We chatted to Charlotte about starring in A Midsummer night’s Dream at the Reading Rep Theatre.
Hi Charlotte – how does it feel to be part of this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? I am beyond excited to be a part of Reading Rep’s production of Midsummer. Ever since I came to see ‘Dorian’ at the theatre last year, I have wanted to work with the company; their fun, fresh and accessible take on classic, well-known shows makes them so entertaining for the audience…and it turn’s out it’s just as enjoyable working on the other side too!
What can audiences expect from this production? I don’t think you can actually prepare an audience for this version of Midsummer, it will be like no other Shakespeare you’ve seen before – in the best way! Get ready for chaos, magic and…twerking to Beyonce?! (But not from me ‘cause I can’t twerk! It’s more of an awkward wiggle.)
How does it feel to be bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Reading Rep? So exciting! I really can’t wait to get it in front of an audience now, it is going to be so fun to share
what we’ve created; it really is a summer party that all the family will enjoy.
How have rehearsals been going so far? Rehearsals have been wild! It’s been intense but more fun than I could have imagined – I can’t help but smile and laugh throughout the day as we’ve explored this playful adaptation of the text.
What have you enjoyed the most about being part of this production? Chris’ choreography – yes there are dances! – are so feel good, it’s bought an unexpected level of joy and energy to the rehearsal room! To be honest the whole cast and creative team have been amazing to work with and I feel so lucky to share the space with them all.
If there was another character in the show you could play, who would it be and why? Well the wonderful thing about this version of Midsummer is that we get to play more than one
character (I hope that’s not a spoiler!) so I’ve been able to embody a variety of characters and explore my own take on these wonderfully playful personalities. I also think that the team have cast us so well, so watching the rest of the actors take on these characters…I don’t think I could do a better job than they have.
By Emma Clarendon
A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays at the Reading Rep from the 11th May until the 5th June.