Doing Shakespeare on Stage.
I spent most of April rehearsing and learning lines to play a witch in Macbeth (or The Scottish Play if you’re superstitious), I also did some scenes as Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Rosalind in As You Like It. This was for Shakespeare’s Birthday Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. My friend Mary Tynan got accepted by the Tread The Boards theatre company to go and do some acting at Shakespeare in the Attic. We became Sisters of The Apocalypse, we got our props together and set off to wow the people of Stratford.
The entire weekend was amazing. Before we performed there was a procession, full of thousands of people, we marched en masse through the streets of Stratford. Patrick Stewart was there and Prince Charles came the next day. The first time I got up to perform I was a but shaky (literally! I was terrified) but I gained confidence and it all worked out perfectly.
It was the first time I had ever performed Shakespeare since studying drama. It was terrifying and fun. I recommend it to any actor. We went to check out the Royal Shakespeare Company during an intermission and dreamed. Stratford is a beautiful place. So, if anyone from the RSC is reading this….