You may remember Michael Gould from our recent smash-hit “superbly acted” 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(Metro) A View from the Bridge. Now he’s back playing Theseus/Oberon in Joe Hill Gibbins’ dark and nightmarish take on Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal and desire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Describe your character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in three emojis?
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What’s it been like working with Joe Hill-Gibbins?
Fascinating and terrifying!
Which Dream character would you pick as your Valentine ❤ and why?
I would pick Cupid, just to get his take on the whole Valentine thing, I know it is a busy day for him but it would be great to chat.
What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?
Believe it or not, a Young Vic production of Troilus and Cressida in 1975 (or so). I didn’t understand everything but the staging and the words were thrilling!
What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A View From the Bridge at The Young Vic.
You’re hosting a dinner party. Who are your 3 dream guests?
I would like to invite three characters I have played and find out how the show was for them, did we miss anything, did they feel represented properly etc, did they have any opinions about our interpretation, questions they wanted to ask, did other actors get closer to their truth… – so Alfieri, Iago and, why not, Theseus/Oberon (I know that is four really or is it…?)
There’s a common conception that hearing about other people’s dreams are boring. Tell us about your least-boring dream. 😴 zzzz
Don’t be sad, it is a long time ago but my Dad died on Christmas day. That night I dreamt he hitched a ride in Santa’s sleigh, asking to be dropped off at a resting place in the sky!
If you hadn’t become an actor, what job would you be doing now?
Teaching has always appealed. I have done a bit and I always enjoy it.
Who is your ultimate hero and why?
I am not really a hero kind of person. I think we are a little bit too obsessed by individual glory. I admire great teams, so the 2016 Hockey team I would say are my heroes (currently) and, of course, the glorious ensemble company that is the A Midsummer Night’s Dream Team.
If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Very happy to be able to inhabit Oberon’s Invisibility at the moment, I hear some great gossip and I can influence events in a truly intriguing way.
What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
On this show probably having a wee as we are going to be on stage throughout. I did the same on A View From The Bridge and I should probably list “bladder control” as a special skill on my CV.