Prized role of Puck plucked

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Actress, dancer and stunt fighter Am­ber Rose feels like she was born to per­form.

‘‘I love peo­ple and I want to reach them in a way I know how, by telling sto­ries through film and theatre that chal­lenge the way they see the world,’’ she says.

Rose plays the no­to­ri­ous trick­ster Puck in the Auck­land Sum­mer Shake­speare event A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream di­rected by Michael Hurst.

The com­edy por­trays a tan­gled web of love af­fairs and is mainly set in an en­chanted for­est.

Puck is a myth­i­cal crea­ture who causes mis­chief among the lovers.

Rose says the trick­ster was at the top of her Shake­speare wish­list of char­ac­ters to play, as she iden­ti­fies with the role.

‘‘I’m from a westie fam­ily of three pretty wild broth­ers and cheeky par­ents which is prob­a­bly why I’ve al­ways wanted to play Puck.’’

She says per­form­ing in Shake­speare pro­duc­tion has own unique chal­lenges.

‘‘My per­sonal chal­lenge is work­ing out how to make sure I de­liver the dia­logue in a way that the au­di­ence un­der­stands what I’m say­ing, while also want­ing to add my own char­ac­ter in­ter­pre­ta­tion.’’

Over the past five decades Auck­land Sum­mer Shake­speare has pro­vided a launch pad for a wealth of cel­e­brated tal­ent.

Rose says the most in­ter­est­ing part of be­ing in the pro­duc­tion is work­ing with the cast and crew.

‘‘So many of them, es­pe­cially Michael Hurst, are in­cred­i­bly versed in Shake­speare – ev­ery

a its re­hearsal is like be­ing in a Shake­speare mas­ter­class with the amount of learn­ing go­ing on.’’

Rose has been in­volved in projects such as Xena: War­rior Princess and has per­formed in the­atres in Lon­don. She is trained in mar­tial arts and re­cently re­turned from Ja­pan where she played Ariel in the Tokyo Dis­ney­land show The Lit­tle Mer­maid.

Trick­ster: Actress Am­ber Rose re­lates to the Shake­spearean char­ac­ter and no­to­ri­ous trick­ster Puck, who she is play­ing in an up­com­ing pro­duc­tion.

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