Meet the Cast – Dawn Bush

Dawn Bush

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Dawn Bush, and I’m playing Baptista.

Where in the UK are you from?
I’m from a small market town in Warwickshire, called Southam.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first theatrical experience was playing the Angel in the primary school nativity.

What was your first experience of Shakespeare?
My first experience of reading Shakespeare was Henry IV part one. I did it at O level; but the teacher booked the wrong play, so my first experience of seeing it was Henry V in Manchester, with Timothy Dalton. I fell in love.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The event I’m most excited about discovering is how the play itself is going to be performed, when the subject matter is so difficult.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
My favourite character is Katherine. I’d love to have played her, but I’m too old now.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
My favourite play….that’s a tricky question! Ummm, I guess The Importance of Being Earnest is up there, and lots of Shakespeare plays.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My husband and grown-up daughters are my theatrical inspiration.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Judi Dench is my all-time favourite actor. I met her once….!

What’s your favourite festival experience?
I can’t tell you my best festival experience. I don’t really go to festivals. I know I played the Edinburgh festival years ago, but I can’t remember a thing about it! Except I think we got great reviews.

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