Tell us more about the play you're producing? When and how was it written and/or developed?
The original idea for the show was simple: what would it be like for Tim to perform a one-man show, but with two other versions of himself on stage? Tim acts on stage telling a story with two audio speakers - each with recordings of his own voice. We wanted to create a show in which the form and content of the performance cannot exist apart. With a story about mistaken identity involving multiple Tims, there was only really one way to tell the story.
And what's the background of your theatre company?
Well, ‘Shepard Tone’ is a brand new company (of two people!). This is our first performance to a wider audience that will not be solely made up of our friends and Mums. We want to make theatre that is playful, unpredictable and performed above a pub.
Tim Chapman, who is the writer and performer, and Alexander Hick, who is the director and technician!
For how long have you been working on this show and how has it changed over time?
‘An Abundance of Tims’ was originally made as a 20-minute piece for a scratch performance night at the Unscene Festival in November 2016. We began our process by wanting to test the capabilities of how the story could be told with a live performer and two recorded voices. We had grand ideas for props and set, however as rehearsals progressed we realised that there needed to be continuity of how the story is told. The tool to tell the story is voice. Tim’s voice makes up every single aspect of the show.
What were the biggest challenges in bringing your show to life?
Trying not to overcomplicate the story, and developing the relationship between Tim the performer, and the Tim speakers.
And what can we most look forward to from your production?
A story, a production and a performer that all slowly lose control.
'An Abundance of Tims' runs on 29th & 30th March at 7.30pm.