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Emmeline who plays Constable of France in Henry V talks to Tread the Boards

Posted on 17 April, 2017 at 13:55

Tread the Boards talks to Emmeline Braefield who plays Constable of France and the Earl of Cambrige in the award winning theatre company’s production of Henry V, showing this April at the The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.

Emmeline’s main role is The Constable of France. We asked her what she thought about playng the role of the enemy!

“The extremely interesting part of playing a role in a History Play is that you're playing a real person, so there is a host of information to draw upon. Lord Charles Delabreth (or Charles I of Albret) was in his second term of Constable of France when he was killed at the Battle of Agincourt at the age of 46.  

Playing the Constable has been additionally interesting, however, because he is the enemy in the play.  Making a character that an audience can relate to, when the play is angled to show them in a bad light can be extremely tricky. I am lucky, however, in that there is a much less likeable character in the French camp - Prince Dauphin.  He is such an arrogant fool that the audience can sympathise in my dislike of him.  

My favourite scene in the play is the 'horse scene' where, the night before the Battle of Agincourt, the French soldiers discuss the coming fight and allow a witty exchange to become a much more heated argument.  I love Shakespeare's use of language throughout this scene and how perfectly it shows the difference between the French and the English.”

The show is on until the 23rd April at The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Recent rave reviews have been urging people to come and see this fantastic intimate portrayal of Shakespeares Henry V.

About Emmeline Braefield

Having studied French and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London; Emmeline continued her training at Birmingham Theatre School. Emmeline is extremely happy to be returning to The Attic Theatre, but is slightly concerned to be playing another ‘not-so-nice’ character!

Tread the Boards Theatre credits: Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations; Nurse Sandwich in Elephant Man. Other Theatre credits: Macbeth (FRED Theatre), Polar Express (Warner Bros), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rain or Shine), Twelfth Night (MadCap Theatre Productions), Romeo and Juliet (MadCap Theatre Productions). Film/TV: The Travel Show (BBC), My Poor Fool (Two Hats/Shift 7 Films) and Crosswords at the Bench (Sky TV).
Twitter: @EBraefield

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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