11 Questions with Brendan Cowell

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1. Can you describe your character in Life of Galileo in three words?

Brave, wise and naive.

2. What’s it been like working with Joe Wright?

Joe’s a bit of a visionary. He has wild ideas but the uncanny ability to make them all assimilate effortlessly. And he has a big sweet heart!

3. How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Well, we rehearse a lot. On Yerma, the script was being written whilst we worked, whereas with Brecht it seems crucial to analyse the text thoroughly before expereincing it.

4. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

We’ve taken a dense old play about science and tempted it into a sexy and visceral night of dreams and brutality.

5. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Getting dressed! I never got into drama school so I lack proper preparation. I try and make people relax.

6. What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Hamlet (all three)

7. If you could travel anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?

I am scared of the ocean and of anything beyond the earth, unlike Galileo. I’m happy with all I know to be real.

8. What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?
My sisters were singers and dancers growing up. Watching them made me want to make things up.

9. Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?
I would have liked to meet Jeff Buckley and maybe drive along the coast of Spain with him.

10. If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Will Power.

11. If you could relocate to another planet, which would it be and why?
No, I can barely control my feelings and curiosities for this weird and wonderful joint called Earth.

Life of Galileo runs 6 May – 1 July at the Young Vic directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice).  Brendan Cowell plays Galileo following his acclaimed performance in Yerma.  Book tickets now.

Photo credit: Johan Persson

Just released! A limited number of tickets for the opening night of Yerma

For the return of Yerma, the opening night on Saturday 29 July will be a special performance to raise funds for our Directors Program which supports emerging directors across the UK.

The production just won two Olivier awards on Sunday, adding to Billie Piper’s previous wins for this role including Best Actress Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Best Actress Critic’s Circle Theatre Awards and Best Actress WhatsOnStage Awards.

Tickets for the performance and an after party with the cast and creative team are priced at £250. All proceeds go towards our Directors Program.

As the most extensive scheme of its kind, the Directors Program offers support for professional directors at an early stage of their career. Opportunities include skills workshops, exploratory projects and paid assistant directing roles.

NT Live will also be broadcasting a performance live to cinemas across the world on 31 August (with encore screenings to follow). Book for NT Live now.

Book tickets to the Opening Night

Yerma | cast announcement

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We’ve got some exciting Yerma casting news for you. Billie Piper will be joined by Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan, Charlotte Randle and Thalissa Teixeira. Take a look below and get to know the cast and for a sneak peek behind the scenes of our photoshoot with Billie Piper – click here.

Simon Stone’s version of  Yerma runs at the Young Vic from 28 Jul – 24 Sept. £10 tickets available. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/yerma

Maureen Beattie

Maureen Beattie
Previous Young Vic: The Skin of Our Teeth.
Theatre includes: Right Now (Ustinov/Bush/Traverse); John Gabriel Barclay (Oran Mor), The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Rose, Kingston); Dark Road, Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Noises Off (Old Vic tour); No Quarter, Waiting Room Germany (Royal Court); Enquirer, 27 (National Theatre Scotland); The Masterbuilder (Chichester),The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello (National Theatre); This Wide Night (Soho/Clean Break); Ghosts, Acting Up (Citizens); The Histories, Richard III, Titus Andronicus,The Man Who Came To Dinner, Mary and Lizzie, King Lear, Macbeth,The Constant Couple (RSC); Medea (Theatre Babel/Edinburgh Festival), Rebecca (UK tour); Small Change, The Taming of the Shrew (Sheffield Crucible); The Deep Blue Sea (Nottingham Playhouse), Candida (Plymouth/Salisbury), Hard to Get, The Widows of Clyth (Traverse), Othello (Lyric Hammersmith) and Daisy Pulls It Off (Gielgud).
Film includes: Spores, The List and The Decoy Bride.
Television includes: Outlander Series 2, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2014, Vera, Moving On-Letting Go, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Lewis, The Worst Week Of My Life, The Last Musketeer, City Central, A Wing and a Prayer, Ruffian Hearts,Taggart, The Long Roads, Bramwell, All Night Long,The Chief and Casualty.

Brendan Cowell

Brendan Cowell
Theatre includes: The Wild Duck (Barbican, UK tour, Vienna and Amsterdam tour); Once in Royal David’s City, Miss Julie (Belvoir, Sydney); The Dark Room (nominated for Best Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards; Company B); True West, Dissident, Goes Without Saying, Far Away, The Shape of Things (Sydney Theatre Company) and MEN (Old Fitzroy). Film includes: Last Cab to Darwin, Broke, Black Chook, Observance, Beneath Hill 60 (nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film, Australian Film Institute Awards); I Love You Too, Save Your Legs!, Noise (winner of Best Actor in a Feature Film, Film Critics Circle Awards; nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film, Australian Film Institute Awards and Inside Film Awards) and To End All WarsTelevision includes: Brock, The Let Down, The Outlaw Michael Howe (also written and directed), The Borgias (Series 3);  Love My Way (nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, ASTRA Awards, Most Popular TV Actor, Silver Logie Awards and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, TV Week Awards as well as contributing several episodes over three series). Credits as a writer (UK) include: Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Rabbit (Frantic Assembly UK tour), The Slap (nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy Award) and Ruben Guthrie (also directed; 2015 BFI London Film Festival).

John MacMillan

John Macmillan
Previous Young Vic: The Members of the Wedding and In The Red and Brown Water.
Theatre includes: The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios); Children’s Children, The Last Days of Judas (Almeida); Sympathy For A Psycopath (Edinburgh Festival); Dream Weaver (Hull Truck); Titus Andronicus (National Drama Festival, Scarborough); Cymbeline (Cheek by Jowl World Tour); Piranha Heights (Soho); Macbeth (nominated for the Ian Charleson Award; Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Hamlet (nominated for the Ian Charleson Award; Donmar/Broadway). Film includes: Fury, Maleficent, World War Z, The Dark Knight Rises, Hanna and HeartlessTelevision includes: This Windsors, Chewing Gum, Hoff the Record, Critical, New Tricks, Silk Series 1-3, Miranda Unwrapped, Sherlock Homes: The Blind Banker and Hustle.

Billie PiperBillie Piper
Theatre includes: Great Britain, The Effect – Best Actress Olivier nomination, (National Theatre); Reasons To Be Pretty (Almeida) and Treats (Garrick). Film includes: City of Tiny Lights, Animals United, Things To Do Before You’re 30, The Calcium Kid and Spirit Trap. Television includes: Penny Dreadful Series 1-3, Foxtrot, Doctor Who Series 1-3, True Love, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, A Passionate Woman, Mansfield Park, The Shadow in the North, The Ruby in the Smoke, Much Ado About Nothing, Bella and the Boys and Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale.

 

Charlotte RandleCharlotte Randle
Previous Young Vic: Public Enemy and King Lear (also Liverpool Everyman Playhouse).
Theatre includes: Birdland, Muse and Poem, Open Court – Actors and Poems (Royal Court); Deluge (Hampstead); Medea (Almeida); The Lyons (Menier Chocolate Factory); The King’s Speech (Tour & West End); Decade Ensemble (Headlong); Lingua Franca (Finborough/59E59 New York); Love the Sinner, Mother Courage, Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre); All About My Mother (Old Vic); Rabbit Bella (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios); Rabbit Bella (59E59, New York); Don Carlos (also West End), Iphigenia, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Man Who Had All The Luck (Sheffield Crucible); Fuddy Meers (Birmingham Rep/Arts Theatre); Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse/New Ambassadors); The Taming of the Shrew and The Dispute (also Lyric Hammersmith) (RSC). Film includes: Being Considered, Joyride, The Honest Courtesan and The Token King. Television includes: Father Brown, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Silent Witness, Legacy, Holby City, Doctors, The Bill, Casualty, The IT Crowd, The Brides in the Bath, EastEnders, McCallum, The Miller’s Tale and Lord Elgin. Radio includes: The Gambler, The Other Man, Don Carlos and The Ideal Heroine.

Thalissa Teixeira

Thalissa Teixeira
Theatre includes: The Night Watch (Royal Exchange); BU21 (Theatre 503); The Broken Heart, The Changeling (Globe) and Electra (Old Vic). Film includes: TakedownTelevision includes: The Musketeers.