.
 
What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
Macbeth at school. Not a bad experience actually. My English teacher, called Ms Martin was a passionate Scottish spinster. She loved literature and her passion was infectious.
 
What was your first experience of King Henry V?
The BBC’s recent series of The Hollow Crown, I hadn’t really seen any of the histories before then, but lately they seem to be everywhere, which is great because they really are epic and brilliant and exciting…I could go on
 
What was your first thought when you heard about an all-female King Henry V?
About time!
 
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Haven’t discovered it yet, I’m afraid.
 
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
It changes…I recently saw Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman at the National. The man is unbelievably brilliant…he’s my current inspiration, what a talent!
 
If you had to choose, who is your favourite female actor / actress?
Do I really have to choose, though? Dead: Bette Davis Alive: Juliet Lewis
 
In King Henry V, the French Dauphin sends Harry tennis balls, what’s your favourite ball game? 
Tennis!
It’s a gladiatorial game of power, poise and precision…brain and body really working together and you sweat a lot.

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26th June – Photo of the Day

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King Henry V Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Union Theatre 30th June – 18th July, 2015

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60 Seconds with the Cast – Nuala McGowan

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Nuala Mc Gowan and I’m playing MacMorris.
 
What was your first experience of King Henry V?
Propeller Theatre Company ‘s production at the Hampstead theatre.
 
What was your first thought when you heard about an all-female King Henry V?
Hell Yes!!
 
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Cooking with Elvis.
 
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
When I was younger I was very inspired by my Aunty Joanne ‘s A Level drama practicals. (Not a ribbon in sight!)
 
If you had to choose, who is your favourite female actor / actress?
Olivia Colman.
 
In King Henry V, the French Dauphin sends Harry tennis balls, what’s your favourite ball game? 
Swing ball!

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