Humphrey played by Dickon Tyrrell
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014)
Written by: Francis Beaumont
These interviews cover the original 2014 production.
Dickon trained at Liverpool University, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Duchess of Malfi, Romeo and Juliet (UAE), King Lear (Europe and St Lucia), Othello, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Hamlet (USA and Mexico). Other theatre includes: Romeo and Juliet (Royal Festival Hall); Rutherford and Son (Northern Stage); Harvest (The Royal Court and national tour); The Merchant of Venice (UK and international tour); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Richard II, Richard III, Julius Caesar, The Devil is an Ass (RSC) andMajor Barbara (Peter Hall Company). Directing includes: Harvest, Mammals (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) and As You Like It (Oxford School of Drama). Television includes: Law and Order UK, The Bill, The Trial of Tony Blair, Coronation Street, Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings, Aberfan, Coup!, Doctors, Peak Practice, Harry and Spender.
“There’s a joy in the rhyme that the audience pick up very quickly, and I think it chimes back to childhood, that we love rhyme.”
In his final interview Dickon discusses the challenges of the production, the audience’s reactions to Humphrey’s rhyming couplets, and his favourite moment in the play.
“It being a comedy [means] every night is different, so there’s that wonderful thing as an actor of remaining aware of your relationship with the audience.”
In his third interview Dickon discusses his thoughts about the play now it has come together as a single piece, and the relationship with the audience.
“Having the focus and concentration to make the character arrive immediately was a challenge, which was really helped by my costume I must say. It’s pink. It’s pink and extremely loud.”
In his second interview Dickon talks about the complicated rehearsal process, his costume, and language homework.
"[It's] a real actor’s play because it is about relationships with actors, with theatre, with performing, with the audience – there are all of those thrilling things for an actor – you are not closed off in the world of the play."
In his first interview, Dickon discusses trying to recreate the playhouse in the rehearsal room and playing two parts: performing as an actor, and performing as an actor acting.