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Meet the Cast! Tim Jeffares

We've interviewed the cast so you can get to know them better. Meet Tim Jeffares!

Tell us about your work as an artist

In short, a tale of two acts with a rather long interval.   I acted as a student and continued in my 20`s while living in London, but then work as a lawyer took over.  More recently, I have been fortunate to reconnect with the theatre here in Tokyo.  My first love was Shakespeare and, maybe because of that, I have always had a strong sense of language, the power of words and the imagery conjured by them.

What is your role in 'Disturbance'?

I play various characters who engage with the story affecting the family at the core of the drama.  Each is affected in a very different way and the task of bringing to life for a few brief minutes those characters and their contrasting emotions is exciting.

What attracts you about 'Disturbance'?

Every time a cast and production team are put together for a show, new experiences and ideas emerge from the interaction.  Even more so in this production where rehearsals did not start with a completed stage script, but rather an evolving process that saw a script emerge from the poems and staging decisions made to match the overall arc of the story.  I love music too, and the musical element appealed to me strongly.

What are some of your favourite staged performances you have seen or been in?

From my own work in Tokyo, my role in The Diary of Anne Frank (where I played Mr van Daan) sticks in the mind.  For many months afterwards I found myself thinking about him and still inhabiting his world.

Growing up in London, I was lucky to see many plays.   Memorable ones include Tom Stoppard`s Jumpers, Travesties and Arcadia.   I have also been fortunate to see some extraordinary performances from current greats such as Alex Jennings, Mark Rylance and Simon Callow.  And, for the ability of one man to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, Rowan Atkinson`s one man show from the mid 1980`s...

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