How people react seeing Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe reveals how people react to seeing ‘The Freak’ in real life

The inmates and staff of Wentworth Prison are rightfully scared of Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson and rightfully so – the fearsome villain has killed, maimed, tortured and psychologically abused countless victims and her reign of terror is about to kick off again now that she is alive.

But despite her character’s notoriety, Pamela Rabe has admitted that she is pleasantly surprised by the reaction she gets when people see her out and about – and she often forgets she is even in the show and that it might be a double take for someone to see The Freak buying her groceries, without any leather gloves donned.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I do just walk round supermarkets and keep forgetting. It’s extraordinary the global reach that Wentworth has but in Australia it is still on a pay to view platform so has a relatively small proportion of viewership.

‘Having said that, over the years, it’s just hitting a critical masse and people know the series and characters and I am taken by surprise. People love the show but what surprises me is that they can still know the line between fiction and real life. It’s pretty rare that anyone approaches me and screams ‘Freak!’ or runs away across the street screaming!

‘Mostly they tend to be enthusiastic and often speak to me and address me by my name, not Joan’s s that makes me feels so good – I see that as a gesture of respect for me and the show. I am thrilled – I have never been involved in a show that has this kind of international reach. But I am not surprised because it is such a high quality show.’

And Pamela herself is just as much a fan of the show herself.

She added: ‘One of our newer actors, Jane Hall who plays Ann Reynolds – she’s just a newbie to the experience as well. She keeps telling me while she is watching the new series, she says: ‘I get so wrapped up in it and then a scene comes up and I gasp “Oh, that’s me, I’m in it!”.

‘Funnily enough, I feel the same way, I get incredibly drawn in and then I pop up and I feel “Wait! That’s me! I’m in the show, I’m so lucky!”

‘They put cat nip in these episodes – just one more episode before I go to bed! But there’s so much to come up, it’s tricky not to give spoilers because there are so many big things to happen.’

Watch this space – as a shocking development is to come with life changing consequences…

By Duncan Lindsay

Source: metro.co.uk

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Ever since Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson donned her leather gloves and strode into Wentworth Prison, there have been definite and undeniable vibes between her and Vera Bennett – and Pamela Rabe, who plays the returning former governor, has revealed that they love playing with that side of the relationship. With an almost Killing Eve edge to their cat and mouse relationship, the pair don’t only loathe each other but also seem to almost enjoy the chase, have a warped mutual respect and a real co-dependency. With some fans even shipping the pair as an end game couple, Pamela smiled when speaking with us at Metro.co.uk: ‘It was born out of the relationship that Kate and I found in the very first scenes we shot. We enjoyed each other as fellow performers and a dynamic was set up. ‘It was interesting and oddly co-dependant as a mentorship relationship. They found a level of trust and shared secrets. Kate and I get off on performing with each other so the fact we enjoy each others’ company probably fed into the writer’s room. So in time yes, it became very deliberate and we’re all very aware of it and enjoy playing with that.

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Pamela Rabe praises fan power that saved show from the axe

Pamela Rabe also teases ‘the Freak’s’ return from the dead as “surprising and delicious”

Australian drama Wentworth Prison had its sentenced extended after fans campaigned to save it from the axe and secured another two seasons for the gritty reboot of cult favourite Prisoner: Cell Block H.

A final 20 episodes airing as two series of 10 will wrap up the hit show, with the shock return of iconic baddie Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson jump-starting season eight which begins on 5STAR from Wednesday 5th August.

The sadistic prison warden, and occasional inmate, was seemingly buried alive in 2017 as a punishment for her catalogue of crimes, but as glimpsed in the closing moments of the last season she has miraculously risen from the dead. In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Pamela Rabe reveals her character’s resurrection would not have been possible without the fans’ successful campaign to reverse the Foxtel network’s original decision to end at season seven.

Pamela Rabe | Wentworth Season 8 Episode 2“I’ve never known a response from the audience on this scale,” says the acclaimed actress, who won Australian TV’s most prestigious award, the Silver Logie, for the role in 2018. “As with the original Prisoner series the fan loyalty is incredible and seems to have been multiplied with our show.

“It reaches so many countries and different communities (it’s broadcast in 158 territories), people are touched by the show and affected by it. I credit the writers as they sprinkle scripts with catnip, there is a real binge-ability to it. I find myself watching one episode and I have to keep going, it’s very addictive.

“Season seven had all but wrapped which everyone thought would be the last, but after the fan outcry and maybe the awards we won, the network decided to give it one last hurrah. The writers always knew there was more to Ferguson’s story, and once the show was saved it was an opportunity to complete some unfinished business.” Read More

Pamela Rabe | The Return of The Freak

Return of The Freak

Pamela Rabe on set of Wentworth Season 8If Wentworth fans were shocked Joan “The Freak” Ferguson has come back from the dead they’re not alone. Pamela Rabe, who plays the psychotic governor-turned-prisoner, believed The Freak was, well, dead and bur-ied alive after leaving 2017’s cliffhanger in a coffin.

“I assumed Joan was gone, and she’d gone out with a bang,” Rabe said. “I was as surprised as anyone to get the phone call (to return to the show) but I’m thrilled it happened. I didn’t expect to come back to Wentworth, and I don’t think many of my fellow cast members knew until I rocked up to the set again.

“I always said to the producers I have no problem going, when you think the character has run its course, just let me know, but please let me go out with a bang. And I thought it can’t get better than that, that’s fabulous, but we’ll see.”

The new series sees The Freak continue her revenge on prison boss Vera Bennett. “That story’s not finished,” Rabe said. “There is some extraordinary stuff coming up.”

Wentworth: Redemption starts next Tuesday, with the first of 20 episodes which will see the drama end next year. The pandemic has seen all seven series of Wentworth being discovered — and rediscovered — by viewers.

This month Wentworth has been the third most viewed program on Foxtel’s on demand store, behind only Modern Family and Game Of Thrones. Wentworth Redemption, Foxtel Showcase, Tuesday, 8.30pm


Photos by Foxtel


 

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PAMELA RABE WAS JUST AS SHOCKED AS ANYONE ABOUT HER RETURN TO WENTWORTH, WRITES CAMERON ADAMS

Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson / Kath Maxwell in Wentworth Season 8 RedemptionEven when Joan The Freak’ Ferguson was buried alive in Wentworth three years ago, fans of the hit Foxtel drama series still weren’t convinced she was dead. For Pamela Rabe, whose chilling performance of Ferguson saw her win a Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in 2018, she was certain she’d filmed her final scenes and The Freak had gone for good. While she came back “to haunt (nemesis) Will Jackson” a few times in flashback scenes in the next season, she decompressed from portraying one of Australian television’s darkest characters through comedy (starring in limited series Pitting Adelaide) and her beloved theatre work. But if anyone could cheat death, even when buried in the bush, it was The Freak. Not only was Wentworth saved from being axed in part after fans campaigned for its return, but Rabe got the call back too for the series’ final season, which started filming this year and will play out until 2021.

“I assumed Joan was gone, and she’d gone out with a bang,” Rabe tells The BINGE Guide.

“I was as surprised as anyone to get the phone call but I’m thrilled it happened. I didn’t expect to come back to Wentworth, and I don’t think many of my fellow cast members knew until I rocked up to the set again.

“The story wasn’t finished, not just the Joan Ferguson story but the whole arc of the show. The writing department at Wentworth lay seeds for a very long arc of stories. That long arc wasn’t finished yet. I’m thrilled for them they get to finish this off properly and I’m lucky they considered Joan Ferguson to be a part of that.” Read More

Artists in isolation: Roger Hodgman and Pamela Rabe

Artists in Isolation: Roger Hodgman and Pamela Rabe

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Photograph 51 interview with Pamela Rabe and Nadine Garner

The woman who was cheated of DNA glory goes deeper for Pamela Rabe

It can be mesmerising to see the beauty of what is known, rather unimaginatively, as Photo 51. The photo – resembling a monochrome, mandala-like artwork – was crucial to the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is also a pivot around which Anna Ziegler’s 2008 play Photograph 51 revolves.

At one point the central character, English scientist Dr Rosalind Franklin, stands with the photo in front of her face, staring into its mysteries and potential revelations. Well might we all: as Pamela Rabe notes, this photo is about the secret of life – and the play, which Rabe is directing for the Melbourne Theatre Company, explores that secret at both the scientific and more personal, philosophical level.

The photo, taken in 1952 as part of Franklin’s investigations, is an X-ray “diffraction image” of crystallised DNA. It was vital evidence to identify the structure of DNA – but, in what remains a controversy, Photo 51 was shown without Franklin’s knowledge to another scientist.
The 1962 Nobel prize for medicine went to James Watson, Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin’s colleague, Maurice Wilkins – the man who had shared the photo. The three men – and the play tells us a lot about men of those days – used the image to develop their prize-winning chemical model of DNA while Franklin, with quiet, professional dedication, had unknowingly persevered with her own meticulous work on the problem.

Pamela Rabe and Nadine Garner during a break in rehearsals. Photo: Eddie JimPamela Rabe and Nadine Garner during a break in rehearsals. Photo: Eddie Jim

Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958 when she was 37 – five years after Crick, Watson and Wilkins published their findings in Nature, and four years before they received the Nobel. In the play, these men and two others convene with Franklin to discuss “her place in history”. In one unbroken, energetic act, the play slips between locations and scenes; our imaginations conjure the worlds evoked by the words, especially Franklin’s. Read More

Pamela Rabe | Joan Ferguson returns to Wentworth for Season 8

Kate Atkinson interview about Pamela Rabe’s return to Wentworth

There’s a new interview with Kate Atkinson about the Wentworth season finale on NT News. Here’s the part about Pam:


Apparently there is no coffin that can hold Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson. She is alive and well and living rough on the streets of Melbourne.

That’s how season seven of Wentworth ended, with The Freak surfacing just before the end credits, lurking around in a hoodie, keeping warm around a fire, no doubt plotting her revenge.

Fans of the show had closure on one of Australian TV’s most iconic characters of all time when what was believed to be Ferguson’s corpse was shown in this series.

Ferguson, played to perfection by Pamela Rabe (she joined the show in 2014), was being buried alive by prison guard Will Jackson (Robbie J Magasiva) in last season’s cliffhanger.

However Rabe will return to Wentworth for series eight, which starts filming in Melbourne in October.

Kate Atkinson, who plays The Freak’s one-time mentoree and full-time nemesis — prison governor Vera Bennett — is delighted.

She’s also delighted Vera, who spent the last episode of season seven pregnant and at gunpoint in a siege, made it out alive, with a daughter (born, of course, in the prison’s boiler room).

“I knew quite early on the writers had been strategizing to somehow work The Freak back into the story,” Atkinson says.

Pamela Rabe returns as Joan Ferguson for Wentworth Season 8 | Photo: FoxtelPamela Rabe returns as Joan Ferguson for Wentworth Season 8 | Photo: Foxtel

“Pam Rabe and I have a very happy collaborative relationship. I don’t quite know what’s in store for us, but the Vera and Ferguson story is not finished. We’ve stayed in contact since she left the show but to have her back in the prison is beyond exciting. I can’t say anything but the writers pull off the most implausible things. How do you literally bring someone back from the dead? But they will. They’ve got some cunning and clever storylines for The Freak. It’s fascinating stuff.”

While there’s been some fan backlash to The Freak’s return, Atkinson says viewers should wait until the new episodes air next year to judge.

“The Freak brought a different dimension to the show. Wentworth has never pretended to be a documentary or social realism, it’s heightened, heightened drama. She just brought a whole other kind of theatrical height to this show. The writers loved playing with it. They’re teetering on the edge of the logic of how you make these things work but it works because they’ve told me how they’re doing it. And I think people want to go for the ride. If that means having Pamela Rabe back on your screens we should all be very happy.”

Atkinson says that final scene, with The Freak’s return, was kept deliberately top secret.

“There’s a few other people in that scene, but they’re all crew or writers or staff, so that no one would know The Freak was coming back. All it takes is one loose cannon. That was a very closed set.”

The full interview is available at ntnews.com.au


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