Lime interview - Theatre
Interview with Don Warrington
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
This month Lime caught up with Don Warrington ahead of his performance in Driving Miss Daisy at the Fairfield Halls.
This month Driving Miss Daisy returns to the stage, with a fantastic much- loved cast. A charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship that blossoms between a prickly, elderly southern matriarch, Daisy Werthan (Gwen Taylor) and her kind-hearted chauffeur, Hoke Colburn played by Don Warrington.
The production has broken records on Broadway and played to sold-out audiences in London’s West End. David Esbjornson’s award-winning, smash hit production was inspiration for the much-loved Oscar-winning smash hit movie that has dazzled audiences and critics alike.
Lime got a chance to have a quick chat with the leading actor Don Warrington who is chiefly known for playing Philip Smith in Rising Damp, performing with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic. As well as a whole host of acting roles; He also partnered with Latin American dancer, Lilia Kopylova in the sixth series of BBC’s Strictly come dancing. Ahead of rehearsals, he tells us about his irresistibly heart-warming character and shares his top tip for breaking in to the world of theatre.
How are you preparing for your role in Driving Miss Daisy?
Learning about the period, the conditions he (his character) would live
under; the geography and the social climate.
Tell us about the character you play.
It's hard to make a judgement about the character at this stage, it's
early days, but he is a man who understands who he is, his situation and
tries to survive within it.
What can the audience expect from the performance?
The best I can do... It’s not for me to say!
You have a long list of acting credits on screen and on stage, which do you prefer?
Depends on the part!
What has been the highlight of your acting career?
Every part is a new challenge, and the highlight is usually in the past- you are usually 'building' in the present.
What else are you working on?
I have other projects in the pipeline.
When you’re not working, what do you like doing in your down time?
Playing the saxophone.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to break into this industry?
Be sure it's what you want to do.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
What is the importance of Black History Month?
It's a very vital educational tool for ALL communities.
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