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We talk to Dawn Bush who plays Chorus in Henry V

Posted on 17 April, 2017 at 13:10

Tread the Boards talks to Dawn Bush who plays Chorus in the award winning theatre company’s production of Henry V at The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Showing until 23rd April 2017 this rich Shakespearean war story has been collecting raving reviews from local press, tourists and Warwickshire residents.

“You know you’re accepted in a group when they give you a nickname. In rehearsals for Henry, a few of the men have nicknames. However, aren’t I the lucky one? I have two; and because it’s difficult to shorten my name (my sister managed it – she used to call me Dodo and now calls me Sis) it tends to get lengthened. One is my Twitter handle, Dawnydancer (which also gets changed to stuff like Prancydancer and Skydancer) and is a little embarrassing as I put it out there when I started learning Latin dancing, before I returned to professional acting. I am constantly afraid my amateur dance skills will be found out by industry professionals, and I’ll end up with egg on my face.

I'm much happier about my second nickname, which came about when I filled in the form requiring my costume measurements for Henry V. The list was sent out as a table; the first column on the row wanted my first name, Dawn; and the second, my character name, Chorus. I now answer to Dawn Chorus, but I can safely promise I won’t be waking you up at first light by singing my heart out. 

Happily, my character in Henry V doesn’t do any dancing, but does have a bit of prancing about the stage, pretending to be a horse. She’s in a bit of a privileged position – she was Henry’s nurse, and is totally besotted with him; and when the other characters look at her, they don’t see her poor dress, or that she shouldn’t be there amongst the Lords and Ladies– sometimes they don’t even see her at all. She hovers watchfully over Henry, looks out for his interests, and is a chameleon, taking on the colour of whatever scene is happening. She can be a bit bloodthirsty when it comes to the French, and is as proud of Henry as if he had been her own son, so her goal in life is to make others understand the wonder of his story.”

About Dawn Bush

Trained at The Drama Studio – London, Dawn has written songs, short stories, and a series of short episodic plays for children. She has been married for 29 years and has two gorgeous children. Dawn enjoys making Yorkshire pudding, re-upholstering furniture and walking the dog. Since returning to acting after a long break, she has rediscovered that touring is a great – if demanding - way to see the country. 

Theatre credits include: playing Miss Prism, Lane & Merriman in the Importance of Being Earnest and the Dame/Felix the cat in Dick Whittington. Film credits include: Family Secrets and The Seditionist. 

Henry V
By William Shakespeare, 30 March - 23 April 2017
The Attic Theatre, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY
Tickets: £15 (£12 Concession) + booking fee
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