Meet the Cast – Ingvild Lakou


What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
My name is Ingvild, I’m from Norway and I play Titania and Hippolyta.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
When I was little, my mum would take me and my sisters to go and see the national ballet perform ‘The Nutcracker’ during Christmas. Everything was so beautiful. The set, the music, the dancers and the costumes – I thought it was so magical.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
My mother had gotten my older sisters a cartoon book version of Shakespeare’s plays. This was before I could read properly, so I just looked at the pictures. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was my favourite, because those pictures were the most colourful.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
How dark this play is! It’s always come across to me as this colourful fairytale, but everything has a quite sinister side…I love it!

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I do like Helena. She goes from running after a man she can’t help but love, to actually saying ‘No!’ when it’s gone to far. But throughout this process Egeus has become a very interesting character to me. What drives a parent to wanting to see their child die instead of being with the ‘wrong man’? To keep her safe? Out of pride?

What is your favourite play?
Aaaa, that’s not an easy one. ‘The Cruicible’ is such an amazing read, and I also love Stef Smith’s writing. Although, based on what I’ve seen, ‘Apologia’, that was on at Trafalgar Studios last autumn, is one of my favourite plays.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
I think most creatives that I either talk to about or see being passionate about their craft. And things and people that make me ‘feel’ something – like Stromae’s music. If you haven’t heard it – give it a go!

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Emma Thompson and Sophie Okonedo. Two powerful ladies.

What’s your favourite colour?

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I can’t single out one, but the craziest dreams I have is when I dream in a massive, high budget, motion picture style. We’re talking car chases, explosions, time travel, supernatural beings – you name it! The sad thing is that I never remember them, otherwise I might have had a few great screenplays by now!


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