Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Rosy

Ahead of the run, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.

Here we get to know Rosy, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Rosy_McEwenRosy McEwen
Octavia

BOVTS: Emily Webb in Our Town (Circomedia); Deadeye in Treasure Island, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Dysart/ Jill in Equus, Christian/Little Girl in Festen, Queen Mary in Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Alithia/ Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. Pre BOVTS: Becky in We Lost Elijah, Desiree in Pains of Youth (both Stage @ Leeds); Miranda in Waking The Dead, Lizzie Hutton in Cranford (both BBC1).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I’m from London. It was at school that I first came to love drama, taking part in any play I could. I then went off to university and studied something completely different, debating whether acting was something I wanted full time. As soon as I stopped I wanted it back, so ended up at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Who doesn’t love running around pretending to be other people all day?

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I’m playing an array of characters – Plebeian, Artemidora, Caesar’s servant and Octavia. It was important for me to find variation between each one. Luckily the characters are naturally very different. With Octavia, who only comes in at the end of the play, yet has the highest status (being Caesar’s heir) I wanted to make sure she had this the moment she arrived, which I initially struggled with due to her lack of establishment as a character. With the help of Simon, Lynn and Julian they have all helped me to give her strength, as the only female leader it was vital to me that she stood easily among the men.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
The people. The surrounding actors have helped and inspired me to put all the things we’ve been learning into practice. The school offers you so much in terms of technique and everyone develops their own style, which manifests into a creative, innovative and exciting environment.

How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
I can’t wait! It’s more about the professionalism of the whole process, from rehearsals to press night it’s wonderful to experience life at a industry theatre.


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

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