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Actress’s death so graphic it’s making theatre-goers ill

Bryonie Pritchard in Bird of Youth, and, below, a death scene in Titus Adronicus. We've not shown Bryonie's death because it's too graphic - and we don't want to spoil the shock for theatre-goers!

Bryonie Pritchard in Bird of Youth, and, below, a death scene in Titus Adronicus. We've not shown Bryonie's death because it's too graphic - and we don't want to spoil the shock for theatre-goers!

A gory death which is so graphic it has made theatre-goers ill is being performed every night by a Vale actress.

Bryonie Pritchard plays the part of the nurse in the gruesome production of Titus Andronicus at the Globe Theatre, which has been described by critics as similar to a Quentin Tarantino film.

The grisly end is one of 14 horrifying deaths in the play, a revenge tragedy, which is one of Shakespeare’s early works.

Bryonie, 54, who started acting as a tot at her mother Mary’s Downley Lodge School of Speech and Drama in Haddenham, said: “Shakespeare tends to say in the script ‘she or he was killed’ but our director has really gone to town.

“All the characters are killed in a way which is appropriate to them or the character which is killing them.

“I’m killed right under people’s noses and the blood goes flying.

“It is kind of a rape and skewring, and we used lots of clever devices to make it look real – it looks horrible.”

And some audience members, many of whom pay £5 to stand in the historic theatre’s inner circle, have not reacted well to the play’s graphic content.

Bryonie said: “We have had a lot of faintings, and I think that as the summer goes on and it gets hotter people are going to be dropping like flies – luckily we do have a first aid room.

“People love it though, and they come back time and time again.”

Although Bryonie’s life in acting began in Haddenham, she has travelled around the country appearing on the stage and screen.

She recently appeared as the lead in West End play The Mousetrap and understudied for Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird Of Youth at The Old Vic.

But it is her mother Mary, 79, who recently 
retired from her role at Downley Lodge after 50 years, that Bryonie credits with giving her the acting bug.

She said: “It’s all comes from mum really, it’s in the blood.

“She used to act when she was young and then when she got married she opened a dance school which later became the school of speech and drama.

“She still runs the tea dances in Haddenham and does private tuition.”

To find out more about Titus Andronicus , and to buy tickets visit www.shakespearesglobe.com

 

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