Interview with…Priyanga Burford

The actress spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about her role as Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at the Shakespeare’s Globe and her upcoming role in BBC’s new drama Press. 

Priyanga Burford Headshot. Credit Michael Shelford
(c) Michael Shelford. 

Hi Priyanga, thank you so much for talking to me. How are you enjoying being a part of The Winter’s Tale? I’m really enjoying this company of actors and the chance to get my head round some Shakespeare again. Hermione’s a great part.

For those who haven’t seen it yet what can they expect from the production? A great story of family breakdown, the kindness of strangers and that maybe all things can be healed.

What’s your impression of Hermione as a character? She’s a woman struggling to be reasonable and just in the face chaotic jealous rage and rampant injustice. She’s got incredible resilience and hope.

What was it that made you want to be part of the production? I’ve wanted to work at The Globe for a while- it’s a unique space to play. You’ve got a very different relationship with your audience. It’s also a really good disciplining theatre for an actor to work in because it’s got particular demands on your voice and how you do things physically. I’ve loved working with our director Blanche MacIntyre and our assistant director Ed Madden is one to watch or the future for sure.

What have you enjoyed the most about being part of The Winter’s Tale? The people! Brilliant, warm, talented people!

You are also returning to our screens in Press – what can you tell me about that? It’s a series written by Mike Bartlett about the world of newspapers, journalists…it’s a story about stories and how you find and present those stories to the world.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character in the show? Amina Chaudury is the editor of The Herald. A broadsheet paper. She’s a passionate, dedicated woman with a whole lot of flaws!

What did you first think when you read the script for Press?  I thought about what an unexplored world the print media is in drama. This turbulent time for all information media is begging to be looked at dramatically. I also loved the character that Mike had written- she was layered and complicated.

Was there anything in particular that made you want to be part of Press? It was a great opportunity!

By Emma Clarendon 

The Winter’s Tale continues to play at the Shakespeare’s Globe until the 14th October. Press will be shown on to BBC One from Thursday 6th September at 9pm.

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