Tim Plewman is Defending the Caveman: Back after 8 years

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“Tim is funny, entertaining, impressive, hysterical, expressive, theatrical and has facial expressions that new emoji’s can be sculpted from. “

Defending the Caveman is a one man production where Tim Plewman uses humour to describe the differences between men and women without being sexist or degrading.

WHO IS TIM PLEWMAN?

Specialising in theatre, I am multi facetted writer, director, actor, producer, dancer and humorist.
I am a family man with 2 kids and married my wife Cathy 35 years ago.

Tim has also over the years been actively involved in supporting charities and was paramount in the establishment of the Cedarwood School .
http://timplewman.co.za/


WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK AFTER 8 YEARS?

I was approached by the original producers to return to the stage with this production. Honestly, it did not take me long to decide. I suggested a few “tweaks” to modernise it and here I am – Defending the Caveman again and I will be doing a 3 year tour in South Africa, Africa, Middle East, England, Dubai and Australia (finding the expats)

“Caveman changes people’s moods (for the better) – I want to be part of that again”

DO YOU HAVE KEY NOTES HIDDEN ON THE STAGE TO REMEMBER THE SCRIPT

NO (laughing out loud). I have done this show over 1500 times already. But I do rehearse the show every evening before the crowds arrive. I walk around on the stage and practise 90 minutes before the doors open.

YOUR FACIAL EXPRESSIONS YOU DISPLAY ON STAGE ARE AWESOME. DO YOU PRACTISE THESE?

(Laughing out loud again) – Nope. There is a very simple trick to these. Your face expresses your true inner thoughts, even if the words coming out your mouth are different to what you are thinking. I focus on my thoughts on stage and my face does it automatically.

HOW DOES YOUR WIFE COPE WITH YOU?

(Tim laughs again and does not really answer the question) Everything I do on stage, has been run past my wife Cathy. There are elements of the production that are borderline, but Cathy is my measure for what is allowed and what is not. She has told me numerous times that I am not doing “that” on stage (laughing).

We (Cathy and I) have worked hard to bring across a humoristic look on men and woman and their differences but to not degrade or belittle either party.

WHAT DOES YOUR DRESSING ROOM LOOK LIKE? (UNDERPANTS ON THE FLOOR??)

It is a man’s dressing room (note he is not saying if it’s neat or not). I have a large copy machine (??), 2 towels, a heater and Berocca’s……….

WE HAVE READ THAT YOU MADE CHANGES TO SCRIPT ORIGINALLY AND THAT THESE CHANGES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED WORLDWIDE. WHAT ARE THESE CHANGES?

Fundamentally not much the script. I just changed it to be more South African – with words like “bloke, scheme, poephol, etc”.

I’ve made it OURS! The original script was written to be universal around the world. I made our version more ‘Souf Afriken’….and scriptwriters around the world followed suit by changing to make it more English in England, American in the USA, etc…

The original script was only one hour long and no props, just one man and a microphone.

My show is 2 hours long and I brought the props into the play to add authenticity. I make my own spears & love the stretch paintings on frames in the backdrop.

TELL ME ABOUT FITNESS FOR OLD FARTS

It is a book I wrote some time back. I realised that I was out of shape for a new production I was doing which involved a lot of jumping around, so five of us created the “Fellowship of Old Farts” and challenged each other to get into better shape. The book is a result of this “exercise”.

The best compliment I received from a chap some time back: “Tim, your book saved my life”.

Despite the fact that this book will keep you in stitches, it covers a serious subject.

 

WHATS WITH THE PICTURE: THE END

It is the last picture in my book and I decided to make it the last picture on my site.end

The END !

 

Note from the PhatRat (Editor for AwesomeSouthAfricans)

I saw Tim’s show: Defending the Caveman. I can’t stop talking about it to friends and encourage you to get to Computicket and buy a ticket. You will thank me for this. Tim was right when he says: “Caveman changes moods!!!”

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