Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s biggest plays. How come you are the only actor?
How do you fight the Battle of Agincourt on your own?
With a big heavy sword, shield, and metal breast plate… the rest you’ll have to come and find out for yourself!
Henry V was a man. And Shakespeare’s plays were all written for men. How is it being a woman playing this part?
Are there any problems starring in a play that has been so successful in the past?
There was undoubtedly the pressure to ‘pull it off’ again, and it’s odd when you’re aware there’s the potential to be directly compared with someone. This version is slightly different in that we’ve added in one of the female characters, and a scene in French! We’ve had audiences in who’ve seen it before and we have had glowing feedback from them for this production of the show - so onwards and upwards!
How long have you been acting and how did you get into it?
Did you train?
Yes, I did the three year BA Acting course at East 15 Acting School.
Did your parents influence your career choices?
My Dad writes and directs, but I think would have hoped I’d have gone into a career a little more secure! He was a wonderful story teller when my siblings and I were little and I always loved how he’d do all the different voices and make it all come to life. It didn’t take either my Mum or Dad very long to realise this was what I wanted to do, (and was stubborn enough not to give up on it!) They’ve always encouraged each of us to follow our dreams, I’ve been very lucky to have such supportive parents.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of being an actor?
If there’s anything else you want to do….do that! It’s very difficult and knocks you down and slaps you across the face, but I suppose it’s like an addiction and the hit you get from performing isn’t like anything else in the world! So if you really, really do want it, don’t give up, don’t take no for an answer - just keep swimming!
Why should I come and see ‘Henry V - Lion of England’?
Henry V is never more relevant than at a time of political unrest such as we find ourselves in today, this one man (or woman I should say!), version is fast-paced, thrilling and unlike anything else you’ll see at the theatre at the moment. Plus it’s in the heart of Soho, above a pub… what more could you want?!
Any final thoughts?
Henry V - Lion of England finished its run in June 2015. It will be touring again soon. Please sign up to our newsletter for more information.