With a terrible roar, the vehicle from hell heaves itself out of the ground. On board: bundle of power Daniel Bill (58), the boldest actor in Switzerland. He roars at full speed with his four-wheeled quad across the huge stage of “Silo 8” in Olten. And what jumps he makes. Spectacular!
Starting this Thursday, Bill slips back into the role of former pimp Danilo. In the new recording of the successful piece by Karl’s kühne Gassenschau, he tries to break out of a crazy old people’s home of the future. “The spectators can expect spectacle, fun, but also moments that move them to tears,” promises Daniel Bill.
The play, which takes place on a stage made of rusty shipping containers, has been «reloaded» for the new season in Olten. For example, for the refreshed Edition 2022, Dr. Wolf an even more vicious Frau Dr. Wolf – newly played by Nicole Steiner (43).
The story is still rolling in: the home management tries to realize their frightening progress scenario. The seniors have to give their personal reminders to reception so that they can be cared for more easily.
“The piece requires a lot of strength and stamina,” points out Bill. So Danilo and his buddy Wädi (Paul Weilenmann) deliver breakneck chases. “I rush him around on the quad and he me on his motorized ‘wheelchair’.” Blonde Bill with the lion’s mane also provides thrills on a 13 meter high tower. “I’m not even secured up there. It’s not without risk,” he points out.
Recharge your batteries with the horses
With 100 push-ups a day and intensive dumbbell training, the mime keeps fit for his role. “But I also recharge my batteries in the stable. I always carry around 30-kilo feed bags for our six horses,” he says.
The actor lives with his wife Marlène (38), a remedial teacher and successful show jumper, and their four children on a farm in Aargau. In addition to the horses, this also includes ponies – and a whole petting zoo.
The centerpiece is warmblood mare Contessa (16), “a horse to fall in love with”. She draws Bill in when he treats people. Because powerhouse Bill recently completed training in horse-assisted coaching.
Things are less idyllic in the gloomy futuristic retirement home of Silo 8. There, the inmates of the home are smuggled through the car wash in their nightgowns on iron hangers. The «oldies» are properly dealt with. But they don’t give up and fight for their memories. “I can live out so many adventurous boy things in ‘Silo 8’. It’s just a lot of fun,” enthuses Daniel Bill.