Playing out like a comedy sketch with plenty of laughs and chaos, this is a show that will certainly put a smile on your face.
Throughout the last year with the closure of theatres, we have been treated to all manner of digital theatre that has offered plenty of treats – and so here is another one that is guaranteed to make you giggle even if you can see the jokes coming a mile off.
In this unique retelling of the classic story of The Three Musketeers, we see a cast of hapless actors attempting to put on a live performance of it – without having a rehearsal (that couldn’t be afforded in the budget)- all the while national treasure Robert Lindsay attempts to ensure that it is taken seriously. But with a constant stream of interruptions, technology failures and questions about the script it of course doesn’t go according to plan.
Written by Sydney Stevenson, this is a really entertaining affair that switches nicely between live zoom segments and bold animations created by Barbara Owczarek that adds to the fun of the script (although not seeing the characters in animation form can be slightly disorientating but you do get used to it). The script has a nice pace to it, ensuring that the story and the performance never slacks in anyway as it covers the first part of The Three Musketeers.
The chaos surrounding technology problems relating to zoom and constant interruptions certainly gains the sympathy of the audience of the frustrations of relying so much on it, while Robert Lindsay’s (as the narrator for the performance) interjections with questions about the direction of the script are really nicely placed without being overly distracting ( just look out for references to kangaroos and pockets). It really has a feel of a Mischief Theatre production and is just as entertaining.
In terms of the performances, the cast bring to life the hilarity and madness of what is unfolding with great joy and it is clear that the cast have a great rapport with each other that it would be wonderful to see what they would all be capable of performing together live on stage. Robert Lindsay is delightfully dry, playing a version of himself – frustrated at being relegated to being the narrator that leads to some of the best moments of the show. But the whole cast are equally wonderful – with Antony Eden portraying David Du Lesley who, in turn, also portrays D’Artagnan and Cardinal Richelieu is wonderfully hapless in an understated way, highlighting the chaos of the live show perfectly.
Elsewhere, Lydia Perkins plays Maisie Stephens who, in turn, plays the Queen and Treville among others- is delightfully sharp and witty when it comes to some of the more sexist lines in the show, David Bedella is wonderfully warm and engaging and Sarah Kameela Impey as a female Athos adds great strength to the character. In each character it is clear that the cast have thrown themselves into the role with great enthusiasm.
Silly? Yes. Entertaining? Yes – if you are in need of some light entertainment then this will be right up your street.
By Emma Clarendon
The Three Musketeers – Attempted by Foolhardy is streaming until the 27th June. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://musketeersonline.com/