IMAGE – Drama teacher Timothy Evans faces up to The Bard

On Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October 2014, IB Theatre Year 12 presents ‘Shakespeare 4 Dummies’, a revue style performance of the works of William Shakespeare. Ahead of the show, we sat down with its creator and producer, drama teacher Timothy Evans.

What made you choose a revue style?
Half my IB class are new people. I had no idea what drama skills they would bring. I had no idea if we would get last minute additions. At present we have 4 oldies and 4 newbies. A full length play looked over ambitious.

Is this an original show?
No. I have borrowed many skits from the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue. It has been performed in KL at The Actors Studio and in Japan with the Tokyo International Players. Google has supplied more, like the Noir Hamlet.

What is special about revue?
There is no story line. There is a new skit every 4 minutes. It requires characterisation, dexterity,versatility, precision which should all lead to wit.  We hope the audience will find it funny and be less scared of The Bard.

Are you in it? You have made a habit of appearing in IB shows.
Yes, I am afraid I am.  I do the music and  appear in a Monty Python sketch.  The IB students told me I was doing it.

How is the IB group doing in rehearsal?
They are beginning to gel. They make me laugh. They appear to see that Revue is a wonderful medium. One minute you are dying in Hamlet. The next minute you are on horse back in Richard III.

What do you say to them a lot?
Learn your lines.

‘Shakespeare 4 Dummies’ will be performed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October 2014 in The Drama Studio, with two shows at 4pm and 6pm on each day. Tickets are available now from the Community Information & Support office in the Primary building. Tickets are free, but entry is for Year 7 students and above only. Limited seating available.

For more information, contact Timothy Evans: [email protected]