Citizen played by Phil Daniels
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014)
Written by: Francis Beaumont
These interviews cover the original 2014 production.
Phil trained in Improvisation at the Anna Scher Theatre. Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The God of Soho. Other theatre includes: Class Enemy (Royal Court Theatre); This House, Line Em, Carousel, Dealer’s Choice, The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre); Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, The Revenger’s Tragedy, A Clockwork Orange, Oedipus (Ted Hughes) (RSC) and The Beggar’s Opera (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park). Television includes: Holding On, Outlaws, The Long Firm, New Tricks, Eastenders and Meantime. Film includes: Quadrophenia, Scum, Breaking Glass, Chicken Run, Freebird and Vinyl.
“Doing theatre you start out with a play that you can hardly understand, and as you go along it starts to fathom to you what this things about. And they’re much cleverer these plays than they seem to be at first.”
In his final interview Phil talks about his favourite moment of the play, and the challenges of putting the production together.
“It is unusual for me to sit in the audience. But you’ve got to keep in character cause people will often have a look see what bits you like, what you’re watching.”
In his third interview Phil talks about being part of the audience, the challenges of tech week and the audience reactions.
“For the Citizen and his wife, that is our scene. The whole play is our scene.”
In his second interview Phil discusses the rehearsal process, the language of the play and the important scenes for the Citizen.
“Jacobean plays [have] such wonderful stories, and so brilliantly written and so astute and so lyrical. [The playwrights] were kind of like the Bob Dylan of their ages really.”
In his first interview, Phil discusses his initial thoughts on the play, the start of rehearsals, and performing Jacobean plays.