The classic tale of The Three Musketeers is brought to you by the inconceivable, unimaginable and fantastical FoolHardy Theatre… a company with questionable theatrical training, no experience and no taste. What could possibly go wrong?
Audio and animation are brought together in this swashbuckling adventure. Expect sword fights, deception and a right royal romance as audiences are taken back to the regal splendour of 17th century France in this exciting, madcap comedy.
The new online comedy The Three Musketeers – attempted by FoolHardy written by Sydney Stevenson has extended its online run, now available until 27th June. Joseph O’Malley directs Robert Lindsay (Narrator), Dianne Pilkington (Sarah Noble), David Bedella (Josh Hemingway), Matthew Curnier (Greg Matthews), Antony Eden (David Du Lesley), Sarah Kameela Impey (Jamie Aston) and Lydea Perkins (Maisie Stephens).
Our Q&A with Sarah Kameela Impey
Q: Can you tell us what attracted you to be a part of this production?
Sarah: I did one of the first read-throughs with Sydney once she had fleshed out the story. I was inspired by the passion with which she wrote and the familial attachment she had with the play. It has changed a lot since that first read and the ways in which she has adapted it for not only a modern audience but one who has also been through lockdowns and a plethora of zoom meetings is amazing and utterly of this time. Also, I was desperate to work with some real-life people again.
… and the ways in which she has adapted it for not only a modern audience but one who has also been through lockdowns and a plethora of zoom meetings is amazing and utterly of this time. Also, I was desperate to work with some people in real life again.
Q: Can you tell us about this production of The Three Musketeers?
Sarah: It’s bonkers. It’s so playful in its nature with everyone getting to play multiple roles in extremely silly voices. It embraces the way in which performances have adapted to telling the lives of characters through square zoom sized portals, as we enjoy playing said roles. It lets the audience really celebrate those frustrations for hopefully one of the last times.
Q: “Audio and animation are brought together in this swashbuckling adventure.” – How has this worked?
Sarah: We firstly went in and recorded the audio just like you would a regular radio play. Although Covid regulations meant a one in one out situation had to be established so often the three Musketeers could only be two until someone else could go out. This only made us laugh more during recording. We have seen some of the animation images but once the audio and animation are combined, it will take on a whole new life of its own.
Q: Your character is Jamie Aston – Can you tell us about them and their story?
Sarah: Jamie Aston is quite a stoic person, a bit of a tomboy and she probably really loved drama as a child but is in that awkward stage where she is almost done with it. However, when she gets to act, she comes alive and is extraverted beyond belief. She mainly plays Athos (who gets to pretend to be a pirate) and then jumps in with a few little cameos. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind in the break-out moments and is not completely clued up on what kind of performance this is.
Q: How has ‘Covid’ affected the production and your role in it?
Sarah: Sydney has brilliantly adapted this play for these times. I am sure if Covid hadn’t happened it would have been running in person for quite some time now, but she has given it life in a new way. Weirdly, it has enabled me to be in the play as the timings have fitted perfectly with other projects. Of course, there was wearing the masks outside the studio and our incredible sound engineer wiping down everything each time we swapped in and out of the booth but it was still produced with the same lightheartedness and joy for creating as usual.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about being a part of The Three Musketeers?
Sarah: Getting to work with such an amazing writer and production team, getting to go into a real studio again but most of all getting to work with incredible actors who are giving, playful, celebratory and unbelievably funny.
Q: Why should everyone book to see The Three Musketeers online?
Sarah: Instead of escaping from this world we have been in, let’s celebrate it for all its weirdness, complications, awkwardness and challenges. Everyone can enjoy this visual extravaganza of silliness and adventure while delighting in the retelling of a classic tale. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly do with a good laugh.
The Three Musketeers is a new online audio farce written by Sydney Stevenson and starring Robert Lindsay.
A percentage of profits will also be donated to the Royal Theatrical Fund.
Recommended Age: 14+
RUNNING FROM 15TH – 20TH JUNE 2021
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!