INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Dario Coates

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Recently nominated for an ‘Off West End award for Best Male Performance’ in the play Sid at the Arts theatre, Dario Coates is also recognised for Coronation Street, ITV’s Endeavour and Another Country at the Trafalgar Studios. His next part takes him to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing Danny in Penthouse, where audiences will be plunged into the dark side of the banking underworld.

Here, Dario talks to Break A Leg about the piece, his character and why we should all go and see the show.

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about the piece and your character

Penthouse is a claustrophobic play set over one night in a penthouse of a swanky London hotel. Ewan the main character battles his demons by having one last hurrah. I play Danny, a loud, confrontational and sadistic banker friend of Ewan’s who crashes the party. He is everything Ewan is scared of becoming.

What was your initial impression of the script?

I’ve been friends with Ed since drama school where I saw the play in it’s first incarnation: a 30 minute dissertation piece. I thought it was a great idea then so I was glad when he asked me to be on board. Since I first read it, it’s grown and grown thanks to Ed’s willingness to workshop..

Was it easy to translate from page to stage?

That’s always the end goal so it wasn’t difficult.

Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?

Yes. Initially the character of Danny was a slightly more comic relief role. I wanted to play him with something darker. Luckily Ed’s allowed all the actors a lot of input..

How does the space lend itself to the piece?

Like I said it’s a claustrophobic play that focuses on the character interactions and The Space on Niddry Street is a very intimate space.

What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?

If you’re interested in the relentless physiological effect of what capitalism can do, look no further. Or if you just want to see actors snorting fake coke for 50 mins, wishing they’d not asked for it in rehearsals.

Thanks again to Dario, wishing you all the best with the run!

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