Prized role of Puck plucked
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.