A story of a man who decides to be a dancer. Daniel’s living the patriarchal dream, everything that should bring happiness. It hasn’t. He discovers what he really wants, but is it what he needs? A comedy about male ego and dancing by Ed Eales-White. Ed spoke with The Fountain about Who Is Daniel King and the influences behind it.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, it is, I’m looking forward to it, the first time in four years and with a new show that’s premiering at the fringe.
TF: Who Is Daniel King certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
A new comedy play. It’s the story of a man who decides to be a dancer. Daniel’s living a life he thought would bring him happiness, it hasn’t. He discovers what he really wants but is it what he needs?
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Well, I had my first child with my wife last year and earlier this year I decided to write a new live show. I wanted it to be about a man who has a wife and a young child and then decides to be a dancer. Because I think a small part of me in an alternate dimension would like to be a dancer but mainly it’s a very expressive and positive thing to want to do juxtaposed with the (often) male privilege to abandon responsibility and get lost in your own head.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?/Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
My days are going to mostly consist of entertaining my daughter and then entertaining an audience (hopefully). Sounds bloody exhausting but I’m looking forward to it. Not really any tips to first-time performers, just enjoy. Yes, I’ve been to the fringe before, the first time in 2007, obviously there are lots of great shows, but also quite looking forward to going to the beach.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Who Is Daniel King?
Depending on how it goes, I’d love there to be a life for Who Is Daniel King beyond the fringe. Hopefully lots of exciting and fulfilling acting and writing jobs.
Ed Eales-White brings his show Who Is Daniel King to Assembly Rooms, Powder Room, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from 1st – 24th August at 18:55.