Ross Currie as Cloten

This is my first production for Pigeon Creek and I am excited to jump back into the wonderful world of Shakespeare. When I auditioned for this company, I was surprised that the female leads would be played by men. It was something that I had never even considered. I have never seen a production in that format and I was intrigued to see how that would unfold in rehearsal. It is surprising how quickly it becomes natural. It really puts you in the mindset of Shakespeare’s audience.

Playing the role of the villain is something I have become used to. I played Demetrius in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Antonio in The Tempest and now the wonderful Cloten. I have found that with some of Shakespeare’s villains it is very easy to hide behind an accent or physicality; to get into what I like to call “moustache twirling mode.” I have found this to be true because the language does most of the work for you. It almost becomes easy to fall into that “trap.”

It is even harder with Cloten as he is so pompous and a stereotype of a villian. That is why my approach has been to have him really be in love with Imogen but cannot “be with her” because of the way he is. This does not mean of course that the audience will empathise with him, I hope, but I feel it’s important to play it that way. Villians don’t usually think they are in the wrong.

Working with Bob Jones, our director, has been great. He has a strong vision, but let’s you play. I am used to having a director lead the production, however it would be interesting to do a production for Pigeon Creek that was actor led as this is how they usually work. I am looking forward to doing outdoor performances and well as getting my teeth into some stage fighting. There is a lot of new experiences for me with this show. I am looking forward to next week when we will be off book and can finally start putting this great show together. It will be nice to start getting a flow to the production and continuing to play around with ideas and moments.