“It became irrelevant what the gender of the performer was: we were Brutus, we were Cassius, we were Julius Caesar … It was no harder to get to Brutus than it was to get to Cleopatra. You’re trying to find the common humanity.”
In this inspiring and extraordinary exchange of ideas, Professor Carol Chillington Rutter, editor of Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare’s Women Today, revisits the seminal book with one of its most celebrated interviewees, Harriet Walter. With reference to Walter’s subsequent career and, more recently, her foray into playing male roles, the two explore Shakespeare’s characters and plays in fascinating detail.
Walter combines close analysis of the texts with insight into her personal experiences of playing some of theatre’s greatest roles – including Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Helena and, latterly, Brutus. In doing so, the discussion explores Shakespeare’s language, the musicality of his verse, what makes his plays so exciting for an actor to perform, and what a feminist perspective can bring to the texts.
*Contains strong language*