Ahead of next week’s run of Shakespeare In Bits, we’re putting some questions to the trio of thespians who’ll be taking the scalpel to William Shakespeare. First up is Mr. Stephen Colfer.
1. Describe Shakespeare In Bits in 5 words.
It is a good play
2. Which Shakespearean character would you most like to play? And why?
The Dog from Two Gentlemen of Verona. Best comedic part in theatrical history.
3. Was Hamlet really crazy or was he taking the piss?
I’m told in the orginal screenplay it was a parody but Mel Gibson made it appear far more brutal and realistic in the final cut. Hamlet was the one with the lad on the cross right?
5. What’s your favourite part of Shakespeare In Bits to perform?
My one-man modern interpretation of Othello is a hoot. There’s a pirate in it and all.
A Kilkenny summers day? I guess i am pretty damp…
8. You’re trapped on an island, Tempest style, with only one Shakespearean character for company… who would it be and why? Why???
The Apothecary from Romeo and Juliet. Because he has drugs and drugs are really cool (Note to Young Audience Members: They are not)
If you know your Shakespeare then you’ll see a funny, fast and hopefully insightful show highlighting exactly why Shakespeare is the best at what he does. If you don’t know your Shakespeare then you can laugh at the fart jokes and Eddie Murphy’s name.
Ask me again when my dad dies and Uncle Kevin goes after the mammy.
Stephen Colfer will be appearing in Shakespeare In Bits which runs from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25 October in Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny. Tickets can be booked on 056 – 7762573 and are €8. There will be a matinee show on Sunday October 25th at 4pm for the price of €5. As part of the Rockfall Festival, all proceeds will go to the O’Neill Centre.
The show will then travel to Dublin for performance in the Ha’Penny Bridge Inn on November 5th.