We chatted to the actor about starring in CampSiegfried at the Old Vic Theatre.

Luke Thallon and Patsy Ferran (c)Manuel Harlan

Hi Luke – could you explain a bit more about what Camp Siegfried is about? I suppose it’s essentially a love story, set during of the one the most gruesome and unbelievable periods in history. Bess has mixed infatuation, indoctrination, the nature of hate and discrimination in with the overwhelming experience of first love. And it’s quite funny, too.

What were your first impressions of Bess Wohl’s play when you read it?  How the hell am I going to learn all this.

How does it feel to be coming back to the Old Vic Theatre? I’d like every job I do to be at the Old Vic. It’s my favourite theatre.

Could you tell me more about the character that you play? He’s an axe swirling, beer drinking, proud German-American. I think I’m quite ponderous, he’s front footed and electrified when incensed. Bridging that gap has been fun. I’d love to do more American plays. I have a new found, huge admiration for the great American theatre actors: George C Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards. How they did those marathons eight times a week, and so often, it’s remarkable.

What can audiences expect from the production? Bess is one of the most brilliantly generous writers I’ve ever worked with. I think she’s writing material for actors that is truly one of a kind. I’d love for audiences to come to witness Patsy Ferran once again do absolutely astonishing, important work. And to add Katy Rudd (our director) and Bess to their list of creatives to admire. It’s an incredible team all round.

How would you describe Camp Siegfried? True drama. Electric. Come see.

By Emma Clarendon

Camp Siegfried continues to play at the Old Vic Theatre until the 30th October.