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Day 26 - An Actor's Choice No. 3

Continuing our thread of actors we love, talking about plays they love...


This is Dundee Rep Ensemble's brilliant Irene Macdougall talking about Hamlet and his contemplation 'What A Piece of Work is Man' - a fantastic study in melancholy - which feels so appropriate to this moment, beginning as it does:


'I have of late (but, wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth...'


Here is Irene introducing the play and why she loves this speech:


And here is Hamlet:



This speech in the play is delivered by Hamlet to his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - who are themselves the protagonists of Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. So this forms a perfect partner piece to Grant O'Rourke, An Actor's Choice No. 1 which you can listen to here in our archive.




Irene Macdougall


Irene is a member of Dundee Rep Ensemble.

Her recent work for Dundee Rep includes: Oor Wullie, Tay Bridge; A-Z of Dundee; All My Sons; The Yellow on The Broom; Deathtrap; A Christmas Carol; The Maids; August: Osage County; Death of a Salesman; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui; The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil; Little Red and The Wolf; The Glass Menagerie; Hecuba; Time and The Conways; The Tempest; Sweet Bird of Youth; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (winner of the 2009 CATS Best Actress); The Graduate; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Peter Gynt; Talking Heads (actor and director), Macbeth, Elephant Man, Little Voice, Dancing at Lughnasa, Duchess of Malfi, The Seagull... and many many more. For Dundee Rep, Irene has directed: The 39 Steps, Much Ado About Nothing, Whiskey Galore and Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen.

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