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Rachel Cairns - Actor
Monday, September 02, 2013


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Rachel Cairns - Actor


Rachel Cairns


I’ve been asked many times about what it’s like playing two completely different characters, one in a tragedy and the other in a comedy and whether I ever get them confused. From an outside perspective, I can see how it might seem challenging to play two different parts during the same season – but I’ve never been confused between the roles. It’s been an amazing experience to play both of these women. Continually alternating between them has kept me busy and never allowed for a minute of tedium.

However, I will say that I sometimes had moments of confusion in the early rehearsals. I would be struggling over something with Viola and just as I felt I was making headway, we would switch to rehearsing Hamlet, but that’s all a part of the process.

So here is the experience of each role from my perspective. Ophelia, though an iconic character and one of the two female lead roles in Hamlet, is a relatively small part. There’s three parts to her trajectory – her relationship with her family at the beginning where they are warning her about Hamlet and she confides in her father about Hamlet’s strange behaviour. Then comes the break-up with Hamlet in the famous nunnery scene, then madness and death. Her emotional journey is entirely in turmoil, there’s no relief from pending tragedy. Her sad fate is relentless.

In contrast Viola is a light and buoyant character. Pretending to be a young man throughout the play she encounters unpredictable situations and has to quickly outwit them. As the protagonist of the play, her journey has a longer arc and she gets to experience a broader emotional spectrum from grief and loss, adventure and then the joy and surprise of love. Also there’s a lot of humour in her journey, Viola is the kind of person that tries to make the best of a situation and her interactions with the other colourful characters in the world of Illyria.

Playing these roles with a stellar cast and crew and in such a beautiful location supported by the glorious summer weather has made this a completely wonderful experience for me. I count myself very lucky to have had the honour of playing these two Shakespearian heroines.


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5/15/16 - 5/22/16

5/22/16 - 5/29/16

5/29/16 - 6/5/16

6/5/16 - 6/12/16

6/12/16 - 6/19/16

6/19/16 - 6/26/16

6/26/16 - 7/3/16

7/3/16 - 7/10/16

7/10/16 - 7/17/16

7/17/16 - 7/24/16

7/24/16 - 7/31/16

7/31/16 - 8/7/16

8/7/16 - 8/14/16

8/14/16 - 8/21/16

8/21/16 - 8/28/16

8/28/16 - 9/4/16

9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17