Bedlam Theatre, Cuts, David Cameron, David K Barnes, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh University, Michael Milne, Olivia Holland-Rose, Sarah McGuinness, Theatre Review, Timothy, Tom Shah
Michael Milne and David K Barnes’ “Timothy” is, to put it bluntly, a play about David Cameron. Annette (Olivia Holland-Rose) tells her two gormless friends that her husband Timothy (Tom Shah) is plotting to kill her. But when Timothy finally appears, he seems so, well, nice.
Timothy is a well-spoken, handsome chap, who enjoys worthy, sensible pursuits such as jogging and squash. He is good in the kitchen and, with immense sensitivity, he makes lovely cups of cocoa for the ladies. Like Cameron, he has just been promoted at work (ie elected), whilst his wife (ie the British people) is flirting with the guy whom he had competed with for promotion (ie the Labour Party.) For no apparent reason, the ladies suspect that Timothy is really intent upon murder (ie the Cuts), but it turns out that they possibly mean more harm to him than he does to them.
Okay, forget about the politics. It is only important in that the Edinburgh University theatre company are taking a shot at the frustrated need for a reason to hate Cameron which one now finds bubbling throughout much of the British establishment. Otherwise, this play is mindlessly hilarious. All of the cast are on the ball, but Susan McGuinness is particularly funny as the dopiest plotter in the gang. I am admittedly immature, but I giggled every time at their silly running joke about a dripping tap. My only complaint is that this show begins at ten in the morning, when Tychy is not yet fortified with enough espresso to really review shows, but if you already have insomnia at such an early hour, then “Timothy” may wake you up for good.