We chatted to Jodie about starring in Michael Grandage’s production of Virginia Wooolf’s novel, adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett.

Jodie McNee, Jessica Alade and Deborah Findlay (c)Marc Brenner

How does it feel to be part of this production? I feel very proud to be part of this production, Neil Bartlett and Virginia Woolf together are an incredible combination.

What can we expect from Neil Bartlett’s adaptation? Hopefully the audience will have a wonderful, joyful experience!

How has it been working with Michael Grandage on bringing Orlando to the stage? Michael is very open and generous, he’s very precise, always looking for the detail. He’s given us so much opportunity to play and contribute as a company. It’s feels collaborative and it’s really fun.

What was it made you want to be part of this production? I wanted to be part of it because it’s a beautiful celebration of queerness. Neil has stayed true to Woolf’s subversive truthful yet fantastical story.

What do you think that audiences today can still take away from Virginia Woolf’s story? I hope people will find the play life affirming, in essence it is about being your authentic self, and the joy of being truly in the moment. I love Neil’s adaptation, it’s hilarious and full of life.

How have rehearsals been going so far? Really well, we are in week three of rehearsals and you can already feel it coming together. We have been working closely with the amazing movement director Ben Wright, and the incredible composer/sound designer Alex Baranowski, so the magic is already starting to happen.

What are you most looking forward to about performing Orlando for audiences? I’m excited to share a really joyful piece of theatre.

By Emma Clarendon

Orlando continues to play at the Garrick Theatre. To book tickets click here.