Five questions with Deathtrap’s Sam Phillips

Kim Wall and Sam Phillips in Deathtrap at Salisbury Playhouse (Credit Keith Pattison) 2

Kim Wall and Sam Phillips in Deathtrap at Salisbury Playhouse (Photo by Keith Pattison)

What attracted you to the role of Clifford Anderson? 

Having the chance to work with our director Adam [Penford] was the first thing that got me excited about it. Then I looked at the script and saw how complex Cliff’s character is and I knew it would be too interesting and too much fun to turn down.

You have some very physical scenes in the play – how do you prepare for these each night? 

Each day before a show Kim [Wall, who plays Sidney] and I block through the moves at half speed so we feel calm and confident to go full throttle during the show.

How did you find learning the fight choreography?

Exhilarating! So much fun learning how to make it look as real and visual pleasing to the audience as possible. It’s all thanks to our fight director Rachel Bown-Williams that we pull it off, she’s incredible.

 Your career has been a mix of stage work, film and television – what do you particularly enjoy about theatre?

Getting to rehearse for a few weeks, it’s always one of my favourite parts of doing theatre. That and feeding off an audience- they help to make the show different every night.

How would you describe Clifford in five words?

Calculating, passionate, charming, manipulative, psychotic!

Deathtrap runs at Salisbury Playhouse until Saturday 27 February 2016. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com.

Sam Phillips in Deathtrap at Salisbury Playhouse (Credit Keith Pattison)

Sam Phillips in Deathtrap at Salisbury Playhouse (Photo by Keith Pattison)

 

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