Interview with Matthew Curnier

The Three Musketeers is a brand new online comedy from FoolHardy Theatre and runs from 15 – 27 June. I caught up with Matthew Curnier, who stars as Greg Matthews, to find out more about his latest role.

Can you tell me about The Three Musketeers?
The Three Musketeers is a brilliantly fun, bonkers farce where a small-time director-writer, David Du Lesley is wanting to create an audio show for audiences at home during the covid lockdown. His budget is too small, his organisational skills lacking, and the cast are somewhat questionable, the ensemble that make up FoolHardy does its best to deliver a wonderful epic rendition of this masterpiece… but the result is far from what Du Lesley has in mind!

What was it about the production that made you want to get involved?
I’ve been working with Sydney Stevenson, the writer of this version, for several years now and we have such a good time both creating theatre and performing together. We have formed a wonderful team with the producers as well, which we are super excited about. I love comedy and silliness and this show has heaps of exactly that. There’s a wonderful cast involved too, so it’s such a joy to be a part of!

Can you tell me about your character?
The character I am playing is a bit of hapless chap called Greg Matthews. He’s always several beats behind and quite clueless about what’s going on around him. He tries desperately hard to keep up with the pace of the show with little success. He’s a loveable character doing his utmost. It just rarely pays off!

What can audiences expect?
A sumptuous fun-filled farce with a fabulous cast including Robert Lindsay, David Badella and Dianne Pilkington. It will be a gorgeous visual piece with some wonderful animation, brilliant voice artistry by the actors who are all multi-rolling. And of course, it is a perfectly accurate re-telling of Alexandre Dumas’ great masterpiece… well almost!

How have you found the process of recording this online production?
Going back into an in-person creative process was utterly brilliant. It was so nice to feel the energy and motivation of the actors and creative team making work again as a real-life ensemble. The recording day was so fun, a barrel of laughs from beginning to end. It was such a joy!

What are you most looking forward to when theatres reopen?
I can’t wait for the theatres to re-open. There is nothing more magical than a team of people who each have their specific skills bringing a show to life. From costume to sound to lighting to stage management and more, when you see it all working together it’s just amazing. Of course, none of it is possible without the audience, and I cannot wait to see theatres full of people enjoying a fab show.

Can you sum up the show in three words?
Funny, stupid, family-fun

To book tickets visit www.musketeersonline.com

Photo credit: Mark Senior

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