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Meet the cast – Shiv Rebheru

Shiv Rabheru

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Shiv Rabheru. I am playing Hortensio.

Where in the world are you from?
I was born in Basingstoke in Hampshire.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I spent years as a kid performing musicals I had written myself in my lounge!…. they were awful… however my teddy bears made very generous audience members.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I’m excited about the moment Katharina performs her last speech and to see how it affects a modern audience.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I think Tranio, because he seems to have a lot of fun fooling everyone in his disguise.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Yael Farber – who directed The Crucible at the Old Vic.


If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Viola Davis- she is sooooo powerful.
What’s your favourite festival experience?
I’ve actually never been to a festival but I really want to go to one! If anyone wants to take me to one get in contact 😉

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Meet the Cast – Gareth Balai

Gareth Balai

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Gareth Balai – Sly

Where in the world are you from?
East London.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
  My first theatrical experience was playing Epimetheus in my Primary school’s production of Pandora’s Box.

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
It was probably studying Macbeth in primary school but the first Shakespeare I remember seeing and loving, was a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I’m excited about discovering everything in this play and see how we can make it relatable to a modern audience.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Grumio. He is just so comical and ridiculous and it really invites for some brilliant, slapstick comedy.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
There are way to many to choose from but I would have to say recently, Frank Langella or Jessie Mueller. They are both so electric and captivating on stage and the detail in their work is phenomenal.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
So hard to choose but I’d have to say Meryl Streep.

What’s your favourite festival experience?
I’ve never been to a music festival but I did go to a Renaissance Festival in New York which was really cool but also very bizarre.

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Meet the Cast – Samuel Lane

Samuel Lane

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Samuel Lane. Lucentio.

Where in the world are you from?
The Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I’m not sure if it was my first; but the first one I can remember is going to the Blues Brothers Live Stage Show at The New Theatre in Cardiff. Me, my brother & dad knew all the moves to “Shake Your Tail Feather”

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
I played Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet in Year 9. It went to the Shakespeare for schools festival. I managed to perform in that before studying Hamlet at GCSE. I much preferred performing in it.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
It’s not necessarily an event; but I’m really excited about discovering the friendship with Tranio. Lucentio & Tranio are a bit of a double act, it’ll be nice to find that with another actor.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Petruchio; I think he’d just be such a fascinating character to play. There’s a lot going on there & to find the reasons, in relation to a modern day audience, why he does the things he does, whilst still making him likeable, would be a real challenge. I think it’d be a fun one though. He’s the kind of guy you love to hate.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
If I was going to go for a Shakespeare it’d be a toss up between Julius Caesar & Henry V. Too close to call.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
I love Shakespeare (obviously), big fan of Marlowe too. Looking at more modern times I’d say Jez Butterworth – or there’s a brilliant playwright called Barney Norris. The work he does fascinates me. Making the ordinary exceptional!

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Robin Williams.

What’s your favourite festival experience?
Jeremy Corbyn & Glastonbury. No way I could get through one of these without getting political.

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Meet the Cast – Mathew Foster

Mathew Foster

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
I’m Mathew Foster, and I’m playing Petruchio – Son of Antonio, known in all Italy…

Where in the world are you from?
 I was born in Newham, in East London, but grew up in Essex and then Surrey… I’ve moved around a bit!

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
 The first that I can really remember is when I played Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady in high school. I was in year 10 and the other leads were in year 11. There were definitely things before that, but I don’t remember them outside of the photographic evidence…

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
 I went on a school trip to the Globe when I was about 12 – we stood on the stage one by one, reciting a line from a scrap of paper – mine was “come on sir, perform your forward thrust – your passado!”. It was a thrill, and hopefully one I’ll get to repeat.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
 For me, the exciting stuff is actually the small moments – silent interactions, little glances between characters, the way we learn to interact with each other – anything you can find as an actor that adds a stroke of detail. However I’m also looking forward to working with Charlotte (who’s playing Katharina) to work out the arc of our marital story…

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Baptista! In our production of Shrew Baptista is a woman rather than a man, so there are certain subtle differences to find in the parent/child relationship, as well as in other aspects of the text. That one change affects so many others, and it’ll be interesting to see how that unfolds.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
How can you have one?! There are too many to name, but right up there would be The Pillowman, After Miss Julie and Angels In America.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
I have to say… I don’t have one. We’re fortunate to have so many illustrious actors to learn from in this country alone, and I’ve been lucky to work with a few of them since I started out. Anyone who works hard, strives to improve their craft, continues to enjoy the work and still remain a relatively grounded person is pretty inspirational in my book.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
 I’m rubbish at these – Once again, I can’t name just one. Right now, because I have to choose, I’ll say Andrew Garfield. I saw Angels in America at the National Theatre recently, and he was incredibly different playing Prior – it’s a great example of an actor immersing themselves in a creation, and disappearing for a few hours onstage. I found him really moving, and totally unselfish.

What’s your favourite festival experience?
I’m actually not really a festival person. The only time I’ve ever been to one was when I worked at Wilderness Festival doing a play called Galithea for Shakespeare’s Globe! We had a little stage by a massive oak tree and a little lake, it was good fun – plenty of good food and not too rowdy – just my cup of tea!

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Meet the Cast – Evangeline Dickson

Evangeline Dickson

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My full name is Evangeline Mary Dickson and I am playing Tranio!

Where in the world are you from?
I am from Somerset in the South West of England.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first theatrical experience was The Nutcracker ballet in London at Christmas.

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
My first experience of Shakespeare was in Cardiff – I went with school to see Twelfth Night and they handed out Dominoes!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I am most excited about discovering the gender politics of the whole piece – I can’t way to play a character that is traditionally a man and bring the obvious issues of the play right into the spotlight.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
My favourite character is Lucentio – their relationship is awesome and so fun.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My theatrical inspiration (this week) is An Octoroon at The Orange Tree – everything theatre should be.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Ruth Wilson – every time!

What’s your favourite festival experience?
Glastonbury Festival in my mums tummy! And I have been almost every year since.

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Meet the Cast – Rachel Smart

Rachel Smart

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Rachel Igrainne Smart playing Grumio and Biondello

Where in the world are you from?
 England- South London.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I played the Violet fairy in pre-school, which lured me into a false sense of security that I would play an angel when the nativity came around… alas I was the only girl to be cast as a Shepard. Now I love cross-gender casting!

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
I Played Juliet in year 7 and from then on, I was hooked on Shakespeare… and boys! (My Romeo was a real looker)

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Kate’s ‘Turning point’. I’m excited to see how Sara, Charlotte and the rest of the cast explore when/how/why Kate’s attitude to Petruchio changes. I think we are all fascinated by Kate’s motivations in relation to bending to Petruchio’s will, and this will be particularly interesting since we are setting the show in the present day.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Kate!

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
The Glass Menagerie.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
David Tennant – He brings an abundance of thoughtfulness, play and dynamism to the stage. I’m also inspired by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and all her work with Dry Write.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Pippa Haywood – She is so funny in Green Wing, and can also depict real vulnerability and strength on screen.

What’s your favourite festival experience?
I’ve only been to one festival, Latitude, when I performed there last summer. I had an amazing time, and camping with my best friend in the sauna that was our tiny tent, is one of my favourite memories. That and our Egeus tripping over a tent string and falling over in slow motion!

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Meet the Cast – Charlotte Dowding

Charlotte Dowding

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
I’m Charlotte Dowding and I’m playing the part of Katharina

Where in the UK are you from?
I was born in England, but I’m also part Jamaican, so England and Jamaica.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I guess it was playing the donkey in the nativity in nursery and reception, but if we are talking a full scale production then when I was in year 8 we did Oliver where I was an ophan/in Fagin’s gang and I absolutely loved it!

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
Macbeth! – another school production which we also studied in English, performing the play definitely helped me with that!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The ending for sure! Katharina says a very controversial speech so I’m excited to discover how it will play out.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Definitely Grumio because he’s funny and cheeky.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
It’s a tough one but I’ll have to say Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Well after seeing People, places and things, and Angels in America I’d have to say Denise Gough, the way she commands the stage and takes on those difficult characters is incredible to watch

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
There are so many but I do love Johnny Depp, I think the diversity of his characters have been amazing and I would love to be as versatile as him.

What’s your favourite festival experience?
Although I’ve been to loads of gig I haven’t actually been to a festival before, but it would definitely be all the dancing I’d do!

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