In light of the upcoming summer season, Iris Theatre is pleased to welcome Vik Sivalingam to the summer team as he takes on the role of Director for Twelfth Night. Vik is currently the Resident Director for Made in Dagenham which is showing at the Adelphi Theatre in London. He has worked in theatres across the UK including the Almeida, the Old Vic, the Royal Court, Tricycle Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, the New Wolsey Theatre and Headlong. No stranger to Shakespeare, Vik was Resident Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-2011 and holds a PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare from RSC and Warwick University. With all this being said, we are delighted to have Vik onboard as captain as we embark on our journey to the magical land of Illyria.
Read on for an exclusive interview with Vik conducted by our own Summer Season Producer, Tanja Pagnuco:
What is your relationship with Shakespeare? Have you directed his plays before?
I came to Shakespeare later in life not having read the plays at school and was instantly captivated. Like all new converts, I am secretly evangelical about his work and feel my zealotry justified as he speaks directly to me. The fact that I share this feeling with millions of others is by the by! I am enthralled by his touching the widest range of people through the sheer genius of the plays.
I have directed A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles and during my time with the RSC, I was fortunate to work on a number of other plays including Romeo and Juliet, A Comedy of Errors and King Lear.
What do you like about Twelfth Night?
The decision that Viola takes in a moment of need forces her on a path that impacts on every character not least herself. I love the havoc wreaked by the mistaken identity element.
Tell us about your favourite character in Twelfth Night?
All the characters in the play fascinate me one way or another but I would have to admit to a curiosity for Sebastian- a young man who seemingly blithely takes in his stride the events that occur to him. I am looking forward to getting to know him and discovering his penchant for the unusual particularly the alacrity of his agreement to marriage. Fabian is another man of mystery who doesn’t appear till the end of Act 2 and then proceeds to be the one Olivia turns to for a true reading of Malvolio’s letter. Intriguing!
What excites you most in directing this show for Iris Theatre?
I am excited to discover, reveal and revel in the play and it’s language within the beautifully atmospheric setting of the church and grounds.