Playing Shakespeare’s Juliet at the Crucible, Morfydd Clark feels at home. “There’s a few other Welsh people in the cast and artistic director Daniel Evans – who I didn’t even know was Welsh before – so I’ve got a little bit of Wales in Sheffield,” she says.
The production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Jonathan Humphreys and co-starring Freddie Fox is in fact her first Shakespeare.
“I went through the Welsh language system at school so I did Saunders Lewis instead. He called himself the Welsh Shakespeare. I went to drama school and there was a strong classical training there but that is probably the most similar thing I’ve done.
“At first the language is daunting but you just need to focus on what’s written and realise most of the work is done for you,” she continues. “It’s so clever and just carries you through it although at first it feels like you are diving off a very high diving board into a waterfall.”
Her previous stage role was in Violence and Son at the Royal Court, a contemporary drama set in the Welsh valleys. “It couldn’t be more different – the clue is in the title,” she says.
She had a leading role in sci fi action film The Call Up about an elite group of online gamers who get a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the art reality video game.
Most recently she filmed Love and Friendship directed by American Wilt Stillman, adapted from a short story by Jane Austen, and filmed in Dublin. “It was wonderful, playing opposite Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny,” she says.
Both films are due out next year.
“I feel incredibly lucky that within my casting I have got to play a variety of roles from Kate Beckinsale’s daughter and we both fall for the same man to a Welsh teenager from the Valleys in Violence and Son.”
And now, of course, a lovestruck teenager in Verona.
Romeo and Juliet is at the Crucible until October 17.