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Rob Wilson, Impromptu Shakespeare: Quick Quiz

By | Published on Saturday 3 August 2013

Impromptu Shakespeare

The team from KPS Productions will improvise their way through a brand new Shakespeare-style play everyday of the Festival with ‘Impromptu Shakespeare’ at Underbelly Cowgate. The group’s Rob Wilson answers the Quick Quiz.

TW: Tell us about your show in no more than sixty words.
RW: An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play is made up on the spot irreverently using the themes, characters and language of the Bard.

TW: Tell us about one other show you are planning to see this year.
RW: I really have to see ‘Shitfaced Shakespeare’. One actor in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ gets inebriated and the others have to help them continue to deliver the show.

TW: What made you decide to come to the Edinburgh Fringe?
RW: It’s my first time in Edinburgh and over the years, like a virgin, I have been looking at people coming back from Edinburgh happy and tired, with a kind of irritating glow and peacefulness to them, looking slightly dishevelled, speaking about shows I have never heard of in a patronising and arrogant way. I can’t take that any longer and the time has come for me to make a beautiful union with the Fringe. Luckily it will be four weeks long rather than four minutes. I intend to be a huge culture vulture for the four weeks and experience all the kinks and wild nights that it has to offer.

TW: What have you done to prepare for your Edinburgh show?
RW: We have been rehearsing hard. It’s a funny one rehearsing improvised shows, it’s mostly about not getting stuck in patterns so that every time we do a show it has a unique flavour. For example, we realised that our default choices did not involve any scenes in Rome, so we started to involve the world of Julius Caesar and loads of tortuous scenes. It’s just about adding more colours to your pallet, flavours to your soup or bangers to you setlist.

TW: Scotland’s got an important referendum coming up, if you could instigate your own referendum, what would it be on?
RW: Re-Nationalising all energy suppliers to make them affordable and green.

‘Impromptu Shakespeare’ was performed at Underbelly Cowgate at Edinburgh Festival 2013.