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PULSE PREVIEWS: I, Malvolio – Tim Crouch


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

It’s two sentences when it’s been asked to be one.

An existential bare-knuckle howl against the tyranny of the crowd. A savagely funny philosophical clown show about how we get our kicks.

Is this your first visit to the Pulse Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

First visit.

Malvolio hates the Pulse Festival because it is a cess-pit of liberal, woolly-minded do-goodery housed in a theatre named after a notorious Roman Catholic. I don’t know how he will be able to set foot in it. He hates you and all you stand for.

However, he loves Ipswich because it was awarded the UK Cleanest Town Award in 2007.

How has the show developed on the way to Ipswich?

No two performances are the same; it’s different every time. I’m a piece of grit within the oyster of the audience. I get inside them and rub them up the wrong way and something beautiful is made. We adopt rôles and we play together. We both win and we both lose. I’m master of ceremonies, but I’m also prime victim. My rôle is to cling to the script like crazy while completely letting go.

How have you been preparing for Pulse?

Washing less. Praying more.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Pulse offerings?

It’s probably sexier than all the others.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Pulse (apart from your own!)?

I have failed to see Christopher Brett-Bailey’s This is How We Die. I will fail to see it at Pulse, too. This is how I fail to see it.

If your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?

A turkey-cock, obviously. Or a wood-cock.


I, Malvolio plays at the Pulse Festival, Ipswich on Saturday 6th June.

For more information visit www.pulseipswich.co.uk

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